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  • Jonathan Rosenblum Advocates Torah U-Madda II

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    Jonathan Rosenblum Advocates Torah U-Madda II

    In a letter to the Jerusalem Post, Julius Berman, chairman of the RIETS board, responds to Jonathan Rosenblum’s attack...

     
  • Wearing a Tallis in the Street II

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    Wearing a Tallis in the Street II

    After my post on R. Yom Tov Schwarz’s book, someone had pointed had that he had recently passed away. Actually, he...

     
  • Do Priests go to War?

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    Do Priests go to War?

    R. Judah Zoldan on Bar-Ilan University’s Parashat Hashavua Study Center: The opening verses of this week’s...

     
  • Teaneck Book Launch

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    Teaneck Book Launch

    ATTENTION NEW JERSEYANS: This Sunday evening, join the launch of something monstrously exciting… SACRED MONSTERSMysterious...

     
  • Don’t Insult Anyone

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    Don’t Insult Anyone

    The Mishnah (Avos 4:3) quotes Ben Azzai as saying: Do not insult any man and do not dismiss anything, for there is no man...

     
  • Yehoshua Ben Gamla II

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    Yehoshua Ben Gamla II

    Following requests from commenters, I am presenting a few other relevant views on the subject of Yehoshua Ben Gamla. Tosafos...

     
  • Yehoshua Ben Gamla

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    Yehoshua Ben Gamla

    Yehoshua Ben Gamla is famous for instituting that every town have a local Jewish school. For this, he is praised as having...

     
  • Don’t Turn Your Back On Your Community VII

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    Don’t Turn Your Back On Your Community VII

    R. David M. Feldman, author of Where There’s Life, There’s Life, responds in an essay titled The Imperative to...

     
  • Torture in the Torah

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    Torture in the Torah

    Ethicists routinely deal with if and when torture is permissible. YU’s Center for Ethics had Michael Walzer discuss...

     
  • Colbert Three-Quarters Jewish

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    Colbert Three-Quarters Jewish

    Warning: Don’t press play if you don’t like slightly off-color jokes. ...