Halakhic Positions

The Mood of Shabbat

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler When Moshe Rabbeinu revealed the mystery of Shabbat to the people, he told them “Remain every man in his place; no man should go out of his place on the seventh day” (Sh’mot 16:29). Man remains alone, and he should experience the Shabbat as a lone being. Rav Soloveitchik ...

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Should We Be Wearing Techelet Today?

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Radziner Rebbe, Rav Gershon Chanoch Leiner (Poland 1839-1891) declared that he had discovered the true Techelet. R. Leiner was a brilliant talmid chacham. He was also knowledgeable in chemistry, engineering and medicine. He proposed that the Chilazon was a type of squid known as the cuttlefish. He travelled ...

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Mourning and Sinning

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik analyzed and compared the emotional and halachic experience of losing a relative and losing a relationship with GD. The laws of aveilut [mourning] are divided into two parts: Aninut and Aveilut. Aninut is the stage of mourning where one has not yet buried his deceased relative. He ...

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Brit Milah and Korban Pesach

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It is not coincidental that the Yom Tov of Pesach always follows parashat Tzav. The practice of reading particular selections from the Torah in connection with a specific holiday dates back to Moshe Rabbeinu. Tzav is read before Pesach, Bamidbar before Shavu’ot, Devarim before Tisha B’av, and Nitzavim before ...

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Shira in the Mikdash

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik taught that there was a unique Mitzvah and religious experience of Shira BaMikdash, the singing of hymns in the Temple, and this Mitzvah included two components. First, there was an obligation for the Levi’im to sing during the offering of the Korban Tzibbur [communal sacrifices] as part ...

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Kibbud Shabbat

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam writes (Hilchot Shabbat 30:16) that even a very important person who is not accustomed to buying things in the marketplace or doing ordinary housework is required to perform, by himself, certain tasks to prepare for Shabbat, for that is its Kavod. We know that among our Sages ...

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