Responsa by David Golinkin

This section of the Schechter website contains over 165 responsa and articles written by Rabbi Golinkin beginning in October, 2000, including his columns Insight Israel (2000-2006) and Responsa in a Moment (2006 ff.). There are 15 categories. In general, the responsa are organized within each category according to the order of the Shulhan Arukh, followed by articles related to that topic. An item followed by a reference in parenthesis is a responsum; the other items are articles. In a few cases, the same topic is discussed in both a responsum and an article. Approximately ten of these items have been listed under two categories.

 

Most of these responsa and articles are also available in book form from the Schocken-JTS Press Bookstore. The Insight Israel columns are available in Insight Israel, vols. 1-2, Jerusalem, 2003, 2006. The Responsa are available in Responsa in a Moment, vols. 2-4, Jerusalem, 2011, 2014, 2017. (Volume 1 is not on this website.)

 

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin is a Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He also serves as President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. and is the President Emeritus of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.

All Topics
All Topics
Art and Literature
Bar-Bat Mitzvah
Bible
Birth and Children
Conversion and Circumcision
Death
Divorce
Ethical Issues
Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Fast Days
Hanukkah
High Holidays
History
Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Israel and Zionism
Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha’atzma’ut
Jewish Education
Jewish Law and Its Authority
Jewish Life & Thought
Kashrut
Lifecycle
Marriage
Medical Ethics
Miscellaneous
Non-Jews
Pesah
Places & Sites
Pluralism and Politics
Prayer and Synagogues
Purim
Rabbinic Literature
Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rosh Chodesh (New Month)
Shabbat and Shabbat Shirah
Shavua Tov @ Schechter
Shavuot
Social Justice and Tzedakah
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
Symbols and Rituals
Synagogue Life
The Holidays and Hebrew Calendar
Theology
Thought and Philosophy
Tisha B’av
Women & Gender
Women in Jewish Law
Yom Yerushalayim


Is it Permissible to Borrow Secular or
Church Music for Prayers and Zemirot?(1)
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 15, Number 5, June 2021

Non-Jews
Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 09/06/2021

What does Jewish law say about the common practice of borrowing melodies from musicals, popular English and Hebrew songs, operas and even Christian and Muslim music for prayers and Shabbat zemirot?

From the Holocaust to the Rebirth of Israel:
A Tale of Two Letters –1938 & 1951.
Responsa in a Moment Volume 15, Number 4, April 2021

Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah
Israel and Zionism
Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha’atzma’ut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 08/04/2021

Two family letters give perspective to the history and current state of Israel as it marks 73 years of statehood.

What To Do When Erev Pesah is on Shabbat (1). Responsa in a Moment: Volume 15, Number 3, March 2021

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 14/03/2021

Erev Pesah falls this year on Shabbat. How should one go about preparing for the festival and for the Shabbat meals?

Must God’s Name Be Written
in English as G-d? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 15, No. 2, February, 2021

Miscellaneous
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 22/02/2021

It is common practice among many Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, to write G-d instead of God. Is there any halakhic basis for this practice? Should it be followed?

Does Halakhah Require Vaccination Against Dangerous Diseases Such as Measles, Rubella, Polio and Covid-19?

Medical Ethics
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/12/2020

Does Jewish law require vaccination? How does Jewish law relate to those who endanger the lives of others by refusing to be vaccinated?

Is it Permissible to Pray Barefoot?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 8 August 2020

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/08/2020

Question from Rabbi Yoav Ende: There is a growing trend to remove one’s shoes before entering a synagogue. Is it permissible to pray barefoot?

Why do Some Jews Refrain From Eating Food Cooked by Non-Jews?
Is There Room for Leniency?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 7

Kashrut
Non-Jews
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 02/07/2020

Orthodox Mashgihim (Kashrut supervisors) are usually quite strict about Bishul Akum (food cooked by non-Jews). What are the sources for this prohibition and is there room for leniency?

If There is No Minyan, Are There
Alternatives to the Mourner’s Kaddish?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 6

Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/05/2020

According to normative Jewish law, the Kaddish, including the mourner's Kaddish, may only be recited in the presence of a minyan. In light of the pandemic, are there alternatives to saying Kaddish with a minyan?

Ten Brief Responsa/Halakhic Reactions to the Corona Crisis
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 5

Miscellaneous
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/04/2020

From holding a virtual seder to sitting shiva and hearing the Megillah via electronic media: Answers to a variety of questions on Jewish law as they relate to prayer and observance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Light of the Spread of the Corona Virus, is it Permissible to Listen to the Megillah Reading “Live” Via Telephone, Radio, Television or on Facebook?: Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 4

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/03/2020

In light of the spread of the corona virus, is it permissible to listen to the Megillah reading “live” via telephone, radio, television or on Facebook? Responsa in a Moment Volume 14, Number 4 March 2020 

Negiah: Is it Forbidden for a Jewish Man
to Touch a Woman or Shake Her Hand?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 3

Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 23/02/2020

It is accepted today in the Haredi world and, to a certain extent, in the Modern Orthodox world that a Jewish man must not touch a woman at all, including a handshake. Is this true? Is this custom really a halakhic prohibition?

