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Having a Secular Name
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There are different levels as to how “Jewish” a name is. Consider the difference between the following: A Hebrew name from the Tanach e.g. Avraham, Yehonatan, Esther etc. A Tanach name which has been shortened or adapted eg Avi, Yoni, Esti, Sari. A Tanach name which is not normally used – e.g. Ogli, Mushi, Mupim, […]
Implications of the Majority of Jews Living in Israel
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Out of the 14.5 million Jewish people in the world, 46% reside in Israel. The Jewish population of Israel now exceeds that of the United States by roughly one million. Experts predict that by 2050 a majority of the world’s Jews will be living in Israel. What are the halachic implications of a majority of […]
Reestablishing the Sanhedrin Today – Part 2
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We saw in part one that the Rambam rules in Mishna Torah, following a similar analysis in his commentary on the Mishna, that it could be possible to restart the original semicha and thereby reconvene a Sanhedrin. The response to this in other mefarshim was muted, with some quoting the Rambam, and few explicitly disagreeing. […]
Bioethics: Taking Risks and Medical Procedures
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Halacha & Bio-ethics, taking risks and medical procedures, with special emphasis on unproven therapies. A discussion of the license given to the physician to administer medical treatment in a case where the disease has not yet manifested itself. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, August 28th, 2019 (27 Av 5779)
Ayin Hara (part 2)
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Four additional approaches to ayin hara, the Rambam’s approach, and should we be worried about it today? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 17th, 2019, 14 Tammuz 5779