Halakhic Positions

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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Three Sanctified Entities

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Although the HaGadah from which we read at the Seder of Pesach asks, “Who knows three?” and he answers that the three refers to the Avot-Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov, the fact is that there are many more aspects of Judaism that come with the number three. Similarly, the Midrash ...

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The Shalosh Regalim

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Kiddush of Yom Tov ends with a very generic Bracha, “Baruch Ata HaShem…. Mekadesh Yisrael Ve’Hazmanim” Blessed are You, HaShem, who sanctified Israel  [meaning the Bet Din of Israel] and [they sanctified ]the festivals. But without specifying the name of the Yom Tov. Rabbi Baruch Epstein, author of ...

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Was the Suffering Worthwhile?

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik pointed out that in the “Al HaNissim” recited on Chanukah, included in all the events for which we thank HaShem, there is also the phrase of “V’Al HaMilchamot”, for all the battles which You performed for our forefather. For this we express gratitude to God? Why should ...

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The Covenant Between Man and God

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In the Torah we find that God established a Brit (Covenant) with Avraham, with Yitzchak, with Yaakov and with the entire Klal Yisrael. These covenants serve as contractual obligations between Himself and the Avot (forefathers), as well as between Himself and the Congregation of Israel. The halakha states that ...

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Seeing God

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Midrash (Lekach Tov, Haazinu, 55a) comments: “Has the earth ever changed its pattern? Has anyone ever planted wheat and reaped barley?”  The consistency and regularity of nature, all attests to GD’s rule over the universe. We, human beings cannot interfere with nor alter the physical laws of the  ...

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