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Conscription of Women into the Israel Defense Forces

The number of girls who identify themselves as “religious” and thus do not serve in the army is increasing. Further, the opinions of rabbis are heard which state that not only is it not proper for girls to serve but that the h...

Posted on 16 March 2013, By Rabbi Robert Harris
“The Whole Land of Israel” and the Halakhah

Our basic sources, Biblical and Rabbinic, do not mention the concept of “the Whole Land of Israel” as a sacred place defined by rigidly fixed borders. The reason is obvious. Throughout all periods of our history, the borders o...

Posted on 9 March 2013, By Rabbi Tuvia Friedman
Calling Adopted Children to the Torah ??

Responsum: In general, it is permissible to call him or her up using the names of the adoptive parents and, indeed, this has been the ruling of most modern authorities. They derive this ruling from a number of aggadic or non-legal sources...

Posted on 2 March 2013, By Rabbi David Golinkin