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    Inviting Non-Observant Jew for a Meal

    Many families face the problem of whether or not to invite non-observant friends or relatives to a Shabbat or Yom Tov meal. Extending an invitation to a non-observant Jew to join a Yom Tov se’udah involves the guest driving to the meal by car (unless they are neighbors), and that may constitute a vi...

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    Vestot

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 22 Av: R. Moshe Feinstein on Issues of Vestot In many areas of life, I have become suspicious of deliberate choice. I see, in myself and others, overconfidence that leads us astray all too often. One of the major appeals of choosing responsa by date, to me, is that it takes ......

  • MO History

    Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation

    by R. Zev Eleff and R. Gil Student Rabbi Zev Eleff recently published a book documenting the history of American Modern Orthodoxy, titled Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History. The book is an immediate classic, essential reading on American Orthodoxy. It consists mainly of key articles (or ...

  • measure-up

    Prophecy VII: For Whom Is Prophecy?

    by R. Gil Student I. Subpar Prophets We have seen at length that Rambam requires intellectual and spiritual preparation for prophecy, even though he agrees that there is a divine role in granting prophecy. Abarbanel (Commentary to Moreh Nevukhim 2:32) disagrees with Rambam and instead accepts the vi...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich I read an interesting short philosophical work titled “Ultimate Questions,” by Bryan Magee. His thesis is that human morality is rooted in some sort of sharedness of inner being so we know what morals are but are unable to support them rationally (since they aren’t rooted in reason). Wh...

  • AruchHashulchan

    Avoid Heresy, Even More Than Sin!

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 14, Sermon 26: Avoid Heresy, Even More Than Sin! Sermon 26, the last one in the book (although not of this series, since I’ve taken them out of that order), is more big-picture than we’ve seen until now. While we’ve seen indications that Ar...

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