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The Fragility of Fidelity

This is the second of my “break” weeks, when I did not give my regular shiur at the Riverdale Jewish Center. I did, however, have the opportunity to speak about my recent book, We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Jewish Community and How to Fix It, at the Denver Academy of  Torah (DAT) […]

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Shaul Stampfer and the History of Jewish Education

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks talks with Prof. Shaul Stampfer about his two new books “Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century” and “Families, Rabbis and Education” (Littman Library) https://webyeshivamedia.s3.amazonaws.com/Rabbi%20Jeffrey%20Saks%20Podcast/stampfer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Book Review: We’re Missing the Point

R. Jeffrey Saks talks with R. Gidon Rothstein about his new book “We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix It” (OU Press). http://webyeshivamedia.s3.amazonaws.com/Podcasts/Rothstein.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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11 Shevat: Including Non-Religious Jews in a Minyan, and Its Discontents

On the 11th of Shevat, 5712 (1952), R. Isaac Herzog, z”l, the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel, answered a question about including non-religious Jews in a minyan.  The question, published in Heichal Yitschak Orach Chayim 2, came from Copenhagen, from R. Ib Nathan Bamberger, whom I have come to know personally. […]

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Elul-Related Thoughts: Responsa of Rav Moshe Feinstein z”l

Teshuvot In a Geometric Progression: R. Moshe on 18 Elul This week, I came across four responsa that R. Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, wrote on the 18th of Elul (that was this past Shabbat, when I gave a shiur on these matters at the Riverdale Jewish Center).  The teshuvot were written on the same calendar day, […]

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