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Atonement and Suffering

by R. Gil Student I. Repentance and Suffering The Talmud (Yoma 86a) lists four types of sins and their corresponding methods for attaining atonement. A sin that would otherwise be punished by execution or kares (excision) requires repentance and Yom Kippur in order to delay punishment and suffering (yissurin) to achieve full atonement. In Medieval and early Modern times, this ...

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Physical and Spiritual Priorities

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler At the end of Sefer Shemot (35:2), at the very conclusion of GD’s command to Moshe regarding the Mishkan, HaShem once again appends a warning regarding keeping Shabbat. Rav Soloveitchik explained, in the name of his great grandfather, the Bet Halevi, (Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitcik-died May 1 1992). that ...

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The Time and Place for Netilat Lulav

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it better to do netilat lulav (=nl) in the sukka before one goes to shul or during tefilla (before Hallel)?  Answer: The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 644:1) describes nl as being done before Hallel. One could have claimed that this is due to time concerns. Although b’di’eved one can fulfill nl from alot hashachar, ...

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Audio Roundup 2019:46

/>by Joel Rich Recent correspondence: Sholom u’vracha, I ran across an article that was fascinating to me in The Lehrhaus. It strikes me that both of you might enjoy it. I’ve noticed that, in particular, RJR, many of your comments on Avodah, as well as in your Audio Roundup (btw, I love Audio Roundup, and I also enjoy your lead-off ...

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A First Look at R. Yitzchak Arama’s View of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippu

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Torah introduces Yom Kippur with the service of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, in Acharei Mot, sha’ar 63 in Akeydat Yitzchak. Because I generally fail to pay enough attention to hagim until they’re upon me, I left only one week for us to discuss ideas of Yom Kippur, and am therefore skipping the first ...

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Audio Roundup Special – Orthodox Union Torah New York 2019

by Joel Rich https://www.ou.org/torahny/ Torah in NY INDOORS AT CITI FIELD ONE PLACE. ONE TORAH. ONE PEOPLE     Two insights from the R’YBS machzor:   How accurately is kavod defined here when measured against the definition used by most seekers?     Kavod becomes a negative trait, however, when it gets confused with gedulah, which can be loosely translated ...

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Is Philosophy Kosher?

by R. Gil Student Many people are familiar with the long-standing debate about the propriety of a Torah Jew studying philosophy. Multiple times in the Middle Ages, rabbis debated the permissibility of studying philosophy including Rambam’s classic Moreh Nevukhim. As a compromise, in 1305 Rashba issued a ban on studying philosophy before the age of 25, implying at least some ...

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