Published Work


The Eruvin in Brooklyn

| 11/26/2012

The history of the eruv in Brooklyn is fraught with controversy and dispute. Ever since the idea of building an eruv in Brooklyn was first addressed in the early 1950s, rabbis have debated the halakhic acceptability and social appropriateness of these eruvin. This article will explore the history of…

Halakhah in America: The History of City Eruvin, 1894-1962

| 01/02/2012

This dissertation will address the evolution of the community eruv from the days of the courtyards of Roman Palestine to the cities of North America. It will explore and analyze the halakhic arguments that enabled the rabbis to adapt a rabbinic concept that originally had limited application into…

Variable, Vital, and Frequently Chaotic: American Jewry

The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 100, No. 3 519–524 | 05/24/2010

Dana Evan Kaplan’s Cambridge Companion to American Judaism is a worthy addition to ‘‘Cambridge Companion’’ series that has made scholarly topics accessible to scholars and layman alike. In this volume, Kaplan, a visiting research scholar at the University of Miami and a rabbi in Albany, Geor- gia, presents essays…

Is Coca-Cola Kosher? Rabbi Tobias Geffen and the History of American Orthodoxy

Rav Chesed: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein | 09/24/2009

The ability of the American Orthodox rabbinate to enhance Jewish life through its involvement with the broader American community is taken for granted today. Yet for the immigrant Jewish community of the early twentieth century, such rabbinic influence was for the most part a distant dream. The American rabbi,…

Rabbi Henkin and The First Heter Agunot in America | 03/13/2007

The tragedy of the agunah, the woman who is unable to receive a get from her husband, has plagued the Jewish people since time immemorial. Rabbis and scholars throughout the centuries have contended with this issue in an attempt to free agunot to remarry. In the United States this…

The Manhattan Eruv | 02/26/2007

In a previous contribution to the Seforim blog, Rabbi Adam Mintz discussed the significant roles of Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein in the development of a unique halakhic response to the issue of the mehitzah in the American synagogue, based on a previous lecture delivered…

Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin: A Forgotten American Posek | 02/21/2007

Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin died in his apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Shabbat Nachamu, August 12, 1973. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky delivered eulogies at his funeral and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik attended the funeral but did not speak. Rabbi Henkin was born…

The Talmud in Translation

Printing The Talmud | 01/01/2006

By: Gabriel Goldstein and Sharon Liberman Mintz

Since the early sixteenth century, Jews have studied from a printed Talmud with the text, in the original combination of Hebrew and Aramaic, in the middle of the page and the commentaries of Rashi and Tosafot lining the margins. As is well known,…

Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

Epstein, Yehiel Mikhal and Finkel, Natan Tsevi | 05/24/1997

EPSTEIN,YEHI’EL MIKHAL (1879-1908), rabbi and halakhic authoritv. He was born in Boruisk, Belorussia and studied in Volozhin under R. Yitshaq of Volozhin. In 1874 he was appointed rabbi of Novogrudok, Belorussia where he remained until his death. Epsteins fame rests with his ‘Arukh ha-Shulhan (1884-1907), a comprehensive code of…

Words, Meaning and Spirit: The Talmud in Translation

The Torah U-Madda Journal | 05/01/1995

The Talmud has been the central pillar of Jewish life for the past two thousand years. As Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz wrote:

In many ways the Talmud is the most important book in Jewish culture, the backbone of creativity and of national life. No other work has had a comparable influence…

Women and the Miracle of Purim

AMIT Woman 55:3 | 01/30/1993

Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said: Women are obligated to read the Megillah because they too were included in the miracle of Purim (Talmud Megillah).

According to the Talmud, women are required to hear the reading of the Purim Megillah (scroll) even though it is a time related commandment from which…

A Day Marked for Disaster

AMIT Woman 53:5 | 05/30/1991

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of Av), a day of mourning and fasting, primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem.Indeed, the central focus of the Tisha B’Av service is the recitation of the book of Eichah (Lamentations), Jeremiah’s elegy on the suffering brought about…

Medical Emergencies and the Non-Jew: Halakhah Adapts to New Realities

Body and Soul in Judaism | 01/01/1991

Today if is taken for granted that discrimination between individuals is unfair and illegal. This idea is clearly stated in the Constitution and laws of the United States. When we move to the field of halakhah, however, we are dealing with an alternate legal system where the concept of…

The Continuing Legacy: A Thousand Years of Prague Jewry

Jewish Action | 06/01/1989

In 1983 and 1984 an historic exhibition of cultural and religious Jewish artifacts toured major cities in the United States. Entitled “The Precious Legacy”, this exhibition brought to this country many important objects of the State Museum of Prague, which houses one of the largest and most significant collections…

Arevut be-Birkat ha-Mazon, Legal Issues Concerning the Recitation of Grace After Meals

Beit Yitzchak | 03/24/1986

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Azariah dei Rossi as a Critic of the Septuagint

Gesher | 04/24/1985

Azariah dei Rossi was the greatest scholar of Hebrew letters during the Italian Renaissance. Born to one of the most prominent Jewish Italian families c.s. 1513, Azariah received both his Talmudic and secular education in Mantua. He became proficient early in life in Italian, Latin and Hebrew literature and…

The Yeshiva University Haggada
| 03/24/1985