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A Marriage Proposal: Ring Exchanges in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman February 22, 2024 In secular American society, it has been the norm since the twentieth century for men, as well as women, to receive and wear wedding rings. But engagement rings have…

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Game Oiver: May One Bet on Games of Chance or Skill?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman February 8, 2024 Recently, at a highway rest stop in Pennsylvania, I encountered an arcade game displaying a prominent notice that the machine’s payouts are determined primarily by skill, not luck. I…

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Going to Ground: The Mitzvah of Kvurah

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman February 1, 2024 Yeshiva World News reports: HaRav Yehudah Aryeh Dinner, rav of central Bnei Brak and a renowned posek, was recently asked an interesting sheilah by IDF soldiers stationed in Gaza.…

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Quack Attack: Folk Medicine or Fake Medicine?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman January 25, 2024 AP reports: A New York midwife who gave nearly 1,500 children homeopathic pellets instead of required vaccinations has been fined $300,000, the state’s health department announced this week. Jeanette…

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You Can Say That Again, Part II: Plagiarism in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman January 18, 2024 Our previous article introduced some basic Torah perspectives on plagiarism; here, we cite additional discussions of plagiarism and consider some questions about the necessity of citation in particular scenarios.…

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You Can Say That Again: Plagiarism in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman January 11, 2024 AP News reports: Harvard University President Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over testimony at a congressional hearing where she was unable to say unequivocally that calls on…

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