Journal

Yes, the Talmud Does Suggest Drinking on Purim

by R. Yaakov Hoffman Last year, Rabbi Asher Bush lamented the fact that many in the Jewish community ignore admonitions not to get drunk on Purim. He noted, accurately, that people view such directives as merely being “[p]olitically [c]orrect” and “apologetics” rather than genuine halachic guidance. Unfortunately, Jewish leaders have not done much to counter this perception. In their admirable ...

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Precautions in Shul in the Wake of Coronavirus

by R. Asher Bush With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which as of this date has no specific treatments, numerous halachic issues are being discussed; a few that have practical implications will be addressed here. It is worth noting that while much attention is correctly being placed on this new and yet untreatable virus, these issue apply to any ...

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Is the Jerusalem Program Kosher?

by R. Gil Student The Jerusalem Program is the official platform of the World Zionist Congress. In order to vote in the currently ongoing (and quickly ending) elections to the World Zionist Congress, you are first required to affirm your commitment to the platform. As R. Dr. Joseph Frager recently noted, for some reason “the Orthodox have failed to grasp ...

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Rav Soloveitchik on the Proper Response to Resurgent Anti-Semitism

We saw the Moon in the Morning in the East, but in the Evening in the West: On the Destiny of Contemporary Jews and Judaism: Lessons from Jewish History in a Time of Crisis and Transition An early Yahrzeit Lecture by Rav Joseph D. Soloveitchik Edited by Rabbi Basil Herring Part III Responding to the Newest Resurgence of Anti-Semitism Editor’s ...

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