• Fifty Years Later

    Fifty years ago today (in the Jewish calendar), the Jewish people regained control of Jerusalem for the first time since the year 70 CE, 1,897 years earlier. I’m brought to tears every time I hear this: “Har HaBayit beyadeinu, The Temple Mount is in our hands” Here is the longer ve...

  • Davening Early on Shavuot

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: In a shul with many elderly members who have trouble staying up late, may we have a minyan for Ma’ariv of Shavuot before tzeit hakochavim (=tzeit)? Answer: The idea of waiting until tzeit to start Shavuot is not found in Chazal but arises first in early Acharonim, beginni...

  • Audio Roundup 2017:20

    by Joel Rich In S”A 90:9 the following statement appears—“V’hu hadin bnai adam hadarim b’yshuvim v’ein lahem minyan mkol makom yitpallu shacharit v’arvit bzman shehatzibur mit pallim (smag).” Question – why isn’t mincha mentioned? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Shoftim article Fascinating article on the mesorah chain—we...

  • A Turkish Community’s Tax Revolt

    by R. Gil Student We like to think that life is about spirituality and principles but there is also an element of practicality. As Maslow taught us, we have to meet our basic physical and financial needs before we address our spirituality. To the rabbis, these financial needs are spiritual. Therefor...

  • The Hidden Drama We Can Easily Miss

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban To Ekev, Week One: The Hidden Drama We Can Easily Miss Helps Society Function On the first verse of Parshat Ekev (7;12) דברים ז:יב וְהָיָ֣ה׀ עֵ֣קֶב תִּשְׁמְע֗וּן אֵ֤ת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים֙ הָאֵ֔לֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֥ם וַעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָ֑ם וְשָׁמַר֩ יְקֹוָ֨ק אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ לְךָ֗ אֶֽת־ה...

  • Forcing the Divorce of an Unfaithful Woman

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 23 Iyyar: Noda BiYehuda on Forcing the Divorce of an Unfaithful Woman How able are rabbinic courts to stop wrongdoing in their midst? In a responsum dated 23 Iyyar 5540 (1780), Noda BiYehuda Tinyana Even HaEzer 159 addresses a community that thought they had identified an adult...

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