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Audio Roundup Special: Iyunim B’Hilchos Shabbos

by Joel Rich   Iyunim B’Hilchos Shabbos – Winter Zman-2020   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g02rOZzgAL0OvK-n_iJd8tInoAMxHX6l/view HaRav Asher Weiss-יסוד מלאכת זורע ובישול         Zorea and mvashel are both mlachot whose results are not immediate, but are they existentially equivalent?  (e.g., taking the pot off the fire has a similar halachic result to uprooting the planting).  R’Weiss thinks they are not existentially equivalent because cooking results are more ...

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Purim Meshulash

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Could you please review some of the rules and rationale of the practices of Purim Meshulash (Triple Purim) in Yerushalayim? [This is a re-edited repeat from 15 years ago.] Answer: When the fifteenth of Adar, celebrated as Purim in cities that were walled at the time of Yehoshua (notably including Yerushalayim), falls on Shabbat, when ...

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Audio Roundup 2021:7

by Joel Rich “There are leaders of the community who have blood on their hands, and it’s the blood of my mother and of many others,” Meshi-Zahav said. Yehuda Meshi-Zahav -“I called everyone asking them to stop the party. I called my mother and asked her not to do it and spoke to other family members,” he said. “I said ...

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Books Received

Hiding in Plain Sight: The story behind Megilat Esther by R. David Shabtai (Targum)   The Secret of the Torah: A Translation of Ibn Ezra’s Yesod Mora by R. Avraham Ibn Ezra, translated by R. H. Norman Strickman (Kodesh)   Because It’s Israel: An Aliyah Odyssey by Arthur Miller (JewishSelfPublishing)

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Peri Megadim’s Petihah Kolelet: Introduction

by R. Gidon Rothstein I believe in hashgahah peratit, Divine Providence extending to individuals. Complicating matters for me, I accept some version of Rambam’s view of it, where more righteous people earn or enjoy a greater level of such Providence. It means I am rarely confident I have experienced such moments, since I have little reason to think I am righteous enough to ...

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Dueling Seudot: Purim vs. Shabbat

by R. Yaakov Hoffman When Purim falls on Friday, Purim and Shabbat are at cross purposes. On the one hand, one is supposed to have a large and festive seudah in honor of Purim. On the other hand, this meal could potentially spoil one’s appetite for the evening’s Shabbat meal. How should one balance these two considerations? Based on the ...

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Schrodinger’s Kiddush Hashem

by R. Gil Student We like to think that a Kiddush Hashem, a sanctification or glorification of God’s name, is perfectly good. It is the ultimate expression of religious virtue. In reality, this is not the case and common sense confirms that. Not only is the delineation between Kiddush Hashem and Chillul Hashem blurred, the distinction itself does not hold ...

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Terumah: Preparing For a Mishkan, What and Why

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Terumah opens with Gd’s call to the Jewish people to gather materials for a Mishkan, a “home” for Gd’s Presence. Moshe is told to take collections from the people, of money and materials, and how to put those together, yielding the structure. What Was Collected Voluntarily The Torah speaks of those materials as coming from everyone asher yidvenu ...

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Hearing the Megilla for Those Who Cannot Go to Shul

by R. Daniel Mann Question: If one who is not a ba’al koreh cannot make it to shul to hear Megillat Esther (e.g., if the pandemic will preclude one from coming), how else can he fulfill the mitzva of hearing it? Answer: (For those who can hear from a distance, not being in shul is not a problem; if they ...

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