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New Periodical: Emunat Itecha 121

The Tishrei 5779 issue of this journal published by Torah VeHa’aretz Institute, in conjunction with Puah, The Zomet Institute, Machon Keter, Mishpetei Eretz Institute, Mishpat La-Am, Koshrot, The Temple Institute, Halichot Am Israel Organization, Torah and State Center, and Chotam. The journal is in Hebrew but recently started a section of English summaries of key articles. I will list here ...

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‘Diaspora Jewry’ Doesn’t Exist

by R. Gil Student I was recently privileged to participate in the third Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem, which focused on what Israel can do for Diaspora Jewry. This impressive event, run by Israel’s Government Press Office with a line-up of big-name politicians and journalists, emphasized to me a fundamental misunderstanding about the Diaspora Jewish community – namely that a ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:48

My response to a Cross Currents post on the new popular chareidi music and literature: As far as the general low culture issue, can we at least agree that even the “frum” low culture does in fact represent some acculturation from the general society around us? Some would argue that conscious awareness of this acculturation allows us to better manage ...

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Muktzeh during Bein Hashemashot

by R. Daniel Mann Question: May one “violate” muktzeh during bein hashemashot (=bhs; the time between sunset and nightfall treated as a doubt of day or night) based on the rule of sefika d’rabbanan l’kula (we are lenient in cases of doubt of a Rabbinic prohibition) even without a mitzva need. If not, why? Answer: The gemara (Eiruvin 32b) cites ...

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Dedicating a Cemetery

by R. Gidon Rothstein 28 Kislev: R. Kook on Halachah in the Absence of Halachah: Dedicating a Cemetery [Click for the audio version.] In a brief responsum from the 28th of Kislev 5698 (Dec. 1937), Da’at Kohen, Yoreh Deah 200, R. Kook prescribed a ceremony for how to dedicate a new cemetery in Ramat Rachel, near Talpiyot in Jerusalem.  This and two related responsa surprised ...

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Why We Disagree

by R. Gil Student I. Tradition and Disagreement The Talmud is notoriously full of disagreements. The rabbis seem to debate every minor issue, often with little practical difference. This should not be the case. The rabbis received a tradition from Sinai, learning the laws from their teachers who served as chains in the transmission from Moshe. How did so much ...

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Interruptions during Hallel

Question: Is it and/or under what conditions is it permitted to interrupt Hallel for matters of some importance? Answer: The mishna (Berachot 13a) cites two opinions about when it is permitted to greet people during Kri’at Shema and its berachot. The factors are: whether the speaking is in the midst of a beracha or section of Kri’at Shema or between ...

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