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    Pocketwatches: Addendum

    by R. Gil Student In my recent essay on pocketwatches, I neglected to quote a responsum by Rav David Tzvi Hoffmann that I have not seen mentioned elsewhere in this context. Rav Hoffmann was asked whether there is any permission to carry items over your shoulder, where they are clearly more than ten ...

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    The Candy Wrapper Dilemma

    by R. Gil Student I. Candy Wrappers Parents of small children have an embarrassing Shabbos secret. There is one act, which rabbis frequently warn against, that we all violate at one time or another. I cannot imagine raising children without committing this act. I will explain what it is and why it i...

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    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau What should our attitude be towards playing and watching sports?   R. Shalom Carmy provides insightful analysis in this editor’s note from the Summer 2009 issue. On the one hand, we could easily describe following sporting events as bittul zman, a non – productive use of time.  O...

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    Rav Lichtenstein Discusses Abortion

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Blogging R. Lichtenstein, Leaves of Faith, Volume 2, Week Two: A Practical RA”L Discusses Abortion In these discussions of RA”L’s writings and teachings, I’ve tried to capture characteristic elements. Granted that I was going to write only two essays on each volume, I’ve been s...

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    Audio Roundup Special

    by Joel Rich Genetic Engineering and Society,  Honors Collegium 70A, UCLA A few years old but some very interesting, very technical lessons on where we were (probably much more advanced now) in genetic engineering.  There was an interesting article in the 1/20 Wall Street Journal on individuals with...

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    Pocketwatches on Shabbos

    by R. Gil Student In the evolution of halakhah, the debates that eventually become settled and codified, not all leniencies stay in place. The idea sometime bandied about that the Talmudic phrase “ko’ach de-heteira adif, the lenient position is stronger” means that lenient rulings ...

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