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Kitniyos Clash

Rabbi Nachum HaLevi and Rabbi Moshe Isaac Blau

One of the most famous rabbinical decrees is the prohibition of consuming kitniyos on Pesach. Although the prohibition itself is relatively unchallenged among Ashkenazim and the North African communities that accepted it, some aspects of it have become subjects of stormy controversies. One particularly bitter dispute regarding the use of sesame oil took place in Eretz Yisrael nearly a century ago, pitting some of the great Torah leaders of the time against each other.

 

The Moshe Who Returned to Egypt

Rabbi Eli Stern

The Rambam states that someone who returns to Egypt transgresses no less than three Torah prohibitions. The problem: the Rambam himself lived there. A look at the Rambam’s life and the circumstances that led to him settling in Egypt provide sound basis for the explanations offered by the Rishonim and Acharonim.

 

Is Divining Divine?

Rabbi Avraham Neuberger and Yaakov Yisroel Privalsky

In the last decade or two, many practices of alternative medicine have gained popularity among frum Jews worldwide. As they became commonplace, rabbanim began to deliberate whether some of them were prohibited under several possible prohibitions. Rabbi Avraham Neuberger takes a comprehensive look at alternative practices in general, and at one common practice in particular.

 

Taking Stock of Chometz Investments

Rabbi Yitzchok Tzvi Ushinsky

It’s Erev Pesach, and all the chometz is out of your possession. Or is it? What about your financial holdings in companies that deal in chometz? Does one violate the prohibition of bal yimatzei by being a partner or partial owner of such a company?

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