Journal

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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Mourner’s Kaddish: Quality or Quantity?

by R. Yaakov Hoffman Since reciting Kaddish is a concrete way of honoring a departed loved one, mourners are understandably anxious to do so at every possible opportunity. In most Ashkenazic congregations, mourners say Kaddish four times during Shacharit: after Korbanot, after Mizmor Shir Chanukat Ha-Bayit, after Aleinu, and after Shir Shel Yom. Many become upset if they miss even ...

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LGBT and Halakha: The Role of Intellectual Humility

By R. Yaakov Hoffman While the condemnations of Prof. Aaron Koller’s On Halakha and LGBT have correctly critiqued his theological conclusions, they have not gone far enough in demonstrating the flaws in his line of thinking.1)See the essays of Rabbi Gil Student, Rabbi Harry Maryles, and Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer. To avoid any misimpression, I will state from the outset that ...

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Is 929 Kosher?

by R. Gil Student I’m told that some yeshiva graduates are learning 929 without fully understanding its background. I will make a few points here why this is not the daily Tanakh study program for the traditional Orthodox Jew, even if some traditional Orthodox teachers are involved for a variety of reasons. If you want to learn Tanakh daily, please ...

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Jewelry on Shabbat: Pretty or Prohibited?

by R. Yaakov Hoffman Many women would be aghast at the idea of omitting jewelry from their Shabbat wardrobe. It may thus come as a surprise that the Talmud unequivocally forbids women from wearing jewelry on Shabbat.1)According to most authorities, it is permissible for a man to wear masculine jewelry. Some, however, recommend that a man be stringent and refrain ...

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