Israel’s Pearl Harbor

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Israel is at war with terrorists who have brutally murdered over 1000 innocent civilians in their own homes, sadistically killing, torturing and causing immense suffering through displacement of hundreds of thousands in Israel’s north and south. These vicious enemies sadistically seek out civilians to inflict maximum bloodshed and carnage. Tragically, Israel is now fighting an ...

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Waging War on Shabbos

by R. Gil Student Religious Jews violate Shabbos in response to even a life threatening situation. Religious soldiers fight war 24/7 in order to protect lives. This is widely understood nowadays. But was it always accepted that we may wage war on Shabbos? Some claim that this religious permission arose only in the time of the Second Temple, during the ...

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From Shechem to Aza

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz From Shechem to Aza the Tragedy of Dinah’s assault in the city of Shechem and current violence in Gaza/Aza The Consequences of Passive Complicity וּבְנֵ֨י יַעֲקֹ֜ב בָּ֤אוּ מִן־הַשָּׂדֶה֙ כְּשׇׁמְעָ֔ם וַיִּֽתְעַצְּבוּ֙ הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים וַיִּ֥חַר לָהֶ֖ם מְאֹ֑ד כִּֽי־נְבָלָ֞ה עָשָׂ֣ה בְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל לִשְׁכַּב֙ אֶת־בַּֽת־יַעֲקֹ֔ב וְכֵ֖ן לֹ֥א יֵעָשֶֽׂה׃ (בראשית ל״ד:ז) Meanwhile Jacob’s sons, having heard the news, came in from the ...

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Finding Focus

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYishlach Before There Was a Jewish King When the Torah introduces the list of kings of Edom, descendants of Esav, 36;31, it says they all came before there was a king for the Jewish people. HaKtav VeHaKabbalah knew of those who questioned how the Torah could write this, since the Jews did not have a king until ...

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Unicycles on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted to use a unicycle on Shabbat? Answer: We have, in the past, discussed bicycles (forbidden) and tricycles (permitted), and the sources on the two can help us analyze the less common unicycle, which we have not found discussed by the poskim. We will refer to riding indoors or within an eiruv. Otherwise ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:46

by Joel Rich Anyone think about the relationship between the observer effect and the leidat hasafeik in the 10 store cases (kavua vs kol dparish mruba)? The term observer effect in quantum physics means that the act of observing something will influence the thing being observed and by the observation, waves turn into particles. Observer Effect.The observer effect was validated ...

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Respecting Our Tefillin

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYishlach: Treating Our Tefillin Properly A fact Aruch HaShulchan will mention more than once in Orach Chayim 38: the mitzvah to wear tefillin applies all day. We currently restrict them to our morning prayers, for fear we cannot maintain proper bodily cleanliness and sanctity, an idea that shapes our current chapter. When Our Stomachs Aren’t Good The first five se’ifim of ...

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The Eternal Hatred: Lessons from Yaakov and Esau

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz “And Esau ran to meet him, and he embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” (Bereshis 33:4) וַיָּ֨רׇץ עֵשָׂ֤ו לִקְרָאתוֹ֙ וַֽיְחַבְּקֵ֔הוּ וַיִּפֹּ֥ל עַל־צַוָּארָ֖ו וַׄיִּׄשָּׁׄקֵ֑ׄהׄוּׄ וַיִּבְכּֽוּ׃ רשי  “ויחבקהו. נִתְגַּלְגְּלוּ רַחֲמָיו, כְּשֶׁרָאָהוּ מִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה כָּל הִשְׁתַּחֲוָאוֹת הַלָּלוּ: וישקהו. נָקוּד עָלָיו; וְיֵשׁ חוֹלְקִין בַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה בַּבָּרַיְתָא דְּסִפְרֵי, יֵשׁ שֶׁדָּרְשׁוּ נְקֻדָּה זוֹ שֶׁלֹּא נְשָׁקוֹ בְּכָל ...

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Religious Inspiration in Response to Crisis

by R. Gil Student I. Aliyah in Response to Crisis We learn from Ya’akov that the common response to danger, to plead with God, is proper. People promise to become better if they or their loved ones survive the crisis. They genuinely grow in religious devotion. Sometimes this growth lasts and sometimes it disappears as life returns to normal. If ...

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