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Deodorant on Tisha B’Av

by Rabbi Gil Student The digest of Tisha B’Av laws in The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot (published by Koren and OU Press with commentary on the Kinos adapted from Tisha B’Av tapes of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik) specifically mentions that one may apply deodorant to oneself on Tisha B’Av (p. 787 par. 17). While it would normally be considered anointing oneself, ...

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Prophecy V: What Is True Happiness?

by R. Gil Student I. Prophecy Is Rough Prior essays in this series Unlike watching a movie, a prophetic vision or dream is completely spiritual. You don’t use any of your actual senses, just your mind. Rambam (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Yesodei Ha-Torah 7:2) writes: When any of them prophesy, their limbs tremble, their physical powers become weak, they lose control ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich The Torah seems to presuppose the existence of money (e.g., Avraham buying from Ephron). Does this mean humankind was “destined” to have a medium of exchange other than barter, or waiting for equivalent object of value? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From R’ Aviner (IMHO there’s what to discuss-from a layman whose cpr/Heimlich training saved 2 lives, ...

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Inheriting Rabbinic Positions

by R. Gidon Rothstein 2 Av: Chatam Sofer on Inheriting Rabbinic Positions On the second of Av, 5580 (1820), Chatam Sofer 1 Orach Chayim 12 adjudicates a dispute about rabbinic succession. I hope I’m not being too gossipy in noting that Chatam Sofer makes a point of saying that he’s writing from where he’s gone for the better air (his ...

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Bishul Akum

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Mishna in Avodah Zara [35b] lists several items that are prohibited for us to eat, one of them being Shlakot, food that was cooked by a non-Jew. Both Rashi [ibid.] and Tosafot [38a] state the reason for this restriction was to discourage intermarriage. Even if the food was ...

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