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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

Is a Father Obligated to Perform His Son’s Brit Milah?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on October 16, 2009

In discussing the nature of the father’s obligation to give his son a bris, we encounter a question: is the father obligated to perform the bris himself (if possible), or only to take the responsibility to make sure that the bris is performed?…

Sotah as an Issue of Paternity

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 14, 2009

Masekhet Sotah primarily focuses on the parsha in the Torah regarding a woman whose husband suspects her of adultery (Bamidbar 5:11-31). It is fascinating to see how Chazal’s understanding of Sotah differs from the simple sense of the psukim. This issue has been explored by various scholars, in particular Moshe Halbertal and Judith Hauptman, who point out that in Chazal’s understanding the process is one which is more based on objective fact (observed seclusion following a warning) rather than on the husband’s capricious suspicions.…

Prayer for the Slain and Injured at the Gay Community Center in Tel Aviv

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 14, 2009

This prayer expresses grief and sorrow over the horrific and murderous attack at the gay Community Center in Tel Aviv on August 1, 2009 and the heightened sense of responsibility and obligation that all Jews and communities, across the denominations, must share in response.…