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Lack of a Rabbi in the Modern Era

by R. Gil Student I. Non-Believing Jews The modern era presents unique challenges to traditional religion. Most changes are matters of a phenomenon’s extent, quantity rather than quality. However, a greatly expanded phenomenon may require a different response. The example we will discuss here is the growth of secularism in the community. While atheists and religious deniers always existed, in ...

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Four Book Reviews

Reviews of The God Book, The Laws of IDF Uniforms, The Wisdom of Wealth: Torah Values Regarding Money and Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision Making: by R. Gil Student The God Book By Jack Abramowitz Xlibris Indiana, 2017 326 pages The problem with medieval Jewish philosophy is that it is medieval and it is philosophy. In other words, it contains complex philosophical arguments ...

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Later Rishonim VI: Rashba

by R. Aryeh Leibowitz R. Shlomo b. Aderes (Rashba, d. 1310) With the Ramban’s departure for the land of Israel, the Rashba inherited the mantle of intellectual and communal leadership in Spain. The Rashba resided in Barcelona, from there served as the head Rabbi of Spain, and was recognized by all as the gadol ha-dor. Besides his role as a ...

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Selling Food Supplements Online

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I sell a wide variety of food supplements and health products in an online business. I buy products from manufacturers and store them in a warehouse, from which we ship an order. Our clientele are a broad population in the US, which will certainly include a minority of Jews. People will not know that a ...

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Audio Roundup 2018:23

by Joel Rich The more I learn S”A and M”B the more I understand the Maharshal’s opposition to codification vs. relearning the basic sources to obtain the clearest understanding possible of Chazal’s underlying theories for extrapolation to new cases (each iteration away from the primary source can cloud fine points, or Godel’s incompleteness theorem). I also see much more of ...

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Silence, Sanctity, and Separateness

by R. Gidon Rothstein The rebellion of Korach and ensuing events take up most of Pinchas. Since the rebellion itself has garnered much valuable and insightful discussion, I have chosen places where Ramban discussed ancillary aspects, to tread ground not overly overrun with others’ steps. Aharon’s Silence Korach and his group issue their challenge to both Moshe and Aharon, but 16;4 says Moshe ...

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Vihi Noam

by R. Ari Enkin A short reading, known as “vihi noam,” is recited after the shemoneh esrei at Ma’ariv on motza’ei Shabbat. It opens with the verse “vihi noam,”1 (hence the name of the reading) and continues with Tehillim chapter 91 and “v’atah kadosh”.2 V’atah kadosh is essentially the “uva l’tzion” prayer but without its opening verses of redemption. The ...

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Eating the Showbread

by R. Gidon Rothstein 25 Sivan: R. Moshe Feinstein on Eating the Showbread [Click here for the audio version]. My Bar-Ilan CD-Rom includes in Iggerot Moshe, the responsa of R. Moshe Feinstein, two parts of a Chelek Kodashim ve-Taharot, explanations of the service in the Temple, its sacrifices and laws of ritual purity. In part 1, responsum 11, dated 25 Sivan 5718 (1958), R. Feinstein ...

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