Recent Essays

  • What is the Torah’s Ideal Political System?

    Elchanan Samet (0)
    What is the Torah’s Ideal Political System?

    by Rav Elchanan Samet A. Appointing a King: Mandatory or Optional? Does the Torah set out a particular social-political way...

     
  • Books Received

    Gil Student (0)
    Books Received

    Perfection: The Torah Ideal by R. Dov Katz, ed. Elliot Resnick (Brenn Books) ...

     
  • Jews Attending Church

    Gil Student (7)
    Jews Attending Church

    R. Haskel Lookstein generated a storm of criticism when he attended the inaugural church services for President Obama and...

     
  • The Right Way To Rebuke

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    The Right Way To Rebuke

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik taught that the way to give <i>mussar</i>...

     
  • Making Tea and Coffee on Shabbos

    David Roth (14)
    Making Tea and Coffee on Shabbos

    by David Roth One of the thirty-nine prohibited categories of forbidden activities on Shabbos is baking or cooking.1 However,...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich From Pigtails and a Zionist path recalled, 40 years later An immigrant whose life was cut short by a Syrian...

     
  • Freebie: Tomer Devorah

    Gil Student (0)
    Freebie: Tomer Devorah

    Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s 1588 classic Tomer Devorah (Date Palm of Devorah) is widely studied in the weeks preceding...

     
  • Were the Tosafists Philosophers? II

    Gil Student (6)
    Were the Tosafists Philosophers? II

    I’ve had a few more thoughts about this issue since I wrote the original essay on the topic. I took another look at...

     
  • Answer Your Emails! Return Your Phone Calls!

    Ari Enkin (1)
    Answer Your Emails! Return Your Phone Calls!

    by Rabbi Ari Enkin It’s fair to say that most people, including this writer, are greatly disturbed by those who don’t...

     
  • Why Would Ran Recycle a Whole Drasha?

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Why Would Ran Recycle a Whole Drasha?

    by R. Gidon Rothstein In the seventh Drasha, Ran repeats much material; indeed, almost the whole Drasha has appeared before...