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Engaging with a Difficult Halakha: May One Show Affection Toward their Children in Shul?

September 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Halakha, Jewish Culture, Prayer

Engaging with A Difficult Halakha:  May One Show Affection Toward their Children in Shul? by Nathaniel Helfgot Introduction 1. Much, if not most, of the halakhic lifestyle that many of us practice on a regular basis, especially in the relative comfort of our western-world middle class existence is pleasant, enjoyable and often fills our life with meaning and purpose. There [...]

Individual and Communal Quests for Holiness: Kollelim, Modern Orthodoxy, and Intellectual Elitism

September 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Jewish Culture, Philosophy

By Aryeh Klapper Aspiring Saints? Judaism has a natural antipathy to exceptional religious ambition. Law by its nature, Maimonides explains in the Guide (3:34), aims for the good of the majority rather than of the exceptional, and thus the centrality of Halakhah in Judaism is a major challenge to many of the religiously gifted. Halakhah [...]

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