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Category: Halakha & Modernity

Break Down Their Altars: The Limits of Interfaith

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on September 6, 2016

Although the written Torah suggests in various places a violent relationship with other religions- particularly those that involve avodah zarah (best but incompletely translated as “idolatry”)- we find in the Sages a mixed bag of how we should treat other religions.…

Further on Women and Kri’at HaTorah: A Response to Rabbi Aryeh Klapper

Women and Kri’at Hatorah: Response to Rav Yoni Rosensweig

Women and Kri’at HaTorah: A Response from Rav Yoni Rosensweig

Halakhic Status of a Deaf Person Who Cannot Speak Intelligibly: Part 2 – Poskim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 6, 2016

In the previous lecture we saw that there were opinions of Tanaaim and Amoraim in the Talmud that would have allowed for a reassessment of a deaf person’s status, but that halakha rejected these opinions and rules categorically that a deaf person is not a person of legal standing.  …

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

The Discourse of Halakhic Inclusiveness

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

Review of Equality Lost

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. …