After looking at the Meshekh Chokhmah’s comments on the last pasuq of the Torah and on Hashem introducing Himself in Shemos as both “Ekyeh ashe Ekyeh” and “Ekyeh”, we look at the haftarah of this week’s parashah. In what way was the building of the Beis haMikdash like the message of Ekyeh and in what way like Ekyeh asher Ekyeh?
Micha Berger: Abortion Legislation: I assume most of you have seen the exchange between R Michal Broyde https://thelehrhaus.com/timely-thoughts/what-does-jewish-law-think-american-abortion-law-ought-to-be and R Yitzchok Adlerstein https://cross-currents.com/2022/07/04/the-demise-of-roe-v-wade-a-letter-to-rabbi-michael-broyde […]
Joel Rich: punishment for the wicked: So perhaps you can help me think this through? The Rambam in hilchot tshuva (8:1) seems to imply that the punishment for the wicked is that they will cease to exist - meaning to me that they will not participate in the world to come. If this is so, […]
Prof. L. Levine: Is there a permissible way to make tea with a tea bag on Shabbos?: [...] Q. Is there a permissible way to make tea with a tea bag on Shabbos? A. It is certainly forbidden to place a tea bag on Shabbos into a kli rishon (a utensil that was on the […]
Micha Berger: taking a stand?: [...] Also, on Avos 3:17, when he talks about it being better to give the same amount of money to many people, than give it in a lump sum to one. That's a great question. Still, that's the impression the Moreh leaves you with -- liteally all throughout the first […]
Micha Berger: taking a stand?: [...] While this is true by most systems of pesaq, e.g. the Shakh's qunterus in Choshein Mishpat, it's not true for Briskers. (By which I do NOT mean R Chaim, who defered to the Brisker Dayan, R Simcha Zelig Reguer. I mean his students and descendents, or maybe it […]
Danny Schoemann: 10th vs. 10th: RMB: [...] - Maaser of crops is given to a Levi. Maaser of animal remains the property of the owner who brings it as a korban (with no gifts to the Cohen, minimal offerings (Cheilev & blood) on the Mizbe'ach), unless it's blemished in which case the owner eats it. […]
Micha Berger: Emerging Psak: [...] Personally, I think there is something else, more geographic, going on. More lenient shitos allowing abortion were always more common in Israel than in chu"l. R SZ Auerbach had a R Eliezer Waldenberg to refer such questions to. And R Gustman also influenced the conversation here. […]