• Ramban to Devarim, Week One: Preparing a New Generation for Their Great Adventure

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Devarim, Week One: Preparing a New Generation for Their Great Adventure I remember fellows in yeshiva pondering who was greater, Rashi or Rambam, since they seem to be the two most impactful scholars of the post-Talmudic Torah world. I don’t think I’m the first or onl...

  • Turning A Lower East Side Church Into A Synagogue

    by R. Gil Student I. Buying a Church Judaism demands that its adherents separate from other religions, both physically and spiritually. Our study of other religions, and the attention to which we pay them, is highly limited by the verse, “Do not turn to the idols” (Lev. 19:4; Mishneh Tor...

  • Audio Roundup – R’ Reisman Special

    by Joel Rich Hat tip to Counselor K for providing the CD’s with his usual grace and aplomb. These shiurim are available for $ at ISHIUR.com Two thoughts: Three keys to knowledge engineering:One – interview the expert on specific cases rather than just general thoughts (“they are likely to miss...

  • New Periodical: Verapo Yerapei VII

    New issue of The Journal of Torah and Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (vol. VII): VBAC in Jewish Law: Halakhah, History and Philosophy by R. Dr. Yaakov Jaffe – Normal childbirth after a C-section — mentioned ...

  • Yom HaSho’ah

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It has become an established tradition for Jews throughout the world, that on the 28th day of Nissan, to memorialize the six million of our brethren who died during the Holocaust period. That day is marked on our calendars as Yom ...

  • Counting Jews

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 24 Nisan: Chatam Sofer on Counting Jews In tough times, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and ignore details of halachah. Chatam Sofer’s Kovetz Teshuvot 8, dated 24 Nisan 5598 (1838), he answered a question about a detail of how to keep records of who was given what...

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