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  • Symposium: Why People Become Orthodox V

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    Symposium: Why People Become Orthodox V

    (continued from here: I, II, III, IV) Orthodox Rabbi Kenneth Brander is the inaugural Dean of Yeshiva University, Center...

  • Middat Sedom

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    Middat Sedom

    By: Rabbi Ari Enkin The Torah and codes warn us against following in the wicked ways of the ancient Sodomites.[1] Although...

  • Talking During Davening II

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    Talking During Davening II

    In conjunction with an earlier post (link), someone sent me an article about the talking problem in synagogues (Irving N....

  • Anger Management

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    Anger Management

    The Gemara (Berakhos 7a) explains Bilam’s ability to successfully curse people as follows: God becomes angry every...

  • Audio Roundup V

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    Audio Roundup V

    by Joel Rich Editor’s Note: I’ll only comment on ongoing series lectures when I find something of particular...

  • Topical Archives

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    Topical Archives

    I’ve started posting topical archives in drop-down menus on the right, which will eventually replace the long list...

  • Occasional Vort IV

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    Occasional Vort IV

    by Netanel Livni The Gemara teaches (in Berachos 12b) that Hazal considered including the portion of Balak to the recitation...

  • Symposium: Why People Become Orthodox IV

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    Symposium: Why People Become Orthodox IV

    (continued from here: I, II, III) Conservative Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove recently began his term as Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue...

  • Parashah Roundup: Balak 5768

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    Parashah Roundup: Balak 5768

    by Steve Brizel The Personalities of Bilaam and Balaak R. Ephraim Buchwald, based upon a Medrash and the views of Rav Samson...

  • Lomdus Reexamined

    Gil Student (0)
    Lomdus Reexamined

    Prof. Marc Shapiro’s new book, Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters, is quite formidable. Like Shapiro’s...