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Do I Need to Stay in for Torah Reading?

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Beshalach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Is one required to hear all of Torah reading? Then Moshe caused Israel to set out from the Sea of Reeds. They went on into the wilderness of Shur; they traveled three days in the wilderness and found no water. (Exodus 15:22) The Talmud ...

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Ways We Shape Our Experience of God’s World

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Evil Inclination Needs an Opening Yalkut Shimoni 261, on Parshat Be-Shalah, compares Amalek to a fly, a comparison Kli Yakar notes Hazal also applied to the yetzer hara, the evil inclination, in Berakhot 61a. The fly is too weak to make an incision, but takes advantage of open sores or wounds, expands the opening, colonizes the area, and infects the body (still true ...

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How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

by R. Daniel Mann [Periodically, we re-issue our discussion on the proper position of tefillin shel rosh (last time, seven years ago). Many people do not realize that tefillin extending too far forward is a far more severe problem than being slightly off center. In Living the Halachic Process, I:G-1, we develop the halacha that the end of the tefillin ...

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The Obligation of Tehumin

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat BeShalah, Year Two Part of my interest in this mitzvah is that it might not belong here at all, since rishonim debate whether there is any Biblical prohibition related to how far we travel on Shabbat. The Early Rambam In Sefer Ha-Mitzvot, Prohibition 321, Rambam writes that we have been warned not to travel outside our Shabbat limits, based on Shemot 16; 29, ...

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Turning A Lower East Side Church Into A Synagogue

by R. Gil Student I. Buying a Church Judaism demands that its adherents separate from other religions, both physically and spiritually. Our study of other religions, and the attention to which we pay them, is highly limited by the verse, “Do not turn to the idols” (Lev. 19:4; Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Avodah Zarah 2:2). In general, we are taught to ...

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The Dual Sanctity of Israel

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Bo Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: May we sanctify the new month outside the Land of Israel? God said to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt: “This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year ...

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When Torah Giants Assume

by R. Gidon Rothstein Kli Yakar on Parshat Bo starts us off by noticing how Moshe changes God’s words about where to place the blood of the Pesach sacrifice. In 12;7, Hashem said the Jews should put the blood on the two doorposts and the lintel; Moshe reverses the order in verse 22. Kli Yakar has three versions of one idea, depending ...

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Dessert after Birkat Hamazon

by R. Daniel Mann Question: A friend of mine always eats dessert after Birkat Hamazon in order to avoid questions about whether he should make a beracha on dessert. Is that appropriate?   Answer: The practice of having dessert after Birkat Hamazon has various consequences. It can create a beracha rishona in cases that do not warrant them during the meal. ...

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Not Giving of the Korban Pesah to a Meshumad

by R. Gidon Rothstein Let’s start with an oddity in Parshat Bo we can work our way towards solving: I was not able to find anything in Aruch Ha-Shulhan about the mitzvah we will study today. Rambam counts it, with no demurral from Ramban, it’s in Sefer Ha-Hinuch and Minhat Hinuch, and there’s nothing about it in Aruch Ha-Shulhan. Explanation needed! A Pesah Sacrifice Minefield I found that ...

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