• Pictures of Women

    I have discussed in the past the disheartening practice of some periodicals to omit completely pictures of women. This enters a complex sociological arena with competing concerns. Some people are trying to change this, using financial incentives to advance the interests of a broad public. Current su...

  • Does Money Create A Sale?

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Adar: Chatam Sofer on Whether Money Does or Doesn’t Create a Sale Halachah is meant to be a complete system, applicable to all areas of life. That includes monetary transactions, and I perhaps don’t often enough include responsa where a meshiv is asked to rule on such financ...

  • All the Days of Your Life

    by R. Ira Bedzow When one first reads Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah’s statement, “Behold I am about seventy years old, and I have never been worthy to [find a reason] why the Exodus from Egypt should be mentioned at nighttime until ben Zoma expounded it,” the first thought is to consider the focus of th...

  • Paying Earlier than the Payment Plan Prescribed

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: My company pays suppliers with payment plans we work out in advance with each one. Occasionally, a supplier calls with a request that we pay earlier than already agreed in exchange for a “cash” purchase discount we work out. (By “cash,” we include checks and debit cards –...

  • Starting with Shame and Ending with Praise

    by R. Ira Bedzow The Mishna states with respect to the Seder night that the father begins his answer to his sons by mentioning disgrace and concluding with praise. The Talmud then asks: What is the meaning of the term: with disgrace? It cites Rav, who said that one should begin by saying: “At first ...

  • Minhag America and American Nationalism

    by R. Gil Student In 1857, a leading reform-minded rabbi in America, Isaac Mayer Wise, published a prayer book he called Minhag America. With this publication, he attempted to unify American Jews around a single text of prayer, which of course faced immediate opposition and eventual failure. More ra...

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