Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rav Moshe Sternbuch video and audio in English.

Rav Moshe Sternbuch video and audio in English. It's not so often that one can hear a gadol of this stature speaking in perfect English.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Linked Article: Interview with Rabbi Dr. Moshe Miller of Lander College

‘For Rav Hirsch, All Mankind Is Precious To God’: An Interview With Rabbi Dr. Moshe Miller

by Elliot Resnick, Jewish Press

"The Jewish Press: Rav Hirsch advances a number of what some might consider controversial ideas in Nineteen Letters. One of them is his rather liberal view of non-Jews. Can you elaborate?

"Miller: Rav Hirsch very much stressed the humanism of Judaism. For him, the notion that Judaism allows treating non-Jews with a lower standard of ethics is blasphemy. It’s totally anathema to his way of looking at things. And he’s consistent throughout his writings – including those in Hebrew – about the need to treat non-Jews with dignity and respect and, as he writes in Nineteen Letters, to “bear love in our hearts” for them."

continue reading ‘For Rav Hirsch, All Mankind Is Precious To God’: An Interview With Rabbi Dr. Moshe Miller

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Linked Article (Web Yeshiva) You’ll Be to Me a Holy Nation: Contemporary Gadolim on Obligations and Exemptions in Positive Time-Bound Commandments

Why are women exempt from certain commandments to which men are obligated? This question has fascinated some and troubled others. As with any conundrum, we turn to the great scholars of our era, our gadolim for answers. R’ Moshe Feinstein, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, R’ Joseph Soloveitchik, and R’ Avigdor Miller each approached the matter in similar fashion and stressed the general equality of holiness and spiritual worthiness of the two sexes and the differences in their respective roles and natures. Let’s have a look at their words.

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What's the connection to Hirsch? His message is the same as the other gadolim presented in this article. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No other foundation

"Israel should be one nation, an entire nation that should have no other foundation for its existence, survival, activity and significance other than this Torah. It is to see the realization and devoted observance of this God-given "fiery Law" as its one contribution in world history for the edifice of human salvation. What the Phoenicians sought to bring about with the keels of their ships, what the ancient Greeks sought to achieve with their chisels and what the ancient Romans sought to attain with their swords, Israel is to accomplish with its Torah. Nay more, Israel is a nation that became a nation only through and for the Torah, a nation that once owned a land and existed as a state only through and for the Torah, and which possessed that land and that statehood only as instruments for translating the Torah into living reality. This is why Israel was a people even before it possessed land and statehood; this, too, is why Israel survived as a people even after its land was destroyed and its statehood lost, and this is why it will survive as a nation as long as it does not lose this only מורשה, this sole foundation for its survival and significance. That is the kind of nation that Israel, that all of us, should be." 

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch "The Character of the Jewish Community," Collected Writings, Vol. VI, p. 35

Tuesday, May 23, 2017