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Meat and Milk Mixing, Part Two

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Ki Tissa The Possibility of a Cook AH has many questions about the principle we began last week, teta’ah gevar, the bottom food of a mixture tells us whether to consider the interaction hot or cold. He first brings up an issue discussed more fully in Yoreh De’ah 98 (we’re in 91), te’imat kefeila, having ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Torah in Motion Hebrew Series

by Joel Rich רצח עם ברשות התורה: מחיית עמלק Retzach im b’reshut haTorah: mechiat Amalek (The People and the Book 2013) There are two approaches usually taken to understanding the mitzvah of a mchiat to amalek – apologetics or there’s an ethical message. The Rambam held we ask amalek to surrender under the same terms as the 7 ...

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Hearing Megillah At War

by R. Gil Student I. Five Days of Megillah Earlier this month, I was notified that the IDF Rabbinate faces a shortage of Megillah scrolls. There are a number of ways to handle this, including paying scribes to quickly write more megillos. I would like to explore here an option that should be lower on this list. Of course, safety ...

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Killing With the Divine Name

by R. Gil Student In 1927, when Rav Ahron Soloveichik was 10 years old, he sent a letter to his older brother Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who at the time was studying in Berlin. The young Ahreleh wrote an impressive essay, which is recorded, along with the reactions of his father and brother, in Iggeros Ha-Grid Ha-Levi (pp. 272-275). I. ...

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Getting ready to mark 20 years of Hirhurim

On March 15, 2004, I posted for the first time to The website changed my life and created a community that continues to this day in various forms. In less than a month, we will begin marking the 20th anniversary of Hirhurim-Torah Musings. I plan to repost some classic blog posts from the old days over the coming months (suggestions ...

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The “Unneeded” Altar, and Making Aharon and His Sons Into Kohanim

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Tetzaveh Chapter thirty of Sefer Shemot details how to construct the altar found in the structure of the Mishkan, known as the golden altar, mitzbach ha-zahav, or the altar for incense, mizbach ha-ketoret. R. Mecklenburg wonders why the Torah waited until here, when the other furnishings were laid out in Terumah. Ovadiahmi-Bertinoro:The Incense Altar Honors ...

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Peeling an Egg with Writing on it on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it permissible for one to peel a hard-boiled egg on Shabbat if the shell has letters and/or numbers stamped on the side of the shell? Answer: Before seeing what the poskim have to say, let us analyze the involved issues. The potential melacha involved is mochek (erasing) of the letters/numbers. In all standard cases, ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:6

by Joel Rich To a question about explaining current events to kids: everything everyone said about hugging etc. is true. If they are of age and frame of mind I might add that we are part of an eternal people who have hkbh’s promise of the future and we each have a role to play -even if we don’t understand ...

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When Meat and Milk Meet

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Tetzaveh The prohibition against mixing meat and milk, one of the most specifically Jewish eating rules, applies only to when the two were cooked together, by Torah law. Siman 91 in Yoreh De’ah takes on other ways the two can mix, and the extent of issue thus created. Mixing Without Cooking The siman starts with ...

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