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    Continuing Life

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Shevat: Tzitz Eliezer on the Necessity of Continuing Life Questions of whether to extend life  mostly arise in tragic situations, when there’s no real hope of cure or even (often) improvement. On the 20th of Shevat, 5749 (1989), Dr Eli Schussheim [who is, I think, still curr...

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    Expanding the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The very first reference to the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim is found in Bereishit, 18: 1, “VA’YEIRA HASHEM EL AVRAHAM. Three men, who were actually mal’achim [angels] in the “guise” of men, appear to Avraham Avinu, whom the Midrash [B...

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    Obergefell and the Jewish Community

    by R. Steven Pruzansky The Obergefell decision is going to impact negatively on Jewish life in America, both legally and culturally, although the blow will be cushioned because of the gradual nature of the deterioration. Give credit where credit is due.  Seldom has a social movement succeeded i...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Commentaries on S”A Y”D 277;1 discuss the practice of not leaving a sefer open when not using it (there are exceptions ). I’ve noticed in some shuls during krait hatorah the shatz leaves his siddur open at ashrei for his eventual return. I’m curious if this is a generally accepted pract...

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    Synagogue Changes

    by R. Gil Student Jewish liturgy is fairly consistent across geographic traditions but even small differences matter when selecting a permanent text for a specific synagogue. For example, the Kaddish prayer is universally recited at many places in the service but a few words differ between the Ashke...

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    Rav Lichtenstein’s Other Role Models

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Blogging R. Lichtenstein, Leaves of Faith, Volume Two: RA”L’s Other Role Models As I mentioned, I am going to combine RA”L’s view of R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach from Volume One with the short last essay in volume two (“The Source of Faith Is Faith Itself”).  Together, they presen...

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