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One of my rabbeim, who was a student of R' Elya Svei explained this to me as follows: The yeshiva curriculum includes masechtos from nashim and nezikin, such as Yevamos, Kesuvos, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Bava Basra etc. for two main reasons: There are classic commentaries on Talmud Bavli, and these masechtos include more of the ...


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I write as an Orthodox Jew, a parent and a teacher. The answer is both simple and complex. First, the money. Yes, public school is cheaper. Can't get around that. Next however is the contention that Jewish schools lack "technology and extra curriculars" -- this is not true for a huge chunk of Jewish schools out there. From teams to clubs and from iPads and ...


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http://halachafortoday.com/QandA4.aspx A: The Chazon Ish ruled that one who made up his mind to give Tzedaka to a certain poor person who was collecting, and then the poor person disappeared (similar to your case of the organization closing down) you can give the money to a different poor person (or in your case a similar institution) The best ...


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The child attending public school knows that his attendance is compulsory, because his parents and the government consider his education of the utmost importance. Together with this comes the recognition that what is really important and essential to his education is taken care of in the school. The child’s instinctive feeling and inference from ...


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I graduated from public school. My comments are not a result of the caliber of the education or even the environment - my school won national competitions in academic competitions, and was a very clean and safe environment. But I would never think of sending my child to the best public school. 1) - My school (which ended a bit earlier than the schools ...


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My father, who grew up orthodox in Brooklyn during the depression era, went to public school for High School. He told me that although there were a few Yeshivas, and most of the children went to Public School in that period. He had a Hebrew tutor in the afternoon, yet he told me that many did not. Although there were some Yeshivos (Chaim Berlin, Torah ...


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It depends what you mean by semicha -- there is a basic level of "being a rabbi" that is summarized here: There is a new form of semicha which is circulating today, known as the "Rav Umanhig" semicha. This is essentially a semicha which does not necessarily vouch for the recipient's knowledge or competency in halacha, but rather, testifies that the ...


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The one high school Yeshiva in North America for the deaf is Yeshivas Nefesh Dovid (http://www.nefeshdovid.com/) located in Toronto. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Kakon, himself is deaf and got his S'micha from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD.


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An עסקן is a community activist i.e. someone who is "osek b'tzarchei tzibbur" עוסק בצרכי צבור (cf Mi Shebaurach after Yekum Purkan prayer before Shabbos musaf where this expression is found)


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Rabbi Menashe Klein is a close friend of Eli Wiesel. Perhaps he is the person meant.


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Send an e-mail to kosherbooks@juno.com requesting the kosher book list and they will send it to you.


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My understanding is that until that point, if you wanted to study you'd have to pay your own way and find someplace to study. The Volozhin yeshiva raised funds, and didn't charge tuition. So it decoupled the education from paying for it. It was also more officially organized and centralized; usually you'd have to wander from town to town and unofficially ...


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Pilpul is not so much a method of learning as it is a method of applying one's learning. It is thought to have started with R' Yaakov Pollak in the 15-16th century, and involves the linking together of disparate texts on the basis of lexical and thematic similarities. It has its detractors, but chiefly because it has been taken to illogical extremes by those ...


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Being a follower of Chabad Lubavitch, I will approach this question from my perspective. It appears from your question that your primary concern with the Chabad philosophy is what you term "Chabad Messianism", and how that is perceived by other Orthodox groups. I am assuming you are referring to the belief that the Rebbe is Moshiach. I wish clarify from the ...


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I asked my Rav this question once. He answered that they would learn theology such as belief in God and the mitzvot Ben Adam Lechavero that are obvious (such as גזל). I guess it would be best comparable to ibn Pequda's Chovot HalLevavot, parts of which he derives from what he calls "sekhel". He also pointed out that they must have had some form of mesorah in ...


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I assume you're referring to post-World War Two yeshivos? Most others are gone (though some, like the Mir, remain, most of them displaced). If you include them, you've got quite a list: ones that come immediately to mind were in Bavel (Sura, Pumbedisa, ...), pre-Nazi continental Europe, and pre-First-Crusade Rhineland (Mainz, Speyer, Worms, ...). As far as ...


