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Q&A: The Temple Mount

Q&A: The Temple Mount

Question: Should I ascend the Temple Mount? Answer: One should look forward to fulfilling any of the commandments. You should know that there are many obligatory commandments that you can only perform if you were to ascend the mount. It is also the ideal place to pray. Therefore, all agree that you should strive to … Continue reading

Letter to a Friend: On Parashath Sh’lah

Letter to a Friend: On Parashath Sh’lah

Dear ****, As you know, I have been presenting my Haggadat Hapesah to senior scholars in an effort to secure their approval. Recently, one scholar was very encouraging, but he declined to comment on it, telling me how he was “comfortable with his Judaism.” Why, he asked, did I want to change the haggada we … Continue reading

כשאֹנס אינו אֹנס

בימינו יש שטוענים שדין האונס שנושא את אנוסתו לאשה ולא יוכל לשלחה כל ימיו אינו לפי ה״מוסר המתקדם״ בן ימינו, וכי יש אשה שתסכים להתחתן עם הזה שאנס אותה? ולזה פותחים פתח לצחוק על שאר דיני תורתנו הקדושה ולבטל מצוותיה. ברור שלפי ההלכה, מעשי פשע אלימים ואכזריים דרושים תגובות משפטיות חמורות ומוחצות בכל זמן ועת … Continue reading

The Sanctuary of the Jewish Home, Part 2

The Sanctuary of the Jewish Home, Part 2

(Part 1) We can now add two more halachic sources for the idea that the Jewish home is considered a sanctuary, especially when it hosts the consumption of the Passover offering. Z’vahim 97b: Rava said, a positive commandment does not override a negative commandment in the Temple. Normally, a positive commandment of the Torah does … Continue reading

The Slightly Jewish Connection to Groundhog Day

The Slightly Jewish Connection to Groundhog Day

Many of us who grew up in America are familiar with the amusing (non-)holiday of Groundhog Day, but we are unfamiliar with its Christian forebear, Candlemas, of which an incidental observance of the day in Northern Europe involved divining the weather by watching the behaviors of similar animals, like badgers, and which, like other Christian … Continue reading