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Audio Roundup 2017:7

by Joel Rich A recent article in the New Jersey Jewish News had a call out box stating that orthodoxy and feminism were not mutually exclusive. I agree, but that doesn’t address the real issue—what do you do in specific cases where they are mutually exclusive and perhaps more importantly, what do you do in specific cases where their priorities ...

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Counting Intermarried for a Minyan

by R. Gil Student Can a man who is intermarried be counted for a minyan? The Minchas Yitzchak (3:65) quotes the Chakham Tzvi (38) who writes that there are certain sins that are so rebellious that the community would excommunicate someone who commits them. Examples he gives are openly violating Shabbos and repeatedly sleeping with non-Jewish women. The Chakham Tzvi ...

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Hebrew Accents

by R. Gidon Rothstein 14 Shevat: R. Kook on Hebrew Accents The 1930s saw a rise in Jews coming to Israel (from 1931 to 1948, Wikipedia tells me, the Jewish population grew from 175,000 to 630,000). That brought with it certain tensions, one of which R. Kook addressed in a letter to R. Uzziel from 14 Shevat 5695 (1935), published ...

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Books Received

Halakhic Morality: Essays on Ethics and Masorah by R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Maggid) By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God by R. Aharon Lichtenstein (Maggid) Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot by Prof. Gabriel Cohen (Maggid) Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty by R. Hayyim Angel (Maggid)

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich Special Edition of 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim All Shiurim can be found here: http://www.aiayk.org/shiurim/   AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA •   TORAH PROJECTS COMMISSION 17th Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah  (English Shiurim)   http://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016audio/YK/YKY2017.1.16.RavAWeiss.hakdama.mp3 HARAV ASHER WEISS-Shiur Hakdama Hiddur Mitzvah (beautification) can be both in the item used in the mitzvah or in the act of the mitzvah. ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:6

by Joel Rich Maybe the chulent (of current Jewish philosophy) is “all good” but I was struck by a recent talk I heard from a mashpia. The message was an inspirational one (i.e.more message than demand on our actions) concerning our relationship with HKB”H. What struck me was the relative juxtaposition of quoting R’Chaim Vital (HKB”H created us because he ...

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