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Fine China? A Perpetrator Payment Plan

Adapted from a shiur by Dayan Yosef Greenwald May 14, 2020 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that there is “significant evidence” that the virus behind the current plague emerged from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, capital…

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BIRKAS HAGOMEL: BENEDICTION AFTER AFFLICTION Should a recovered COVID-19 patient bentch gomel? Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman The Gemara states: “Four must offer thanks to Hashem.” One of these is “one who was ill and recovered.”[1] These…

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VACATIONAL SCHOOL: MUST SHUTTERED SCHOOLS BE PAID?

When the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry. Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman In this article, we will consider whether parents are obligated to honor tuition commitments to schools that have temporarily closed. The fundamental…

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Professional Courtesy: The Authority of Experts

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman During the fifth cholera pandemic (1881-1896), governments banned the sale of “old” meat—where too much time had elapsed since slaughter—because it was believed to pose a cholera risk. Abiding by this regulation…

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ILL, PREPARED: AVOIDING SOMETHING LIKE THE PLAGUE

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman The current coronavirus outbreak is one of the worst international public-health emergencies in recent years, with more than 88,000 confirmed cases in 67 territories, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths as of…

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Killing for Life: In Pursuit of the Rodef

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yosef Greenwald The Great Kanto Earthquake struck Tokyo in 1923 and killed well over 100,000 people. Even today, it remains the worst natural disaster in the history of Japan. At the time, the Chafetz…

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Do Me a Favor

Rabbi Ariel Ovadia “I would like you to do us a favor, though” — are what triggered the House impeachment inquiry that has imperiled his presidency. DID PRESIDENT TRUMP commit bribery? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leveled this accusation this month,…

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