• A Tzaddik and the Miracles That Happened to Him

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Noach: A Tzaddik and the Miracles That Happened to Him The first verse of this parsha describes Noach as ish tzaddik tamim, tzaddik hayah be-dorotav, that he was a whole or pure man, righteous in his generation. Rashi records a Rabbinic debate about just how good he w...

  • Now Available: Shurin Archive on Rav Soloveitchik

    Hakirah is making available to the public the Rabbi Aaron Ben-Zion Shurin archive on Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, which is comprised of approximately 200 documents. Rabbi Shurin was a long-time reporter for the Forward and as such he maintained files on many Jewish personalities. The Shurin col...

  • Extending Heter Mechirah

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Tishrei: R. Yitzchak Elchanan Extending the Heter Mechirah for Another Shemittah The heter mechirah is an halachic solution to the quandary of how to handle shemittah in times when farmers feel they cannot financially forego an entire year’s crop. Today, the issue raises rel...

  • Four Died Because of the Advice of the Snake

    The Commentary of Rabbeinu Gershom to Bava Basra 17a by R. Yisrael Herczeg Why do righteous people die? The Gemara in Shabbos 55b and Bava Basra 17a quotes a baraisa that says: There were four who died because of the advice of the snake. They are the following: Binyamin the son of Yaakov, Amram the ...

  • Audio Roundup 2017:40

    by Joel Rich The S”A in O”C 53 discusses what to look for in a Shlicah Tzibbur. We seem to not fully actualize these recommendations (rationalizations include the fact that he is no longer being motzi those who can’t pray). Do you think this result is sociological or halachic driven? Does an individ...

  • Ramban’s Choices in Introducing His Torah Commentary

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Today, it might seem obvious that if a person feels s/he has what to say on the Torah, that person can or even should publish a commentary. Ramban introduces his commentary from the opposite perspective, apologizing for his temerity, since he feels there’s a gap between his kno...

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