Halakhic Positions

Double Purpose of Learning Torah on Shabbat

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Kedusha often symbolizes itself by the concept of withdrawal; for example, Kedushat Shabbat obligates a person to refrain from productive work of the 39 melachot. However, we must also sanctify the Shabbat through positive actions, and not merely through passive abstentions. One such way we are Mekadesh the day, ...

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Physical and Spiritual Priorities

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler At the end of Sefer Shemot (35:2), at the very conclusion of GD’s command to Moshe regarding the Mishkan, HaShem once again appends a warning regarding keeping Shabbat. Rav Soloveitchik explained, in the name of his great grandfather, the Bet Halevi, (Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitcik-died May 1 1992). that ...

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The Rav and the Rebbe

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler In most places of the Torah when Moshe and Aharon are mentioned together it is Moshe’s name that the Torah records first and then that of Aharon. However, In Sefer Shemot,[ 6:26] Aharon’s name appears first, “Hu Aharon U’Moshe” “That is Aharon and Moshe”. Rashi suggests that these variations ...

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Perpetuating the Mesorah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik suggested that Yaakov Avinu was the first patriarch to establish direct communication with his grandchildren. He was laying the foundation for the dialogue of all generations. He literally conquered time and space when he said to Yosef, “Your two sons, who were born to you in Mitzrayim, ...

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Comprehending the Miracle of Chanukah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rambam writes in Hilchot Chanukah (3:3)- “The Chachamim of that generation enacted that these days…should be days Simcha and Hallel, of rejoicing and praising, during which candles are lit in the evening …Le’harot U’le’galot, to demonstrate and to reveal the miracle.” The Rambam is always very careful with the ...

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