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Shemini – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Havdalah: Before Tzeit/Lost Sense of Smell

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on April 4, 2024

וּֽלְהַבְדִּ֔יל בֵּ֥ין הַקֹּ֖דֶשׁ וּבֵ֣ין הַחֹ֑ל וּבֵ֥ין הַטָּמֵ֖א וּבֵ֥ין הַטָּהֽוֹר׃ for you must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the impure and the pure; (Vayikra 10:10). Havdalah for Kids Before Tzeit QUESTION—New England, USA For many of my families, day light savings time means that Havdalah will be later than their kids bed time.…

Shemini: The Perfect Parasha for these Challenging Times

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Posted on April 4, 2024

If you go to shul this weekend, listen to the Torah reading, and are left with an eerie feeling, you will be in good company. Furthermore, if you didn’t know otherwise, you’d be excused for thinking that this week’s Torah portion was written by a contemporary theologian sometime after October seventh.…

Tzav – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using Pet Food That is Less Than 50% Chametz on Pesach

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 28, 2024

QUESTION—Denver, CO Rabbi Linzer, what is your view on using pet food on Pesach that is ta’arovet chametz—less than 50% percent grain—instead of trying to find grain-free pet food? This is important to dog owners who find it difficult to switch foods.…

Jews are Like Onions: The Importance of a Layered Identity

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on March 28, 2024

If I wasn’t a rabbi, what would I be? If I were to lose my rabbinic learning, training, experience and practice, what would be left? My identity as a father? A husband? A friend? What if those were lost as well?…

Vayikra – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Kashering a Frying Pan

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 20, 2024

וְאִם־מִנְחָ֥ה עַל־הַמַּֽחֲבַ֖ת קָרְבָּנֶ֑ךָ סֹ֛לֶת בְּלוּלָ֥ה בַשֶּׁ֖מֶן מַצָּ֥ה תִֽהְיֶֽה: If your offering is a meal offering on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour with oil mixed in, unleavened. Vayikra 2:5 QUESTION—Washington, D.C. Can a kosher frying pan used to cook a treif chicken with no oil or anything be kashered?…

Taking Risks in Our Relationship with God

by Rabbi Dani Passow
Posted on March 20, 2024

In Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Here I Am, the following scene unfolds with the protagonist, Jacob, and his wife Julia. Jacob narrates: “Let’s do something special,” I suggested a month before Julia’s fortieth birthday. “Something unlike us. A party. A blowout: band, ice cream truck, magician.”…

Pekudei – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Halakhic Status of Bread Made with Both Wheat and Almond Flour

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 14, 2024

וַיַּֽעֲרֹ֥ךְ עָלָ֛יו עֵ֥רֶךְ לֶ֖חֶם לִפְנֵ֣י הֹ כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה הֹ אֶת־משֶֽׁה He set upon it an arrangement of bread before Hashem as Hashem had commanded Moses (Shemot 40:23). QUESTION—Washington, D.C. A bread made with mostly rice flour but some wheat flour would be HaMotzi if you could taste the wheat.…

Consciousness for Crafting a Sacred Space

by Rabbanit Yaffah Aronoff
Posted on March 14, 2024

The close of the Book of Exodus is breathtaking. “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of God filled the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Moshe could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it and the glory of God filled the Tabernacle” (Ex.…

Vayakhel – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Can a Quilt be Holy?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 7, 2024

מִלֵּ֨א אֹתָ֜ם חָכְמַת־לֵ֗ב לַֽעֲשׂוֹת֘ כָּל־מְלֶ֣אכֶת חָרָ֣שׁ | וְחשֵׁב֒ וְרֹקֵ֞ם בַּתְּכֵ֣לֶת וּבָֽאַרְגָּמָ֗ן בְּתוֹלַ֧עַת הַשָּׁנִ֛י וּבַשֵּׁ֖שׁ וְאֹרֵ֑ג עֹשֵׂי֙ כָּל־מְלָאכָ֔ה וְחֽשְׁבֵ֖י מַֽחֲשָׁבֹֽת: “Them has He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of workmanship, of the craftsman, of the skillful workman, of the weaver in blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any workmanship, and of those that devise skillful works.”…

Shabbat’s Sanctuary

by Rabbi Daniel Levitt
Posted on March 6, 2024

Parashat Vayakhel opens with a seemingly paradoxical statement. After urging the Israelites to construct the Mishkan (Tabernacle), God instructs Moses to emphasize the importance of refraining from work on Shabbat. The Malbim, a prominent Torah commentator, asks, how can the Torah state “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to DO,” when the command is actually not to do any labor.…

Ki Tisa – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Ordering Fresh Food On Shabbat for Someone with an Eating Disorder

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 28, 2024

וְאַתָּה דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, אַךְ אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתַי, תִּשְׁמֹרוּ “However, you shall keep My Shabbats” (Shemot 31:13). “From where do we learn that saving a life overrides Shabbat?… Rabbi Yossi bar Rabbi Yehudah says, from this verse: ‘You shall keep my Shabbats, – perhaps for all matters?…

Corporate Corruption: Why Can’t God Have a Body?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on February 28, 2024

You may not believe it, but I was a STAR! Two years ago, I had a TikTok channel (@haggairesnikoff) dedicated to delivering YCT Torah in one minute bites. In one video, I addressed the Jewish rejection of the Christian doctrine that God was made flesh.…