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Changes in Tefilla for those Visiting Israel?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I hope to visit Israel this summer. Should I say “morid hatal” in Shemoneh Esrei like Israelis, and should I continue to say Baruch Hashem L’olam (=BHLO) at Ma’ariv?      Answer: First, realize that neither of these differences has to do with being in Eretz Yisrael per se (in contrast to the different practices of ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:28

by Joel Rich From David Brooks: Over the past few decades, social media, the meritocracy and celebrity culture have fused to form a modern culture that is almost pagan in its values. That is, it places tremendous emphasis on competitive display, personal achievement and the idea that physical beauty is an external sign of moral beauty and overall worth. From ...

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Finishing the Second Part of the Petihah Kollelet

by R. Gidon Rothstein We have a few categories left in Peri Megadim’s list of unusual Jews, each treated briefly. Notably, he does not discuss the “ordinary” Jew, nor the differences between Kohanim, Levi’im, and Yisre’elim. It reminds me of the story of two younger fish who swim by an older one, the latter says “how’s the water today, boys?” After ...

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Books Received

Running in Good Faith?: Observant Judaism and Libertarian Politics by Alan D. Krisnky (Academic Studies Press) Divrei Chanina: Homiletical Perspectives on the Parashiyot HaTorah and Jewish Holidays by R. Dr. Chanania Elbaz Expounding the Torah: A Collection of Essays on the Weekly Parsha by R. Avraham Stone (RAA)

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Honoring an OTD Parent

by R. Gil Student I. Whom to Honor Is a child obligated to honor a parent who leaves Torah observance? We are speaking here of the child’s obligation and what is best for the child, not the parent’s right however that may be defined. Let’s say that a child whose parent stopped being religiously observant asks what the Torah requires ...

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What Makes Our Laws “Jewish”?

by R. Eliyahu Safran Everyone has rules.  Every society, culture, family and group.  Having rules and laws hardly makes one distinct.  From the ancient Laws of Hammurabi to English Common Law which, though not codified, has governed Britain since the twelfth century, laws have defined each and every society and culture on earth. Yet, though every people who ever existed ...

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Va-Ethanan: The Road to Service of Gd

by R. Gidon Rothstein Punishment Comes, Although We Can Hope It Does Not Late in the parsha, 7;9, the Torah says Gd pays His enemies to their faces, to destroy them. Onkelos adds tavan di inun avdin, the good they have done, before destroying them. For evildoers, reward comes in this world, because Gd never fails to give all deserved reward. It contrasts ...

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vaeschanan 5781

by R. Gil Student Link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Maharil Diskin on Moshe as a servant, 2) Rav Archik Bakst on who is really alive, 3) Rav Zalman Sorotzkin on how to permit something previously forbidden, 4) Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld on the connection between loving Hashem and teaching Torah, 5) Divrei Shaul on earning a ...

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Homeopathic Remedies on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted to ingest homeopathic remedies on Shabbat?   Answer: We start with our approach to “alternative medicine,” which includes homeopathy (some use the terms interchangeably). Alternative medicine is subject to disagreement, from the grass roots to health agencies. As in most realms, extreme opinions are likely incorrect. Some treatments under the umbrella of alternative ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:27

by Joel Rich R’Dr. C. Soloveitchik – Collected Writings III If halakhah is to regulate the office no less than the home, it must come to grips with an alien reality and give it recognition in its thinking. Both modern Orthodox and most chareidi communities have no need for any work on ‘Hoshen Mishpat’ similar to the Mishnah Berurah on ...

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