Recent Essays

  • Putting Up a Mezuzah for a Non-Jew

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Putting Up a Mezuzah for a Non-Jew

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 7 Av: Putting Up a Mezuzah for a Non-Jew Some people treat mezuzah superstitiously, as if the box itself...

     
  • The Breaking of the Glass

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    The Breaking of the Glass

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The common practice is that the Chatan [groom] breaks...

     
  • Audio Roundup: R. Reisman Special

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup: R. Reisman Special

    by Joel Rich Hat tip to Counselor K for providing the CD’s even as  the dog days of summer threatened his impeccable raiment...

     
  • Jews, Tisha B’Av, and World War I

    Henry Abramson (1)
    Jews, Tisha B’Av, and World War I

    Brief discussion of the anniversary of Tisha B’Av, the onset of World War I, and its implications for Jewish History. ...

     
  • Moshe’s Interpretation of the Torah

    Yair Kahn (0)
    Moshe’s Interpretation of the Torah

    by R. Yair Kahn Moshe’s Interpretation of the Torah I. Senior Moments? Sefer Devarim contains the parting speeches delivered...

     
  • The Virtues and Pitfalls of Communal Criticism

    Yaakov Ariel (0)
    The Virtues and Pitfalls of Communal Criticism

    by R. Yaakov Ariel Communal criticism is vital for any proper community. It has the power to rein in leaders, communal institutions...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Discuss: A yahrtzeit shiur is “being sponsored” at the same time as your regular learning seder. Evaluate...

     
  • Swear to G-d

    Gil Student (3)
    Swear to G-d

    by R. Gil Student Jews are averse to swearing–taking oaths–for two reasons. One, as we discussed last week, is...

     
  • Conversion Guidelines, Transparency and Accountability

    Gil Student (1)
    Conversion Guidelines, Transparency and Accountability

    My article in last week’s Jewish Link of New Jersey The Orthodox Jewish community is currently experiencing a devastating...

     
  • Two Teshuvot on Gittin

    Gidon Rothstein (2)
    Two Teshuvot on Gittin

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Tammuz: Two Teshuvot on Gittin The laws of divorce are technically challenging, so I don’t generally...