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  • The Future of Young Israel II

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    The Future of Young Israel II

    Shlomo Mostofsky, President of the National Council of Young Israel, responded to the Commentator article (link) on the Commentator’s...

  • Announcements #015

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    Announcements #015

    Write for Beis Yitzchak, the YU Torah journal. Click on the image below for more details. A website and fund have been set...

  • The Concept of Mehadrin

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    The Concept of Mehadrin

    In a recent essay, Jonathan Rosenblum responds to an Op-Ed that declares that “Heter Mekhirah” represents a manifestation...

  • The Contras

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    The Contras

    Dr. Jonathan Ostroff wrote an Op-Ed in The Jewish Press two weeks ago in opposition to R. Natan Slifkin’s views: link R....

  • Menachem’s Mareh Mekomos

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    Menachem’s Mareh Mekomos

    Presenting Menachem Butler’s new blog: Michtavim ...

  • The Story Behind the Ri’s Chanukah Innovation

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    The Story Behind the Ri’s Chanukah Innovation

    Most readers of this blog are probably aware of the debate over the third level of Chanukah lights. To review briefly, there...

  • Conversion for Marriage

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    Conversion for Marriage

    R. Gedalia Dov Schwartz recently reached the milestone of serving as the Av Beth Din of Chicago for 20 years. The Chicago...

  • How Many Candles?

    Gil Student (0)
    How Many Candles?

    How many candles do we light on Chanukah? There are two ways to calculate this. One is to add up every number from 2 (1 +...

  • Round Menorahs

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    Round Menorahs

    The Terumas Ha-Deshen (105) discusses whether a round menorah is acceptable for use. He answers that if the branches are...

  • The Future of Young Israel

    Gil Student (0)
    The Future of Young Israel

    This article (link) is a pretty good piece of reporting in Yeshiva College’s newspaper The Commentator about the negative...