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Remarrying Without a Get or Heter Meah Rabbanim

by R. Gidon Rothstein 14 Tishrei: R. Ovadya Yosef on Remarrying Without a Get or Heter Meah Rabbanim The plight of women whose husbands refuse to authorize the writing and delivery of a get after the marriage is obviously over deservedly garners the lion’s share of communal attention to problems of halachic divorce. Still, men can have a similar problem. A longstanding ordinance called cherem Rabbenu Gershom, the ban of ...

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Vort from the Rav: Ha’azinu

(Excerpt from Chumash Mesoras Harav) Devarim 32:17 צוּר יְלָדְךָ תֶּשִׁי – You forgot the [Mighty] Rock Who bore you. We are all included in God’s existence, and His conscious­ness encompasses all our separate existences. Maimonides devotes a chapter in his Guide for the Perplexed (1:16) to an examination of the term “rock”:  It is a term denoting a hard stone, ...

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Vort from the Rav: Vayelech

(Excerpt from Chumash Mesoras Harav) Devarim 31:19 וְעַתָּה כִּתְבוּ לָכֶם אֶת הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת  – And now, write for yourselves this song. Based on these words, Maimonides (Hilchos Sefer Torah 7:1) rules that one must commit to writing not only the song of Ha’azinu, but all five Books of Moses: Write the Torah that contains this song. In fact, the whole ...

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Tosefet Yom Kippur

by R. Daniel Mann Question: When and how should one accept Yom Kippur? Answer: We wrote (see Living the Halachic Process III, C-4) that there are two or three elements of tosefet Shabbat (adding on to Shabbat). 1) One should cease doing melacha before Shabbat begins; 2) If one accepts Shabbat earlier than required, (at least many elements of) Shabbat ...

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When is Shabbat Over?

by R. Yaakov Hoffman Determining when Shabbat concludes has always been a weekly necessity for observant Jews. Thus, one might assume that everyone ends Shabbat at more or less the same time. In actuality, there is a great deal of variation. Some people commence weekday activities on Saturday night 40 minutes after sunset, while others wait longer—some as long as ...

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Issues of Kodshim

by R. Gidon Rothstein 29 Elul: R. Moshe Feinstein on Issues of Kodshim For the sixteen years before he moved to the United States, R. Moshe Feinstein was rabbi in Luban, a town in Belarus, and some of the responsa he wrote in Luban he included in Shu”t Iggerot Moshe (which he started publishing only fifteen years after he arrived in the United ...

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Shabbos Clothes

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Gemara Shabbat (113a) teaches us, that if one can afford to, he should have separate garments for Shabbat, and separate clothes for weekdays, and if not, he should “unroll his garments”. What the Gemara means by that is very unclear, for there is a machloket [dispute] regarding its ...

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