• AruchHashulchan

    A Day of Hashem’s Supernatural Bounty

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 19, for Rosh HaShanah: Rosh HaShanah as a Day of Hashem’s Supernatural Bounty Like last time, the sermon we’ll see this week isn’t part of Derashot Kol Ben Levi, it’s part of an addendum from a sermon collection that happened to have two of...

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    The Mystery of Orechos Tzadikim

    by R. Gil Student Orechos Tzadikim is an anonymous mussar sefer that has enjoyed a lasting impact on Judaism. It is surprising that the sefer was never attributed to anyone. Publishers and men of letters usually guess at the author’s name of an anonymous sefer, even if they are wrong. For exam...

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    A Court’s Seeing Beats Witnesses

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Today, 20 Elul, is the yahrzeit of my grandmother, Sara bat R. Aryeh Leib, my father’s mother. She was a formative influence in my life in many ways; let me mention just one. When I was twelve, she was an active force in convincing my parents to let me miss a ... ...

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    Books Received

    Classics and Beyond – Parsha Pearls from Classic Commentators to Modern Times by R. Avraham Bukspan (Feldheim) From Mourning to Morning: A Comprehensive Guide to Mourning, Grieving, and Bereavement by R. Simeon Schreiber (Urim) ...

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    Who Really Started Jewish Education?

    by R. Gil Student I. Three Educational Developments Common wisdom has it that Yehoshua Ben Gamla, in either the first century CE or the first century BCE, instituted universal Jewish education. This is probably wrong. The Gemara (Bava Basra 21a) says: Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav: However, re...

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    The End and Beginning of Carrying

    by R. Gil Student We recite Psalm 24 (Le-David mizmor La-Shem ha’aretz u-mlo’ah) frequently throughout the year but with particular emphasis on Rosh Hashanah. Most people wonder about the confusing repetition in the chapter. The last two verses are almost identical with the preceding two...

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