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Category: Machshava/Jewish Thought

For the Entire Congregation is Holy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 3, 2019

The Korach story, in which Aharon’s right to the priesthood was challenged, ends with the Torah enumerating the special priestly gifts that to which the Kohanim are entitled (Bamidbar 18:8-20).  On this special status of the priesthood, the Sifrei comments: “There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kingship, and the crown of the priesthood.…

Accepting the Mitzvot as a Convert: Does it Matter What You’re Really Thinking?

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Shmelkes (1828-1904) was one of the leading rabbis in the latter part of the 19th century in Eastern Europe. He was the head of the rabbinical court in Lvov (Lemberg) from 1869-1893. His Beit Yiẓḥak (6 vols., 1875–1908), on the four parts of the Shulkḥan Arukh, was widely acclaimed. …

Accidentally Mentioning the Day of the Omer

Rabbi Moshe Sofer (1762-1839), generally known as Hatam Sofer, was perhaps the most important European rabbi of the first half of the nineteenth century. He was widely recognized during his lifetime, and trained the next generation of Hungarian leadership at his yeshiva in Pressburg.…

Establishing Halakhic Marriage Norms in the New State

Rabbi Yitzhak Isaak Halevi Herzog (1888-1959) was Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of the State of Israel at the time of its founding. He had previously served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland, until he succeeded Rav Kook in 1936. Aside from his work in developing the institutions of the Israeli Rabbinate, he is most famous for his doctorate on the proper identification of tekhelet.…

When Successful Theodicies Fail: The Holocaust and the Problem of Gratuitous Suffering

by Dr. Daniel Rynhold
Posted on April 17, 2019

Humanity, Personhood and Jewish Thought after the Holocaust and Today

by Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Mirsky
Posted on April 17, 2019

Re-Examining Pesukei d’Zimra in Light of Sefer Divrei ha’Yamim

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on April 17, 2019

What Nietzsche Can Teach Jews About the Problem of Evil

by Dr. Daniel Rynhold
Posted on April 17, 2019

Angels and Demons: The Akedah, the Exodus, and a Pre-Rabbinic Midrash

by Rabbi Dr. Stuart Halpern
Posted on April 17, 2019

Controversies Over the Historicity of Biblical Passages in Traditional Commentaries

by Rabbi Hayyuim Angel
Posted on April 17, 2019

(How) Should the Documentary Hypothesis Be Taught in Modern Orthodox High Schools?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on April 17, 2019

Don’t Talk While You’re Eating?

Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg (1915-2006) was a rav and dayyan in Jerusalem, a member of the Chief Rabbinical Court in Israel, and the informal halakhic authority of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The author of the 21-volume set of responsa, Tzitz Eliezer, he remains a widely respected posek, one of the leading voices of the previous generation.…