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Digging for Din: May We Learn Halacha from Archeology?

  • March 12, 2019

Torah amid the ruins The archeology world was recently excited by the discovery of a marked beka (machatzis hashekel) weight in a dig at the Kosel. A small stone bearing an inscription that archeologists identified as the word “beka”—written backwards—was…

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ואכלת ושבעת וברחת

  • March 5, 2019

ואכלת ושבעת וברחת As heard from Rav Dovid Shlomo Englander Eat and Run Paul Guadalupe Gonzales likes eating. Paying, less so. Last May, Gonzales invited a woman he met online to dinner at a California restaurant. He ordered lavishly for…

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State of the Union, Revisited

  • February 20, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Shmuel Honigwachs A follow-up on credit unions and cooperatives. Our recent article following the kol korai on credit unions (“State of the Union: May One Join PenFed or First Atlantic?”) prompted many questions from…

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Mob Rules: Does the Torah Sanction Vigilante Justice?

  • February 13, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yosef Greenwald Going alone Bais Din has a side job in addition to mishpat: to serve as shotrim, officers (Devarim 16:18). This function requires Bais Din, in certain circumstances, to intervene to protect society…

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‘Order in the Court!’: Is There?

  • January 28, 2019

Rabbi Dovid Englander The Din Torah process in contemporary times It is not uncommon for people to question the beis din’s procedures, action, and motives, especially when they are first exposed to a beis din as a party to a…

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