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  • Eat Something

    Eat Something
    By Erica Brown
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    by Erica Brown “Be happy as you sit at your table and the hungry are enjoying your hospitality” Derech Eretz Zuta 9 The big news in Washington is that Michelle Obama’ 50th birthday party is coming, and the invitations are out. But – get this – the DC gossip columns are all buzzing about a small sentence on the invite: “Eat before you come.” Jewish event? I think not. Now I’m not even upset that I’m not invited. Tacky? The debate is serious. Does it show fiscal responsibility that the […]

     
  • The Most Prestigious Aliyah

    The Most Prestigious Aliyah
    By Ari Enkin
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    It is commonly believed that certain Aliyot in the course of the Shabbat morning Torah reading are more prestigious than others.  As such, it is customary in many congregations to award these aliyot to the rabbi or to distinguished guests. The most prestigious Aliya that one can receive is the last Aliya of each of the five chumashim. Additionally, on a Shabbat in which the weekly Torah reading contains a distinguished reading, such as the Ten Commandments or the Song at the Sea, it is considered a great honor to […]

     
  • Moshe Rabbeinu and Matan Torah

    Moshe Rabbeinu and Matan Torah
    By Yair Kahn
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    by Yair Kahn A Strange Debate In this week’s parasha, immediately prior to the Asseret Ha-dibbrot (Ten Commandments), an enigmatic dialogue is recorded (19:21-25). Hashem orders Moshe to warn the nation not to attempt to catch a glimpse of Hashem. Moshe argues that this is unnecessary, since Har Sinai was already placed out of limits to Bnei Yisrael. Nevertheless, Hashem overrules Moshe and insists that the nation be warned. Moshe complies and warns the people. Suddenly, directly following this warning, while Moshe is still among the people, Am Yisrael experience the revelation of the Asseret Ha-dibbrot. Some obvious questions arise. Why […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Yisro

    Vort from the Rav: Yisro
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Exodus 19:16 וַיֶּֽחֱרַד כָּל־הָעָם אֲשֶׁר בַּֽמַּֽחֲנֶֽה and the entire nation that was in the camp shuddered. The Gemara in Berachos 22a states: Just as at Horeb, there was dread and awe, trembling and fear, so too here [in respect to the teaching and studying of Torah] it must be done with dread and awe, trembling and fear. The purpose of reading the Torah aloud in the synagogue is not solely to teach the congregation, but also to arrange an encounter with God, as experienced by our ancestors at Mount Sinai. […]

     
  • Tzedakah Is Justice, Not Kindness

    Tzedakah Is Justice, Not Kindness
    By Aharon Ziegler
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    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik At first glance it would seem that the word tzeddakah, rooted in the word Tzeddek, is an inappropriate term to describe the act of giving charity. Performing an act of charity is generally understood to be a display of chesed, kindness, to another human being. We owe nothing to the poor person; the impoverished have no legal claim on our act of charity. Rav Soloveitchik therefore asked where is the “justice” in the act of charity? Charity should more appropriately be called “Chesed”. […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich (Links and formatting fixed – ed.) Question: What is the relationship, if any, between an individual who has already davened and the Chazzan’s repetition (chazzarat hashatz) of a minyan in a room in which he is sitting? Halachic and hashkafic input appreciated. From The Rebbitzen’s Husband: I expect to participate in a panel discussion next week on “Controversial Talmud” – dealing with three talmudic passages which seem to be in direct conflict with modern western ethics. In my humble opinion, cherry picking Talmudic statements can make for […]

     
 
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    Moshe Rabbeinu and Matan Torah

    by Yair Kahn A Strange Debate In this week’s parasha, immediately prior to the Asseret Ha-dibbrot (Ten Commandments),...

     
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    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Yisro

    Exodus 19:16 וַיֶּֽחֱרַד כָּל־הָעָם אֲשֶׁר בַּֽמַּֽחֲנֶֽה and the entire nation...

     
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    Aharon Ziegler (0)
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    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich (Links and formatting fixed – ed.) Question: What is the relationship, if any, between an individual who...

     
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    Zev Eleff (0)
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    by Zev Eleff “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance...

     
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    Daniel Z. Feldman (1)
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    Gil Student (1)
    Malbim on Torah and Science

    The interaction of religion and science has a long and complex history. I make no attempt here to adequately explain the...