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Category: Halakha & Modernity

Halakhic Status of a Deaf Person who Cannot Speak: Part 1 – Gemara and Rishonim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 5, 2016

Introduction Traditionally, halakha has ruled that a deaf person who could not speak – a cheresh –  is not considered to be a bar da’at – a person of sufficient intelligence and understanding to have standing as an agent or responsible party in halakha.  …

P’sak Halakhah and Women’s Voices

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 5, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Discourse of Halakhic Inclusiveness

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 5, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Can a Person Who Is Blind Receive an Aliyah?: A Teshuva of Maseit Binyamin

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 5, 2016

Can a person who is blind receive an aliyah?  The question, from a conceptual and analytic point of view, is how to understand the post-Talmudic practice of having one person (the one receiving the aliyah) making a brakha on the Torah, and having another person (the shaliach tzibbur) doing the actual reading from the scroll.  …

Beit Din’s Presence in the Mikveh room for Conversion: A Case Study in Rav Ovadya Yosef’s Citation of Sources

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 2, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Review of Equality Lost

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on September 2, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Dogma and Jewish Status

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 30, 2016

A.    Becoming A Jew Notice that the process focuses entirely on acceptance of mitzvot and not of ikrei emunah.  While certain beliefs are assumed – i.e., the existence of an olam habah – the purpose of the process is to ensure that the ger accepts not only the obligation of the mitzvot but the yoke of the mitzvot – the full gravity of the obligation. …

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 5 -Different Types of Heresy and Applications for Today

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 4 – Status of One Who Does Not Believe, Understanding Rambam

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 3 – Status of One Who Does Not Believe, in Gemara and Rambam

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 2 – Status of a Shabbat Violator, Historical Development and Conclusion

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Status of a Non-Believer Regarding Wine and Other Matters: Part 1 – Status of a Shabbos Violator in Rishonim and Poskim

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 28, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies