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Kindness & Faith

by Rabbi Ezra Seligsohn
Posted on December 27, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here When thinking about the types of kindness in our world, we may be drawn to the little things: holding open a door for the next person, giving a few coins or bills for Tzedakah, making eye-contact and offering a genuine “thank you.”…

Vayechi -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – May Medical Procedures be Performed on a Corpse?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 27, 2023

וַיְצַו יוֹסֵף אֶת עֲבָדָיו אֶת הָרֹפְאִים לַחֲנֹט אֶת אָבִיו וַיַּחַנְטוּ הָרֹפְאִים אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל: “And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.” (Breishit 50:2) To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here QUESTION-New York, NY A soon-to-be practical question: New York State requires that when hospital patients die with COVID-19 or influenza as a cause of death, the hospital must provide documentation of a nasopharyngeal swab from within the previous 14 days.…

Getting back on the Wagons

by Rabbi Ari Hart
Posted on December 21, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here It couldn’t be any worse for Yaakov. His family, his children, are suffering from famine. His beloved Rachel is dead. His second son, Shimon, is trapped in an Egyptian prison.…

Vayigash -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Reciting Shehechiyanu at One’s Wedding

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 21, 2023

“…וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו וַיִּפֹּל עַל צַוָּארָיו וַיֵּבְךְּ עַל צַוָּארָיו עוֹד. וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל יוֹסֵף אָמוּתָה הַפָּעַם אַחֲרֵי רְאוֹתִי אֶת פָּנֶיךָ כִּי עוֹדְךָ חָי.” “And [Joseph] appeared to him [Jacob] and he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.…

Mikeitz -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Is Re-Gifting Kosher?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 14, 2023

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיהֶם אִם כֵּן אֵפוֹא זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ מִזִּמְרַת הָאָרֶץ בִּכְלֵיכֶם וְהוֹרִידוּ לָאִישׁ מִנְחָה… וְכֶסֶף מִשְׁנֶה קְחוּ בְיֶדְכֶם וְאֶת הַכֶּסֶף הַמּוּשָׁב בְּפִי אַמְתְּחֹתֵיכֶם תָּשִׁיבוּ בְיֶדְכֶם אוּלַי מִשְׁגֶּה הוּא: “Then their father Israel said to them, ‘If it must be so, do this: take some of the choice products of the land in your baggage, and carry them down as a gift for the man… And take with you double the money, carrying back with you the money that was replaced in the mouths of your bags; perhaps it was a mistake.”…

Trivial Torah? “Abrek”-ing Development

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on December 12, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here וַיַּרְכֵּב אֹתוֹ בְּמִרְכֶּבֶת הַמִּשְׁנֶה אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וַיִּקְרְאוּ לְפָנָיו אַבְרֵךְ וְנָתוֹן אֹתוֹ עַל כָּל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם (בר’ מ”א, מ”ג) He had him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command, and they cried before him, “Abrek!”……

What We Are Celebrating on Chanukkah

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Posted on December 5, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here There is a well-known contradiction between the liturgy and the Talmud regarding what we are celebrating on Chanukah. During the holiday we insert the Al Hanisim poem in our prayers.…

Vayeishev -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Does Zoom Solve Yichud Problems?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on December 4, 2023

וַיְהִי כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וַיָּבֹא הַבַּיְתָה לַעֲשׂוֹת מְלַאכְתּוֹ וְאֵין אִישׁ מֵאַנְשֵׁי הַבַּיִת שָׁם בַּבָּיִת. וַתִּתְפְּשֵׂהוּ בְּבִגְדוֹ לֵאמֹר שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי וַיַּעֲזֹב בִּגְדוֹ בְּיָדָהּ וַיָּנָס וַיֵּצֵא הַחוּצָה “And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house.…

Raising our Monuments

by Rabbi Michael Gordan
Posted on November 30, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here Jacob’s dilemma is summarized at the end of last week’s parasha, when he finally separates from Laban.  We are told that ”וישב לבן למקמו“ – “Laban returned to his place,” whereas Jacob only “הלך  לדרכו” – ”went on his way.” …

Vayishlach -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Supporting Non-Jews in Need

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 30, 2023

וַיָּבֹא יַעֲקֹב שָׁלֵם עִיר שְׁכֶם אֲשֶׁר בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן… וַיִּחַן אֶת פְּנֵי הָעִיר: “Jacob arrived safe in the city of Shechem which is in the land of Canaan…and he encamped before the city.” (Breishit 33:18). What is the meaning of va’yichen (‘he encamped,’ but also ‘he performed gracious acts’)?…

Vayetzei -The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Levels of Obligation in Shemirat Negiah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 23, 2023

וַיִּשַּׁק יַעֲקֹב לְרָחֵל וַיִּשָּׂא אֶת קֹלוֹ וַיֵּבְךְּ: “And Yaakov kissed Rachel, and he lifted up his voice and he cried” (Breishit 29:11) QUESTION What is the origin of our current expectation of extra marital shemirat negiah (abstaining from touch)? Is this truly a halakhic obligation?…

What Makes a House So Special?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on November 21, 2023

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here Yaakov is the first person in the Torah who articulates the idea of a house of God. “This is nothing other,” he says upon waking up, “than the house of God and this is the gate to heaven” (Gen.…