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Halakhically committed gay Jews are called upon by the halakhic system to make a sacrifice far more demanding, difficult, and onerous than what is almost ever demanded of other Jews.
I urge halakhically committed gay Jews not to reject the possibility that the severity of the halakhic demand of celibacy might be somewhat or significantly mitigated by some modes of therapy and treatment.
Since the halakhic prohibition stands irrespective of whether there is treatment possible or not, there is little to be lost in giving a chance to treatment for which claims of marked success are made and attested.
www.uscj.org /POINTRoth6331.html   (2227 words)

 Jewish Education at the Lookstein Center - Michael Rosensweig
The ultimate goal of an halakhic analysis is to arrive at a specific, single solution and halakhic debates generally revolve around mutually exclusive responses, only one of which is purported to represent absolute truth.
The early stages of halakhic analysis bear a similarity to a diver who is not yet capable of distinguishing worthless stones from the treasure he wishes to retrieve.
His comparison of halakhic categories and institutions to the human personality and its manifold complex characteristics suggests a kind of Platonic model which presupposes the existence of an ideal halakhic status which precedes and supersedes the sum of its components.
www.lookstein.org /articles/elu_ve_elu.htm   (8005 words)

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The aim of this essay is thus an analysis of certain moments of self-reflection articulated by halakhic authorities concerning the history of halakhic learning, focusing not on the history of this body of knowledge per-se, but as it is viewed from within.
The history of halakhah is not a traditional subject treated within the framework of halakhic learning [this statement may be true about any historical writing within traditional Jewish sources], and for that reason, moments of self-reflection on history of halakhah in the writings of halakhic authorities are both rare and precious.
Halakhic reasoning became essential, not merely to organize, justify and transmit given knowledge, but as a vital tool in the desperate attempt to reconstruct, through argumentation, the lost portions of a once complete body of knowledge.
www.law.harvard.edu /programs/Gruss/halbert.html   (5943 words)

 Jewish Education at the Lookstein Center - a response
Thus the first consideration of the halakhic group, in practical and strategic terms, is to determine whether it wants to risk relinquishing its protective isolation for the sake of dialogue.
The equation of the isolationist element of the halakhic community with the school which sees rationality as an inadequate and demeaning basis for the commandments is questionable.
Both the halakhic and non-halakhic are sincere in expressing their love of their neighbors, but their motivations are different: one is spiritual, the other secular.
www.lookstein.org /articles/spiro.htm   (2197 words)

 Halakhic Interpretation from a Constitutional Perspective
Cyrus Adler was willing to be very traditional on halakhic matters that involved those elements of life defined as "religious" in the late nineteenth century Western world, particularly the United States of America, but rejected the political dimensions of halakhah as being incompatible with modernity.
It seems that by each generation, he meant the leadership of the generation but not simply the halakhic or rabbinical leadership, even in their modern adaptations, but the civil leadership, what had come to be called the lay leadership as well.
Nevertheless, even for them the problem of halakhic interpretation has been reopened and they must rebuild the system of interpretation, in their case in a manner far less liberal than their premodern predecessors since they must maintain a position of confrontation with modern and postmodern developments.
www.jcpa.org /dje/articles/halakh-const.htm   (3034 words)

 Halakha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They cover what are better ways for a Jew to live, when commandments conflict how one may choose righteously, what is implicit and understood but not stated explicitly, and what has been deduced by implication though not visible on the surface.
Depending on the stature of the posek and the quality of the decision, an interpretation may also be gradually accepted by rabbis and members of similar Jewish communities.
Kaf HaChaim on Orach Chayim and parts of Yoreh De'ah, by Yaakov Chaim Sofer (Baghdad and Jerusalem, 1870 - 1939) is similair in scope, authority and approach to the Mishnah Berurah.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Halakhic   (4538 words)

 Commentary Magazine - The Halakhic Mind, by Joseph B. Soloveitchik   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
...The bulk of The Halakhic Mind is given over to an analysis of the various trends in 20th-century science and philosophy (up to 1944) that provide an opening for a resurgent philosophy of religion...
...The Halakhic Mind is a significant addition to Soloveitchik's body of writings, but it leaves untouched the problematic aspects of his general theological enterprise...
...Halakhic Man"the work that first established Soloveitchik's reputation as a theologian-takes up the major themes of neo-Kantian philosophy, applying them in creative fashion to the world of traditional Talmud study...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V83I1P75-1.htm   (1919 words)

 Judaism: Women at Prayer: A Halakhic Analysis of Women's Prayer Groups. - book reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
But, committed to halakhic constraints, they cannot pray in a synagogue where men and women sit together and fully participate in all activities, including aliyot to the Torah.
Acknowledging that certain prayers require the presence of a halakhic minyan consisting of ten adult males, they recite only those prayers that can be said by individuals.
But, from a halakhic perspective, berakhot are, in a sense, copyrighted liturgical forms which may be recited only for the purposes for which they were created.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0411/is_n4_v42/ai_14873659   (1442 words)

