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    The Trolley Problem

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 2 Kislev: Tzitz Eliezer on the Obligation to Save Others, and the Trolley Problem Thorny issues come up in life, and any system of law or morality needs to deal with them. In Tzitz Eliezer 15;70, from 2 Kislev 5743 (November 18, 1982), R. Waldenberg considered two such question...

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    Musaf or Hallel?

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: After davening Mincha on Rosh Chodesh, I (a woman) wanted to make up Hallel and Musaf that I did not have a chance to do in the morning. I saw that I did not have enough time before sunset to do both. Which one should I have done? Answer: There ... ...

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    Airplane Travel

    by R. Ari Enkin Although it is not widely known, there is a view among halachic authorities that Tefillat Haderech is not recited for airplane travel.1 This is based on the Talmudic teaching that air travel is something associated exclusively with birds and not with people.2 According to this approa...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich by Joel Rich It’s all about risk and reward. Let’s start with E Kobre’s point(in a post about the beauty of mehudar) about time and resources spent on a mehudar 4 minim. Where is the trade off calculation for time and resources spent (by both layperson and Rabbis)on so...

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    Depths of Exile and Wonders of Redemption

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Abarbanel’s Yemot HaMashiach: Depths of Exile and Wonders of Redemption Mashmi’a Yeshu’a is a book about the prophets who predicted salvation for the Jewish people. In theory, Abarbanel could have shared only those prophecies that had new information about the Messianic era, an...

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    Religious Doubt in Jewish Life

    by R. Gil Student Since a religious life is one of faith, you would expect that religious doubt would be unwelcome. In an important essay, Rabbi Norman Lamm argues that doubt can play a valuable role in religious life. A Medieval philosopher adds another role for doubt in religious life that Rabbi L...

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