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Aseret Ha-Dibberot in the Hands of Four Commentators

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Yitro Although much of interest happens in Yitro, it also includes the Aseret Ha-Dibberot, the ten ideas Hashem chose to teach the Jewish people in the Revelation at Sinai. I thought we would benefit from focusing on those dibberot this year. Love of God Squeezes Out Worldly Desires The Torah’s prohibition to covet what belongs ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Bednarsh Kiddushin

by Joel Rich   Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Kiddushin  Camp Morasha 2005 Kiddushin 01 – Mishna 29a – Metzuveh V’oseh vs. Einah Metzuveh When women complete the act of a time bound mitzva, do they have a kiyum for that specific mitzva or a more general kiyum of doing something that HKBH wants? Possible nafka minas explored. Are women’s ptur ...

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Reciting Holy Things Near Garbage Containers

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I recite Birchot Hashachar on the way to shul, and recently Tehillim as I walk the streets. May I continue doing so while passing trash cans or dumpsters? Answer: The Torah (Devarim 23:13-15) commands soldiers to keep their encampment holy by covering excrement (tzo’a). Uttering holy matters (of all sorts – Rambam, Kriat Shema 3:4) ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:4

by Joel Rich There are those that project that with advances in AI and VR, within 5-10 years instead of teaching Socratic texts students will interact with Socrates in an open Socratic dialog. Will those who say AI psak is not appropriate also say that an AI/VR bet medrash is problematic? Tzarich iyun post concerning the chare concerning the chareidi ...

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Rules of an Effective Loan Document

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Yitro One of the aspects of the economic crash of 2008 I most remember was the concern/fear among policymakers lest the credit markets freeze. Although the economy today probably depends on credit more than back then, Chazal, too, wanted to ensure borrowers could find lenders and knew that required that lenders have confidence they would ...

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Not Just Chosen, But Chosen To…

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Parshas Yisro refelections on todays challenges to Am Yisrael Throughout our history, we have been compelled to defend ourselves in Disputations, confronting accusations against the Jewish people and our  Holy Texts. However, never before have we faced such a disgraceful accusation as Israel faces in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Israel ...

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Complaining to Moshe and God

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Beshalach Protests Proper and Im The comment of HaKetav VeHaKabbalah we are about to study does not convince me. Rather, I think it worth considering it to see how assumptions can affect even our greatest Torah scholars, to heighten our alertness to our own propensity to see the world the way we want rather than ...

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Trying on a Beged without Tzitzit

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I saw someone shopping for a tzitzit beged without tzitzit (so he could attach them), and he tried it on for size. I thought it was forbidden to wear a beged requiring tzitzit without them. Was he right to do so? Answer: We will explore three possible reasons to permit this, proceeding from the possible ...

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