Recent Essays

  • Halakha and Custom

    Chaim Navon (0)

    by R. Chaim Navon As is well known, Halakha attaches great significance to custom. Many halakhic authorities regard general...

  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Kol Sasson Congregation is an inclusive, observant community in Skokie, Illinois that strives to transform Jewish...

  • Hilkhos Bli Neder

    Gil Student (5)
    Hilkhos Bli Neder

    by R. Gil Student I. No Vow A common feature of Orthodox speech is the phrase “Bli Neder,” a disclaimer that...

  • Rav Henkin on Carlebach Minyanim

    Gil Student (14)
    Rav Henkin on Carlebach Minyanim

    by R. Gil Student Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin (d. 1973) was the leading halakhic decisor in America of his day. He was the address...

  • Rashi

    Henry Abramson (2)

    Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitshak) was a great 11th century commentator on the Torah. This brief video outlines his major scholarly...

  • Tzelofchad’s Daughters and Open Orthodoxy

    Gil Student (7)
    Tzelofchad’s Daughters and Open Orthodoxy

    R. Ysoscher Katz, in an attempted rebuttal to Rav Hershel Schachter’s responsum on girls wearing tefillin, offered...

  • Remembering and Destroying Amalek

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Remembering and Destroying Amalek

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler According to the Rambam [Hilchot Melachim 5: 4, 5],...

  • Community Voting Rights

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Community Voting Rights

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 22 Tammuz: Tsits Eliezer On Community Voting Rights On the 22nd of Tammuz, 5707 (1947), Tsits Eliezer...

  • Non-Kosher Waiter

    Daniel Mann (0)
    Non-Kosher Waiter

      by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted for a religious Jew to work (e.g., as a waiter) in a non-kosher restaurant...

  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (1)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Though Rabbi Sperber admits to reservations about using the term Rabba and finds the term Maharat to be “a...