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Taste of Chametz After Mid-Day of the 14th of Nisan

by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Nisan: Avnei Nezer on Taste of Chametz After Mid-Day of the 14th of Nisan Click here for the audio version. Faced with an innovative idea offered by a great Torah scholar, you and I might not feel comfortable disputing it (or, worse, might feel overly comfortable, when we’re not qualified). On the other hand, qualified Torah scholars properly test whether an idea passes muster. ...

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Emulating The Angels

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler According to Rav Soloveitchik, the Written Torah was given to us by HaShem, and therefore we are permitted to recite any Biblical passage aloud. This license is the basis of our ability to communally recite the Kedushah, depicted in the Bible as the song of the Malachim (angels), see ...

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The Way to Make Charoset

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Are there halachot of how to make charoset, or is the (approximate) final product the important thing? Answer: There are prominent sources mentioning certain ingredients and procedures for making charoset, but before analyzing their role, let us start with background. There are two opinions in the mishna (Pesachim 114a) if charoset is a mitzva. If ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:16

by Joel Rich From R’ Aviner Anonymous Donation Q: I want to donate books to my Shul in memory of a loved one. Am I obligated to write in the book the name of the person for whom it is donated? A: No. Hashem knows. Me: Interesting use of the word obligation. Perhaps another question would be are you obligated ...

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The Educating Plagues

by R. Gidon Rothstein After his long introduction, R. Arama addresses the verses in order, to show how his reading fits the way the Torah tells the story. I will try to avoid repetition, share only the points which strike me as new. It does mean I will jump around, skipping repeat or more minor points. Discontinuity is my fault, ...

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Is It Permissible to Refrain from Vaccinating Children?

by R. Asher Weiss Many poskim and communal leaders have asked me whether parents are obligated to inoculate their children by means of generally accepted vaccines in order to prevent terrible diseases, because some important rabbanim recently expressed the following opinion: Since there is concern that vaccination damages health, not only is it permissible not to vaccinate children, but it ...

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Changing Mitzvah Customs

by R. Gidon Rothstein 5 Nisan: Netziv on Changing Mitzvah Customs Good deeds bring responsibilities as well as rewards. Halachah sometimes treats a person who performed a good deed more than once as if s/he swore or vowed to act that way always. Shu”t Meishiv Davar 2;48, dated 5 Nisan 5643 (1883), records the advice of Netziv (R. Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin) to a man who ...

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Yigdal

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Many congregations have the custom of ending the Shabbat or Yom Tov Ma’ariv (Arvit) services with the recitation or singing of Yigdal. The idea behind this minhag  is based on the fact that with the conclusion of Tefilah  we should not rush out of the synagogue like school children ...

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