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The Rav on Shekhinah and LeShem Yihud

by Dr. Arnold Lustiger This treatment of the Rav’s ideas regarding Shechinah and LeShem Yichud is necessarily brief. For more detail, see the Volume 15 of the Torah UMadda Journal “The Kabbalistic Underpinnings of U-vikkashtem mi-sham”  Last week, Gil examined the term Shekhinah and the LeShem Yihud meditation.  Although the Rav is not widely known as having a Kabbalistic focus, ...

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Competing Rabbis

by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Kislev: Chatam Sofer on Competing Rabbis Capitalist countries assume that competition challenges people to do their best, leading to improved products at cheaper prices. True as that is in many areas, halachah did not see it as an unmitigated good, and developed the idea of hassagat gevul, encroaching boundaries, occasions when it’s unacceptable to compete with the person already filling ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1a_Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah 1a – Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details         HKB”H doesn’t “take revenge” against us when we sin, rather, our neshamot (souls) are intrinsically impacted by sins much the same way our bodies are impacted by good food or poison.  The Torah is a reality and a complete, practical guide to life. http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1b_What_Moshe_received_at_Sinai.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah ...

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How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

by R. Daniel Mann [Periodically, we re-issue our discussion on the proper position of tefillin shel rosh. Many people motion to their friends to straighten their tefillin, which is rarely a problem, and do not realize that tefillin extending too far forward is a far more severe problem. In Living the Halachic Process, I:G-1, we develop the halacha that the ...

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Holiday Parties

by R. Gil Student I’ve often heard rabbis speak about office holiday parties as if they are obviously and unequivocally forbidden and it’s troubled me. I’m not quite sure what the big deal is but I’m also not certain that all rabbis understand the varying circumstances. For some people, missing a holiday has no career impact. For others, it might. ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:48

by Joel Rich Comment on blog re Balfour Him- The Chofetz Chaim saw it is a harbinger of redemption, while wisely cautioning that the wrong people might assert ownership or control of the new enterprise. This is about thirty six years after the Zionist movement started in 1881, and twenty years after the first Zionist Congress in 1897 (led by ...

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Chanukah Lights: How Long?

by R. Gil Student Often, when social circumstances change significantly from the past, some people automatically assume that Jewish law must change. Others summarily dismiss the suggestion that the law will ever change. Both approaches are incorrect. Rather, these matters require careful and sensitive analysis by the leading scholars to determine the nature of the law and whether the change ...

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