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    Noda Bi-Yehuda’s Letters to His Student

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 4 Adar: Noda Bi-Yehuda’s  Letters to His Student, Reuven Raknitz On the fourth of Adar, 5540 (1780), R. Yehezkel Landau, wrote two letters to his student, R. Yehuda Raknitz (which might today have been spelled Rechnitz). He wrote two other responsa to this same student, and I h...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich There was a science fiction story I read as a youth with a similar theme to R’ Slifkin’s post http://www.rationalistjudaism.com/2016/01/the-robot.html . The punch line was the “priests” served a deity which was really a nuclear reactor that provided energy for the community....

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    Ten Years of L’eyla

    by R. Gil Student Forty years ago, the Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue of England, Lord Rabbi Dr. Immanuel Jakobovits, published the first issue of what would become an important magazine of Orthodox Jewish thought, L’eyla. I recently acquired a large number of back issues an...

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    Pocketwatches: Addendum

    by R. Gil Student In my recent essay on pocketwatches, I neglected to quote a responsum by Rav David Tzvi Hoffmann that I have not seen mentioned elsewhere in this context. Rav Hoffmann was asked whether there is any permission to carry items over your shoulder, where they are clearly more than ten ...

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    The Candy Wrapper Dilemma

    by R. Gil Student I. Candy Wrappers Parents of small children have an embarrassing Shabbos secret. There is one act, which rabbis frequently warn against, that we all violate at one time or another. I cannot imagine raising children without committing this act. I will explain what it is and why it i...

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    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau What should our attitude be towards playing and watching sports?   R. Shalom Carmy provides insightful analysis in this editor’s note from the Summer 2009 issue. On the one hand, we could easily describe following sporting events as bittul zman, a non – productive use of time.  O...

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