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    Buying Cigarettes for a Parent

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Nisan: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Buying Cigarettes for a Parent R. Hayyim David Halevy doesn’t date the responsa in Aseh Lecha Rav, which should have put him out of the reach of our project, but they’re so clear, concise, and well-written, that I allow myself to cheat occasi...

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    Vort from the Rav: Acharei Mos

    Vayikra 18:4 אֶת מִשְׁפָּטַי תַּעֲשׂוּ וְאֶת חֻקֹּתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּּ – You shall fulfill My ordinances and observe My statutes. Generally, chukim seem to be irrational: if not for the divine imperative, we would never observe them. We assume a divine purpose and value, but we cannot fathom them....

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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...

  • cow-milk

    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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