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Is There a Mitzva to be Married?
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Introduction The commentaries discuss how to legally categorize the halakhic institution of marriage. On the one hand, it is evident that the Torah desires that men and women marry (Bereishit 2:18) and that there is a positive commandment to bear children (ibid. 1:28; Yevamot 65b). But can the act of finding a partner and initiating […]
Hespedim for Rav Moshe Shapira zt”l
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This playlist includes hespedim from: Rav Baruch Dov Povarsky – Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rav Yehudah Ades – Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Yaakov Rav Aviezer Piltz – Rosh Yeshiva of Tifrach Rav Aryeh HaKohen Feldman (son-in-law) Rav Shmuel Shapira (son) Rav Shlomo Shapira (son) Rav Avraham Shapira (son) PLUS: Legacy: Reflections in Response to the Petira of […]
Embracing Chassidus: Q. & A. with Rabbi Moshe Weinberger
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Writer Binyamin Ehrenkranz speaks with Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, the founding rav of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, New York, and mashpia at Yeshiva University, about the rising popularity of neo-Chassidism and the power of the Chassidic worldview. Binyamin Ehrenkranz: Aish Kodesh was started more than twenty years ago, before Chassidus was as popular as it […]
The Life and Learning of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ZT”L
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The following is, for the most part, a transcript of a talk given in Yeshivat Sha’alvim, approximately one week after the passing of Rav Lichtenstein. [1] The written version has been slightly modified in terms of sequence and by the addition of footnotes. What follows are some personal reflections on the life of our great […]
Sticks and Stones: Insults and How We React To Them
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Why can’t we all just get along? Sometimes, it seems that all we do is engage in bickering and insult, both overt and subtle. There are those who believe that the nature of such engagement is “hardwired” into our social structure. Community, the very thing we laud as Jews, is, according to these sociologists and […]