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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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Shmuel Bender and Asher Beckerman were study partners (chevrusas). They also sat next to each other in shiur. Shmuel felt fortunate to have the privilege of learning with Asher, whom he admired greatly.

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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If a fetus is a separate entity, how is slaughtering a pregnant animal permitted? After all, Chullin teaches us that the Torah prohibits slaughtering a mother and its child on the same day.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The Rambam That Engendered Fifty Novella ‘He Says to His Maidservant: You Are Free’ (Temura 25b)

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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"When someone completes his job faithfully you must pay him fully, even if no benefit comes from the work. For example, if a person ordered a delivery of medicine for a critically ill patient, and the person died or recovered meanwhile, the driver must be paid."

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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Do older Jews have a rebbe?

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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At most a navi, through prophecy, can institute a temporary modification of a Torah law. However, if he seeks to introduce a permanent change in the Torah or to add a new mitzvah, he and his prophecy should be rejected.

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard. If a word is missed, the listener should read it quietly to himself from the text in his hand. The principal purpose of reciting the megillah is to publicize the miracle of Purim. Accordingly, many poskim permit the megillah to be read in English if the reader does not understand Hebrew.

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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Batei arei chomah are structures (of at least six to eight square feet) in towns consisting of at least three courtyards with two buildings each, with a predominantly Jewish population – provided that such towns were surrounded by a wall in the time of Joshua even though they may no longer be surrounded by a wall at the time of the sale or buyback.

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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Permission Granted? ‘Lo Yachlifenu B’Shel Acheirim…’ (Temurah 9)

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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‘He Uttered Hashem’s Name In Vain’ (Temurah 3b)

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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"Although a shomer sachar is generally obligated in theft and is expected to watch extra carefully, he can stipulate with the owner for a lower level of responsibility . . . A number of authorities maintain that when the owner was aware of the conditions in which the merchandise would be kept, it is considered as a stipulation that such guardianship suffices."

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Posted on: February 8th, 2012

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Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

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Posted on: February 8th, 2012

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After its conquest by Joshua, the land of Israel was divided into twelve equal parts in accordance with the number of the tribes of Israel. Each male member of each tribe that actually left Egypt was entitled to a piece of land equal in size to the total size allocated to his whole tribe divided by the number of men of twenty or over in his tribe that left Egypt.

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Posted on: February 8th, 2012

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Too Little, Too Late? ‘Break Down the Door and Enter…’ (Arachin 31b)

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Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

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A person’s reputation precedes him. A bad reputation prejudices any chance of a successful encounter. Damaging a person’s reputation is tantamount to booby-trapping human relations before they can blossom into happy relationships.

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Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

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"Fine & Feder Furniture" had been a landmark in the shopping center for decades. The two partners had opened a small store thirty years before and now ran a humongous showroom. Rumors were circulating of a breakup in the partnership, though, due to developing mistrust.

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Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

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Pleading The Fifth ‘…And Minors Are Not Obligated To Fulfill Mitzvos’ (Arachin 22a)

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Posted on: February 1st, 2012

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Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

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