She’elat Geshamim – 5769

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   In Eretz Yisrael, we begin reciting “v’tein tal u’matar” (the petition for rain) on 7 Cheshvan, but in chu”l, they do not start until sixty days after “tekufat Tishrei”. One who forgets to recite “v’tein tal...

Shlichei Tzibbur – 5768

Rabbi Harel Gordon Former Rosh Kollel in Manhattan   The final parshiyot of Sefer Bamidbar depict the inherent tension between the leadership, who serve as the public’s representatives, and the public itself. This tension is a natural result of the gaps, the...

Facing Yerushalayim During Davening – 5768

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   In honor of Yerushalayim, we will discuss the well-known halachah that one must face Eretz Yisrael, Yerushalayim, and theMikdash during the tefillah...

Reciting Hallel on Rosh Chodesh – 5768

Rabbi Yehuda David Former Rosh Kollel in Dayton   Next week is Rosh Chodesh Kislev, a day when we recite hallel. As we know, hallel is recited on certain special days and holidays. In this article, we will address two issues: Is there a difference between the...

Birkat Cohanim – Spontaneity or Channeling? – 5767

Daniel Damboritz Former Shalaich in Manhattan   The Rambam in Hilchot Tefilla (15:7) writes with regard to Birkat Cohanim that the Cohanim are simply a channel for Hashem’sblessing to Bnei Yisrael. The bracha is not the Cohanim’s bracha to Bnei Yisrael,...

Minyan – Pesachim 46a – 5767

Rabbi Abahu said in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish: “… With regard to prayer in a Shul and the obligation to wash hands, the distance set by the Sages is four mil [1].”… Rabbi Yose the son of Rabbi Chanina said: “The aforementioned teaching only applies when one...

Birkat HaGomel – 5766

Every childbirth entails certain dangers that allow us to desecrate the Shabbat, and therefore, after childbirth the mother must recite Birtkat HaGomel. Usually, the mother is considered to be fully recovered seven days after the birth and she may then recite Birkat...

Is Tefilah a Mitzvah? – 5765

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   If asked, most people would agree that tefilah is a central part of Jewish life. Tefilah is our prime form of communication with God, it forms and expresses the bond between Jews and functions on some level as a...