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Another Baby (Almost) Bites the Dust

25 Nisan 5773 – April 5, 2013
Rabbi Pirutinsky discussed the issue of 'metzizah b'peh' at length, concluding that if medical experts determine that there is a danger to the child, metzizah should be performed by other legitimate methods.

Well Intentioned, but Wrong to Condone Homosexuality

18 Adar 5773 – February 27, 2013
Making gay marriage not just value neutral but something positive. It is in effect koshering a forbidden lifestyle.

Respect for Rabbis in the Political Sphere

This is Torah. This is its rightful place in all our lives, both private and public.

Another One Rides the Bus

10 Shevat 5773 – January 20, 2013
There are always people who in cases like this will cast the victim as a provocateur.

Are the Ultra Orthodox Incapable of Seeing God Fearing in National Religious Jews?

18 Tevet 5773 – December 31, 2012
A Chareidi rabbi lamented the attempt to denigrate a kiddush hashem preformed by a dati-leumi (national-religious) student.

Whose Judaism is it Anyway?

15 Tevet 5773 – December 27, 2012
The tragedy that we face today is that everyone thinks they are the sole possessors of the answer.

Stop Citing Halachah

13 Tevet 5773 – December 26, 2012
Using the term "Halacha" for policies which are not in fact Halacha, delegitimizes those who differ and causes ill-will towards Jewish law.

When One Forgets To Say Vesein Tal U’matar

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
The Jews living outside Eretz Yisrael began reciting vesein tal u’matar in the Shemoneh Esrei this week. If one does not say vesein tal u’matar (instead continuing to say “vesein berachah”) and finishes the Shemoneh Esrei, he must repeat the Shemoneh Esrei. If one accidentally does not daven at all, he must daven two Shemoneh Esreis during the following tefillah. If one did not say vesein tal u’matar and finished davening and only remembers this fact at the time of the next tefillah, he must daven two Shemoneh Esreis at the next tefillah.

A Generation In Need Of Rededication

The strength and numbers of Orthodox Jews in America have never been greater, and yet those of us concerned with Judaism’s future must admit we confront a future no less frightening than the future that was evident to Hannah’s noble sons in Modi’in all those centuries ago.

Symbol Of The Eternal Soul

The festival of Chanukah celebrates two miracles – the military victory over the Syrian Greeks and that one small cruse of oil, good for one day, providing light for eight days. The miracle of the light, however, is the main focus and central theme of this festival.

Daf Yomi

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Ball And Bat Substitutes 'Cut Palm Branches' (Shabbos 50a)

Yaakov Avinu’s Delayed Marriage

The Rambam writes in the 10th perek of Hilchos Ishus (halacha 13-14) that if a man marries a woman, he is obligated to have sheva berachos for seven days. If one marries several women at once, he must have separate sheva berachos for each one for seven days – consecutively. The reason for this is because we cannot mix one simcha with another simcha.

The Jewish Vote: Same Old, Same Old

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
In the wake of the presidential election, American Jews must once again ask a fundamental question that seems to defy both societal trends and a clear resolution: why do Jews overwhelmingly support the Democratic candidate, year after year, election after election?

Melachot And Intent

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
The juxtaposition in the Torah of the laws of Shabbat and the Mishkan, the Sanctuary, not only serves to identify the 39 melachot prohibited on Shabbat but also determines the conditions that must exist before one can be held liable for performing a melachah. One of these conditions is intent.

Price Freeze!

Hurricane Sandy had knocked down the power lines to Noach's house. After three days with no electricity, he heard that a neighbor had a spare generator.

How Did Eisav Sell The Bechorah?

We learn in this week’s parshah of Eisav’s sale of his birthright to Yaakov Avinu. There are several questions surrounding the legitimacy of this sale. The Rivash (Teshuvos 328) questions why the sale was valid, since Eisav sold something that did not exist at that time. The halacha is that one may not sell anything that is not in the world at the time of the sale. Since the bechor did not yet exist or take effect at that time, how could the sale have been valid?

The Berachah On Kiddushin

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
In this week’s parshah we learn of the episode whereby Avraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Yitzchak. Eliezer met Rivka and decided that she was right for Yitzchak. After discussing matters with her parents and her brother, Lavan, Eliezer was ready to return with Rivka to Avraham and Yitzchak. Prior to their departure Rivka’s family blessed her, saying that she should become “thousands of myriad…” and may her offspring inherit the gate of its foes.

On The Interface Of Science And Torah Ethics Human Genomics: Scientific Achievement and Ethical...

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
“G-d formed man from the earth and breathed into him a living soul.” The greatest achievement of the biological sciences since that moment in creation...

Are We Better Than The Residents Of Sedom?

We learn in this week’s parshah about the wickedness and demise of the residents of Sedom. Further, we learn from medrashim that the residents of Sedom did not show much hospitality. Similarly, the mishnah in Avos 5:10 says that there are four different types of middos that people live by. The first is one who says, “What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours.” The mishnah says that this is an intermediate middah; others say that this is middas Sedom. Rashi, in Kesubos 103a, says that the people in Sedom would not allow anyone to benefit from their possessions even if it would be of no loss to them.

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