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Rav Moshe Feinstein and the History of Thanksgiving

by Yisroel Ben-Porat Yisroel Ben-Porat is a PhD candidate in early American history at CUNY Graduate Center. Click here to download PDF Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, many Americans grace their dinner tables with turkey and cranberry sauce in celebration of Thanksgiving. According to popular tradition, the holiday commemorates the first harvest of the Pilgrims following their ...

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Women in Communal Leadership Positions: Shul Presidents

by R. Aryeh A. Frimer Download printable PDF. A related article on Partnership Minyanim is available here and a related article on The View of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l on the Ordination of Women is available here. Rabbi Dr. Aryeh A. Frimer is the Ethel and David Resnick Professor of Active Oxygen Chemistry at Bar Ilan University. Editor’s note: ...

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Coca-Cola Crates and Sukkos: Is It the Real Thing?

by Rabbi Akiva Males On October 3, 2004, the New York Times ran a human interest story about Sukkos entitled, “Holiday Fixtures, From Coke Crates to Sukkah Depot”. The article opens with the following account:  Rabbi Berl Haskelevich, 58, is no environmentalist. A cabala scholar, he can barely keep his recyclables straight. But this time of the year, he reuses ...

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Partnership Minyanim

by R. Aryeh A. Frimer and R. Dov I. Frimer Download printable PDF. A related article on Women in Communal Leadership Positions is available here and a related article on The View of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l on the Ordination of Women is available here. Rabbi Dr. Aryeh A. Frimer is the Ethel and David Resnick Professor Emeritus of ...

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Rabbinic Leadership and Haskalah 2.0

by R. Rafi Eis טוב טעם ודעת למדני כי במצותיך האמנתי: (תהילים קיט: סו) Teach me reason and knowledge, for I have put my trust in Your commandments. (Psalms 119:66) Jewish Continuity As a Minority in the World Successful transmission of Jewish values and traditions requires rabbinic leaders to clearly articulate the centrality of Torah. With ambivalent leadership, outside cultures ...

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Returning To The Rav’s Teshuvah Lectures

by R. Gil Student Book review of: Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe (Expanded Edition) Edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger OU Press, 205 pages Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (henceforth, the Rav) spoke in a majestic manner that captivated listeners for hours at a time. He dissected complicated halachic subjects in an exciting and ...

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Why Reversal of Roe v. Wade is Welcome

by Rav J. David Bleich The brouhaha surrounding the report of a forthcoming United States Supreme Court decision reversing its seminal decision in Roe v. Wade has subsided and with it a perceived institutional need prompting issuance of ill-conceived reactive statements. The actual decision that will assuredly spark further reaction and even more intense hand-wringing has yet to be announced. ...

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The Critical Role of Parents on Pesach and Beyond

by R. Rafi Eis The Pesach Seder places the family, and specifically the relationship of parents and children, on center stage. The Haggadah’s section of the Four Sons makes clear that parents have a duty to respond individually to each child, but it must be with the same overall Exodus story. In this way, the Seder serves as the critical ...

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