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.

Unique Holiness of Jerusalem

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik stated that when we first entered Israel in the time of Yehoshua, Yerushalayim was conquered last. The movement of liberating the land was from the periphery to the center. Hundreds of years passed by between the conquest of Yericho by Yehoshua, and the building of the Beit ...

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Public Desecration of Shabbat

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In Bamidbar 31:16, the Torah states, “Thus shall the children of Israel observer the Shabbat…Between Me and the children of Israel, it is forever a sign that in six days HaShem created the heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased and rested”. The Gemara Chulin states ...

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The Overall Message of Matan Torah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It is not incidental that the event of Amalek [Shemot 17:8] and the story of Yitro [Shemot 18:1] are featured as a prologue to the Aseret HaDibrot [Shemot 20:1] Rav Soloveitchik suggested that the juxtaposition of these three events renders a great lesson for all of us today. Yitro ...

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The Rav and the Rebbe

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In most places of the Torah when Moshe and Aharon are mentioned together it is Moshe’s name that the Torah records first and then that of Aharon. However, In Sefer Shemot,[ 6:26] Aharon’s name appears first, “Hu Aharon U’Moshe” “That is Aharon and Moshe”. Rashi suggests that these variations ...

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A Fathers’ Two Blessings

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik asserted that every father should convey two separate Brachot to his children. One regarding his role within the nation of Israel and the world, and one a personal guiding message towards nurturing his strengths and abilities within himself. The Rav developed these ideas based on the two ...

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Perpetuating the Mesorah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik suggested that Yaakov Avinu was the first patriarch to establish direct communication with his grandchildren. He was laying the foundation for the dialogue of all generations. He literally conquered time and space when he said to Yosef, “Your two sons, who were born to you in Mitzrayim, ...

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Comprehending the Miracle of Chanukah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rambam writes in Hilchot Chanukah (3:3)- “The Chachamim of that generation enacted that these days…should be days Simcha and Hallel, of rejoicing and praising, during which candles are lit in the evening …Le’harot U’le’galot, to demonstrate and to reveal the miracle.” The Rambam is always very careful with the ...

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The Teiku Within Us

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Although HaShem occasionally reveals Himself in a dramatic fashion, at other times, He is mute and passive. Gemara Gittin (56b) interprets the word “ba’aillim” in the Pasuk “MI Chamocha Ba’ayllim HaShem” (Shemot 15:11) “Who is like You among the heavenly powers”? as “ba’alim”, reading the pasuk as saying Who ...

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Two Dreams Required

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Dreams are important Chazal tell us, “KOL HALAN SHIVA YAMIM BELEE CHALOM, NIKRA RA” “One who passes seven days without a dream is considered-evil” (Berachot 14a). Rav Soloveitchik added that a Jew must constantly have two dreams, one is not sufficient. This concept comes Bereishit (37:10). Yosef had two ...

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Mikveh Yisrael

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The final Mishnah of Yoma (8:9) states “Mikveh Yisrael HaShem”- meaning, “The hope of Israel is HaShem”. Yet the Mishnah instead concludes with the famous teaching of Rabbi Akiva, that Israel is praiseworthy, in that GD Himself purifies us. This is based on the pasuk in Yirmiyahu (17:3), that ...

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