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Hurricane Protocols for a Safe & Meaningful Shabbat

THE FOLLOWING WAS SENT TO THE RABBIS OF THE RABBI ISAAC ELCHANAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF YESHIVA UNIVERSITY & MEMBERS OF THE RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF AMERICA.  WHILE EACH RABBI & COMMUNITY NEEDS TO MAKE ITS OWN DECISIONS BASED ON THE SEVERITY

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From Yishuv Neryah to Yeshiva University: Words of Togetherness

I wanted to share something with you that just happened. Yeshiva University students recently ran a program to learn Torah for a week 24/7 in memory of those who were tragically murdered in Israel and for the protection of our

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Inviting the Not Yet Affiliated to our Synagogues & Shabbat Tables – In Honor of the Shabbos Project

Inviting the Not Yet Affiliated to Our Synagogues & Shabbat Tables   Brief  Summary Article & Source material: Download Lecture on the topic: Download the mp3 file at YUTorah

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Butterflies, Journeys & Destinations

  We all have moments when we feel butterflies in our stomach, but for these past few weeks those moments have seemed endless. First there was the frantic search for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel. Our brave soldiers

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May Their Memory be a Blessing

It is with deep sadness and profound outrage that we learned of the murders of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach. For the past few weeks, the lives of these boys, and the incredible faith of their families, have

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Reflections on an emotional week in Gush Etzion

I wanted to share this very moving reflection. May Gilad, Naftali and Eyal be speedily returned to their family’s embrace and may God watch over our soldiers. KB   REFLECTIONS ON AN EMOTIONAL WEEK IN GUSH ETZION by Dassi Billet

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 7

Checks and Balances in Waging War: A Jewish Perspective In previous posts we shared that Walzer is critical to the lack of checks and balances in the Jewish tradition regarding the king’s ability to wage war. He cites King David

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 6

Destruction in warfare are there any limits? Maimonides states. It is forbidden to cut down fruit-bearing trees outside a (besieged) city, nor may a water channel be deflected from them so that they wither, as it is said: Thou shalt

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 5

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Does the Jewish Tradition have an Ethical Norm in Warfare? Michael Walzer suggests that Jewish tradition does not comprehensively differentiate between just and unjust wars, a third category of war, namely, banned or forbidden wars are missing from the Jewish

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 4

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Fair Conduct in War: The second component to the notion of Just War Theory is fair conduct in war.  A Just War can be fought in an unjust way as General Sherman committed in the burning of Atlanta (Just and

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