Rav Gidon

The Nation Finds Itself, in Fits and Starts

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Chukat The last decade of world history (plus other eras as well) show how hard it can be for a group of disparate people to come together around common goals. Our commentators’ ideas for Parshat Chukat remind us of some of the stumbling blocks along the way to the goal, fighting for what unifies our ...

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Loans and Loan Collection

by R. Gidon Rothstein Choshen Mishpat 97 When a Jew needs money, the lender has the opportunity to be truly helpful, while running the risk of violating the Torah in more than one way. Lending Is a Form of Charity AH begins the siman (Choshen Mishpat 97) with Shabbat 63a, where the Gemara said lending money is better than giving ...

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Special People and How to Treat Them

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Korach We live in a culture that resists/rejects specialness, where we want everyone to be special in their own way. But, to paraphrase Syndrome, when everyone is special, no one is. Korach, where he and his gang tried to deny the specialness of Aharon, is a parsha where we are reminded some people are different, ...

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Divorce and Some Reverberations

by R. Gidon Rothstein Finishing Even HaEzer 119 Temporary Marriages Se’ifim nine and ten of Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer 119 explore how Mishlei 3;29 impacts marriage. The verse prohibits planning evil toward a friend who feels secure with you, including marriage, said the Gemara in Gittin and recorded by Rambam, a man may not marry a woman planning to divorce ...

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The Sin of the Spies Almost Kills Us, Delays Our Observance of Challah

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Shelach What I Should Be Doing, But Won’t I started looking at HaKetav VeHaKabbalah to learn from R. Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg’s reconciliations of Chazal’s reading of the text with the peshat, or plainsense, one. By that standard, we should be studying his first comment to Bamidbar 15;18. Chazal read the word be-vo’achem, when you arrive, ...

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Reasons for Divorce

by R. Gidon Rothstein Even HaEzer 119 Devarim 24;1 lays out how to render asunder what was once put together, the husband writes a document of divorce, gives it to the woman, they are no longer related. Grounds for Divorce The verse also refers to what would/should lead a man to decide on such a course of action, and its ...

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Moshe, Success or Failure?

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat BeHa’alotecha Moshe’s Extraordinary Comfort In the course of the rebuke to Miriam and Aharon for their slander of their brother, Hashem declares Moshe to be be-chol beiti ne’eman, the most faithful (or trusted) in all My house, 12;7. R. Yaakov Zvi Mecklenburg accepts the general view, the phrase means Moshe was like a trusted friend, ...

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Finishing Weddings, Divorce Can Wait

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Be-Ha’alotecha Wedding is a Family Right, Not Only a Personal One Se’if 12 of siman 64 tells us a groom must make a wedding for his wife even if only her relatives care (she says she doesn’t mind), and must meet the standards of whichever family occupies the higher socioeconomic class [if the bride’s family ...

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Celebrating a Wedding

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Naso Two points of order: I realized last week I had failed to do a chapter of Even HaEzer last round, so we’re going to do two in a row now (I know you may not care about going in a clear cycle through the parts of Shulchan Aruch, but my bit of OCD does. ...

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