• Repenting a Coerced Forbidden Pleasure

    by R. Gidon Rothstein [Click for the audio version]. Let’s admit that not all of us are so enveloped in Torah and mitzvot that we find distasteful that which the Torah prohibits. Shu”t Chatam Sofer 1 (Orach Chayyim); 202, dated 8 Adar 5599 (1839), deals with a man like us, who was forced to violate ...

  • Minhag or Mayhem – Noisemaking during the Purim Megillah Reading

    by R. Dr. Raphael Hulkower Introduction During the reading of Megillat Esther each year on Purim, most communities share the custom of making noise upon hearing the recitation of Haman’s name. From stomping one’s feet or “booing” to whirring groggers or the occasional cap gun blast, this custom has ...

  • Joining a Shushan Purim Seuda

    by R. Daniel Mann Question: At my Purim seuda this year (Friday, in Yerushalayim), I will be hosting my children from outside the city. Are there any limitations on their participation considering that it is Erev Shabbat? Answer: While the main halacha of refraining from serious eating before a holy...

  • Audio Roundup 2018:8

    by Joel Rich The Mishna Brurah tells us that the reason everyone says the ribbon shel olam (about dreams) in a Birchat Kohanim outside of Eretz Yisrael on Shalosh Regalim is because everyone must’ve had at least one bad dream in the interim. In Israel, where they duchen every day, the kohanim don’t ...

  • In Which We Meet the Kohanim

    by R. Gidon Rothstein In Shemot 28;1, Hashem lays out the process for inducting Aharon and his sons to the priesthood. Ramban points out that the sons had to be in this ceremony, that Aharon’s investiture did not turn all his living descendants into priests. A baby born to a kohen father is a kohen ...

  • Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Yarchei Kallah

    by Joel Rich I previously reviewed the preparatory shiurim for the actual Agudah Yarchei Kallah on Pikuach Nefesh/Shabbat.  Here are the English shiurim which have been posted on the internet.               http://www.aiayk.org/audio-2018/ http://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018audio/1.15.18awe...

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