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Where to Light on Motzaei Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My family will be at my parents’ house for Shabbat Chanuka and will be leaving there for home (an hour commute) relatively soon after Shabbat. Where should I light Chanuka candles? Answer: An achsenai (guest) is obligated to light unless his family lights on his behalf at home (Shabbat 23a). While the achsenai’s obligation can ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich Rabbi Sobolofsky: Shev Shmaasa I’ve been fascinated for a long time by rov, chazakah, karov, vadaii, safeik, Hachraah …… I can’t say I have clarity but I’m working on it J http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/760518/rabbi-zvi-sobolofsky/shev-shmaysa-sugyos-(sfeika-draissa-lchumra)/ Shev Shmaysa Sugyos (Sfeika d’Raissa l’chumra) We all know that sfeika d’uraita (doubt in a Torah prohibition case) l’chumra (we are stringent) but is that a ...

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Chanukah and Community

by R. Gil Student I. Whose Oil? Around 150 years ago, a Warsaw rabbi attempted to introduce a new chumra, a stringency regarding Chanukah lights. The reason for rejecting his proposal offers insight into the nature of family and community. In his Talmudic commentary Zeikher Yehosef (Warsaw, 1859; Shabbos 20b), Rav Yehosef Zechariah Stern of Shavel records a question sent ...

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Audio Roundup: 2017:49

by Joel Rich Question: I note that the S”A O”C 158:10 (Hand Washing) quotes the Gemara (R’Chisda) in support of using more than the minimum required amount of water for hand washing. Given the Mechaber’s goal that the Shulchan Aruch be a halachic summary of his magnum opus, the Beit Yosef, does anyone know of a theory as to why ...

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The Rav on Shekhinah and LeShem Yihud

by Dr. Arnold Lustiger This treatment of the Rav’s ideas regarding Shechinah and LeShem Yichud is necessarily brief. For more detail, see the Volume 15 of the Torah UMadda Journal “The Kabbalistic Underpinnings of U-vikkashtem mi-sham”  Last week, Gil examined the term Shekhinah and the LeShem Yihud meditation.  Although the Rav is not widely known as having a Kabbalistic focus, ...

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Competing Rabbis

by R. Gidon Rothstein 20 Kislev: Chatam Sofer on Competing Rabbis Capitalist countries assume that competition challenges people to do their best, leading to improved products at cheaper prices. True as that is in many areas, halachah did not see it as an unmitigated good, and developed the idea of hassagat gevul, encroaching boundaries, occasions when it’s unacceptable to compete with the person already filling ...

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Audio Roundup Special

by Joel Rich http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1a_Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah 1a – Does_Hashem_care_about_the_details         HKB”H doesn’t “take revenge” against us when we sin, rather, our neshamot (souls) are intrinsically impacted by sins much the same way our bodies are impacted by good food or poison.  The Torah is a reality and a complete, practical guide to life. http://www.thejerusalemkollel.com/download/KlaleiHoraah/KlaleiHoraah1b_What_Moshe_received_at_Sinai.mp3 Rav Berkovits- K’lalei Hora’ah ...

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How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

by R. Daniel Mann [Periodically, we re-issue our discussion on the proper position of tefillin shel rosh. Many people motion to their friends to straighten their tefillin, which is rarely a problem, and do not realize that tefillin extending too far forward is a far more severe problem. In Living the Halachic Process, I:G-1, we develop the halacha that the ...

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Holiday Parties

by R. Gil Student I’ve often heard rabbis speak about office holiday parties as if they are obviously and unequivocally forbidden and it’s troubled me. I’m not quite sure what the big deal is but I’m also not certain that all rabbis understand the varying circumstances. For some people, missing a holiday has no career impact. For others, it might. ...

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