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Mourner’s Kaddish: Quality or Quantity?

by R. Yaakov Hoffman Since reciting Kaddish is a concrete way of honoring a departed loved one, mourners are understandably anxious to do so at every possible opportunity. In most Ashkenazic congregations, mourners say Kaddish four times during Shacharit: after Korbanot, after Mizmor Shir Chanukat Ha-Bayit, after Aleinu, and after Shir Shel Yom. Many become upset if they miss even ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:48

by Joel Rich The story of Reish Lakish’s (r”l) leaving the banditry business and becoming a leading amora is fairly well known (see bava metzia 84a). Less well known is that with the seeming exception of rashi, everyone (see tosfot) seems to believe [based on the language here of hadrat = return and some chronology elsewhere] that he was a ...

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Torah Position On Use Of Force

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler According to Rav Soloveitchik, the main goal of the Torah is to establish a world dominated by peace, understandings patience and a resolve to settle differences amicably. Some people turn to the Bible with accusations, quoting the Torah’s statements about the seven nations of K’na’an and the command not ...

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The Argument From Jewish History

by R. Gil Student I. Jewish History For his fourth and final “rational approach to God’s existence,” Rav Lawrence Kelemen, in his Permission to Believe, utilizes the argument from Jewish history. In my opinion, this is the most convincing argument for God’s existence and the most powerful, because it applies not just to some vague all-powerful being but to the ...

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