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The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax II

I got my copy of R. Nosson Slifkin’s The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax. As is the author’s usual style, the book is beautifully done, with many pictures and a colorful cover. Unlike his other books, this one does not have enormous margins. This book is legitimately 200+ pages (albeit with a large font, but I attribute that to ...

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Cardinals in the Beis Midrash

On Monday, January 19th, a delegation of Roman Catholic cardinals, along with some Yeshiva University (YU) roshei yeshiva, entered YU’s main beis midrash (study hall) and proceeded to look around and talk with some of the men who were studying in the packed beis midrash at the time. Yeshiva College’s undergraduate newspaper, The Commentator, reported the following from an interview ...

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The Bialystoker Controversy II

The following is an excerpt from a letter that R. Zvi Romm, rabbi of the Bialystoker Synagogue, sent to The Jewish Press in response to R. J. Simcha Cohen’s column about carrying children in the Lower East Side. Let me just add that R. Romm is a jolly, gentle person – basically, Rabbi Smurf – and he does not have ...

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Zebu Controversy

The Zoo Rabbi, R. Nosson Slifkin, has posted a write-up on the Zebu controversy going on in Israel. To those of us in America, who eat turkey and whose rabbinical supervisory agencies approve of serving bison, there is no issue at all and Zebu is a kosher animal.

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The Bialystoker Controversy

The following column was in The Jewish Press over a month ago and started quite a controversy. I will reproduce portions of the column, with my comments interpersed. The Jewish Press Friday, February 6, 2004 Halachic Questions Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen Carrying A Child On The Sabbath        Question: What is one to do on the Sabbath, in ...

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The Limits of Orthodox Theology II

More on this subject. The following is based on someone else’s notes of R. Dr. Shnayer Z. Leiman’s shiur on Marc Shapiro’s new book. 1. It is methodologically unsound to argue that the Rambam did not believe in a literal tehiyas ha-meisim (bodily resurrection of the dead) when the Rambam himself wrote an essay declaring that he did believe in ...

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The Shape of the Menorah

The exact shape of the menorah that was used in the Temple is, to a degree, a matter of debate. In particular, the shape of the branches of the menorah was a matter about which the rishonim disagreed. R. Avraham Ibn Ezra, in his long commentary to Shemos 25:32, writes that the branches were half circles. Rashi, ad loc., writes ...

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More on the Zoo Rabbi

The Torah Tour of the Bronx Zoo Back again by popular demand for the fourth year! One of the largest urban zoos in the world, the Bronx Zoo has a stunning variety of displays. There will be a Torah tour of the Bronx Zoo on March 28, 2004, and possibly also on May 2. The price is $18 for adults ...

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Homosexuality in Halakhah II

As posted earlier, Zackary Sholem Berger was kind enough to post to his blog my comments on CR. Simchah Roth’s paper on homosexuality. ZS Berger also added his own super-comments onto my comments. The following is my response to ZS Berger: 1. Main Thesis First and foremost, we must understand what S. Roth was trying to do in his paper. ...

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