• Context and the Insufficiency of Law

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Summarizing Rambam’s Aggadic Insertions: Context and the Insufficiency of Law Almost ten years ago, a business consultant named Steven Spear introduced me to the concept of a personal ideas map. The concept is that every time a person speaks or writes, s/he should jot down the ...

  • Reading Rambam on the Rabbi-Community Relationship

    by R. Tzvi Sinensky Contemporary Halakhah, the study of a set of texts with an eye toward legal application, is a well-trodden, time-honored approach to Torah study. But there is a potential cost to this goal-oriented method of learning: when we examine selected sources in an attempt to derive pract...

  • Allowing A New Mother To Marry

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 28 Shevat: Allowing A New Mother To Marry The responsibilities of motherhood can create complications for that mother, as happened in Shu”t Yabia Omer 9 Even HaEzer 15, from 28 Shevat 5760 (2000). The Talmud prohibited mothers from remarrying within two years of giving birth, f...

  • Books Received

    The God Book by R. Jack Abramowitz (Xlibris) Loving and Beloved: Tales of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, Defender of Israel by Simcha Raz (Menorah) Dancing with God: How to Connect with God Every Time You Pray by R. Mark Kunis (Menorah) ...

  • A Rabbi’s Approach to Monetary Problem Solving

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: (We present a summary of a conversation with a new community rabbi who sought our help in handling a monetary dispute between two congregants. The specific dispute and solution are not the focus of this presentation.) The scope of the dispute, between people who need to i...

  • Grammatical Pedantry

    Is there a Talmudic precedent for those pedantic people who insist on correcting everyone’s grammar? What does the Jewish tradition have to say about such a practice? I’m glad you asked. The Tosefta (Berakhos 5:18) discusses whether the person calling others to recite the zimmun introduction to the ...

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