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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Prayer & Religiosity

May One Who Eats on Yom Kippur Due to Medical Needs Serve as a Shaliach Tzibbur? A Teshuvah from Rav Asher Weiss

Rabbi Avram Schwartz (Posted on September 17, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Translation by Rabbi Avi Schwartz, introduction by Rabbi Dov Linzer   Rabbi Asher Weiss(1953- ) is the current Rosh Kollel of Machon Minchas Asher L’Torah V’Horaah in Israel. Rav Asher was born to a Sens-Klausenburg Hassidic family and grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn.…

Birkat HaMazon and the Oral Torah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 2, 2018

Sefat Emet teaches that those who were to enter the Land of Israel would be the beginning of the Oral Torah – the taking of the Divine word and interpreting it and applying it to the lived reality of their lives. …

Saying Kaddish for a non-Jewish Parent

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 25, 2018

May a Jew by choice sit shivah and say kaddish for their non-Jewish parent? To answer this question we must address two issues: (1) What is halakhah’s view of the parent-child relationship in these cases? The gemara states, “A person who converts is like a newborn infant,” (Yevamot 22a).…

Praying with a Cross in the Room

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 18, 2018

A person is a patient at Holy Cross Hospital and there is a crucifix on the wall of each room.  Can she make brakhot and daven there? A family wishes to have a bar mitzvah in the large, all-purpose hall of Catholic university, where there is a small cross affixed at the top of the east-facing wall, 20 feet off the ground.…

Solar Eclipse: To Bless or Not to Bless

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Morning Blessings and their Biblical Roots

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Posted on July 6, 2017

To view the sources for this shiur click here.  …

Biblical Prayer: Between Malkizedek and Hannah

by Rabbi David Silber Posted on July 5, 2017

Davening Mincha After Lighting Shabbat Candles

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on February 21, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Women Leading Selichot: A Response to Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on October 10, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

May a Woman Lead Selichot and the Recital of God’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy? (English)

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on October 9, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

What is a Halakhic Jewish Identity?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on October 6, 2016

Apart from the “Shema Yisra’el” with which we are so familiar, Parshat Va’etchanan has three other instances where we see similar instructions for Israel to listen. What do the Other Shema Yisraels have that our Shema doesn’t. Considering their emphasis, wouldn’t it be better to recite them twice daily rather than our Shema? …

May a Woman Lead Selichot and the Recital of God’s 13 Principles of Mercy? A Response to Rabbi Dov Linzer in Hebrew

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz (Posted on September 27, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies