New Periodical

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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New Periodical: Hakirah 21

Hakirah 21 (Summer 2016): Letters – Prof. Menachem Kellner and R. Eliyahu Krakowski debate whether Prof. Kellner mistranslated a key text and a few other things. Three interesting letters about science and divine providence. A discussion about the identity of the town of Tuch, where the Tosafist R. Eliezer lived. R. Eli asks for a discussion of Open Orthodoxy, which ...

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New Periodical: Tradition 49:1

New issue of Tradition (49:1 Spring 2016) with a special section of Perspectives on Women’s Leadership in Orthodoxy: The Sons of Korah, Who Did Not Die by R. Shalom Carmy – An expansion of Rav Soloveitchik’s interpretation of the Korach rebellion with an application to the current “crisis of authority.” A Litvak in Montreal: The Thought of Rabbi Aryeh Leib ...

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New Periodical: RJJ Journal LXXI

Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society LXXI (Pesach 5776, Spring 2016): Hospital Visits on Shabbat by R. Raphael Hulkower – Debate over how much of a violation is permitted to visit someone in the hospital. Also addresses whether to call a cab or order an Uber (halakhically equal) and whether the visit will improve the medical care. Bottom line: ask ...

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