Recent Essays

  • Seudat Rosh Chodesh

    Ari Enkin (0)
    Seudat Rosh Chodesh

    by Rabbi Ari Enkin While on Shabbat and Yom Tov there is an obligation to eat seudot, elaborate meals which include bread,...

  • Historical Study of Halakhah

    Gil Student (0)
    Historical Study of Halakhah

    The study of the history of halakhah is fraught with methodological and religious dangers. Good study requires thorough understanding...

  • Barukh Dayan Ha-Emes

    Gil Student (0)
    Barukh Dayan Ha-Emes

    The funeral for R. Shmuel Berenbaum, rosh yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, will take place on Monday morning 8:45am...

  • The Frog

    Gil Student (0)
    The Frog

    The Torah (Ex. 8:2) tells us how the plague of frogs began: So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and...

  • Converting a Messianist

    Gil Student (0)
    Converting a Messianist

    In a recent article, the Jerusalem Post reported that a potential convert was turned down by a religious court because of...

  • An Agenda for Modern Orthodoxy

    Gil Student (0)
    An Agenda for Modern Orthodoxy

    R. Barry Gelman, author of the recent book Irresistible Judaism, presents an agenda for Modern Orthodoxy in the current issue...

  • Parashah Roundup: Va’era 5768

    Gil Student (0)
    Parashah Roundup: Va’era 5768

    by Steve Brizel God’s Various Names as Explained to Moshe R. Elchanan Samet demonstrates how different Divine Names...

  • Earliest Time for Tallis and Tefillin

    Gil Student (0)
    Earliest Time for Tallis and Tefillin

    The earliest time to put on a tallis (with a blessing) is when one can see through natural lighting the difference between...

  • Volunteer Wanted

    Gil Student (0)
    Volunteer Wanted

    The index for Hirhurim hasn’t been updated in a long time, and even the current index is incomplete for the prior time...

  • The Placement of the Torah Reading

    Ari Enkin (1)
    The Placement of the Torah Reading

    by: Rabbi Ari Enkin One will readily notice that whenever the Torah is read at Shacharit it is read after the central prayer,...