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I went to a Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva and here are the basic Hashkafot (to my understanding): Gadlus HaAdom- meaning that the person has a lot of potential and should have self respect for themselves by dressing nicely. The high school system has a very long day to prepare the students for the long day of Bet Midrash (the Yeshiva expects kids to go to Bet ...


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Chassidus twice a day - From 7:30 am for 2 hours (but better to start at 7 and learn for 2.5 hours) and 9-11 pm (but those who needed to go to sleep early could come and leave early). See details in Kuntres Etz Hachaim (Written by the rebbe Rashab for the talmidim) pg 51-52 chapter 25


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There's a Wikipedia sub-entry on this topic that someone who's been involved with this movement for a while told me is impressively accurate.


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Those that were helped were included in the booklet (Pinkas). http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9B%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%9C_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%A8%D7%9B%D7%99%D7%9D ביישוב הישן, המונח כולל שימש לציין ארגוני חסד ובעיקר 'חברה' (או כיום מעין עמותה) שאליה השתייכה קבוצה מאורגנת, בדרך כלל מעיר או ארץ מוגדרת. יהודי חוץ לארץ תרמו להחזקת הכוללים, כדי לממן את ישיבתם של ...


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MASA will give grants to those going to certain yeshivos.


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In the 50's, Rav Simcha Wasserman established Ohr Elchonon high schoolin Los Angeles. It was located on Kings Road and Willoughby. The yeshiva closed in the 70's when Rav Simcha made aliya. Rav Simcha wished that the building always remain a yeshiva and named after his father. Chabad agreed to this stipulation and bought the yeshiva and its surrounding ...


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Emes LeYaakov by Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky Genesis 28:11 answers this. In brief summation Rav Kamenetsky suggests that the Torah learned in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever is the "Torah of Galut" (exile). And Yaakov needed to learn it before he went to live with Lavan so that he could deal with the hardships over there. It also explains why he taught it ...


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Rav Moshe Shternbuch writes in Teshuvot VeHanhagot 2:457 that even though the gemara implies one should learn tanach first, this is no longer true as learning tanach can be dangerous for learning it simply (without appropriate commentaries and guidance) can lead one to heresy. As such, one should first learn lots of gemara and only then dabble in tanach with ...


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It is important to understand that the Semicha of today is not "Traditional Semicha" which was only given in an unbroken chain from Moshe Rabbeinu down, from each teacher to their (worthy) students. That Semicha was lost long ago. (Although it is possible to bring back according to the Rambam, and was attempted by Rav Yaakov Beirav in 1538). What, then, is ...


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In the Hilchos Talmud Torah of R' Shneiur Zalman of Liadi is written that the custom is not to teach children Tanach since they can learn it on their own (in the time of the Mishna, one would not be able to do that as the Nekudos and Trop are a Halacha Lemoshe MiSinai which was not written down). However, he says that one must learn Chumash, as it's the ...


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The first real Lithuanian mussar style Yeshivah in America was started by HaGaon Rav Yehudah Levenberg and HaGaon Rav Sheftel Kramer in New Haven in the 20's. Eventually it moved to Cleveland along with Rav Levenberg's new Rabbanus position and became known as "Yeshivah D'New Haven, Ka'ays B'Cleveland". During this period Rav Ruderman (Rav Sheftel's ...


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There are several good and renowned Kabbalistic Yeshivot in Jerusalem. Many of those offer shiurim in Zohar(as well as other subjects) provided one is qualified for them. Nahar Shalom offers two one hour shiurim each day, one under the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Benayahu Shmueli and one under Rav David HaKohen.


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I don't have any documented sources for this, but as my family has been involved in Chinuch for generations, in Lita, the US, and Eretz Yisrael, I do have an oral tradition of how our system evolved. Until the enlightenment, most of gentile Europe was fairly unschooled and ignorant. However, with the enlightenment came this idea that the one people that ...



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