Halakhic Positions

Mitzvah of Zechirat Amalek

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Mitzvah of Zechirat Amalek if found in Parshat Ki Teitzei (Devarim 25:17-20). It contains a positive aspect of Zachor, and a negative aspect of lo–tishkach According to Rambam (Hilchot Melachim 5:5), and Tosafot (Berachot 13a) this Mitzvah is a Chiyyuv D’Oreita (Biblical requirement). We fulfill the Mitzvah by ...

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The Unique Characteristics of Kedushat Yerushalayim

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik expressed the idea that Yerushalayim is endowed with a unique Kedusha (holiness) that is called kedushat shechina-the holiness of G-d. Whereas the holiness of most places emerges from human energy, the holiness of Yerushalayim does not emerge from us, it comes from an external force- from G-d ...

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Connecting to Hashem

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik pointed out that Tefillah (Prayer) and Nevu’ah (Prophecy) are two sides of the same coin. While both involve dialogue between human being and G-d, there is one major difference: in Nevu’ah G-d initiates the dialogue and speaks to us, while in prayer the human being is the ...

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Ha Lachma Anya

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Netzi”v, (Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (1817-1893), raises a number of glaring questions about the form and contents of this paragraph in the Haggadah. After performing Yachatz, by breaking the middle Matzah in half and setting aside the larger portion for the Afikoman, we are left with two ...

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Ko’ach and Gevurah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler On Shabbat morning, in one of the liturgical songs praising HaShem for all of His creations, in the paragraph beginning with Kel Adon Al Kol HaMa’asim we find the phrase Ko’ach U’gevurah Natan Ba’hem Li’hi’yot Moshlim BeKerev Teiveil (Strength and power has He granted them, to be dominant within  ...

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Birkhat Ha’Torah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler It is forbidden to study or recite Torah passages before reciting the three Bir’khot haTorah which are; “La’asok BeDivrei Torah”,” Ve’ha’arev Na”, and “Asher Bachar Banu”. Each one of them expresses a different idea. La’asok BeDivrei Torah applies to the Mitzvot, Ve’ha’arev Na is a prayer asking HaShem to ...

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