Author Archives: Shlomo Brody

Rabbi Shlomo M. Brody directs the Tikvah Overseas Seminars, teaches at Yeshivat Hakotel, and is a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

May one wear Crocs on Yom Kippur?

by R. Shlomo Brody, excerpted from his new book, A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates The permissibility of wearing comfortable, non-leather shoes on Yom Kippur has been much talked about over the last several years, following proclamations by rabbis Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Yaakov Ariel, among others, which strongly discouraged the wearing of Crocs on Yom Kippur. Despite ...

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Women, Tefillin, and the Halakhic Process

Much discussion has arisen in the past few weeks about the permissibility of women donning tefillin. This brief essay will attempt to fill survey the halakhic material and providing clarification regarding the historical relationship between women and tefillin. While the essay will offer various halakhic approaches to this question, it is not intended to address the specific decision that engendered [...]

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