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What Will Happen the Day After the War?

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz There is a debate about what will happen the day after the war and there is an argument over whether we should be planning for the aftermath of the war during the time of war. We must be aware that for hundreds of people who have been killed, it is already the day after, as ...

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The Bookends of Parshas Yisro Teach Us: Slowly but Surely

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Jewish people have been at war for almost four months now. The immediate desire, naturally, is for victory. We live in an age of instant gratification – fast food, internet access, and the constant yearning for quick solutions, be it peace or the Messiah’s arrival. However, our weekly Torah portion, Yisro, offers a universally ...

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War and Epidemics

by R. Gil Student The 1848 (5608-9) cholera epidemic has become famous in Jewish history because it was the moment when the 37-year old Rav Yisrael Salanter first took on a leadership role. Rav Dov Katz, in his Tenu’as Ha-Mussar (vol. 1, ch. 12), describes how Rav Yisrael mobilized a rescue effort, secured a 1,500 bed hospital and volunteer doctors ...

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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   https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/783328 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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