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Category: Halakha & Modernity

Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common- Joy of Text 1:14

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 22, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

What is the real obligation of sex between a husband and wife? These sources accompany the (mini) fourteenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common A Letter from the Steipler (Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky 1899-1985)  |    מכתב מהסטייפלר Translated by Rabbi Dov Linzer ב.…

They Become One Flesh: Joy of Text 1:12

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 22, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

These sources accompany the (mini) twelfth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   They Become One Flesh 1. Breishit 2:24    |    בראשית ב’:כ”ד עַל כֵּן יַעֲזָב אִישׁ אֶת אָבִיו וְאֶת אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.…

How to Conceive a Baby Boy- Joy of Text 1:10

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 22, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

These sources accompany the (mini) tenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   How to Conceive a Baby Boy Babylonian Talmud, Niddah 31a   |    (.בבלי, נדה דף (לא אמר רבי יצחק אמר רבי אמי: אשה מזרעת תחילה – יולדת זכר, איש מזריע תחילה – יולדת נקבה, שנאמר +ויקרא י”ב+ אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר.…

Hiding Under the Bed- Joy of Text 1:8

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 22, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

These sources accompany the (mini) eight episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Hiding Under the Bed Babylonian Talmud Hagigah (5b)   |    (:תלמוד בבלי מסכת חגיגה (ה אמר רב: אפילו שיחה יתירה שבין איש לאשתו מגידים לו לאדם בשעת מיתה.…

Fantasy, Concealing Abuse, Kama Sutra cards and vibrators- Joy of Text 1:1

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 22, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Our first episode! We talk about fantasy: is there such thing as a “normal” fantasy? What’s the history of fantasizing in Judaism? What does Jewish law have to say about it? We also interviewed Michael Lesher about his new book on covering up sexual abuse in Orthodox communities.…

Book Review: Be’einei Elohim Ve’Adam: Biblical Criticism and the Person of Faith

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on August 19, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim: A Case Study in Halakha and Values

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Warming Tray on Shabbat

Amy Pollak (Posted on August 15, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Tzniut, Halakha, and the Male Gaze

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 15, 2016

This essay was written in the context of this op ed in the New York Times. This accompanying source sheet provides a closer look at the sources.  Tova Hartman, in her chapter “Modesty and the Religious Male Gaze,” in Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism, discusses the topic of the male gaze, and how the culture around tzniut reinforces this – accepts it as a given – and the status of women as sex objects.…

Tzniut, Halakha and the Male Gaze: Lecture and Sources

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 10, 2016

This lecture was composed in the context of this op-ed in the New York Times. These sources also accompany the Season 2 Episode 7 episode of the Joy of Text podcast. Introduction There is a general sense in the frum community that tzniut is a concept that applies almost exclusively to women and to how they dress.  …

Jewish Social Justice: A Universalist Mandate?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 8, 2016

In halakha, our obligations towards the other are mostly, if not exclusively, directed towards our fellow Jews.  In other lectures [hyperlink here to Circles of Responsibility and to the Jew-Gentile lectures that are relevant], we explore to what extent there is a basis in halakha for an obligation of assistance and support towards Gentiles as well.…

Social Justice– Mandate or Mixed Message?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 5, 2016

Many Jews champion social justice as a Torah mandate of tikkun olam.  This term contains two notions – one, a universalist ethos, a care for the world at large, and not just the Jewish community.  And two, it is a call to address the deep, systemic problems within society – to get at the root causes of injustice and inequality, and not just focus on addressing its symptoms,  such as helping individuals who are without food, or health care, or education.…