• Becoming a Firefighter

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 6 Kislev: Tzitz Eliezer on Becoming a Firefighter One of the blessed challenges of a renewed Jewish presence in the Land of Israel is that it brings up questions of how an halachic Judaism can function in a full working society. Tzitz Eliezer 7;20, dated 6 Kislev 5722 (1961) ta...

  • Personal Judaism

    by R. Gil Student Personal stringencies in Jewish practice are private matters but they can also provide insight into the nature of Jewish law. In an undated responsum, Rav Moshe Feinstein answered a question about the complex topic of eruvin with a brief musing on the effect of halakhic decision-ma...

  • To What Does Havdala Relate?

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: This is more of a philosophical than halachic question, but is Havdala a mitzva of Shabbat or a mitzva of chol (weekday)? Answer: The Rambam (Shabbat 29:1; Sefer Hamitzvot, Aseh 155) is clear on the matter, as he views Kiddush and Havdala as equivalent “bookends”: “It is ...

  • Audio Roundup: 2017:46

    by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner: Musical Instruments during Davening Q: Is it permissible to play instruments during Hallel? A: It is forbidden on account of “Chukat Ha-Goyim – following the non-Jewish practices” (Shut Chatam Yoreh Deah #84-96, Choshen Mishpat #192. Kaf Ha-Chaim, Orach...

  • When the Story Isn’t Fully Told

    by R. Gidon Rothstein How Hashem Runs the World There are themes to Ramban, ideas that crop up repeatedly. I try to keep my interests and preferences out of these selections, so that I not fit Ramban into the Procrustean sarcophagus (as R. Lichtenstein zt”l used to say) of my own worldview. But Ramb...

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    Shulchan Ha’Ari by R. Ari Enkin   Ordering information: Send $29 via PayPal to: Enkin Family ...

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