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The 21st Century Rav

Our problem-solving tools – Gemara and Shulchan Aruch – remain unchanged, but the problems we are solving couldn’t have been imagined in previous generations.

“And Yaakov Left…” A Year Since Rav Yaakov Litman and His Son Were Mudered

A year has passed since the Litman's were murdered, and in that year I have begun to understand in a different way what our sages meant when a tzaddik is alive even in their death.

Rav Meir Shapira’s Daf Yomi Talmud for Sale in Jerusalem

A special edition Gemara was printed for the first cycle of Daf Yomi in 1925.

The Rav On The Holidays

While the subjects are often dense and abstract, Rabbi Pick is able to provide an extremely clear overview of the topics...

Rav Shimon Schwab: Values And Views

After Rav Breuer was nifter in 1980, Rav Schwab led the community until his passing in 1995.

8 Women Receive Orthodox Ordination in Largely Political Endeavor

"I very quickly abandoned the ambition to achieve only rabbinic expertise, and moved on to the more important initiative of promoting you as creative scholars, with integrity, sensitivity and courage."

Rav Herzog’s ‘Rabbits’ And Other Rabbinic Pesach Correspondence

There is a whole other transcendental level of delight, enchantment, and reverence that applies to collectors of Judaica documents.

The Life Of Rav Shimon Schwab (Fourth of Four Parts)

There were a few times he did not have a ready answer for me. He would then say, “Please call me back tomorrow.” When I did, there was always a ready and clear answer.

The Life Of Rav Shimon Schwab (Part III)

Needless to say, a cool, calm and wise Rabbi Schwab soothed things over, as he had done on so many other occasions.

The Malach’s Son – Rav Rifael Zalman Hakohen Levine

The two Torah giants spent hours discussing a variety of Torah topics, some of which went well beyond subjects normally dealt with in Lithuanian yeshivas.

The Proposed Touro Monument And Rav S. R. Hirsch (Part II)

The debate was picked up by a number of national publications, including Isaac Leeser’s Occident.

‘You Murder the Children’: Rav Soloveitchik on Abortion

Rav Soloveitchik stated that "to me it is something vulgar, this clamor of the liberals that abortion be permitted."

At First There Was Chaos

Chaos - that is how the world is described at its inception in the book of Beraishis (Genesis). Confusion. A lack of clarity and boundaries. Or, as I teach my kindergartners, "a mishmash".

The Rare Torah Oracle

Rebecca, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, she went to inquire of the Lord – “vateilech lidrosh et Hashem” (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future.

Q & A: Shemini Atzeret

Question: I seem to see a lack of uniformity regarding the mitzvah of sukkah on Shemini Atzeret. What is the proper procedure to follow? Menachem Via e-mail

The Secret of Turning Misery into Happiness

Feeling like a prisoner, I went along with a shidduch she wanted for me. Baruch Hashem, the girl was sweet and beloved. But I held out hope that after the wedding I'd be able to ask my wife to gradually change. I knew this could cause problems, but I was hopeful. Sadly, after 12 years of marriage and six children, my situation is the same; my wife is unwilling to change. As a matter of fact, contrary to what I had hoped for, the opposite is happening: my wife wants me to change. She says that I am too modern and should become more frum.

Degrees Of Rejection

Dear Dr. Yael: I am a 20 years old and dating. While I know that people consider me to be an attractive young woman, I...

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