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Unsupervised Meat

by R. Gidon Rothstein 21 Cheshvan: Chacham Zvi on Meat Left Without Supervision We outsource much about kashrut, especially regarding meat. We walk into a kosher butcher, supervised by a rabbi or organization we trust, buy meat, go home and prepare and eat it. That has many advantages, since almost all the people involved in the process are more familiar with the relevant halachot than ...

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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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