A First Look at R. Yitzchak Arama’s View of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippu

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Torah introduces Yom Kippur with the service of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, in Acharei Mot, sha’ar 63 in Akeydat Yitzchak. Because I generally fail to pay enough attention to hagim until they’re upon me, I left only one week for us to discuss ideas of Yom Kippur, and am therefore skipping the first ...

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Are We Doing Converts A Favor?

by R. Gidon Rothstein 25 Elul: R. Herzog on Whether We Are Doing Converts a Favor The 25th of Elul is the anniversary of a responsum R. Yitzchak Herzog wrote (Heichal Yitzchak Even haEzer 1;20) whose topic was conversion, with ramifications for our looming confrontation with Gd on the High Holidays, the Yamim Nora’im. The question is about a Jewish man who had lived for ...

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A Hazzan/Shohet with Seizures

by R. Gidon Rothstein 11 Elul: Hatam Sofer on a Hazzan/Shohet with Seizures and on Choosing Poor to Support Medical challenges affect patients and families in ways beyond the directly physical. Shu”t Hatam Sofer 2; Yoreh De’ah 7, dated 11 Elul 5528 (1827), addresses a hazzan/shohet in a certain locale [I think this was a common pairing, neither job paying ...

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The ‘Akeydah

by R. Gidon Rothstein R. Yitzchak Arama’s View of the ‘Akeydah Itself Last time, R. Arama set up the ‘Akeydah as an opportunity for Avraham to show his readiness to listen to Hashem on a most difficult task. Now, he fleshes out some of the challenges Avraham faced in building his way to proving his readiness. Questions About the ‘Akeydah Like his contemporary, Abarbanel, R. Arama ...

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Return and Renewal: A Trailer

by R. Gidon Rothstein I only write book reviews when I believe readers would gain from securing a copy of the book and reading it. For Return and Renewal: Reflections on Teshuva and Spiritual Growth — talks on repentance mori ve-rabi R. Aharon Lichtenstein, zt”l, delivered between 1985 and 2010, either at Kehillat Jeshurun in New York or the Gruss ...

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