Halakhic Positions

Respecting Parents – Honoring Parents

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik There are two mitzvot governing the obligations of a child towards his parents. One of these mitzvot is Kibbud, honoring one’s parents, “Kabbeid  et  Avicha V’et  I’mecha” (Shemot 20:12, while the other is Morah, “Ish  imoh  veAviv  Ti’ra’uh”  having reverence of one’s parents (VaYikra 19:3).  Kibbud involves taking care of the parents’ physical ...

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A Teaching Father

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik “And these are the Toldot (offspring) of Yitzchak son of Avraham-Avraham begot Yitzchak” (25:19). Rashi comments “After HaKadosh Baruch-Hu called him Avraham (changing his name from Avram to Avraham by adding a hey to his name) then he begot Yitzchak. Apparently it is important to know that only after his name was changed ...

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Tzedakah Is Justice, Not Kindness

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik At first glance it would seem that the word tzeddakah, rooted in the word Tzeddek, is an inappropriate term to describe the act of giving charity. Performing an act of charity is generally understood to be a display of chesed, kindness, to another human being. We owe nothing to the poor person; the ...

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Kavod Hamalchut

I welcome R. Aharon Ziegler to Torah Musings in this new feature of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s halakhic positions. Rav Ziegler is widely known for his writings on this subject, including six books, over the years. It is an honor to host his new essays. -GS Are we obligated to give Kavod HaMalchut even to a non-Jewish King? According to ...

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