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  • Predatory Lending

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    Predatory Lending

    Dr. Asher Meir, the “Jewish Ethicist”, writes about the Subprime Mortgage Crisis* (link): Q: I’ve heard...

  • New Periodical: Azure No. 31 Winter 2008

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    New Periodical: Azure No. 31 Winter 2008

    New issue of Azure: Civilians First by Assaf Sagiv Israel’s Electoral Complex by Amotz Asa-El Far Away, So Close by...

  • Announcements #026

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    Announcements #026

    Torah U’Madda Conference and Shabbaton in Houston, TX April 4 – 6, 2008 The Shabbaton will both explore the...

  • Understanding Tzniut

    Gil Student (0)
    Understanding Tzniut

    The topic of modest dress in Jewish law is one that is very dependent on local custom. While there are some issues that are...

  • Miscellaneous News of Interest

    Gil Student (0)
    Miscellaneous News of Interest

    Sorry but I don’t have time to do news roundups anymore. But here are some random stories that I think will be of interest: Inside...

  • Parashah Roundup: Vayakhel 5768

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    Parashah Roundup: Vayakhel 5768

    by Steve Brizel Bridging the Gap R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Moshe Rabbeinu spoke before a special assembly of the...

  • Electricity on Shabbos

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    Electricity on Shabbos

    R. Josh Flug discusses the views on the potential halakhic problems with using electricity on Shabbos (link): R. Yitzchak...

  • Tying Tzitzit at Night & More

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    Tying Tzitzit at Night & More

    By: Rabbi Ari Enkin Although many things can be done by machine, tying Tzitzit strings is still not one of them. In order...

  • Grammatically Correct but Politically Incorrect

    Gil Student (0)
    Grammatically Correct but Politically Incorrect

    Sometimes an interesting hashkafic view can be found in a somewhat obscure grammatical discussion. Consider the following...

  • Judaism and Imagination

    Gil Student (0)
    Judaism and Imagination

    by Rabbi Reuven Spolter If my experience is any indication, Jewish education does not place a very positive emphasis on developing...