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Forms

by R. Gil Student 23 Sivan: R. Moshe Feinstein’s Forms Shu”t Iggerot Moshe Choshen Mishpat 3;30 reproduces several forms R. Moshe Feinstein used in his personal life and/or wrote for others, the last of which was dated 23 Sivan 5731 (1971). I am charmed by the goodwill in the gesture—these forms do not show his creative halachic thought, no one ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:25

by Joel Rich Why do we take off tfillin before Hallel on Rosh Chodesh but before mussaf (for those who wear tfillin) on Chol Hamoed? Shimon (or Nachshon) Haamsoni is quoted in the famous darshening and undarshening of etim (e.g., Psachim 22b) saga. [For a somewhat different version of the story, see Yerushalim Sotah Chapter 5, which is worthy of ...

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The Traits of Perfection Are Inextricably Intertwined

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzchak, Seventeenth Sha’ar, First Part All or Nothing Perfection R. Arama tells us he plans to make two points in the seventeenth sha’ar. First, admirable qualities are not separate from mitzvot, and, second, Avraham was shown the spiritual rewards for goodness, which became part of his belief in Hashem. The Midrash he cites to start ...

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Do We Say God’s Name Correctly?

by R. Gil Student I. God’s Grammar In the early seventeenth century, scholars who were both grammarians and Kabbalists debated the proper way to pronounce God’s name. The Tetragrammaton (4-letter divine name) is spelled in the Bible but not recited, generally speaking. Instead, we replace that name with the word meaning “master”, commonly pronounced A-do-nai. The disagreement over pronunciation affects ...

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Answering Amen to Hamakom Yenachem

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Should a mourner (or others present) answer Amen to the words of consolation, “Hamakom yenachem etchem b’toch she’ar aveili Tzion v’Yerushalayim”? Answer: The nature of amen changes with the context of the statement to which one is responding. Most classic berachot praise Hashem for providing one of many things for man (e.g., food, seeing something ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:24

by Joel Rich https://www.thelehrhaus.com/commentary/compartmentalization-and-synthesis-in-modern-orthodox-jewish-education/#em Compartmentalization and Synthesis in Modern Orthodox Jewish Education By David Stein A long piece focusing on proposed approach to education. The entire piece is interesting reading but this statement alone is worth our consideration IMHO. “Modern Orthodoxy is a worldview that encompasses intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, and professional dimensions, and which recognizes that there exist multiple ...

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