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Dirty Laundry on Chol Ha-Moed

by R. Gil Student Does the prohibition against washing dirty clothes on Chol Ha-Mo’ed, the intermediate days of the holiday, still apply today when doing laundry is relatively quick and easy?1 In theory, washing laundry always should be allowed on Chol Ha-Mo’ed. Generally speaking, simple work needed for the day is allowed. If you run out of clean clothes, you ...

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Soldiers Travelling to Hear Shofar

by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Tishrei: R. Herzog on Soldiers Travelling to Hear Shofar on Rosh HaShanah The early days of the State of Israel raised a host of halachic questions Jews had not entertained in practical terms in thousands of years, if ever. Among the foremost decisors who grappled with these issues was R. Herzog, the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich The gemara in makot (15b—top) has an exchange between R’Yochanan and a Tanna (whose job it was to memorize tannaitic material) concerning the memorized text (bitlo vs. kiymo). R’Yochanan questions the use of one term in the reisha and the other term in the seifa based on the fact that using the two terms in this manner ...

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Chava’s Reasons for Eating

Chava’s Reasons for Eating: A New Look at Reasoning and Reason by R. Ira Bedzow This article is adapted from my new book, Maimonides for Moderns: A Statement of Contemporary Jewish Philosophy, which will be published by Springer. For more information, see its sections on practical reasoning. Contemporary philosophical conceptions of “Reason” – which predominantly define the term as the ...

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Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision

by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Tishrei: R. Ovadya Yosef on Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision There are really very few responsa dated to Chol HaMoed Sukkot, for understandable reasons. It’s a holiday, and meshivim are busy celebrating as Hashem commanded. For a project like this one, endeavoring to gather at least one responsum a day for all possible days of the ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Important lesson about downtime in service of HKB”H שולחן ערוך אורח חיים הלכות קריאת שמע סימן עא סעיף ה ח) ה’) החופר קבר למת, (יג) פטור. משנה ברורה סימן עא (יג) פטור – אפילו בשעת נוחו מעט שגם אז נקרא עדיין עוסק במצוה שעי”ז יתחזק כוחו לחזור ולחפור: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Red Bendels and Key ...

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Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Tishrei: Tzitz Eliezer on Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis Outside of Israel We should be candid: second day Yom Tov can feel burdensome. That’s all the more so when a Yom Tov is on a Thursday, the added day turns a holiday into a marathon. Adding to the challenge, it’s been clear since the ...

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Insincere Conversions

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah (13:17) writes “A convert who was not examined or who was not informed about the commandments and the punishments [for transgressing them], but was circumcised and immersed in the presence of three laymen, is deemed a [valid] convert.” Rav Soloveitchik commented that the ...

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