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Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the State of Israel

Interesting question and it is true that artscroll's biography of R Moshe Feinstein doesn't address the question explicitly. Here are a few relevant statements showing R Moshe's position. From the ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the State of Israel

Need to provide sources, but on one foot, I think the best way to describe his position was: "a convenient distance." Zionism wasn't Rav Moshe's raison d'etre; neither was anti-Zionism. When you're ...
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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

Presenting a strictly Chareidi point of view on this site is like walking into a minefield, but here goes. There were definitely religious leaders who were against instituting a special day to ...
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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

Wikipedia deals with the question: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, in 1949, under the guidance of Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel and Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, decided that the Tenth of Tevet should be the ...
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Can a Woman be a Shul President? How about a member of Knesset?

Most halakhic discussions on the topic start with the Rambam in MT Melachim 1:5 (quoted above in comments) We may not appoint a woman as king. When describing the monarchy, the Torah employs the ...
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's trip to Moscow on Shabbat to meet Putin

Short answer: there is a great deal of leeway when we're dealing with this scale of life. (Shabbos 42a talks about "so the public won't be damaged.") When Bennett began his term a while ago, ...
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Can someone help translate this Trumas HaDeshen?

"However, I have seen many times that some of the people who gather together to discuss these things don't enjoy the long talks about it, they are just doing it to please their friends who are ...
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Does the rule in Pirkei Avot 3:2 apply to evil governments?

Rav Chanania lived during the time of the Roman Empire and it was referred to as "the Evil Empire". In spite of that, the point that he was making was that any government no matter how tyrannical ...
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Is a Jew allowed to be the President of the United States?

As far as I’m aware, there’s no specific prohibition against a Jew being head of a foreign state. As noted in the comments, we have somewhat of a historical precedent in the form of Yosef, Mordechai, ...
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Does Jews for Judaism have disputed ideas or could it be distributed to christians to enrich their knowledge?

Its a kosher frum organization if that's what you're wondering, Rabbi Skobac (Jews for Judaism Canada) is a great source for Jewish wisdom. I personally know a non-jew who became a ben noach (a ...
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Is it permissible to have multiple kings at the same time

Here are some relevant points to that question. I would imagine a strict halachic ruling (if there is one) would take into account these elements. Yeravam was informed by Achiyah Hashiloni that part ...
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Is it permissible to have multiple kings at the same time

Ramban touches on a lot of the points you're raising. He has a lengthy piece in Bereishis 49:10 where he essentially says that only kings descended from Yehuda are permitted to rule. He explains away ...
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Would the President of the United States have to put mezuzot on the doors of the White House?

See Shulkan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 286:1,23, and perushim there. The dwelling place of a Jew requires a mezuzah.[286:1] A dwelling rented by a Jew from a gentile, requires a mezuzah.[286:33] It is ...
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Can a Jew work for a gentile government?

It is hard to prove the negative, but there does not appear to be any blanket prohibition. Indeed, Hasdai ibn Shaprut was physician and unofficial vizier to Caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III. R. Shmuel ...
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Why, how, and when the switch from "הנותן תשועה למלכים" to "אבינו שבשמים"?

The prayer was instituted in 1948 by the Sephardic and Ashkenazic Chief Rabbis of the newly formed State of Israel, respectively Rabbis Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel and Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog. The prayer ...
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Judaism and Communism

Tl;DR Judaism doesn't clarify this conclusively, and while most rabbis opposed communism, some endorsed it. While some rabbis criticised democracy, others encouraged it. The ideal structure of ...
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Is one allowed to vote for an election candidate during chol hamoed?

There are important elections now in Baltimore, and the local Rabbonim are encouraging voting on Chol Hamoed (if one wasn't able to utilize early voting, obviously) due to it being a tzorech for the ...
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Voting for Jews in elections

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains in different sources, for example in Sichos Kodesh 5740 (vol. 2, p. 337) that we must base our chose of election solely on Torah-terms so to speak. Hashem does not stand ...
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May one protest on Shabbat?

The issue would be one of וְדַבֵּר דָּבָר - not talking unnecessary things on Shabbat. The Remo, however, allows one to chat if one enjoys chatting. (I assume chanting slogans should be no different.) ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the State of Israel

BezH I wrote an extensive article regarding R. Moshe Feinstein's relationship with the State of Israel (including many previously unknown sources), and how it changed over the years to be more ...
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Can a female convert hold a position of communal authority over women?

The emphasis of the Rambam in your citation is not about being in a position of communal authority. It is about being the head of the community, meaning the one who determines policy and direction ...
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What's with the food ministers?

Perhaps they weren't primarily food ministers although their titles reflected part of their job or their job's history. Their prominence in this part of B'reshis would be explained not by their ...
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Proto-Libertarian ideas in rabbinic literature

Sources about the principles that formed it? I have some ideas. With regard to the Rule of Law, in Pirkei Avos 3:2, Rabbi Chanina S'gan Hakohanim says that one ought to pray for the government's ...
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"And this nation will arise and stray after idols" - the Ohel Moshe's story about Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz

It is featured in Volume 1 of Rabbi Lorincz series which explores his interactions with the Chazon Ish, Brisker Rov and Rav Shach. I have the English edition produced by Feldheim - and the story that ...
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Are there any sources that discuss political activism?

There are some sources from the commentaries on משנה אבות, the ones that deal with this topic of "not trusting the government". Rambam warns on this Mishna that pursuing friendship with the ...
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Is listening to political news considered lashon hara?

Every monster, harasser, molester, and abuser is suddenly a [self-professed] expert on the laws of Lashon Hara. They don't want anyone to find out about them. (Noted posek Rabbi Dovid Cohen shlit&...
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is it forbidden to vote for a non-Jewish president (or other government figure)?

There are two sorts of rulership in Halacha - "top-down" and "bottom-up". The first is choosing a "G-d sent" position - a King - by a prophet and not by elections, and ...
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Why was a king necessary in the first place?

I personally think the reason is explicitly presented in Avos 3,1: "רַבִּי חֲנִינָא סְגַן הַכֹּהֲנִים אוֹמֵר, הֱוֵי מִתְפַּלֵּל בִּשְׁלוֹמָהּ שֶׁל מַלְכוּת, שֶׁאִלְמָלֵא מוֹרָאָהּ, אִישׁ אֶת ...
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Why, how, and when the switch from "הנותן תשועה למלכים" to "אבינו שבשמים"?

To add to AviSch's answer, this article (Hebrew) from Tzohar has an anecdote which may shed some light on why Hanotein Teshuah was replaced soon after the establishment of the state. על הזיקה בין ...
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Would an observant Jew be able to fulfill the obligations of serving an office of government?

You've asked a great question, and there has been quite a bit of debate on this/ I'll try to pose some ideas in segments, based on my time and what others may add... Pirkei Avot 1:10 cites Avtalyon ...
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