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EpiPen Pricing and Jewish Law

by R. Gil Student Public attention has recently been drawn to the skyrocketing price of EpiPens, which has risen almost 400% since being acquired in 2007 by pharmaceutical company Mylan. EpiPens quickly and easily deliver the medicine Epinephrine that can save the lives of people having an allergic reaction. Because of their easy use and immediate effect, people with strong ...

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Wait in Line

by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Cheshvan: Tzitz Eliezer on Making Torah Scholars Wait in Line On the third of Cheshvan (called MarCheshvan in this and most responsa I’ve seen) 5749 (1988), Tzitz Eliezer 18;69 answered a series of questions from Dr. Avraham S. Avraham about lines for service in a doctor’s office. Must a doctor triage patients, or have a ...

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Dirty Laundry on Chol Ha-Moed

by R. Gil Student Does the prohibition against washing dirty clothes on Chol Ha-Mo’ed, the intermediate days of the holiday, still apply today when doing laundry is relatively quick and easy?1 In theory, washing laundry always should be allowed on Chol Ha-Mo’ed. Generally speaking, simple work needed for the day is allowed. If you run out of clean clothes, you ...

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Soldiers Travelling to Hear Shofar

by R. Gidon Rothstein 26 Tishrei: R. Herzog on Soldiers Travelling to Hear Shofar on Rosh HaShanah The early days of the State of Israel raised a host of halachic questions Jews had not entertained in practical terms in thousands of years, if ever. Among the foremost decisors who grappled with these issues was R. Herzog, the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi ...

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Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision

by R. Gidon Rothstein 19 Tishrei: R. Ovadya Yosef on Anesthesia During Adult Circumcision There are really very few responsa dated to Chol HaMoed Sukkot, for understandable reasons. It’s a holiday, and meshivim are busy celebrating as Hashem commanded. For a project like this one, endeavoring to gather at least one responsum a day for all possible days of the ...

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Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis

by R. Gidon Rothstein 12 Tishrei: Tzitz Eliezer on Second Day Yom Tov for Israelis Outside of Israel We should be candid: second day Yom Tov can feel burdensome. That’s all the more so when a Yom Tov is on a Thursday, the added day turns a holiday into a marathon. Adding to the challenge, it’s been clear since the ...

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Insincere Conversions

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Bi’ah (13:17) writes “A convert who was not examined or who was not informed about the commandments and the punishments [for transgressing them], but was circumcised and immersed in the presence of three laymen, is deemed a [valid] convert.” Rav Soloveitchik commented that the ...

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