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Halachic Perspectives on Surrogate Motherhood
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Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg is the first to discuss the halachic issues related to surrogacy. All the questions regarding surrogacy surround the issue of who is considered the halachic mother – the genetic mother or the birth mother? What sources are there that can shed light on surrogate motherhood in halacha given that the concept is […]
VeTen Tal uMatar LiVracha: Halacha and Hashkafa
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Does repeating Mashiv HaRuach 90 times all at once work to obviate the need to repeat the Amidah if one cannot be sure that he added Mashiv HaRuach? The difference between הרגל and סימן. Rav Chaim Soloveitchik on the difference between the nature of the addition Ya’aleh V’Yavo versus V’Tein Tal uMatar. Why do we […]
Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction in Halacha
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Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction The contents of the shiur appear on the page below. The shiur and a variety of additional materials are also available for download in PDF format: Shiur & Appendices in PDF                  Supplemental Sources in PDF ********************************* Table of Contents Section Title Page I Introduction 1 […]
Z’manim Explained (with downloadable charts)
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Z’manim (times) are important in Jewish life. They tell us when different mitzvos can be performed, from donning tefillin in the morning to observing Shabbos and holidays. But z’manim can also be confusing! Big mincha? Little mincha? Plag? What are all these things? And when looking at a list of times, how is one to […]
Are There Halachot of Sheitels?
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One of the most frequent questions I get, out and about as a visibly Orthodox Jew, is about sheitels. “Excuse me, are you Orthodox? Can I ask you a question? Why do Orthodox women wear those beautiful wigs; doesn’t that defeat the point?” “Well,” I like to answer, “For starters, it depends what you think […]