• 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 ...

  • Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich There are several mitzvot where HKB”H seems to give us a choice (marriage/divorce, Yibum/Chalitzah, Pidyon Haben/Give to Cohen, Pidyon Bcher Chamer/arifa) and also some prohibitions with a special fix (leftovers/burn). Anyone see anything written up (or have any thoughts) on why specifi...

  • The Importance of Hebrew

    by R. Gidon Rothstein The Importance of Praying in Hebrew and the Push Towards Fixed Prayer This is the last of our random sample of places Rambam inserts aggadic material into Mishneh Torah. Next time, I hope to review them briefly, to see if any themes or ideas characterize them all. Here, let’s l...

  • Women Rabbis: Jewish Unity and the Limits of Autonomy

    by R. Rafi Eis Is this the moment of an irrevocable split? Emotions have been running high in the Modern Orthodox community in the past three weeks over the clerical role of women in Orthodox Judaism. The OU statement expanded the official synagogue roles for women, but also denied them serving as c...

  • The Besieged Gush Etzion Shabbat

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 21 Shevat: R. Herzog Helps the Besieged Gush Etzion Keep Shabbat One of the reasons I find the A Responsum a Day project enjoyable and fulfilling is how it connects us to the Jewish calendar, shaping our lives a little bit in line with how the Jewish view of the year ... ...

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