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Smoking: Rules and Regulations

Responsum: Since the Surgeon General’s report first established the dangers of cigarette smoking in 1964, over forty responsa have been written on this subject. The majority, whether Orthodox, Conservative or Reform, have ruled tha...

Posted on 12 January 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin
Reflections: Vaera

Was there something special about Abraham, which caused God to pluck him from obscurity and to enter into an eternal covenant with him? Our tradition offers many different responses to this question. “For I know him (Ki Y’dativ), that...

Posted on 12 January 2013, By Rabbi Joel Levy
Sitting seperately

Responsum: There is no mention of any separation in the Temple in Jerusalem throughout the period of the First Temple or most of the period of the Second Temple. Towards the end of the Second Temple period the Sages directed that a women...

Posted on 4 January 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin