Author Archives: Shlomo Aviner

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim and the rav of Beit El.

Israeli Community, Covenant And Commitment

[Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s collection of letters, published in English in 1995 as Community, Covenant And Commitment, was published 6 years later in Hebrew as Ha-Ish Al Ha-Edah. Rav Shlomo Aviner sees in these letters messages for our times. Many of the challenges Rav Soloveitchik faced have resurfaced today, some explicitly the same. R. Avi Weiss writes about how he ...

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Who is the Mara De-Atra of Ramot in Yerushalayim?

by R. Shlomo Aviner Question: One of the Chief Rabbis of Yerushalayim, Ha-Rav Shlomo Amar, rules that in the neighborhood of Ramot, Purim should be celebrated on the 14th of Adar, since there is considerable distance between it and the other neighborhoods of Yerushalayim.  The other Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, rules to celebrate Purim in Ramot on the 15th, as in the ...

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Honoring the Chief Rabbi of Israel

R Shlomo Aviner / Q: Is there are obligation to honor whoever is elected the Chief Rabbi of Israel? A: Absolutely. What kind of question is that?! Explanation: One is obligated to honor every Torah scholar and one is obligated all the more so to honor the Chief Rabbi. This is the story in the Gemara in Rosh Hashanah (25). Rabban Gamliel, the head of the Sanhedrin – i.e. the Chief Rabbi, ruled one way and Rabbi Yehoshua ruled another way. Rabban Gamliel said to Rabbi Yehoshua: "You have to come to me with your staff and your money belt on the day that you calculated to be Yom Kippur." Rabbi Yehoshua asked Rabbi Dosa ben Hurkenos if he was obligated to go. He answered: "He is the Chief Rabbi and he decided. If you question this Chief Rabbi, you have to question every Chief Rabbi going back to Moshe Rabbenu." If you say, "How was it that former times were better than these?" (Kohelet 7:10), you are incorrect. You forgot. "Go to the judge that will be in your days" (Devarim 17:9) – that is the judge you have. And the later generations should not say that the earlier generations were superior (Rosh Hashanah ibid.).

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