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Tetzaveh – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Helping Secular Israelis Celebrate Valentine’s Day

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 21, 2024

וְנָשָׂא אַהֲרֹן אֶת שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּחֹשֶׁן הַמִּשְׁפָּט עַל לִבּוֹ בְּבֹאוֹ אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ לְזִכָּרֹן לִפְנֵי ה’ תָּמִיד: “And Aharon shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goes into the holy place, for a remembrance before the Lord continually.”…

Aharon’s Leadership

by Rabbi Eli Finkelstein
Posted on February 21, 2024

  There is a debate among Biblical commentators as to when the Mitzvah of building the Mishkan was given. Although the plain text places God’s description of the Mishkan before Chet HaEgel, Rashi, through the concept of Ein Mukdam U’Muchar BaTorah, that there is no chronological order to the Torah, explains that the Mishkan was introduced by God after the sin, to testify that God had forgiven Israel.…

Terumah – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using Ma’aser Kesefaim Money for a Shul’s Building Fund

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 14, 2024

דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת תְּרוּמָתִי: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they shall bring to Me an offering: from every person who gives it willingly with his heart shall you take My offering.…

The Persistence of Holiness

by Rabbi Michael Gordan
Posted on February 14, 2024

With the beginning of Parashat Terumah, the book of Shemot puts behind it both the exodus and the civil laws of Mishpatim, and launches into its last great theme—the details of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), its furnishings and construction. The Mishkan will be an integral part of the camp of b’nei Yisrael, the children of Israel, as they move through the desert, and will continue to be a presence after they cross the Jordan into Israel.…

Mishpatim – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Returning a Sweater After a Falling Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 7, 2024

כִּי תִפְגַּע שׁוֹר אֹיִבְךָ אוֹ חֲמֹרוֹ תֹּעֶה הָשֵׁב תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ: “If you encounter your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shalt surely bring it back to him again.” (Shemot 23:4). To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here QUESTION-Cleveland, OH A man wrote to me after cleaning out his grown daughter’s bedroom, he found a sweatshirt that his daughter most likely borrowed years ago from her very close friend.…

What’s the Interest in Lending?

by Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Posted on February 7, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here Shortly after emerging from slavery in Egypt, B’nai Yisrael stand together at the foot of Mount Sinai and receive the Torah.…

Yitro -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Pour-over Coffee on Shabbat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 31, 2024

זָכוֹר אֶת יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת לְקַדְּשׁוֹ… לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה כָל מְלָאכָה “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy… You shall not do any melakha (labor).” (Shemot 20:8) To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here QUESTION-Jerusalem, Israel Is there a permissible way to make fresh pour-over coffee on Shabbat?…

Beshalach -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Brakhah on Steamed Bread

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 25, 2024

וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֲלֵהֶם הוּא הַלֶּחֶם אֲשֶׁר נָתַן ה’ לָכֶם לְאָכְלָה… אֵת אֲשֶׁר תֹּאפוּ אֵפוּ וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר תְּבַשְּׁלוּ בַּשֵּׁלוּ: “And Moshe said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat… Bake that which you will bake to day, and cook that which you will cook.”…

Which One Are YOU: Miriam or Moses?

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Posted on January 25, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here In this week’s parasha we read about the Jews’ reaction to their miraculous redemption from Egypt. After they safely crossed the Red Sea, they are led in song by their leaders, Moses and Miriam.…

Bo -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Should a new ger toivel their dishes?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 17, 2024

דַּבֶּר נָא בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ כְּלֵי כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב “Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow from his neighbor, and every woman from her neighbor, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.”…

From Ani Par’o to Ani Hashem

by Rabbi Dan Margulies
Posted on January 17, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here Why? Parashat Bo begins with a brief explanation of what all these plagues have been about. “In order that I may put these my signs among them, and in order that you may recount in the hearing of your child and of your child’s child how I have dealt harshly with Egypt, and my signs, which I have placed upon them.”…

Va’era – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Praying with a Cross in the Room

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 10, 2024

כְּצֵאתִי אֶת הָעִיר אֶפְרֹשׂ אֶת כַּפַּי אֶל השם “As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord.” (Shemot 9:29). To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here QUESTION-Washington, D.C.…