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    Welcoming Back Apostates

    by R. Gidon Rothstein [Due to calendar confusion, I neglected to post this over Pesach -ed.] 23 Nisan: Tzitz Eliezer on Using Non-Shemurah Matzah for an Eruv Tavshilin and Welcoming Back Apostates Like this year, the eighth day of Pesach 5738 (1978) fell on Shabbat. The day after, 23 Nisan, R. Eliez...

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    Milking Cows on Shabbat

    by R. Gidon Rothstein [Due to calendar confusion, I neglected to post this over Pesach -ed.] 16 Nisan: R. Uzziel on Milking Cows on Shabbat In 1926, a contagious disease broke out among the Arabs living in Israel. To prevent its spread, British authorities forbade Arab workers from entering Jewish s...

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    Buying Clothes During Sefirah

    by R. Gil Student The period between Pesach and Shavuos contains a mourning period–different days depending on one’s custom–during which certain joyous behaviors are forbidden (commonly called Sefirah because this period also includes the counting (“sefirah” in Hebrew) ...

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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich From a discussion with R’M Rosensweig: A Dayan who says I don’t know (eini yodea) may fall into two basic categories – he may be one that has disengaged from the discussion or one who argued both sides equally well. In theory this could make a difference in how we understand the ... ...

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    New Periodical: Hakirah 20

    Hakirah vol. 20, Winter 2015 – Congratulations on achieving this milestone! Even Dr. Elman, who wrote a letter doubting the need for the journal in an early issue, now published an article here: Pahad Yitzhak: A Joyful Song of Affirmation by Dr. Yaakov Elman – A deep exploration of theme...

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    Rav Lichtenstein’s Use of His General Knowledge

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Blogging R. Lichtenstein: RA”L’s Use of His General Knowledge One of the well-known aspects of RA”L’s presentational style was his inclusion of references to non-Jewish sources, mostly philosophy and English literature. As we come to the end of this project of discussing his pu...

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