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Revelation Revealed: An Analysis of Prophetic Prerequisites

Yehuda Frank

At Har Sinai, all of Bnei Yisrael experienced prophecy. Yet Chazal enumerate the attributes a navi must possess, and it is unlikely all of Klal Yisrael exhibited those criteria. So how did they do it, then? Two approaches offered by Rishonim serve as a starting point for an exploration of this issue.

 

General Relativity and the Aron Hakodesh: The Relationship between Torah and Science

Rabbi Eli Katz

The dimensions of space and time appeared to have little sway within the confines of the Mishkan and the Beis Hamikdash. This seeming violation of the laws of physics can be explained by Einstein’s laws of relativity, in the light of a careful reading of the Zohar

 

Reacting to Verbal Abuse: Response in Kind or Kind Response?

Rabbi Moshe Hubner

In addition to the Torah prohibition against verbal abuse of one’s fellow Jews, there are specific commandments prohibiting verbal mistreatment of a convert. An exploration of the parameters of these halachos.

 

Vagueness Vanquished

Rabbi Peretz Segal

Many talented students have plied the seas of Talmud, on journeys lasting months or years, before realizing that the shorelines of clarity were nowhere in sight. One teacher of Talmud found a means of navigation that focuses on the Gemara’s technique, rather than its content — and that has made a world of difference.

 

Multitudes Exalt the King: Chanukah and the Ideal Way to Glorify Hashem’s Name

Rabbi Moshe Schwerd

The manner that Chazal prescribe for performing a mitzvah often reveals the underlying reason for and ultimate goal of the mitzvah. So it is with the mitzvah of hadlakas ner Chanukah. Understanding how the tension is resolved between competing aspects of its performance “sheds light” not only on ner Chanukah but on the meaning and message of Chanukah itself.

 

Sinister Motives: Taking Cues from the Edicts of the Greeks

Rabbi Elysha Sandler

The Greeks exhibited a single-mindedness in their determination to eradicate the Jewish People that in some measures surpassed even that of Haman. The way they went about it, and their points of attack, can serve to highlight for us the most meaningful aspects of our relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

 

Hard Pressed to Bring Forth Light

Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene

There is a widespread Jewish custom to eat oily foods on Chanukah. Favorite foods such as doughnuts and latkes recall the essential role that oil — specifically, olive oil — plays in the miraculous story of this festival. How did the humble olive come to occupy so central a place in this holiday?

 

Jewish-Owned Banks and the Frum Borrower: An Ongoing Halachic Crisis

Rabbi Daniel Osher Kleinman

Borrowing money with ribbis is prohibited by the Torah. Outside of Eretz Yisrael, though, many reason that such a situation hardly ever arises. Not so

 

Was the Queen Really Green?

Rabbi Eli Reisman

What color is your esrog? On this simple question hinges a debate originating in the Mishnah. Surprisingly, one main point centers on Esther Hamalkah

 

A New Commentary for a Changed World

Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

Torah leaders confronting the Enlightenment were forced to develop innovative and original approaches to preserving and transmitting the mesorah. Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch’s groundbreaking commentary on Chumash stands out. Composed in the vernacular, Rav Hirsch’s work presents the Torah as the primary educational tool for personal growth and impresses its eternal relevance on the reader.

 

All the Right Notes: The Two Trops for the Ten Commandments

Rabbi Dov Gertler

Many people listening to the Aseres Hadibros are surprised to hear a different trop being used. But why do we have this extra set of taamim, and what is the source for the taamim as a whole? Following the trail through the sources uncovers some interesting findings.

 

Not Beyond Redemption: Bartenura on Megillas Ruth

Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene

The familiar story contained in Megillas Ruth takes on deeper allegorical meanings in this adaptation of the commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura.

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