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Adding Salt to Hot Food on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: In our home, the health concerns of some and the taste concerns of others clash in regard to salt in our food. If I cook with less salt, may people add salt to their soup or cholent on Shabbat? Answer: We will discuss the issues that impact the different permutations of the question. The gemara ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:17

by Joel Rich I wonder whether when Covid is past, will certain segments of orthodoxy view those who died as martyrs in support of the value of . . . (Talmud torah, simchat hachayim, fill in the blank?) Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore pg. 51-52 “You are my friend, my brother, the apple of my eye, take possession ...

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Finishing Bal Tosif, Finishing De-Rabbanan

by R. Gidon Rothstein Petihah Kollelet: Finishing Bal Tosif, Finishing De-Rabbanan In this week’s installment, Peri Megadim continues to struggle with Rambam’s view of bal tosif, and the prohibition generally. To How Many Mitzvot Does It Apply? He briefly wonders why Rambam did not prescribe lashes for violating bal tosif. The reason cannot be bal tosif’s counting as a lav she-bichlalut, a general prohibition relevant to many issues, and therefore without ...

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Marrying Against Parents’ Wishes

by R. Gil Student A child‘s obligation to honor his parents necessarily infringes on that child’s freedom. If you always want to obey your parents, the mitzvah does not add much. Choosing a spouse is one of the most important decisions of a person’s life. On the one hand, parental input is never needed more than in such life-altering decisions. ...

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Minyan. Community. Peer Group

by R. Eliyahu Safran Peer group pressure has gotten a bad rap. Inevitably, when we hear “peer group pressure” we picture teens and young adults being drawn into drug use, promiscuity and all manner of risky behavior; we imagine young professionals being lured into living above their means. Too often, we overlook that peer group pressure can also be a ...

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Behar-Behukotai: One More Double Parsha Before Shavu’ot

by R. Gidon Rothstein Behar opens with discussion of the laws of shemittah, referring to it as a Shabbat la-Shem, a phrase we might casually take to mean “a Sabbath to Gd.” Shemittah a Sabbath? To Gd? Onkelos 25;2 translates the Torah’s references to the year as a shabbat, both in its verb and noun forms (ve-shavetah ha-aretz, the Land shall shavat, or Shabbat la-Shem) with a version of shamot, ...

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Giving Ma’aser Years Later

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Over the years, I have received cash gifts for birthdays, bar mitzva, etc. and never gave ma’aser kesafim (=mk) from them. I would like to do so now but do not remember the exact amounts I received. What should I do?  Answer: Indeed, the standard ruling is that in most cases, cash gifts are subject ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:16

by Joel Rich The following passage in Chulin sparked my interest: תלמוד בבלי מסכת חולין דף כח עמוד א ת”ש: כיצד מולקין חטאת העוף? חותך שדרה ומפרקת בלא רוב בשר עד שמגיע לוושט או לקנה, הגיע לוושט או לקנה חותך סימן אחד ורוב בשר עמו, ובעולה – שנים או רוב שנים; תיובתא דרב אדא בר אהבה! תיובתא. מאי הוי עלה? ...

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A First Look at Bal Tosif

by R. Gidon Rothstein Petihah Kollelet: A First Look at Bal Tosif The Torah twice prohibits adding to its laws (Devarim 4;2 and 13;1), at first glance a simple idea. Peri Megadim does not tell us why he placed this discussion here, in the middle of a list of the types of rules and regulations in the Torah. From his start with Rambam’s version ...

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