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The Eruvin In Brooklyn (PDF)

The history of the eruv in Brooklyn is fraught with controversy and dispute. Ever since the idea of building an eruv in Brooklyn was first addressed in the early 1950s, rabbis have debated the halakhic acceptability and social appropriateness of these eruvin

Halakhah In America: The History Of City Eruvin, 1894-1962 (PDF)

This dissertation will address the evolution of the community eruv from the days of the courtyards of Roman Palestine to the cities of North America. It will explore and analyze the halakhic arguments that enabled the rabbis to adapt a rabbinic concept that originally had limited application into

Variable, Vital, And Frequently Chaotic: American Jewry(PDF)

Dana Evan Kaplan’s Cambridge Companion to American Judaism is a worthy addition to ‘‘Cambridge Companion’’ series that has made scholarly topics accessible to scholars and layman alike. In this volume, Kaplan, a visiting research scholar at the University of Miami and a rabbi in Albany, Geor- gia, presents essays…

Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin: A Forgotten American Posek

Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin died in his apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Shabbat Nachamu, August 12, 1973. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky delivered eulogies at his funeral and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik attended the funeral but did not speak. 

The Talmud In Translation

Since the early sixteenth century, Jews have studied from a printed Talmud with the text, in the original combination of Hebrew and Aramaic, in the middle of the page and the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafot lining the margins. As is well known, the printed edition does not contain either vocalization or punctuation. Despite the complicated nature of the Talmud and its difficult language, Jews did not compose any translations of the Talmud for centuries. Having frequently begun the study of Talmud in their youth, Jews were generally familiar with the language and therefore did not feel the need for such a study aid. In situations where the language or the contents proved very difficult, students of the text considered the vast literature of commentaries, especially those of Rashi and Tosafot, to be sufficient. Indeed, it was not until the nineteenth century that vernacular translations were composed by Jews. This article will discuss the major Jewish translations of the Talmud, particularly those that elicited controversy, and how these translations and the reactions to them have affected Talmud study to this very day.

Oxford Dictionary Of The Jewish Religion

EPSTEIN,YEHI’EL MIKHAL (1879-1908), rabbi and halakhic authoritv. He was born in Boruisk, Belorussia and studied in Volozhin under R. Yitshaq of Volozhin. In 1874 he was appointed rabbi of Novogrudok, Belorussia where he remained until his death

Words, Meaning And Spirit: The Talmud In Translation

The Talmud has been the central pillar of Jewish life for the past two thousand years. As Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz wrote:

In many ways the Talmud is the most important book in Jewish culture, the backbone of creativity and of national life. No other work has had a comparable influence…

Women And The Miracle Of Purim

Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said: Women are obligated to read the Megillah because they too were included in the miracle of Purim (Talmud Megillah).

According to the Talmud, women are required to hear the reading of the Purim Megillah (scroll) even though it is a time related commandment from which…

A Day Marked For Disaster

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of Av), a day of mourning and fasting, primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem.Indeed, the central focus of the Tisha B’Av service is the recitation of the book of Eichah (Lamentations), Jeremiah’s elegy on the suffering brought about

Medical Emergencies And The Non-Jew: Halakhah Adapts To New Realities

Today if is taken for granted that discrimination between individuals is unfair and illegal. This idea is clearly stated in the Constitution and laws of the United States. When we move to the field of halakhah, however, we are dealing with an alternate legal system where the concept of…

The Continuing Legacy: A Thousand Years Of Prague Jewry

In 1983 and 1984 an historic exhibition of cultural and religious Jewish artifacts toured major cities in the United States. Entitled “The Precious Legacy”, this exhibition brought to this country many important objects of the State Museum of Prague, which houses one of the largest and most significant collections…

Azariah Dei Rossi As A Critic Of The Septuagint

Azariah dei Rossi was the greatest scholar of Hebrew letters during the Italian Renaissance. Born to one of the most prominent Jewish Italian families c.s. 1513, Azariah received both his Talmudic and secular education in Mantua. He became proficient early in life in Italian, Latin and Hebrew literature and…

The Community Eruv and the American Public Square

Eruv, a word that signifies ‘mixture,’ ‘combination,’ or ‘fusion,’ refers in
rabbinic parlance to the joining of the residents of a limited area or space
for the sake of establishing a localized neighborhood in order to increase the
observance and enjoyment of the Sabbath. The eruv enhances the observance
of the Sabbath by facilitating carrying of objects between a private space
and a public space, an action that is rabbinically prohibited on the Sabbath.1

The Continuing Legacy: A Thousand Years Of Prague Jewry

In 1983 and 1984 an historic exhibition of cultural and religious Jewish artifacts toured major cities in the United States. Entitled “The Precious Legacy”, this exhibition brought to this country many important objects of the State Museum of Prague, which houses one of the largest and most significant collections…

Azariah Dei Rossi As A Critic Of The Septuagint

Azariah dei Rossi was the greatest scholar of Hebrew letters during the Italian Renaissance. Born to one of the most prominent Jewish Italian families c.s. 1513, Azariah received both his Talmudic and secular education in Mantua. He became proficient early in life in Italian, Latin and Hebrew literature and…

'Time to Take the Plunge'

U.S. rabbis say they have never seen anything like it: An unprecedented spike in the number of people interested in converting or enrolling in conversion classes. ‘Lots of people were shaken up by what happened’ on October 7 ‘and started feeling a need to make sense of this difficult world of ours,’ suggests one spiritual leader

 

Rabbi Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, a Modern Orthodox community he founded on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 2004. In 2022, he co-founded Project Ruth that educates potential conversion candidates and facilitates a thorough yet accessible Orthodox conversion to Judaism. He is also the Director of 929 English, a web-based project that promotes the daily study of a chapter of Tanakh. In addition, Rabbi Mintz is a member of the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College, New York for six years.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife Sharon and has three children, Noam (and Lily), Ariel (and Ashley) and Shoshana and three grandchildren.

The Eruvin In Brooklyn (PDF)

The history of the eruv in Brooklyn is fraught with controversy and dispute. Ever since the idea of building an eruv in Brooklyn was first addressed in the early 1950s, rabbis have debated the halakhic acceptability and social appropriateness of these eruvin

The Eruvin In Brooklyn (PDF)

The history of the eruv in Brooklyn is fraught with controversy and dispute. Ever since the idea of building an eruv in Brooklyn was first addressed in the early 1950s, rabbis have debated the halakhic acceptability and social appropriateness of these eruvin

The Eruvin In Brooklyn (PDF)

The history of the eruv in Brooklyn is fraught with controversy and dispute. Ever since the idea of building an eruv in Brooklyn was first addressed in the early 1950s, rabbis have debated the halakhic acceptability and social appropriateness of these eruvin