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Reliability Regarding Kashrut

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Does “one witness is believed in matters of issurin (what is religiously forbidden/permitted, including, kashrut)” apply even if the witness has a personal interest, such as a store or restaurant? Does it apply to a woman? Must the person be a yareh shamayim? How is a mashgiach better than the owner if the business pays ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:45

by Joel Rich A letter to the editor Gary Rosenblatt ends “Between the Lines: ‘Huge’ moment for advocates of Orthodox women rabbis” with a quote from Jonathan Sarna stating, “the issue of women has long been a lightning rod” in Jewish life, and it has become “the decisive issue in America today.” I would submit that the decisive issue today ...

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Finding Our Way to Hashem, Or Not

by R. Gidon Rothstein Seeking Hashem’s Truth In the beginning of the parsha, Yitzchak and Rivkah struggle with infertility. When she finally becomes pregnant, the fetuses move around inside her, causing her enough trouble that in 25;22, va-telech lidrosh et Hashem, she went to inquire of Hashem. Rashi thought she went to the Beit Midrash of Shem [for Rashi, the place to ...

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Grandfathers in Halakhah

by R. Gil Student Grandparents are connections to our past. They are two steps closer to Sinai, a chain in the transmission of Torah. They help raise us and teach us. Not only did they hold us as babies but they held our parent, as well. I. Teaching Torah Grandparents fulfill a unique mitzvah by teaching their descendants Torah. The ...

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Unsupervised Meat

by R. Gidon Rothstein 21 Cheshvan: Chacham Zvi on Meat Left Without Supervision We outsource much about kashrut, especially regarding meat. We walk into a kosher butcher, supervised by a rabbi or organization we trust, buy meat, go home and prepare and eat it. That has many advantages, since almost all the people involved in the process are more familiar with the relevant halachot than ...

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Mitzvah of Zechirat Amalek

Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler The Mitzvah of Zechirat Amalek if found in Parshat Ki Teitzei (Devarim 25:17-20). It contains a positive aspect of Zachor, and a negative aspect of lo–tishkach According to Rambam (Hilchot Melachim 5:5), and Tosafot (Berachot 13a) this Mitzvah is a Chiyyuv D’Oreita (Biblical requirement). We fulfill the Mitzvah by ...

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Audio Roundup: YU and the World of Tomorrow

by Joel Rich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC73PtFt-v8 YU and the World of Tomorrow: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Interviewed by Rabbi Ari Lamm Judaism alone balances the universal with the particular and focuses on community (a real face-to-face one) and truth as important values. Technology, and education always go and grow together. R’Sacks wishes we wouldn’t use the label Modern Orthodoxy because it’s too ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:44

by Joel Rich From the Nishma Research Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews http://nishmaresearch.com/assets/pdf/Report%20-%20Nishma%20Research%20Profile%20of%20American%20Modern%20Orthodox%20Jews%2009-27-17.pdf As one who has a passing knowledge of surveys, of course every survey has to be taken with grains of salt – survey design, question construction, respondents and interpretation are all subject to conscious and unconscious bias. Interesting is agunot as #2 on the problem list ...

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