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Giving Your Best Shot

A booster for me or a first dose for you?   Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman October 14, 2021   As public health establishments around the world have been formulating their COVID-19 vaccine booster shot policies and…

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Negotiable Security: Dealmaking with Terrorists

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman October 1, 2021   A New Yorker article describes the plight of Mark Frerichs, an American Navy veteran and skilled engineer, carpenter, electrician, and mechanic who was captured by the Taliban in…

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Ticket Booth: An Illegal Sukkah

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman September 17, 2021   There is a well-known fable of a Jew who built a sukkah in violation of a local ordinance. Someone complained, and on Erev Sukkos, the matter came before…

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Living Dangerously: Pikuach Nefesh in War

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman September 10, 2021   President Biden has faced widespread criticism[1] over his withdrawal from Afghanistan, much of it directed against the breaking of his commitment that “if there’s American citizens left, we’re…

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Total Recall: May the People Depose Their Ruler?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman September 2, 2021   In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the stranding of thousands of U.S.…

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Code of Arms: Weapons in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman August 26, 2021   Shmuel Silverberg, a nineteen-year-old yeshiva student, was fatally shot last week in front of Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver, in the culmination of a crime spree that included…

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Crypto-Judaism: Is Bitcoin Money?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman August 19, 2021   Several months ago, Peter Kacherginsky and Rebecca Rose “got married on the blockchain”: In addition to a traditional Jewish ceremony, we wanted to solidify our vows in a…

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All Hail Seizure: May Government Expropriate Property?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman August 12, 2021 Federal authorities recently seized seventeen items, including “funeral scrolls, prayers for the dead, rules governing how a community member should behave in society, and other records,” from Kestenbaum &…

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