• Non-Jews Violating Shabbat on Jews’ Behalf

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Tammuz: R. Uzziel on Non-Jews Violating Shabbat on Jews’ Behalf The personal interplay between the person asking the question and the respondent is also an aspect of the responsa literature from which we can learn. In Shu”t Mishpetei Uzziel 3;Orach Chayyim 31, dated 27 Tammu...

  • Ha Lachma Anya

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Netzi”v, (Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (1817-1893), raises a number of glaring questions about the form and contents of this paragraph in the Haggadah. After performing Yachatz, by breaking the middle Matzah in half and se...

  • Is David Greenfield Allowed To Retire From Public Office?

    by R. Gil Student City Councilman David Greenfield, an Orthodox Jew (and a friend from when he lived in my neighborhood), recently announced that he will not be seeking another term. He will be leaving public office to lead the non-profit organization, the Met Council on Jewish Poverty. Does halakha...

  • Vort from the Rav: Matos

    Numbers 30:3 אִישׁ כִּי יִדֹּר נֶדֶר להֹ’ אוֹ הִשָּׁבַע שְׁבֻעָה If a man makes a vow to the Lord or makes an oath On the verse and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life (Gen. 2:7), Nachmanides comments, This verse alludes to the greatness of the soul…This corresponds to the say...

  • Whose Minhag About Being Chazan Should an Avel Follow?

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was in an (Ashkenazi) shul on Rosh Chodesh morning, when a visitor who is an avel asked if he could be chazan for Shacharit or whether there were other avelim. The gabbai said that there were no other avelim but that normally avelim are not chazanim on Rosh Chodesh. ......

  • Audio Roundup 2017:28

    by Joel Rich Personal conversation between a RIETS R”Y and an actuary after the latter suggested a possible Brisker chiluk(underlying distribution function) based on several sugyot (data points) and concluded with “actuaries are trained to look for patterns in the data but also be suspec...

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