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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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Audio Roundup 2018:7

by Joel Rich It’s part of a series in Hebrew. Is anyone familiar with it? Fuzzy Logic and Quantum States in Talmudic Reasoning (Hebrew Edition)(Hebrew) Hardcover – August 19, 2015 by Michael Abraham (Author),‎ Israel Belfer (Author),‎ & 1 more On shtarei hedyotot I am mystified why the reading of newspaper advertisements on Shabbat is rarely addressed. If there is ...

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The Beginnings of the Mishkan

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Mishkan Started at Sinai Parshat Terumah opens with Hashem telling Moshe to collect donations for the building of a Mishkan (referred to in 25;8 as a Mikdash, a sanctified place, as the later structure in Yerushalayim would be called). The verse’s reason for building it is so that Hashem will reside in their midst. Ramban to 25;2 expands that basic idea, ...

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Writing Names in Gittin – Ashkenazic or Sephardic

by R. Gidon Rothstein [Click for the audio version]   I find it hard to convey technical issues ofhalachah in a way that does them justice. That means that with all my efforts to randomize this selection process, we probably take up fewer such technical questions than are reflected in the responsa literature.Shu”t Yabi’a Omer 10; Even HaEzer 34, dated 24 Shevat 5743 (1983) helps us make ...

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