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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

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, Georgia, 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

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 spaceand a public space, an action that is rabbinically prohibited on the Sabbath.

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

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…

Modern Boundaries: The Eruv in New York City in 1905

The history of Orthodox Jews in New York City is a tale of a delicate balance between what Jeffrey Gurock has called “resisters and accommodators.” 1 As Orthodox Jews struggled to find their place in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century New York, the city’s rabbinic leadership attempted to maintain the traditions and mindset of their Eastern European heritage. The delicate balance between resistance to change and adapting to the social and cultural mores of America played itself out in the creation of the first eruv in New York in 1905.

The 'Eiruv and the Outsider: A Study in Urban Conditions in Roman Palestine

Contribution to the festschrift for Professor  Lawrence Schiffman. On the study of the Eiruv in Roman Palestine 

Is Coca-Cola Kosher?

The ability of the American Orthodox rabbinate to enhance Jewish life through its involvement with the broader American community is taken for granted today. Yet for the immigrant Jewish community of the early twentieth century, such rabbinic influence was for the most part a distant dream. $e American rabbi, whether educated in Europe or in the United States, rarely possessed the connections or credibility necessary to influence the outside community.

Coronavirus: towards the Eruvian age

In 2013, as two Fellows at New York University, we embarked on an “eruv tour” of Manhattan. Created through almost invisible strings attached to poles that envelope part of the city, this imaginary enclosure serves to delineate a religious space in which it is permissible to carry. 

A Women's place in Judaism

The role of women in Jewish religious prac­tice has become one of the most bitterly contested issues in the Orthodox community today. Polemical articles have been written on the subject and adversar­ial speeches delivered, all advancing strongly-held opinions.

Body and Soul in Judaism

Today, it 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 discrimination is understood differently. On many issues, the halakhah seems to treat Jews and non-Jews unequally.

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…

'Time to Take the Plunge': How October 7 Sparked a Huge Wave of Jewish Conversions in America

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.