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The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part 5
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part 5 The Three Oaths The Talmud (Ketubot 111a), based upon three verses in Shir HaShirim which begin, “I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem,” teache
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part 4
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part 4 The View of Tosafot As discussed in Part 1, the Mishnah (Ketubot 13:11) teaches that one may compel his or her spouse to ascend to the Land o
Shekalim and Zachor
Shekalim and Zachor On each of the Shabbasos of the month of Adar we read a special Parsha. Based on that each the Shabbasos has a special designation. Even the Shabbos that we do not have read one o
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part III
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part III The Ramban’s View As we explored at length last week in these pages, many authorities struggle to account for why the Rambam does not incl
IS IT A MITZVAH TO VOTE?
IS IT A MITZVAH TO VOTE? Voter turnout for Israel's first elections in 1949 was 86.9%, but recent years have seen a significant decline. This past April, only 68.5% of those eligible voted, and in S
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part II
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part II Rambam’s View Much ink has been spilled concerning the view of Rambam. Arguably the greatest of the Rishonim, many grapple with why Rambam h
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part I
The Mitzvah of Settling in the Land of Israel – Part I The recent dramatic increase in anti-Semitism and violent attacks on Jewish communities in North America and abroad has stirred much discussion
Road Safety On the first night of Chanukah, a bus traveling on Route 40 near Ben-Gurion Airport rammed through a concrete bus stop, overturning and killing four people. While the driver of the bus m
Is it a Mitzvah to Vote in Israel's Elections?
Is it a Mitzvah to Vote in Israel's Elections?Before the elections for the First Knesset in January 1949, a number of leading rabbis issued a ‘Kol Koreh,’ urging their flock to participate and stati
The Blessing of 'Matziv G'vul Almanah'
For 2,000 years, many Halachot laid dormant, waiting, only to be rediscovered, discussed and debated with the miraculous return of the Jewish People to their ancestral homeland, and the dramatic estab
Restoring the Sanhedrin Part III – Attempts at Renewing Semichah
Restoring the Sanhedrin Part III – Attempts at Renewing Semichah Last week we saw that according to the Rambam, it is indeed possible to renew Semichah, real rabbinic ordination. Over the ce
Restoring the Sanhedrin Part II – Renewing Semichah
Last week, we explored Semichah - real rabbinic ordination - ish mi’pi ish, all the way back t o the Beit Din of Moshe Rabbeinu. As discussed, this chain of tradition was eventually broken.
Restoring the Sanhedrin Part I – Semichah: The Chain of Tradition
Restoring the Sanhedrin Part I – Semichah: The Chain of Tradition MK Betzalel Smotrich's recent remarks and Prime Minster Netanyahu's response have stirred controversy, sparked debate, and creat
Bikkurim: An Exercise in Loving the Land
Bikkurim: An Exercise in Loving the Land The mitzvah of Bikkurim is accompanied by a unique verbal declaration. The Jewish farmer, offering his ‘First Fruits,’ begins with an historical account of t
Eurovision & Chillul Shabbat
Eurovision & Chillul Shabbat The State of Israel had the distinct honor of hosting this year's Eurovision, the annual international song competition which features artists from across Europe. Bu
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