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    Moving Burial Plots

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 24 Tammuz: R. Moshe Feinstein on Moving Burial Plots About six weeks ago, we saw another responsum of R. Moshe Feinstein’s on exhuming a body. I[m coming to realize that in looking for a responsum written on each possible day of the Jewish calendar, I have to make a conscious e...

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    Significance of the “Amen” Response

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler We must recognize the importance of answering amen during the Chazarat HaShatz (Repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei). When the Shali’ach Tzibbur recites a Beracha, and one fails to answer amen, there is an element of implication that...

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    Vort from the Rav: Pinchas

    Bamidbar 27:23 וַיִּסְמֹךְ אֶת יָדָיו עָלָיו He laid his hands upon him. Although God commanded Moses to lay one hand upon Joshua, Moses laid both hands upon him. God commanded Moses not only to do semichah, but also to “bestow some of your majesty (hod) upon him”; this majesty was figuratively best...

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    Happy Austritt Day?

    This Thursday marks 140 years since the Prussian government allowed Jews to secede from the general Jewish community in order to establish separatist, Orthodox communities. Is it a day to celebrate? It depends whom you ask. Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch famously championed Austritt, secession, even appe...

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    All About Prophecy III

    by R. Gil Student I. How to Become Holy Rambam continues (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Yesodei Ha-Torah 7:1, in R. Touger’s translation): Prior essays in this series If he possesses an accurate mental capacity to comprehend and grasp [them], he will become holy. He will advance and separate himself ...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich We recently purchased some prewashed salad which had both the “usual” star-k certification plus a local certification sticker as well. Does anyone know if this means two sets of mashigichim at the plant or does one organization rely on the other’s mashigichim and do the organizations’ s...

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