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by Joel Rich I hear a lot of discussion about spirituality in religion. I think R’A Lichtenstein’s piece from the Orthodox Forum (Law and Spirituality: Defining the Terms http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/725795/rabbi-dr-aharon-lichtenstein/law-and-spirituality-defining-the-terms/) makes a very important contribution to the discussion. I would summarize it as saying one should seek to daven like a chasid in the context of learning like a Litvak. The ...

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The Living Wage and the Working Poor

A Living Wage is the minimum income necessary for an employee working 40-hours a week to meet the employee’s needs on that single income. Some have argued in favor of a legally mandated Living Wage as an anti-poverty measure. Others have argued against it because they believe it will reduce the total number of jobs. Additionally, the obligation of charity should not be ...

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Three Kinds of Coercion

by R. Gidon Rothstein Three Kinds of Coercion Discussed on 15 Tevet: A Spouse to Move to Israel, a Get, and a Mother Bird This week, we have the opportunity to study the ideas of two respondents we haven’t seen much before, R. Shlomo Kluger (1785-1869), and R. Zvi Pesach Frank (1874-1960). Since they both discuss forms of coercion, I ...

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Lashon HaRa Against an Israeli

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik Speaking Lashon HaRa Against a Jew Living In Eretz Yisrael Is Like Speaking Against Eretz Yisrael by R. Aharon Ziegler Ezra decreed that the Berachot and Kelalot (curses) of Bechukotai must be read before Shavuot and those of the Mishna Torah (Ki-Tavo) before Rosh Hashanah (Gemara Megillah 31b). Rav Soloveitchik noted that harsh ...

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The Bencher App

by R. Gil Student What good is an app for benching, reciting the blessings after a meal, when we cannot use it on Shabbos? That was the reaction I heard from many people when NCSY announced its new, free Bencher App. This attitude neglects a few things. First, people bench during the week also, not just on Shabbos. Second, sometimes ...

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Audio Roundup

by Joel Rich Charity I’ve heard a number of shiurim on why it’s ok for donors to have their names up in lights. I wonder if anyone ever mentions this gemara to the prospective donors? תלמוד בבלי מסכת בבא בתרא דף י עמוד ב נענה רבי יהושע ואמר: צדקה תרומם גוי – אלו ישראל, דכתיב: ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד, ...

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Fighting for Faith: Avraham Spreads the Word

by R. Gidon Rothstein Last time, we had space to discuss Rambam’s reconstruction of how and when Avraham found his way to understanding Hashem’s role in the world. Once that happened, Rambam tells us in the section we’re reviewing this week, he began to argue with those around him (Rambam’s phrase is “made responses to… and litigated with them, to ...

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Books Received

When God Becomes History: Historical Essays of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook by R. Bezalel Naor ed. (Kodesh) The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land by Gerald R. McDermott ed. (InterVarsity)

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