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Electronic Communication before Davening

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permitted to email, WhatsApp, and use social media before davening? Answer: Emailing and other forms of electronic communication have two broad purposes – social interaction; technical/business-related. Each can be a problem before davening, but their parameters differ somewhat. We will deal with them separately before touching on “policy.” (We leave out the important issue of such activity ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:39

by Joel Rich Clarke’s first law states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If so, how did Chazal accept any medicinal treatments from non-halachic sources (since no one knew how these treatments actually worked [and in the end they didn’t]) A prominent MO pulpit Rabbi was talking about psak and going to more than one poseik . ...

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To Discuss Hashem’s Knowledge, Remember Not to Think of Hashem in Human Terms

by R. Gidon Rothstein My summaries of R. Arama’s ‘Akeydat Yitzchak minimize a remarkable aspect of the work, his ability to yoke his expression of his philosophical worldview to his consecutive reading of the Torah. In a way which reminds me of Sefer Ha-Chinuch’s structuring his presentation of mitzvot by the order in which they appear in the Torah, R. ...

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Audio Roundup: Sacred Time

by Joel Rich https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGv7jcGIM5DZonJmkDcatvw Sacred Time: A Journey through the Jewish Holidays with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik “The rhythms of the Jewish calendar are nothing less than the pulsating of the Jewish soul through the centuries.” This powerful idea is the centerpiece of a new YouTube series     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or_tlyb23LU Sacred Time Ep 1: Intro to Jewish Time R’YBS on time ...

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Remembering the Hebron Massacre

by R. Gil Student According to the Hebrew calendar, this Monday marks the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Hebron Massacre (the English anniversary is August 24). Arabs rioted and killed many Jewish civilians in the holy city. In particular, they killed students learning in the famous Hebron yeshiva, including Americans studying abroad. Jewish Action has a section about some of ...

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The Attitude of the Vilna Gaon Towards Moreh Nevuchim

by R. Mordecai Plaut In the Biur HaGra on Yoreh Dei’ah, the Vilna Gaon expressed some serious criticism of philosophy and of the Rambam’s relationship with it. Many believe that this expression characterizes something general about the Gaon’s attitude towards the Rambam and towards his Moreh Nevuchim in particular, which is certainly a philosophic work. I have gathered evidence that ...

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Comprehending the Miracle of Chanukah

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rambam writes in Hilchot Chanukah (3:3)- “The Chachamim of that generation enacted that these days…should be days Simcha and Hallel, of rejoicing and praising, during which candles are lit in the evening …Le’harot U’le’galot, to demonstrate and to reveal the miracle.” The Rambam is always very careful with the ...

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We Can’t Lie Under Oath

by R. Gidon Rothstein 13 Av: Noda BiYehuda Opposing Lying Under Oath Jewish law includes loopholes, some of which might seem to allow Jews to interact with non-Jews in ways we ordinarily think of as unethical, especially if the Jews convince themselves the non-Jews in question count as idolaters. As important and sometimes forgotten counterbalance, Jewish law and thought also ...

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