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    How Bat Mitzvah Became Orthodox

    by Zev Eleff and Menachem Butler In 1972, Kehilath Jeshurun in New York announced the formation of a new synagogue ritual. On December 16, the Upper East Side congregation held a program on Saturday afternoon to “honor four young ladies from our congregational family who have recently reached their ...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich Interesting article to read (I have the PDF) – Joseph Davis – “The Reception of the Shulchan Arukh and the Formation of Ashkenazic Jewish Identity”. Points to correlations between codifications in the “outside world” and Halacha as well as moving from geographic minhag/identity to other...

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    Books Received

    Moadei HaRav: Public Lectures on the Festivals by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Dr. Shlomo Pick (Urim) Maimonides – Between Philosophy and Halakhah: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Lectures on the Guide of the Perplexed by Dr. Lawrence Kaplan (Urim) Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality...

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    The Role and Challenges of Minhag in the 21st Century

    by David Brofsky The Role and Challenges of Minhag in the 21st Century1 Introduction Throughout the ages, the religious identity and spiritual experiences of a Jewish community were shaped not only by its adherence to halakhic practice, but also by layers of communal and halakhic customs. Individual...

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    Explaining the Sufferings of Exile

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week Two: Explaining the Sufferings of Exile As I noted last time, I have to fit 23 sermons into 21 weeks, and this week seems as good as any to combine two into one. That’s because two of the sermons deal with the sufferings of exile, ... ...

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    Masorah: A Philosophical User’s Guide

    by Alex S. Ozar Masorah: A Philosophical User’s Guide The charge presented to me for this symposium was to discuss the concept of Masorah “from the perspective of philosophy.” At first I was skeptical: Is not the concept an inherently halakhic, historical, and theological one, such that would be mor...

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