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Find A Better Life

by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 7, Sermon 3: Find a Better Life! Around the same time as R. Epstein was giving the sermons we’re studying here, R. Yisrael Meir HaKohen was publishing a book called Chafetz Chayyim, based on the verse in Tehillim that calls out to those who want life, telling them to guard ...

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From the Archives of Tradition

by R. Yitzchak Blau Can Orthodox rabbis sit on the same rabbinic boards with non -Orthodox rabbis? What attitude should Orthodox Jews have to the Conservative rabbinate? These arguments continue to this day. In the 1960s, two prominent pulpit rabbis debated these questions on the pages of Tradition. Rabbi Shubert Spero was the Rav of the Young Israel of Cleveland ...

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How Much Love?

by R. Gil Student I. The Limits of Love The Torah obligates us to love each other as ourselves (Lev. 19:18), a formulation that while powerful opens a large loophole. This fundamental principle creates a giving society, a community of chesed. However, there may be a simple way to avoid this obligation, taking some of the shine away from the ...

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The Unibrow in Jewish Law

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I am a young man with a unibrow, which I find very embarrassing. May I remove some hair with tweezers from that area? Also, may I remove some more hair to make my eyebrows less bushy? Answer: The gemara (Nazir 58b-59a) forbids a man to shave his pubic and underarm hair with a razor. There ...

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Vort from the Rav: Beha’alosekha

Bamidbar 10:35 וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן – So it was, when the ark set out. We are suddenly confronted with the parashah bracketed by the inverted nuns. The letters are inverted because what follows is a story which inverted our historical process. Alas, the parashah is really one sad tale which changes Jewish history completely. The parashah of וַיְהִי בִנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן ...

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Of Sacks and Packs

I remember once hearing a liberal Conservative rabbi speak from his pulpit and challenge the congregation. He liked his sermons to be interactive, so he asked the gathered crowd whether anyone could explain, without resorting to the Documentary Hypothesis, why the Torah alternates between using the words “sack” (sack) and “amtachas” (pack) for essentially the same word in the Joseph ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich link Politics isn’t just about ­manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them. Lots to think about! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ How would you analyze the amount of “bother” you should go to in Eretz Yisrael to attend a minyan where there are kohanim in order to get birchat hakohanim? Differentiate between the ...

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