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Jabotinsky

Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1880-1940) was one of the most influential political thinkers in the first half of the twentieth century, founder of the Revisionist movement.

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How Much Love?

I. The Limits of Love The Torah obligates us to love each other as ourselves (Lev. 19:18), a formulation that while powerful opens a large loophole. This fundamental principle creates a giving society, a community of chesed. However, there may be a simple way to avoid this obligation, taking some of the shine away from the Golden Rule. What requirement ...

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Audio Roundup

Seen in a Northern New Jersey bagel store: Due to popular demand, we will begin serving Mezonos breads. However, there is a great controversy as to the validity (not the kashrus) of Mezonos rolls. Please consult your own Rabbinic Authority as to what your minhag should be. Me: 1) Is minhag being used here in its technical sense or as ...

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The Great Journey

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted (possibly inaccurately) as saying that life is a journey, not a destination. Perhaps this idea can explain a textual anomaly in God’s command to Avraham to leave Ur Kasdim for the land of Canaan. Oddly, God does not tell Avraham where to go. “Go away from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s ...

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The Dreyfus Affair

Wrongly accused of espionage, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was sentenced to Devil’s Island on the basis of remarkably tenuous evidence. May critics, including the famous writer Emile Zola, argued that Dreyfus was unfairly charged simply because he was a Jew in the French army. As evidence mounted that another officer was guilty, the Dreyfus Affair exposed the persistence of pervasive and ...

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Audio Roundup

Just curious – do any of you daven at a minyan where the shatz for slichot continues to daven shacharit even if he is not an aveil and there are aveilim in the minyan? ——— My new adage – “Whether or not you hold mitzvot tzricha kavannah, they definitely need hachana” Rabbi Yigal Chabshush-Famous Shutim- Shiur 3- Rav Ovadia Yosef ...

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Religious Law and Change

Over three decades ago, Dr. Haym Soloveitchik proposed that communal self-image played a crucial role in the development of religious law. His revision of that thesis raises questions not only about Medieval Jewish history but also about contemporary Orthodox Jewish society and the much-discussed and perhaps mislabeled “turn to the right.” Dr. Soloveitchik recently published the first volume of his ...

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Why Theodicy?

Religious philosophy is replete with vibrant, sometimes desperate, reconciliations of divine justice and mortal experience. Explanations abound for why bad things happen to good people and good things to bad. But why bother? Why should so many great minds apply so much effort to this intractable problem? Put differently, since ultimately we must utilize faith somewhere in the answer, what ...

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Audio Roundup

The Shach (YD 344:9) states that if a parent commands a child not to observe the 12 months of mourning, it is a mitzvah to follow their command. Does anyone know whether this is the generally accepted halacha? Has anyone seen anything on whether “ruach chachamim” would be “noche” (the Rabbis would have a positive view) towards a parent who ...

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