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Audio Roundup 2017:23

by Joel Rich This is a very interesting psychology class covering topics I’ve wondered about for years – Existentialism, Nihilism, and what people without belief find as meaning. I’d love to know what percentage of folks fit into the category of never thinking about it. link ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ From a review (WSJ) of a new movie (The ...

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Avoiding False Prophets, Hearing From Hashem

by R. Gidon Rothstein Ramban to Re’eh, Week Two: Avoiding False Prophets, Hearing From Hashem דברים יג:ב כִּֽי־יָק֤וּם בְּקִרְבְּךָ֙ נָבִ֔יא א֖וֹ חֹלֵ֣ם חֲל֑וֹם וְנָתַ֥ן אֵלֶ֛יךָ א֖וֹת א֥וֹ מוֹפֵֽת:  (ג) וּבָ֤א הָאוֹת֙ וְהַמּוֹפֵ֔ת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּ֥ר אֵלֶ֖יךָ לֵאמֹ֑ר נֵֽלְכָ֞ה אַחֲרֵ֨י אֱלֹהִ֧ים אֲחֵרִ֛ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יְדַעְתָּ֖ם וְנָֽעָבְדֵֽם: (ד) לֹ֣א תִשְׁמַ֗ע אֶל־דִּבְרֵי֙ הַנָּבִ֣יא הַה֔וּא א֛וֹ אֶל־חוֹלֵ֥ם הַחֲל֖וֹם הַה֑וּא כִּ֣י מְנַסֶּ֞ה יְקֹוָ֤ק אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ אֶתְכֶ֔ם לָדַ֗עַת הֲיִשְׁכֶ֤ם אֹֽהֲבִים֙ ...

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The Chazon Ish vs. Rav Soloveitchik

by R. Gil Student I. The First Article In Dr. Benny Brown’s monumental biography of R. Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz, known as “The Chazon Ish” (The Hazon Ish: Halakhist, Believer and Leader of the Haredi Revolution), I came across an exchange between R. Karelitz and R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik about which I had been previously unaware. R. Moshe Soloveichik was quoted ...

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Mikveh on Shabbat Night

by R. Gidon Rothstein 15 Sivan: Bach on Going to Mikveh Early on Friday Night/Shabbat It is an occasional pleasure to find a responsum from relatively early in our history (with a date on it, so it can be included in this collection). This time, we get to learn from R. Yoel Sirkis, known as Bach, the acronym of Bayit ...

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Jewish Sexual Ethics

by R. Gil Student I. Two Responses to Society We live in a hyper-sexualized environment in which the media and society bombard us with messages and images that are not just immodest but outright explicit. A community that attempts to remain traditional when confronted with this relentless assault has two options. It can go farther in the contrary direction or ...

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Vort from the Rav: Beha’alosecha

Bamidbar 10:2 עֲשֵׂה לְךָ שְׁתֵּי חֲצוֹצְרֹת כֶּסֶף…וְהָיוּ לְךָ לְמִקְרָא הָעֵדָה וּלְמַסַּע אֶת הַמַּחֲנוֹת Make yourself two silver trumpets…they shall be used by you to summon the congregation and to announce the departure of the camps. There are two ways in which people become bound as a group—as a community, a society, or a nation. The first is when they face ...

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Audio Roundup 2017:22

by Joel Rich Food for thought: A Rav posted a shiur on the internet concerning what atonement is needed by one whose tfillin were pasul yet were worn for years without knowing this was the case. It was claimed that he thus never fulfilled the commandment to wear tfillin. In fact, many pasul tfillin were pasul from the start (e.g., ...

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