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What Makes Something Moral? - A Chanukah Lesson

Posted by Rabbi Shapiro , 18 December 2011 · 0 views

להשכיחם תורתיך ולהעבירם מחקי רצוניך  What do we mean by chukei “רצוניך”? Why don’t we simply say “חקיך”? Is there any need to say that the חקים are the רצון ה'? Other places where חקים are mentioned it does not use the phrase chukei retzonechah, but simply chukim. The use of the adjective “retzonechah” to describe...


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Paskening Hashkafa: Academic vs. Practical Rationales

Posted by Rabbi Shapiro , in Torah & Science 13 March 2011 · 0 views

A common error in some circles is the idea that we do not “pasken” Hashkafa. The truth is we do. Rav Hutner used to cite a Gemora that says this explicitly.The Rambam paskens in several places regarding hashkafa as well as action-Halchah, and the fact that he codifies 13 Ikarim in Mishna Torah is the simplest example of that. The Chasam Sofer, in his last...





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