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  • Soloveichik Agrees with Lopatin, According to Lopatin, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 25, 2011 | 10:56 am

    I am including as a post below a letter from Yitzchak Zev Soloveichik commenting on my post in Morethodoxy regarding outside influences on Halacha. Yizchak Zev is the grandson of Rav Ahron Soloveichik, zt”l, my rebbe, and also the son of Rav Moshe Soloveichik, shli’ta, Rav... read on

  • A religious dilemma

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 24, 2011 | 10:26 pm

    My friend and former student Esther (not her real name) embodies all the values and qualities that are deemed praiseworthy in the Orthodox Jewish community…except for one.  She is a leader of Jewish people helping to form observant and learned communities wherever she goes.  She... read on

  • Outside Influences Make Orthodox Torah Work, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 22, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    How Our Tradition Works: Outside World Ideas are Necessary for our Understanding of Halacha
    About a week ago, Yitzchak Zeev Soloveichik sent in a comment that crystalizes the debate over whether She’asani Yisrael – Who created me an Israelite! –  is the right blessing for men... read on

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  • No Offense Taken

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 15, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The Torah is timeless; its laws binding for every generation. The Sages are the masters of the Oral Law; we accept their legal authority.

    Does it follow then that we may never reassess rabbinic practices, even when circumstances change? Or, is it the case that such reassessments... read on

  • A hesped (eulogy) for my mother: Torah and art a synthesis of worlds

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 11, 2011 | 9:34 pm

    My mother (hk"m) died last week.  She was a well know artist, committed observant Jew, a deep thinker, and a humble supportive mother.  We are all dying, but to live a life that is dignified, creative, and that brings much insight and light to the world is the goal -and this my... read on

  • A Calmer and Fuller Articulation

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2011 | 8:56 pm

    Friends have correctly pointed out to me over the last few days that my post of last Thursday was too strident in tone, and too light in halachik discussion and sourcing. I am again reminded why our Sages advised us to acquire friends, and why God blesses us with them.


    For the... read on

  • A Calmer and Fuller Articulation

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    Friends have correctly pointed out to me over the last few days that my post of last Thursday was too strident in tone, and too light in halachik discussion and sourcing. I am again reminded why our Sages advised us to acquire friends, and why God blesses us with them.

    For the... read on

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