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Balak – Consideration Towards Widows

July 7, 2011, by

In many places, the Torah commands us to show special consideration towards widows. For example: [1] In a number of places the Torah admonishes us to include them among the needy whom we are obliged to help with charity, tithes etc. Devarim 14:29, 16:11, 16:14, 24:19-21; 26:12-13. [2] There is a special prohibition against causing

Is a Woman’s Place in the (Kosher) Kitchen?

July 6, 2011, by

A recent Jewish Week article, “A Woman’s Place is in the (Kosher) Kitchen” by Amy Spiro caught plenty of attention. When Donyel Meese, a pre-med undergraduate and NCSY alumnus, was offered student employment in kashrut supervision (Ohio State University’s Hillel Cafe), she first consulted her Rabbi regarding halachic issues. It’s a common misconception that a

Parashat Vayishlach 5768

November 21, 2007, by

Parshat Vayishlach 5768 Parshat Vayishlach – “I Buried Her on the Way”  Text Message Responsa  Stories of Rabbeinu – Our Rabbi: Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook – Disparaging Torah Scholars, The Redemption in Torah  Shut She’eilat Shlomo – Questions of Jewish Law: Waiting For the Rabbis, A Place in the World to Come  Character Improvement

Parashat Chayei Sarah: On This Day…Two Eulogies

November 1, 2007, by

Parashat Chayei Sarah 5768 Part One: Two Eulogies Part Two: On this day…. Part One – Two Eulogies The Gemara in Megilla 3a, discusses the important contribution of the illustrious Tana, Yonatan ben Uziel, the most outstanding student of Hillel (Suka 28a), with his Targum (explanatory translation) on Tanach. As an example the Gemara quotes

Masechet Ketubot – 13a – 19b

September 20, 2007, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. This month’s Steinsaltz Daf Yomi is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris, The Lewy Family

A Real Home

August 30, 2007, by

“I always wanted a real home with flowers on the windowsill.” — Carol King, popular song from the 1970sWithin hours of first breathing the cattle car’s nauseating air, we began to feel at home. “Home” was the edge of the wooden plank I sat on. — Elie Wiesel, Memoirs In the Jerusalem living-room of an

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – Music During Sefira

April 27, 2007, by

The time of counting omer is one of partial mourning due to the deaths of the students of Rabbi Akiva during this period (SA OC 493:1) as well as other tragedies which various communities experienced specifically at this time of year. One aspect of this mourning is that it is forbidden to listen to instrumental

Masechet Mo’ed Katan – Introduction

March 8, 2007, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. This month’s Steinsaltz Daf Yomi is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris, the Lewy Family

Parashat Ki Tisa: Tug-of-War and Crystal Balls

March 8, 2007, by

Parshat Ki Tisa 5767 Did it ever cross your mind, that we Jews, the most clever people on earth, abide by a code of laws which no one understands. We know when to keep the respective mitzvot and how to keep them to the most minute detail, but even the greatest rabbi cannot explain the

Masechet Ta’anit – 25a-31b

February 1, 2007, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. This month’s Steinsaltz Daf Yomi is sponsored by: Dr. and Mrs. Alan Harris The Lewy Family