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Audio Roundup 2018:32

by Joel Rich The Rambam [codified in S”A E”H 22:7] states that, if a man’s business is such that he can’t avoid even only rabbinic yichud issues, he should yifneh l’mlacha acheret (find another line of work). We also know that many times rabbinic rules are set aside in the case of great loss [but see Pitchei Tshuva Y”D 157:4] ...

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Eyes on the Prize

by R. Gidon Rothstein Akedat Yitzchack, Mevo Ha-She’arim: Eyes on the Prize Last time, we saw Akedat Yitzchak’s first introduction. This time, we will see his mevo ha-she’arim, the entryway to the gates. It’s introductory in that he has not yet started Bereshit, but I believe he thought was already part of the work itself. He starts from a claim people today might casually ...

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A Little Bit Muktzeh

by R. Gil Student We are not allowed to move on Shabbos an object that is muktzeh, except under specific circumstances. For example, a utensil used for a forbidden purpose (like scissors) can only be moved if you are using it for a permitted purpose (like opening a bag of food) or you need to use the place it is ...

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New Periodical: Emunat Itecha 120

The Tammuz 5778 issue of this journal published by Torah VeHa’aretz Institute, in conjunction with Puah, The Zomet Institute, Machon Keter, Mishpetei Eretz Institute, Mishpat La-Am, Koshrot, The Temple Institute, Halichot Am Israel Organization, Torah and State Center, and Chotam. The journal is in Hebrew but recently started a section of English summaries of key articles. I will list here ...

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Commitments Betrayed

by R. Gidon Rothstein 1st Day RH Elul: Chatam Sofer on Commitments Betrayed Capitalism dislikes the market inefficiencies of monopolies, which might color our reading of Shu”t Chatam Sofer 2; Yoreh De’ah 9, dated the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul 5598 (1838). The only shochet, ritual slaughterer, in a certain area had allowed another shochet to join him, with terms and conditions which recognized his monopolistic rights to shechitah in that region. ...

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Was the Suffering Worthwhile?

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik pointed out that in the “Al HaNissim” recited on Chanukah, included in all the events for which we thank HaShem, there is also the phrase of “V’Al HaMilchamot”, for all the battles which You performed for our forefather. For this we express gratitude to God? Why should ...

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Vorts from the Rav: Re’eh

(Excerpt from Chumash Mesoras Harav) Devarim 12:12 וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם לִפְנֵי הֹ’ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם And you shall rejoice before the Lord, your God. This phrase suggests that when one is in the presence of God, there is joy. God’s presence must be a constant experience in our lives. Though we can neither see nor hear Him, each Jew must still experience the presence ...

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