• Audio Roundup 2018:4

    by Joel Rich “Hashem Yair Einai” (HKB”H please enlighten me) is something I say from time to time. Most who know me tend to think of me as a rationalist (OK—they think I’m Spock—but I’m not). For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to put together a Shiur on chazakot (presumptions) in the ......

  • Meeting the Supernatural in Different Contexts

    by R. Gidon Rothstein A Future Full of Compassion The Jewish people left Egypt visibly accompanied by Hashem, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. When 13;21 describes that, it says “and Hashem (the Hebrew adds a vav on to the four-letter Name of Hashem).” Bereshit Rabbah 51;2 says that a ...

  • The Shabbos Wedding

    by R. Gil Student I. The Wedding Sometimes in the 1550’s or 1560’s, Rav Moshe Isserles officiated at a wedding on Shabbos. This fascinating episode offers further evidence to a previous discussion in which we demonstrated that husbands do not own their wives. Rav Moshe Isserles, commonly known as th...

  • Adopting a Jewish Girl

    by R. Gidon Rothstein 3 Shevat: Tzitz Eliezer on Adopting a Jewish Girl and on Saying Kiddush By Heart When I was growing up, word on the Jewish street was that we adopted only non-Jewish babies, to avoid the halachic problems that can come with a child of unknown lineage. On 3 Shevat 5722 (1962), T...

  • Books Received

    Heal Us O Lord: A Chaplain’s Interface with Pain by R. Sidney Goldstein (Urim) ...

  • Religious Pioneers

    by R. Gil Student According to Sam Finkel, in his Rebels in the Holy Land, everything you thought you knew about chalutzim, farmer-settlers in the land of Israel, is wrong. The legendary chalutzim were secular East European Jews who came to Israel to create a homeland for the new Jew — proud, strong...

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