• AruchHashulchan

    The Love of Hashem

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 15, Sermon 9: The Love of Hashem Aruch HaShulchan opens this sermon by declaring something which was obvious to him but is not so today.  I point that out first because I always find it interesting when cultures of Torah change so much that...

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    When Is Kiddush Levanah?

    by R. Gil Student Rosh Chodesh Elul marks the end of the Jewish summer and the beginning of the autumn holiday season. Throughout the month, we engage in customs that grow as we approach Rosh Hashanah, preparing us for the annual judgment day. In accordance with this mood, the Mateh Ephraim (582:1) ...

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    Inviting Non-Observant Jew for a Meal

    Many families face the problem of whether or not to invite non-observant friends or relatives to a Shabbat or Yom Tov meal. Extending an invitation to a non-observant Jew to join a Yom Tov se’udah involves the guest driving to the meal by car (unless they are neighbors), and that may constitute a vi...

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    Vestot

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 22 Av: R. Moshe Feinstein on Issues of Vestot In many areas of life, I have become suspicious of deliberate choice. I see, in myself and others, overconfidence that leads us astray all too often. One of the major appeals of choosing responsa by date, to me, is that it takes ......

  • MO History

    Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation

    by R. Zev Eleff and R. Gil Student Rabbi Zev Eleff recently published a book documenting the history of American Modern Orthodoxy, titled Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History. The book is an immediate classic, essential reading on American Orthodoxy. It consists mainly of key articles (or ...

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    Prophecy VII: For Whom Is Prophecy?

    by R. Gil Student I. Subpar Prophets We have seen at length that Rambam requires intellectual and spiritual preparation for prophecy, even though he agrees that there is a divine role in granting prophecy. Abarbanel (Commentary to Moreh Nevukhim 2:32) disagrees with Rambam and instead accepts the vi...

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