Exhuming and Burning a Body for Reburial

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Sivan: R. Moshe Feinstein on Exhuming and Burning a Body for Reburial Death and burial are emotional. Into such a situation was R. Moshe Feinstein asked to wade, in Iggerot Moshe Yoreh De’ah 4;56, dated 12 Sivan 5741 (1981). A deceased Jewish man had been buried in a Russian cemetery, the Soviets having outlawed separate ...

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What the Toil of Torah Secures, and Avoids

by R. Gidon Rothstein What the Toil of Torah Secures, and Avoids: Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 5, Sermon 15 R. Epstein’s sermons are rich and discursive, so that it hasn’t been until I’ve been presenting them that I’ve seen that in fact he sticks to central themes. Until now, that was the question of money and earning a ...

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Uprooting Marriages in Our Time

by R. Gidon Rothstein 5 Sivan: Seridei Esh on Uprooting Marriages in Our Time While I generally offer responsa written on a certain day, I also allow myself to bend those rules. In this case, I am going to use a responsum where the original question was on the fifth of Sivan, 5718 (1958), even though the answer was dated ...

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Poverty and Exile as Prelude to Wealth

by R. Gidon Rothstein Poverty and Exile as Prelude to Wealth: Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week 4, Sermon 23 We generally see nega’im, the afflictions of tzara’at, as negatives, punishments for some sin. But Rashi to Vayikra 14;34 records a case where a Midrash saw a nega as having a positive outcome. Reacting to the verse’s saying Hashem would ...

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Extra Aliyot

by R. Gidon Rothstein 27 Iyyar: R. Herzog on Making Hosafot to Raise Money for a Shul R. Yitzchak Herzog was the Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazic community of Palestine and then Israel from 1936 until his passing in 1959. His position and his renown as an halachic authority combined to lead Jewish communities all over the world to consult ...

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The Source of the Jewish People’s Livelihood

by R. Gidon Rothstein Hashem as the Source of the Jewish People’s Livelihood: Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week Three, Sermon 18 In this series discussing sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, last time I noted that he saw poverty as among the most prominent sufferings of exile. In that light, it seemed appropriate to take up sermons that deal most ...

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The Reconquest of Har HaBayit

by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Iyyar: R. Moshe Feinstein Unwittingly Anticipating the Reconquest of Har HaBayit I assume we all know the routine, that I search a particular date in my Bar-Ilan CD-Rom, then pick the most apt one of the responsa that comes up. Searching for 20 Iyyar, I found Iggerot Moshe Kodashim ve-Taharot 2;1, dated 20 Iyyar 5767. ...

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Explaining the Sufferings of Exile

by R. Gidon Rothstein Sermons of the Aruch HaShulchan, Week Two: Explaining the Sufferings of Exile As I noted last time, I have to fit 23 sermons into 21 weeks, and this week seems as good as any to combine two into one. That’s because two of the sermons deal with the sufferings of exile, trying to understand the possible ...

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Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality

by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Iyyar: Tzitz Eliezer on Breaking Doctor/Patient Confidentiality, Burying an Excised Eye Now or Later, and Whether a Fetus is Alive One of the topic areas Tzitz Eliezer sort of specialized in was medical halachah (that’s not to take away from his general expertise, it’s that his role as halachic decisor for Shaare Zedek Medical Center ...

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