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New Periodical: Hakirah 22

New issue of Hakirah, vol. 22 (Spring 2017): Letters – Prof. Yitzchok Levine and Prof. Yehuda Brandes discuss whether children today should follow the Talmudic schedule for learning Torah A Populism of the Spirit by R. Dr. Shimon Cowen – A theological-political critique of the political parties that represent hedonistic materialism, in contrast to an ethical populism. Review Essay: Rabbi ...

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Fraudulent Communal Elections

by R. Gidon Rothstein 18 Nisan: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Fraudulent Communal Elections What happens when there’s fraud in a voting process? It’s a question that arose for R. Hayyim David Halevy, Shu”t Aseh Lecha Rav 2;63, in a letter written to him on the eighteenth of Nisan. Power That Wants to Stay in Power The questioner was spokesperson for a ...

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Entertainment During Sefirah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Sefirah, we know, is a semi-mourning period between Pesach and Shavuot.  These sad days, which vary according to custom, entail various mourning observances such as refraining from haircutting, marrying and listening to live music. The Magen Avraham (493:1) rules that we may not sing and dance during the mourning ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:15

by Joel Rich A while ago I posted a question on Kavua and Kahnemann Tversky. Here is part of a response I wrote to a ben Torah who was kind enough to forward me some sources including this analysis from Prof Aumann link: You really should consider reading thinking fast thinking slow or a summary as I think it gives ...

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The Mystery of Karpas

by R. Chaim Lindenblatt At the Pesach seder, we dip twice—first karpas in salt water and later maror in charoses. What is the purpose of the first dipping early in the seder? The Gemara (Pesachim 114b) says that it is hekera letinokos; it is supposed to arouse the children to ask questions. Yet it raises questions for adults, as well. ...

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Language in Which to Recite the Haggada

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At our seder, there will be a wide range in Hebrew proficiency and understanding of the Haggada’s texts. What language should we use to read the Haggada? Answer: The mishna (Sota 32a) lists texts that may be recited in any language, including Kri’at Shema, tefilla, Birkat Hamazon. While the Haggada is not mentioned, it is ...

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