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    The Role and Challenges of Minhag in the 21st Century

    by David Brofsky The Role and Challenges of Minhag in the 21st Century1 Introduction Throughout the ages, the religious identity and spiritual experiences of a Jewish community were shaped not only by its adherence to halakhic practice, but also by layers of communal and halakhic customs. Individual...

  • AruchHashulchan

    Explaining the Sufferings of Exile

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week Two: Explaining the Sufferings of Exile As I noted last time, I have to fit 23 sermons into 21 weeks, and this week seems as good as any to combine two into one. That’s because two of the sermons deal with the sufferings of exile, ... ...

  • masorah-01

    Masorah: A Philosophical User’s Guide

    by Alex S. Ozar Masorah: A Philosophical User’s Guide The charge presented to me for this symposium was to discuss the concept of Masorah “from the perspective of philosophy.” At first I was skeptical: Is not the concept an inherently halakhic, historical, and theological one, such that would be mor...

  • masorah-00

    Symposium on Masorah: Introduction

    by R. Gil Student [A condensed version of this introduction appeared in some newspapers this week.] I. The Importance of Masorah The concept of tradition evokes powerful emotions in religious debates. While less orthodox religious streams give tradition a vote, but not a veto, the more conservative ...

  • rav

    Mi Shebeirach

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler One cannot observe Mitzvot conditionally. One cannot say for example, “I will put on Tefillin tomorrow if You [HaShem] do this or this for me”. However, by Tzeddaka it is permissible. “Ha’omer selah Zu li’Tzedaka bishvil she’yich’...

  • confidentiality

    Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Iyyar: Tzitz Eliezer on Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality, Burying an Excised Eye Now or Later, and Whether a Fetus is Alive One of the topic areas Tzitz Eliezer sort of specialized in was medical halachah (that’s not to take away from his general expertise, it’s that ...

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