 Women as Halakhic Authorities (Poskot)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
After quoting the halakhic opinion of a woman, he dismisses it by quoting Rabbi Eliezer (Yoma 66b): "There is no wisdom for women except for the spindle" (Magen Avraham to Orah Haim 263, subparagraph 12).
Furthermore, at least three halakhic authorities agree with the woman quoted by the Magen Avraham (R. Yosef Yuzpa Falk her son, R. ekiel Landau and R. Shem Tov Gaguine).
Halakhic authorities relied on the word of women such as the sister of Rabbi Shimon be rabi Yannai (third century) and the wife of Rabbi Haim Or Zarua (thirteenth century) who transmitted halakhic decisions in the name of their relatives.
www.masorti.org.il /mason/have/responsa/women_poskot.html   (515 words)

 Judaism: Some thoughts on the nature of halakhic adjudication: women and minyan
In response to the reasonable request of many observant women today to find a text-based, halakhic way to increase their opportunities for participation in public worship, I plan not to re-affirm the status quo but to investigate its textual underpinnings.
Since most halakhic decision-making is based on a proposed, reasonable, particular interpretation of Talmudic sources, I will examine the texts in question from fresh perspectives, with the hope of finding alternate, yet valid ways of interpreting them.
If we assume that the only ones who may lead the minyan are those who count in it (an assumption that requires proof and further study), then, even if we were to set aside other issues, like k'vod hazibbur (dignity of the congregation), unless women count in a minyan they cannot lead it in prayer.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0411/is_n4_v42/ai_14873603   (1247 words)

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This is because the fetus, having become a significant halakhic entity, renders the abortion a significant injury to the mother.
He might stretch the halakhic limits of leniency where serious domestic tragedy looms, or hold firm to the strict interpretation of the law when, as he reads the situation, the pressure for leniency stems from frivolous attitudes and reflects a debased moral compass.
The flexibility arises from a recognition that halakhic rulings are not, and should not be, the output of human micro-computers, but of thinking human beings; a recognition that these rulings must be applied to concrete situations with a bold effort to achieve the optimal moral and halakhic balance among the various factors.
www.vbm-torah.org /archive/halak60/11abortion.doc   (4158 words)

The halakhic views of certain tanna'im often bear a surprising resemblance to sectarian or semi-sectarian halakhah, whether in the details or in general aspects of halakhic thinking.
Sectarian halakhic characteristics seem to have established a greater foothold in the Pharisaic world than is apparent, and part of the battle which the sages waged against it took place "within the family," against Pharisaic fringe groups and esoteric sages.
This resemblance, in halakhic details and principles alike, would indicate that the boundary separating the Pharisees from their opponents was sometimes fainter than assumed.
orion.mscc.huji.ac.il /symposiums/8th/NoamPaper.htm   (4611 words)

 The Role of Peshara within the Halakhic Judicial System
A final issue for consideration is the gemara's deliberation (6a) as to whether peshara must be executed by performing a kinyan sudar (handkerchief exchange).
This mutual compromise entails reciprocal waiving of claims (each feels that he is 100% correct and deserves the full amount; by agreeing to compromise they are effectively waiving '50%' of their claim).
Ultimately, the gemara's questioning whether peshara requires a kinyan might in fact be the gemara's questioning whether peshara is a pseudo form of justice or a court mediated compromise between individual citizens.
www.jlaw.com /Articles/roleof5.html   (266 words)

 Jewish Law - Articles (\Confidentiality and Rabbinic Counseling - An Overview of Halakhic and Legal Issues\)
As we will illustrate, there are extensive halakhic rules as well as civil law regulations balancing the privileged and confidential nature of such communications with the requirement incumbent upon every Jew to take all necessary measures to prevent others from suffering harm.
This memorandum also discusses factors to take into consideration from a halakhic perspective in the event that the secular law requirements conflict with a Rabbi’s legitimate understanding of his halakhic obligations.
Similarly, this outline of legal issues is not intended to constitute a summary of the relevant halakhic issues which are dealt with separately in this memorandum.
www.jlaw.com /Articles/RabbinicCounseling1.html   (966 words)

 Question 3.26: What are the main Halakhic Midrashim?
While the latter (ben Yohai) text was popularly circulated in manuscript form from the 11th to 16th centuries, it was lost for all practical purposes until it was rediscovered and printed in the 19th century.
This is a halakhic commentary on Exodus, concentrating on the legal sections, from Exodus 12 to 35.
This was a Halakhic midrash on Deuteronomy, of which only fragments exist today.
www.faqs.org /faqs/judaism/FAQ/03-Torah-Halacha/section-27.html   (589 words)

