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Audio Special: Responses to Coronavirus in Jewish Ritual and Theology

by Joel Rich   R E Zuckier-YU Course-Responses to Coronavirus in Jewish Ritual and Theology   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/954594/rabbi-shlomo-zuckier/aaleh-et-korona-al-rosh-simhati-recent-theologies-of-mourning-and-rejoicing-in-a-time-of-pandemic/ Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier-‘Aaleh et Korona al Rosh Simhati’: Recent Theologies of Mourning and Rejoicing in a Time of Pandemic         Three tracks of rabbinic response to corona virus:  (1) Embrace the challenge  (2) Cling to normalcy  (3) Go with the flow.  Specific example discussed. ...

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Texts: Who Needs A Gabbai?

Why does a gabbai stand at the Torah reading, together with the reader and the person called to the Torah? Rav Yisrael (Mahari) of Bruno (15th cen., Germany; Responsa, no. 90) follows the view that the Torah reader does not need to be corrected for mistakes (Tur, Raavyah, Tosafos) but adds that he instituted in Germany that a gabbai stand ...

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Parshat Pinhas: Lessons of NonLiteral Onkelos

by R. Gidon Rothstein I enjoy when conversations come full circle; it creates closure (I am often tempted to end a conversation as soon as we come full circle, regardless of whether it is over). The first and last examples of nonliteral Onkelos for Pinhas give us some of that, as we will see. Our Gatherings, For Good and Ill In the ...

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Pressure to Include Second Storage Room

by R. Daniel Mann Question: (Summary after back and forth): I bought an apartment from Shimon. We came to a basic agreement on terms in early October. It was important to Shimon to finish by month’s end; our lawyers were working on loose ends throughout Oct. I was interested in Shimon throwing in his spare storage room in the building, ...

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Audio Roundup 2020:25

by Joel Rich To a pulpit rabbi: I strongly support a recent discussion concerning return to synagogue. I do have to say that there’s one point that I deeply disagree on. Maybe it’s a matter of nuance that cannot be communicated in trying times to the general public. I don’t believe that flattening the curve has no halachic import. In ...

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The Long Magen Avraham of Siman 156

by R. Gidon Rothstein We’re looking at the long Magen Avraham, which I suspect more of us know by reputation than content (certainly true of me; my writing about it is an elaborate excuse to force myself to read all the way through it). I note he does not relate this comment to a specific part of the text of the Shulhan Arukh, he ...

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The Loud Message of MASA’s Budget Cuts

by R. Rafi Eis Nobody likes budget cuts. Delivering the bad news is painful, and obviously being on the receiving end can be devastating. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to reduce their spending.  MASA Israel, a partnership between the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency to support long term Israel experience, is not immune to these realities. How ...

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Parashiyyot Hukkat-Balak: Lessons of NonLiteral Onkelos

by R. Gidon Rothstein Lessons of NonLiteral Onkelos: Parshat Hukkat Putting Away Carefully Parshat Hukkat opens with the ceremony for making Parah Adumah water. The Torah tells us after burning the red heifer, the man who collects the ashes will leave them outside the camp in a makom tahor, a ritually pure place. The verse, 19;9, says ve-hiniah, shall place.  ArtScroll notes Onkelos usually ...

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Salad at Meat and Milk Meals

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Sometimes I serve the same salad at a fleishig meal and again at a milchig meal. My daughter told me that her friend’s family does not do that. Is it okay? Answer: The main source on such issues involves bread. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 89:4) rules (based on a Yerushalmi in Pesachim, cited by ...

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