Category Archives: Halacha

Frum … Or Krum??? – Thanksgiving

Time once again for our not-at-all-weekly segment exploring issues of relative importance to the Jewish community and whether perceptions and attitudes stack up to the rigors of Halachic analysis (Frum) or kneel at the knees of wisdom and reason (Krum). … Continue reading

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My All-Time Favorite Moments in Iggerot Moshe: Sources

For some time now I have delivered intermittent classes for adults on landmark Teshuvot in Iggerot Moshe. I am posting the sources, and in some cases linking to places elsewhere on this site where I have written up notes from the shiur, … Continue reading

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Weekly Feature: Frum … Or Krum?? – A Cappella Music During the Three Weeks

And now it’s time for our somewhat-weekly exploration of trends and whims in the Jewish community and how they stack up to the rigors of intellectual Halachic analysis. This Week’s Entry: An email I received last week from a Jewish … Continue reading

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Weekly Feature: “Frum … or Krum??” – Bug Checker Magnifying Lamp

Now it’s time for our weekly feature “Frum … or Krum??”, in which we debate whether something afoot in the Jewish world is worthy of our time and consideration (Frum) or just another indication that contemporary Orthodoxy is being hijacked … Continue reading

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HaShomer Ani Lecha Yerushalayim: Haftarot of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim

If you were in Shul yesterday morning, around the combined Torah reading of Acharei and Kedoshim, you may have noticed a peculiar sight: we read two Parshiot, but subsequently read the Haftarah of the first one, Acharei, rather than the … Continue reading

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Drinking on Purim – Sources – UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS AND EXPLANATIONS

I gave a Shiur this past Shabbat on the Halachic background related to Drinking on Purim. Although, of course, there is no Audio for this Shiur, I am attaching the Source Sheets in case anyone would like to study or … Continue reading

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מאבל לאור גדול: Preliminary Thoughts on Joy and Aveilut in Contemporary Jewish Worship

I confess, I am a Minyanaholic, even a bit of a Minyan-snob. I am one of those guys who not only, under normal circumstances, makes a point to be at Minyan, but notices and judges you (yes, you!) if you … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Shemini Atzeret – Hashkafa and Halacha

Below is audio (MP3) and sources (PDF) for a Shiur I gave at the high school today on Shemini Atzeret. The first half is a Hashkafic (Philosophical) perspective on what Shemini Atzeret is really all about; the second, more Halachic … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Erev Yom Kippur – Halacha and Hashkafa

Below is audio (MP3) and text (PDF) for a Shiur on Halachot of Erev Yom Kippur. The Shiur ends with a new Hashkafic perspective related to Rambam’s statement that one should say Viduy before his last meal lest he choke … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Rosh Hashana – Halacha

Here is audio for a Shiur given at school on Halachot of Rosh Hashana and Erev Rosh Hashana. Also attached – a PDF of the sources so you can follow along with the audio Shiur. Enjoy! Audio – Halachot of … Continue reading

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