Journal

The Rav on Shekhinah and LeShem Yihud

by Dr. Arnold Lustiger This treatment of the Rav’s ideas regarding Shechinah and LeShem Yichud is necessarily brief. For more detail, see the Volume 15 of the Torah UMadda Journal “The Kabbalistic Underpinnings of U-vikkashtem mi-sham”  Last week, Gil examined the term Shekhinah and the LeShem Yihud meditation.  Although the Rav is not widely known as having a Kabbalistic focus, ...

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Simchas Torah and Women

by Sarah Rudolph I. Dancing With A Torah Scroll? Often, when people talk about women and dancing on Simchas Torah, what they mean is women dancing with a sefer Torah. I think it’s important, though, to take a step back and consider not just dancing with a sefer Torah, but dancing itself.1 After all, the original minhag seems to have ...

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Sin, Repentance, and Human Nature

by R. Alec Goldstein God is hopeful of man, but also suspicious of him I. An understanding of teshuvah—a Hebrew word that loosely means “repentance” or “regret”—must necessarily be dependent on how we understand human nature in general. If human nature is fundamentally good, then teshuvah will be like a minor edit of character—here are a few points we need ...

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Physician Assisted Suicide and the Orthodox Healthcare Provider

by R. Micah Segelman In this paper I provide background on the legalization of physician assisted suicide, and analyze whether and to what extent the halacha precludes a healthcare provider from assisting a patient who seeks help in ending their own life. Physician Assisted Suicide in 21st Century America The legalization of physician assisted suicide (PAS) is an area of ...

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Why Many Jews Prioritize Mitzvot Bein Adam LeMakom Over Bein Adam LeChavero

by R. Anthony Knopf Introduction In a well-known joke, a yeshiva bocher finds that his milk cartons are routinely stolen from the yeshiva dorm fridge by one of his fellow students. After unsuccessful attempts to deter the thief by writing on the carton that stealing is a Torah prohibition, the milk owner has a brainwave and writes in big letters ...

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Tekhelet – Radiant as the Sky

by Dr. Baruch Sterman Mr. Vaynman and I certainly do agree on much more than we disagree. Were he to claim that tekhelet was dark blue, blue-violet, or sky-blue at various times and differing places over the more than 2000 years that it was being produced, we could shake hands in complete agreement. However, Mr. Vaynman stakes out an extreme ...

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Tekhelet Perception

by Dr. Baruch Sterman While I am always thrilled to see the issue of tekhelet being discussed (Tekhelet: Color Perception or Apprehension, Efraim Vaynman), and certainly in such a thorough and thoughtful way, I feel the need to clarify my own position and correct several mistakes. Harav Eliyahu Tavger, the founder of our non-profit Ptil Tekhelet organization, has pointed out ...

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