Author Archives: Aharon Ziegler

Rabbi Aharon Ziegler is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Agudath Achim of Boro Park and the Dean and Rosh Kollel of Kollel Agudath Achim. He is the author of six volumes of Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

Respecting Parents – Honoring Parents

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik There are two mitzvot governing the obligations of a child towards his parents. One of these mitzvot is Kibbud, honoring one’s parents, “Kabbeid  et  Avicha V’et  I’mecha” (Shemot 20:12, while the other is Morah, “Ish  imoh  veAviv  Ti’ra’uh”  having reverence of one’s parents (VaYikra 19:3).  Kibbud involves taking care of the parents’ physical ...

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A Teaching Father

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik “And these are the Toldot (offspring) of Yitzchak son of Avraham-Avraham begot Yitzchak” (25:19). Rashi comments “After HaKadosh Baruch-Hu called him Avraham (changing his name from Avram to Avraham by adding a hey to his name) then he begot Yitzchak. Apparently it is important to know that only after his name was changed ...

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Tzedakah Is Justice, Not Kindness

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik At first glance it would seem that the word tzeddakah, rooted in the word Tzeddek, is an inappropriate term to describe the act of giving charity. Performing an act of charity is generally understood to be a display of chesed, kindness, to another human being. We owe nothing to the poor person; the ...

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Kavod Hamalchut

I welcome R. Aharon Ziegler to Torah Musings in this new feature of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s halakhic positions. Rav Ziegler is widely known for his writings on this subject, including six books, over the years. It is an honor to host his new essays. -GS Are we obligated to give Kavod HaMalchut even to a non-Jewish King? According to ...

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Israel at 64

R Aharon Ziegler / For most of us the sixty-fourth birthday usually indicates the beginning of our retirement years. Our bodies no longer function with the vigor and efficiency that they did a few decades ago. But in terms of historic longevity of nations and states, sixty-four years is not a long time at all. So even though those of us who were then alive and remember the day of the founding of the State of Israel are now certainly older and weaker than were then, the state itself is in its youth and exuberant stage of development.

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Filling the Void

R Aharon Ziegler / The wonderful Chag of Chanukah is over but the message of Chanukah lingers on, and the holiday of Purim is less than three months away. On Purim, we thank HaShem for the salvation of our people in Persia {Iran} where the entire Jewish community was threatened with physical annihilation. Our enemies sought “Lehashmid  Uleharog  et  Kol  HaYehudim,” to kill every Jewish male, female and child without exception, but G-d, in His imminent compassion and love for us saved us from our enemies. On Chanukah, there was no threat to our physical lives but rather a threat to our spiritual and religious lives. Our enemies wanted “Lehashkicham Toratecha  Uleha’aviaram  Meichukei  Retzonecha,” devoid us of our Torah and religious observances.

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