Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Volume 3

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Religion - 180 pages
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993), commonly known as "the Rav," has stimulated and influenced the intellectual minds and touched the sensitive hearts of thousands of his students both in the United States and across the globe. With his death, a void was left in the modern intellectual Orthodox community. Although efforts have been made to transmit his Torah knowledge into written words, future generations of the vast English-speaking Torah community will be bereft of his enormous wisdom. The second volume of Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik continues to provide the modern reader with a glimpse into the illustrious and meaningful halakhic opinions of this highly revered Jewish scholar. Rabbi Aharon Ziegler, a student of the Rav, has illustrated the unique, and perhaps less known, halakhic views which will intrigue and educate those who seek more of the Rav's distinguished teachings. Whether studied in the synagogue, school, or home, this book is a valuable addition to any Jewish library.
 

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Contents

Procedures in Putting on the Tefillin
3
Using Borrowed Tefillin
5
Procedure for Donning the Tefillin Shel Yad
7
Removing Tefillin before Mussaf on Rosh Chodesh
9
Reciting One Hundred Berachot Daily
11
Amen Is a Required Response
14
Davening Together with the Shliach Tzibbur
17
Women and Mitzvat Tallit
19
The Chatan Is Compared to a King
93
Aliya to the Torah for a Chatan
95
A Chatan on the Seventh Day of Yemei Hamishteh
98
Birkhat Kiddushin under the Chupah
100
A Chupah in a Synagogue
103
ISSUES PERTAINING TO CHANUKAH
105
Placement of Chanukah Candles
107
The Ideal Time to Light Chanukah Candles
110

Appointing a Woman as President of a Shul
22
The Prayer of Tachanun Supplication
24
Counting a Minor in a Minyan
26
Forgetting Yaaleh Veyavoh on Rosh Chodesh Morning
29
The Meaning of Yishtabach Shimcha
31
Torah Reading on Monday and Thursday Afternoon
33
Standing or Sitting during the Torah Reading?
36
The Torah Reading An Individual or Communal Requirement
38
Calling a Levi in the Absence of a Kohen for the Torah Reading
41
Facing the Torah Reader during Torah Reading
43
Procedure for Birkhat HaTorah
45
The Structure of Kriat HaTorah
48
ISSUES PERTAINING TO SHABBAT
51
Reading by Candlelight on Shabbat
53
Opening a Container on Shabbat
55
Opening Cans on Shabbat
57
Plastic Rain Hats on Shabbat
60
Electricity on Shabbat
62
Squeezing Lemons on Shabbat
64
Carrying a Child in a Public Domain on Shabbat
67
Halakhic Themes of Shabbat
70
A Spiritual Enhancement
73
Accepting Early Shabbat
75
Setting Out Food before Kiddush
77
Eating the Lechem Mishneh
80
Differences between Kiddush and Havdalah
82
Beverages for Havdalah
85
Shalom Aleichem in Kiddush Lvanah
88
ISSUES PERTAINING TO A CHATAN AND KIDDUSHIN
91
Torah Reading on Chanukah
112
BREAD BIRKHAT HAMAZON AND BISHUL AKUM
115
Only Bake Pareve Bread
117
Beracha after Bread
120
Showing Gratitude
123
Bishul Akum Canned Foods
125
AVEILUT AND SEFIRA
127
Aveilut When Does It Begin?
129
Shaving during Sefira and the Three Weeks
131
HALAKHIC DECISIONS
133
Rendering Halakhic Decisions
135
Functions of the Bet Din Hagadol
137
The Difference between Monetary Rulings and Decrees Why People React Differently
140
MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES
143
Chalav Yisrael
145
Yibbum Levirate Marriage in Our Days
147
Converting Adopted Infants
150
Is It Permissible to Live outside of Eretz Yisrael?
152
Tefillat Haderech in Automobiles
155
Righteousness of Tzedaka
157
Al Tifrosh Min Hatzibbur
160
A Jewish Nation
163
Metzitza for Brit Milah
166
A Jewish King Cannot Be a Levi
168
Semicha in Our Days
170
Do Not Despair
173
Teaching and Transmitting Torah
175
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Rabbi Aharon Ziegler, spiritual leader of Congregation Agudath Achim of Boro Park in Brooklyn, New York for the past thirty-five years, is a retired librarian for the New York City Board of Education. A student of the Rav for many years, Rabbi Ziegler does extensive lecturing and writing on the halakhic positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

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