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The Rules of the Para Aduma Water

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Chukkat The full details of this week’s mitzvah would take too much space for this forum; besides, the way Rambam and Sefer HaChinukh present it seems to me more eye-catching. I know it is what caught my eye, for what that’s worth. A Mitzvah Rambam Leaves Ambiguous Rambam, Obligation 108, calls the mitzvah “the torah we were taught regarding the”para aduma waters, ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh Hilchot Shabbat

by Joel Rich Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh-Hilchot Shabbat-Gruss Kollel-Continuation Hilchot Shabbat shiur 43 (Rechitzah BeShabbat part 1) Gzeirat habalanim (no use of hot water on Shabbat even if heated prior to Shabbat) applications including bathing, showering, mikveh and swimming. Note some of these applications involve issues other than heated water.,-boneh-part-1)/ Hilchot Shabbat shiur 44 (Rechitzah part 2, ...

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The Shaving of a Ba’al Teshuvah

by R. Gil Student During many eras in Jewish history, Jews converted to other religions, whether due to physical, financial or social pressure or otherwise. Many of these wayward Jews returned to the Jewish community, sometimes after escaping the country. While a Jew who sins remains Jewish (Sanhedrin 44a), he might still have to undergo a return ritual in order ...

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Kashrus Compromises

by R. Moshe Kurtz Lomdus on the Parsha: Shelach Based on the Acclaimed Sefer Chavatzeles HaSharon Q: Did the Jewish people always keep Kosher? And the Lord spoke to Moshe, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land into which I bring you, then it shall be, that, when you eat ...

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Three Traps to Avoid

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Korach Bamidbar 17;5 explains why God had told Elazar the Priest to hammer the fire-pans of Korach’s cohort, used in their challenge of Aharon’s right to be High Priest, into plating for the altar. The plating was to remind Jews not to be like Korach and his gang. However, the verse has a phrase Rashi translates ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Torah in Motion

by Joel Rich Three Torah-In-Motion Series Dr. Marc Herman-Who Were the Geonim and Why Do They Matter Yosef Lindell-The Origins of the Oral Torah Mental Health Dr. Marc Herman-Who Were the Geonim and Why Do They Matter Part 1 The history of Jewish settlement after churban bayit sheini resulted in large numbers of Jews  under muslim rule and the ...

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Learning Right after Shacharit

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I thought that one should learn a little in shul right after davening, yet I do not see many people doing so. How do you explain this? Answer: The concept you refer to can be connected to different sources and framed differently. After doing groundwork, we can relate to what is troubling you. The gemara ...

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Audio Roundup 2023:23

by Joel Rich When we studied The Rambam’s Sefer Hamitzvot and Hilchot Yesodei Hatora we found that one of the first mitzvot was yirat shamayim which is often translated as fear of HKBH but we found it was better translated as a awe of HKBH. I came across an interesting new book, “ Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder ...

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