Recent Essays

  • In The Footsteps in The Jewish Press

    Gil Student (0)
    In The Footsteps in The Jewish Press

    A brief review of In the Footsteps of the Kuzari (I, II) in The Jewish Press (link): In the Footsteps of the Kuzari is a...

     
  • New Book: In the Footsteps of the Kuzari volume 2

    Gil Student (0)
    New Book: In the Footsteps of the Kuzari volume 2

    In the Footsteps of the KuzariAn Introduction to Jewish PhilosophyVolume 2 Now available from Yashar and Atid (volume 2,...

     
  • The Special Kaddish

    Gil Student (0)
    The Special Kaddish

    There is a special kaddish that is recited at the graveside and at a siyum, a celebration for concludign learning a large...

     
  • Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5769

    Gil Student (0)
    Parashah Roundup: Toldos 5769

    by Steve Brizel The Negative Impact of Cynicism R. Yissocher Frand suggests that we should work on avoiding the destructive...

     
  • Shaking Hands With Women IV

    Gil Student (0)
    Shaking Hands With Women IV

    More sources that justify the common practice of a man shaking a woman’s hand in business settings (see these posts:...

     
  • The Righteous

    Gil Student (0)
    The Righteous

    Do the righteous have an impulse to sin, a yetzer ha-ra? In the opening chapter of Tanya (Likkutei Amarim), R. Schneur Zalman...

     
  • Orthodox Jews, Infidelity and the Internet

    Gil Student (0)
    Orthodox Jews, Infidelity and the Internet

    There was a recent story about Chasidim using the internet to facilitate infidelity and leaving their community (link). This...

     
  • A Beautiful Wife

    Ari Enkin (1)
    A Beautiful Wife

    By: Rabbi Ari Enkin There’s a widespread misconception that a religious Jewish woman is not permitted to expose her...

     
  • Audio Roundup XVIII

    Gil Student (0)
    Audio Roundup XVIII

    by Joel Rich Harav Meir Soloveichik Shlita (or anyone with access to him) – Now that the West Wing is going live, will...

     
  • Are Pets Muktzah?

    Gil Student (0)
    Are Pets Muktzah?

    I was asked whether pets are muktzah, i.e. are you allowed to pick them up on Shabbos? The short answer is, according to...