• The Importance of Hebrew

    by R. Gidon Rothstein The Importance of Praying in Hebrew and the Push Towards Fixed Prayer This is the last of our random sample of places Rambam inserts aggadic material into Mishneh Torah. Next time, I hope to review them briefly, to see if any themes or ideas characterize them all. Here, let’s l...

  • Women Rabbis: Jewish Unity and the Limits of Autonomy

    by R. Rafi Eis Is this the moment of an irrevocable split? Emotions have been running high in the Modern Orthodox community in the past three weeks over the clerical role of women in Orthodox Judaism. The OU statement expanded the official synagogue roles for women, but also denied them serving as c...

  • The Besieged Gush Etzion Shabbat

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 21 Shevat: R. Herzog Helps the Besieged Gush Etzion Keep Shabbat One of the reasons I find the A Responsum a Day project enjoyable and fulfilling is how it connects us to the Jewish calendar, shaping our lives a little bit in line with how the Jewish view of the year ... ...

  • Does a Chatan Daven with a Minyan?

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: I have heard that a chatan during the week of sheva berachot does not need to daven with a minyan. Is there anything to that, and what would the reason be? Answer: There is something to what you have heard, but it has less to do with a minyan than ... ...

  • Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich A recent article in the New Jersey Jewish News had a call out box stating that orthodoxy and feminism were not mutually exclusive. I agree, but that doesn’t address the real issue—what do you do in specific cases where they are mutually exclusive and perhaps more importantly, what do yo...

  • Counting Intermarried for a Minyan

    by R. Gil Student Can a man who is intermarried be counted for a minyan? The Minchas Yitzchak (3:65) quotes the Chakham Tzvi (38) who writes that there are certain sins that are so rebellious that the community would excommunicate someone who commits them. Examples he gives are openly violating Shab...

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