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Blessings From and To Whom

by R. Gidon Rothstein From a Man of Gd The first verse of the parsha gives Ramban much to discuss, and I’m not going to resist the urge to engage with it at length. דברים פרק לג:(א) וְזֹ֣את הַבְּרָכָ֗ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר בֵּרַ֥ךְ מֹשֶׁ֛ה אִ֥ישׁ הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל לִפְנֵ֖י מוֹתֽוֹ: Devarim 33;1: This is the blessing Moshe, the man of Gd, blessed the Children of Israel ...

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Does Tashlikh Make Sense?

by R. Gil Student I. Fixing Judaism On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, many have the custom of walking to a natural source of running water and reciting the Tashlikh prayers. The texts consist primarily of biblical passages, with many additional prayers added for the ambitious reciter. The name of the ceremony seems to come from ...

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Eulogies Past the First Year

by R. Gidon Rothstein 17 Elul: R. Hayyim David Halevy on Eulogies Past the First Year Mourning and eulogies are both a personal and public process. As a personal matter, speaking about someone who passed away can be cathartic, as well as edifying for those who may not have known the deceased. Shu”t Aseh Lech Rav 8;67—dated 17 Elul 5786 (1985)–reminds us ...

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The Disappearing Jewish Woman

by R. Gil Student Separate entrances. Sky-high mechitzos. Publications without pictures of women. Some people take the growing frequency of these and similar phenomena as a sign that women are disappearing from the Orthodox community. Obviously, this fear is overstated. Anyone walking the streets of Brooklyn will see that women still exist, in public, living and thriving. Setting aside the ...

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Vort from the Rav: Ki Savo

Devarim 26:12 וְאָמַרְתָּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ     Then you shall say before the Lord, your God. This formula is known as vidui ma’asros, the confession of the tithes. Prima facie, the title “confession” is not fitting for this Parshah. We know what confession stands for: We confess that we have sinned, transgressed, erred. Yom Kippur confession is an act of ...

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When to Cut the Challah?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Does one fulfill lechem mishneh if the bread is cut, or the matza is broken, prior to the completion of the beracha? Answer: The basic question you ask is the subject of a machloket in the gemara (Berachot 39a) in regard to the preference of making a beracha on a full loaf of bread throughout ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:35

by Joel Rich What are your picks for the two root problems facing M.O. today in the U.S.? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From my You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one file link How Do Podcast Nuts Find the Time? They Listen at Chipmunk Speed App settings that accelerate voices to 5x or more ...

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How Hard It Can Be To Get Back to Basics

by R. Gidon Rothstein The Abomination of Worshipping Powers Other Than Hashem דברים פרק לב:טז יַקְנִאֻ֖הוּ בְּזָרִ֑ים בְּתוֹעֵבֹ֖ת יַכְעִיסֻֽהוּ: Devarim 32;16: They incite His jealousy with strangers, anger Him with abominations. Rashi, based on Sifrei, took “abominations” to refer to homosexual relations and to witchcraft, both of which the Torah calls to’evah, abomination. Ramban disagrees, because he sees this entire ...

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Physician Assisted Suicide and the Orthodox Healthcare Provider

by R. Micah Segelman In this paper I provide background on the legalization of physician assisted suicide, and analyze whether and to what extent the halacha precludes a healthcare provider from assisting a patient who seeks help in ending their own life. Physician Assisted Suicide in 21st Century America The legalization of physician assisted suicide (PAS) is an area of ...

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