Category Archives: Trochenbrod

Halakhic Innovation

I know this is a bit off-topic, but this article from today’s Haaretz is relevant to the general theme of my series on the evolution of the oral law. It raises a question we raised since our first class in … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Ketubah

My mother, z”l, had a ketubah.  It wasn’t much to look at.  A not-very-fancy-affair, it was handwritten on a piece of legal-size yellow paper by Rav Zalman Sorotzkin rabbi of Lutsk, Poland —   my mother’s home town.  Two witnesses from … Continue reading

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Kitniyot – A Pre-Yom Hashoah Reflection

Why am I writing about my custom of not eating kitniyot (legumes) on Pesah on the eve of Yom Hashoah? Well, besides the close proximity of the two dates (it was less than a week ago that I was defending … Continue reading

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Why not a Holocaust Seder?

Today, I gave a student of mine a little pamphlet I received a number of years ago called “Megillat HaShoah” The Holocaust Megillah. I explained to her how uncomfortable I am about the ritualization of something that is so personal … Continue reading

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