 Menachem Fisch on Berakhot 19b
The problem is that unlike the mourner's halakhic duty to attend to his dead relative, one's obligation to carry the bier and to form the row (or to listen to the funeral speeches mentioned by the Tosefta) are not mitzvot of the Torah.
It is not about the reasons that Rav and his generation might have had for departing from the opinion of their predecessors, or for adopting the views they had come to accept.
And yet from a purely halakhic point of view, it is Rav ruling that carries the day in the face of obvious and principled tannaitic opposition.
www.bu.edu /people/mzank/STR/Fisch.html   (12843 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Halakhic Man   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
HALAKHIC man reflects two opposing selves; two disparate images are embodied within his soul and spirit.
Halakhic man seems more analytical, whereas homo religiosus is expressive and emotional.
Halakhic man desires to bring God down to this world, the world considered, "Olam Hazeh," whereas homo religiousus desires to transcend the world, so that he may reach up to God in, "Olam Haba" or beyond, the next world.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0827603975?v=glance   (1190 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Halakhic Man   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The reading can be both soul-sparing and awe-inspiring: it cuts like a knife in expurging the orlah of mysticism, is strong as flint in breaking the slumber of irrational and out-worldly superstitions.
The Halakhic Man is a complete coherent vision of Judaism and the world.
Time Magazine called Halakhic Man 'A sweeping defense of the validity and excitement of pursuing a religiously observant life in the modern world.'.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603975   (493 words)

 Peace & shalom : A Response to the Halakhic Ruling Against the Return of Territory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The halakhic ruling recently issued, entitled, “The word of G-d - the Halakhah on the Matter of Preservation of Life, by Rabbis of Israel,” is actually a political declaration masquerading as a halakhic ruling, which forbids the return of territories for the sake of peace, even if the and when the government orders such.
The “ruling” is based on the words of the Shulkhan Arukh Orach Chaim 329,6, which are themselves based on the Talmudic passage in Tr.
The definition of danger to life is not a halakhic one, but is rather given over to experts.
www.netivot-shalom.org.il /judaism/halter.php   (519 words)

 Halakhic Solutions to the Problem of Agunot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In our search for solutions to the painful problem of those Jewish women who are unable to remarry and found a family because their husbands refuse to agree to give a get or religious divorce, we have discovered a group of leading rabbis whose compassion and courage are worthy of broad support.
Declaring that many women's problems cry out for halakhic solutions, these eminent rabbis join all of our supporters who believe that Jewish law can provide answers to the infringement of women's rights in marriage and divorce.
By sponsoring and organizing the July seminar, we hope to establish a forum for the discussion of possible halakhic solutions which will be ongoing.
www.icjw.org /ijwhrw/halachic_solutions.htm   (634 words)

 Midrash Bibliography, Halakhic Midrashim   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Epstein, Jacob N. Introduction to Tannaitic Literature: Mishna, Tosephta and Halakhic Midrashim [Hebrew].
Melamed, Ezra Z. The Halakhic Midrashim in the Babylonian Talmud [Hebrew].
The Relationship Between the Halakhic Midrashim and the Mishnah and Tosefta [Hebrew].
www.huc.edu /midrash/g-halmid.html   (189 words)

 Schiffman: Temple Scroll and Halakhic Pseudepigrapha
In this respect the scroll would simply have been a work based on the canonical Torah which was intended to transmit the author's halakhic views.
Yadin argued against this claim by saying that this author thought he was presenting the true law, and that there was no reason to assume that his activity was any more bold in his literary stance than that of the original editors of the Pentateuch.
By the way, she states that the Temple Scroll was "certainly written as a divine address to Moses," a matter about which we have seen there is considerable controversy.
orion.mscc.huji.ac.il /symposiums/2nd/papers/Schiffman97.html   (4206 words)

 ipedia.com: Conservative responsa Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In recent years we have begun to rememdy this situation by publishing indices, monographs and complete volumes of Conservative responsa." Since that time the Conservative movement and the Masorti movement (in Israel) have addressed this issue in a serious way.
Many volumes of Conservative and Masorti teshuvot and halakhic studies are now available, and more are being edited.
"Responsa in a Moment: Halakhic Responses to Contemporary Issues", Rabbi David Golinkin, The Institute of Applied Halakhah at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, 2000
www.ipedia.com /conservative_responsa.html   (729 words)

Discuss the Rav's view of death, as presented in Halakhic Man. Note both his general philosophical framework and some of his specific halakhic arguments.
How does the Rav, in Halakhic Man and in U-Bikkashtem, utilize the conceptions of prophecy presented in Rambam's Guide and in the Kuzari to formulate his views of creativity and of the religious experience.
Note differences between the way science is treated in Halakhic Man and in the discussion of Adam I in Lonely Man.
www.yu.edu /faculty/carmy/exams/thought95.htm   (330 words)

The Mishna exists in three recensions: in the manuscripts of editions of the separate Mishna, in the Palestinian Talmud in which the commentaries of the Amora'im follow short passages of the Mishna, and in the Babylonian Talmud, in which the Gemara is appended to an entire chapter of the Mishna.
The contents of the Mishna, aside from the treatises Aboth and Middoth, are with few exceptions Halakhic.
The language, the so-called Mishna Hebrew or New Hebrew, is a fairly pure Hebrew, not without proof of a living development -- enriched by words borrowed from Greek and Latin and certain newly-created technical expressions, which seem partly developed as imitations of Roman legal formulas.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/14435b.htm   (3646 words)

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