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VACATIONAL SCHOOL: MUST SHUTTERED SCHOOLS BE PAID?

  • March 23, 2020

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

  • March 16, 2020

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

  • March 2, 2020

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

  • February 25, 2020

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

  • November 27, 2019

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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Royal Treatment

  • November 21, 2019

Reciting a Beracha upon seeing Royalty By Ariel Ovadia Recently, a gala fundraising dinner was held in New York by the Orthodox Jewish community, to benefit President Trump’s upcoming election campaign. When the president arrived, a participant rose to the…

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Holding the Puppet Masters of Terror Accountable

  • November 14, 2019

President Trump recently reported on the elimination of arch terrorist, Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and the world responded with a sigh of relief. Although Baghdadi was guilty of murder, torture and assorted depravities, he was targeted in…

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Guaranteed Credit: Arvus and Honor

  • September 5, 2019

The Value of Credibility  By: Rabbi Tzvi Price One of the aspects of the study of Choshen Mishpat that makes it so extraordinary, is the way in which it combines razor-sharp logic and strict legalism, with the swirling emotion and…

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Playfighting: I Cancelled My Playgroup Slot

  • August 28, 2019

By: Rav Baruch Meir Levine                                                      This past year, right after Tu’bshvat, I signed up my daughter in a playgroup next to my home, for the coming school year. Now it turns out that we will be moving to a…

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