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Repenting a Coerced Forbidden Pleasure

by R. Gidon Rothstein [Click for the audio version]. Let’s admit that not all of us are so enveloped in Torah and mitzvot that we find distasteful that which the Torah prohibits. Shu”t Chatam Sofer 1 (Orach Chayyim); 202, dated 8 Adar 5599 (1839), deals with a man like us, who was forced to violate the Torah and liked it.  He had been taken captive ...

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Minhag or Mayhem – Noisemaking during the Purim Megillah Reading

by R. Dr. Raphael Hulkower Introduction During the reading of Megillat Esther each year on Purim, most communities share the custom of making noise upon hearing the recitation of Haman’s name. From stomping one’s feet or “booing” to whirring groggers or the occasional cap gun blast, this custom has become the highlight of Purim for many children, while also remaining ...

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Joining a Shushan Purim Seuda

by R. Daniel Mann Question: At my Purim seuda this year (Friday, in Yerushalayim), I will be hosting my children from outside the city. Are there any limitations on their participation considering that it is Erev Shabbat? Answer: While the main halacha of refraining from serious eating before a holy day is before Pesach (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 471:1), it ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:8

by Joel Rich The Mishna Brurah tells us that the reason everyone says the ribbon shel olam (about dreams) in a Birchat Kohanim outside of Eretz Yisrael on Shalosh Regalim is because everyone must’ve had at least one bad dream in the interim. In Israel, where they duchen every day, the kohanim don’t do the long tune on shalosh regalim ...

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In Which We Meet the Kohanim

by R. Gidon Rothstein In Shemot 28;1, Hashem lays out the process for inducting Aharon and his sons to the priesthood. Ramban points out that the sons had to be in this ceremony, that Aharon’s investiture did not turn all his living descendants into priests. A baby born to a kohen father is a kohen (barring certain disqualifications), but having a kohen father does not do it. That distinction mattered only for that ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Yarchei Kallah

by Joel Rich I previously reviewed the preparatory shiurim for the actual Agudah Yarchei Kallah on Pikuach Nefesh/Shabbat.  Here are the English shiurim which have been posted on the internet.               http://www.aiayk.org/audio-2018/ http://www.aiayk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018audio/1.15.18aweiss.mp3 HaRav Asher Weiss-Shiur Hakdama         R’Weiss delivers the introductory shiur to the Agudah Yarchei Kallah.  Worth listening even for just the opening message—there is no such thing as free ...

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Breakfast on Purim

by R. Gil Student I. Premature Breakfast On Purim morning, are we allowed to eat breakfast? The answer is not so much a matter of food but of priorities. On Purim, we observe a number of commandments. Among them are reading the megillah, giving charity to the poor, sending gifts of food to a friend and eating a festive meal. ...

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Wearing Hatzalah Walkie Talkies on Shabbat

by R. Gidon Rothstein 2nd Day RH Adar: R. Moshe Feinstein on Wearing Hatzalah Walkie Talkies on Shabbat [Click for the audio version] Hatzalah is a deservedly well-known organization, with volunteers available day or night for medical emergencies. A central dispatcher fields distress calls and alerts volunteers in the area through a walkie-talkie system. Shu”t Iggerot Moshe Orach Chayyim 4;81, dated second day Rosh Chodesh Adar 5739 ...

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Some New Books

by R. Gil Student Here are some new books I recently received with a few comments. This isn’t something I do often but due to travel, I have not had time to write. 1. Chinuch: Contemporary & Timeless Essays from the TorahWeb website and adaptations from its lecture series.  2. Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav: Commentary Based on the Teachings of ...

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