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(Continued from last week) II. Carrying a Gun on Shabbos The Sages forbade carrying utensils on Shabbos without a reason. Certain utensils contain more restrictions. A utensil primarily used in forbidden work...

Laws about gun control serve as perpetual fuel for political debates. However, everyone agrees that some people should carry guns in some circumstances. Whether police officers or soldiers, on duty...

R. Yerachmiel Zelcer’s encyclopedic Ner Le-Mei’ah on Purim addresses R. Shlomo Alkabetz’s question, posed in Manos Ha-Levi, regarding the fate of Amalekites. We are commanded to destroy the nation of Amalek but...

Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik (Kol Dodi Dofek, ch. 10) famously quoted his father, Rav Moshe Soloveichik, as explaining the following discrepancy in the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah. In Hilchos Melachim (5:4) the Rambam writes...

New media and technology still fall under the classical rules of ethics. Their usage can and must be examined with an open mind but with a keen eye for propriety....

The question is whether you can recite havdalah over a cup of coffee. It struck me that this is an issue whose resolution changes depending on the time and place,...

I. Vegetarianism and Values I was not the only observer surprised by the outcry against the killing of Harambe the gorilla in order to save a child who had wandered into...

The news reported that Jared and Ivanka Kushner received rabbinic permission to ride in a car back from the inaugural ball on Friday night. Many people have questioned this decision. We do...

I. Sending Mail The way we deliver mail has changed over the years. We now send letters primarily through e-mail and have major and minor purchases delivered. I thought it would...

I. Anger Is Bad Anger is a destructive force. It does not just cloud judgment, which would imply reliance on instinct. Anger overwhelms judgment, taking you in directions to which your...