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Tekhelet – Radiant as the Sky

by Dr. Baruch Sterman Mr. Vaynman and I certainly do agree on much more than we disagree. Were he to claim that tekhelet was dark blue, blue-violet, or sky-blue at various times and differing places over the more than 2000 years that it was being produced, we could shake hands in complete agreement. However, Mr. Vaynman stakes out an extreme ...

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Moshe’s Sin at the Rock

by R. Gidon Rothstein 6 Tammuz: Tzitz Eliezer on Moshe’s Sin at the Rock I think we sometimes hear the word “responsum” as limited to practical halachic discussions. For some meshivim (and this might depend also on whether the scholar himself collected these letter for publication, or his heirs did), any correspondence on Torah matters qualifies. That means, for example, that some or many responsa deal ...

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Sitting Shiva Is Doing Teshuva

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Judaism has a long history of dealing with the internal Neshama of a person. Our Chazal have wisely devised graduated periods of mourning, during which the mourner can contemplate his feelings of guilt, express his grief and release the built-up tensions caused by bereavement. With the rise of modern ...

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Vort from the Rav: Chukas

Bamidbar 19:1: זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה This is the statute of the Torah. The chukim were classified by our rabbis as unintelligible, enigmatic, mysterious. Though it is forbidden to ask for the reasoning pertaining to certain divine categorical imperatives, we may inquire into the interpretation of the law. There is a difference between explanation and interpretation. Take physics, for example. Physics ...

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Book Reviews

by R. Gil Student My brief reviews of three books in the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Action Rav and Rebbe By Chaim Dalfin Jewish Enrichment Press New York, 2016 379 pages Rabbi Chaim Dalfin conducted extensive interviews to amass the network of facts and memories about two great Jewish leaders of the twentieth century, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (“the ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:25

by Joel Rich Caption Contest – Please submit captions for this image. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Benedict option has received a lot of press over the past year (see link link). I’m interested in feedback concerning how closely your MO Community (or shul) tracks this option and your evaluation of its “success.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rabbi ...

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Going to War

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Shofetim, Week Two: Going to War At the end of the parsha, the Torah tells us about how Jews went to war. Two comments earlier in the portion seem to me to lay some groundwork for success in war (and in life). The King’s Character and Ours דברים יז: כ לְבִלְתִּ֤י רוּם־לְבָבוֹ֙ מֵֽאֶחָ֔יו וּלְבִלְתִּ֛י ...

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