New Periodical

New Periodical: Emunat Itecha 121

The Tishrei 5779 issue of this journal published by Torah VeHa’aretz Institute, in conjunction with Puah, The Zomet Institute, Machon Keter, Mishpetei Eretz Institute, Mishpat La-Am, Koshrot, The Temple Institute, Halichot Am Israel Organization, Torah and State Center, and Chotam. The journal is in Hebrew but recently started a section of English summaries of key articles. I will list here ...

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New Periodical: Emunat Itecha 120

The Tammuz 5778 issue of this journal published by Torah VeHa’aretz Institute, in conjunction with Puah, The Zomet Institute, Machon Keter, Mishpetei Eretz Institute, Mishpat La-Am, Koshrot, The Temple Institute, Halichot Am Israel Organization, Torah and State Center, and Chotam. The journal is in Hebrew but recently started a section of English summaries of key articles. I will list here ...

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New Periodical: Hakirah 24

Spring 2018 issue of Hakirah (no. 24): Letters – R. Nati Helfgot and R. Yehoshua Pfeffer on Charedim in the army. R. Yehuda Henkin and Prof. Aryeh Frimer on calling women to the Torah, particularly regarding hosafos. Alan Messner, R. Moshe Wiener and Dr. Jeremy Brown on solar eclipses, a Gemara in Sukkah and the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s final explanation of ...

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New Periodical: RJJ Journal LXXIV

New issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, no. LXXIV (Succot 5778, Fall 2017): Transgenders in Jewish Law and Thought by R. Alfred Cohen – Surgery is forbidden. Dressing and making one’s body look like the opposite gender is forbidden. Changing gender is tampering with Creation. Mental anguish does not set aside biblical prohibitions. But we must treat ...

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New Periodical: Verapo Yerapei VII

New issue of The Journal of Torah and Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (vol. VII): VBAC in Jewish Law: Halakhah, History and Philosophy by R. Dr. Yaakov Jaffe – Normal childbirth after a C-section — mentioned in the Mishnah — is now fairly common. However, depending on the risk ...

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New Periodical: Hakirah 22

New issue of Hakirah, vol. 22 (Spring 2017): Letters – Prof. Yitzchok Levine and Prof. Yehuda Brandes discuss whether children today should follow the Talmudic schedule for learning Torah A Populism of the Spirit by R. Dr. Shimon Cowen – A theological-political critique of the political parties that represent hedonistic materialism, in contrast to an ethical populism. Review Essay: Rabbi ...

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Women’s Leadership – Correction

In a summary of a recent issue of Tradition, I incorrectly described Dr. Joel Wolowelsky’s article. In the latest issue, he responds and clarifies his view. He explains that he believes semikhah is certification of knowledge and therefore would be appropriate for religious learned women, too.  But, he said, it is distracting for them to use the title “rabbi” because some object ...

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