Why Do We Light Hanukkah
Candles in the Synagogue?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 2

Hanukkah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 23/12/2019

According to the Talmud, Hanukkah is a home celebration. Why, then, is there is a widespread custom to light Hanukkah candles with the blessings in the synagogue?

When Should We Study Pirkei Avot and
When Should We Recite Barekhi Nafshi and
Shirei Hama’alot on Shabbat Afternoon?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 14, Number 1

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/11/2019

What are the sources for the different customs of studying Pirkei Avot and reciting Barekhi Nafshi and Shirei Hama’alot on Shabbat throughout the Jewish year?

Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah: A New Year Greeting from Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavua Tov @ Schechter
Symbols and Rituals
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 25/09/2019

The Unetane Tokef has been a part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy for centuries. New interpretations offer ways of making sense of this theologically challenging prayer so that all of us can find points of connection.

Moses and Herzl
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 13, Number 5

History
Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 25/08/2019

A careful reading of the respective biographies of Moses and Herzl yields a series of striking parallels between them in terms of education, character, plans and ultimate success.

All I Really Need to Know about Judaism,
I Learned in Pirkei Avot
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 13 Number 4

Miscellaneous
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/05/2019

All I really need to know about Judaism, I learned in Pirkei Avot. Why every Jew should study Pirkei Avot between Pesah and Shavuot, and throughout the year.

Is There an Obligation to Kiss the Tzitzit? Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 13, No. 3

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/04/2019

There is a widespread custom to kiss one’s tzitzit three times during the recitation of the Shema and there are renowned rabbis such as the Vilna Gaon and Rabbi Prof. Saul Lieberman who did not kiss their tzitzit at all. What are the sources and approaches regarding these customs?

How May One Abbreviate the Loud Repetition of the Amidah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 13, Number 2 (1)

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/02/2019

There are several different customs regarding the Hoiche Kedusha (2) or the abbreviated loud repetition of the Amidah. How did the different customs arise and which custom should we follow?

A Hidden Lesson of the Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah
History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 19/12/2018

A hidden lesson of the Hanukkah story: What is the connection between Joseph’s story in parashat Miketz, and the story of Hanukkah?

Is it Permissible to Study Biblical Criticism?

Bible
Jewish Law and Its Authority
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/12/2018

Question from a student at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary: Is it permissible to study and teach biblical criticism, especially regarding the Torah?

Why do Jews from Islamic Lands Object
to Sitting with Crossed Legs in a Synagogue?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 12, Number 6, August 2018

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/08/2018

Why do Jews from Islamic countries object to sitting with crossed legs in a synagogue? What are the sources? Is their objection justified?

Is a Double Ring Ceremony Permissible?
Responsa in a Moment Volume 12, Number 5

Marriage
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/06/2018

Is it permissible for the bride to give a ring to the groom as part of the wedding ceremony? Is it permissible for her to say “harei ata mekudash li” [behold you are betrothed unto me] or another verse or statement?

The State of Israel and the Jews of
North America: From Problems to Solutions
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 12, Number 4

Israel and Zionism
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/05/2018

Translation of a lecture delivered at a conference on "The State of Israel and the Jews of North America: How Can We Bridge the Gaps."

How Can One Sell Hametz Which is in a Different Time Zone? Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 12, No. 3, March 2018

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/03/2018

How can one properly execute the sale of hametz which is located in a different time zone or country?

How Should a Person Repent
for Causing an Accidental Death?
Responsa In a Moment: Volume 12, Number 2 February 2018

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/02/2018

If a Jew causes the accidental death of another person, what can he or she do in order to repent for that action?

Is it Permissible for Women to Serve
as Shohatot (Ritual Slaughterers)?
Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 12, No. 1, December 2017

Kashrut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/12/2017

Is it permissible for women to serve as Shohatot (ritual slaughterers)?

Ahavat Hinam (Groundless Love) as an
Antidote for Sinat Hinam (Groundless Hatred)
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 11, Number 6

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/07/2017

Groundless love as an antidote for groundless hatred: A eulogy for Rabbi Baruch G. Goldstein זצ”ל

Some Thoughts about the Kotel, Conversion and Sinat Hinam

Conversion and Circumcision
Israel and Zionism
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2017

As we approach the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’av, let us redouble our efforts to get the Kotel agreement approved, to bring one million Jews to the Ezrat Yisrael and to scuttle the proposed conversion law.

Why Do Certain Synagogues Sing Psalm 92 After the Torah Reading
of the Shabbat Minhah Service?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 11, Number 5

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/06/2017

What is the origin of the custom to sing Psalm 92 – Mizmor Shir Leyom Hashabbat – after the Torah reading during the Shabbat Minhah service at some synagogues?

Why did IKEA eliminate all women from their
Israeli catalogue aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 11, Number 4

Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/03/2017

Why did IKEA eliminate all women from their newest Israeli catalogue aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews published in February, 2017?

Why is it customary to place a stone on a grave? (Yoreh Deah 376:4) Volume 11, Number 3

Death
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/01/2017

What are the sources of the custom to place a stone on a grave at the end of the burial service or after visiting a grave?

Why do Jews Use the Matronymic
in Prayers for the Sick?*
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 11, Number 2

Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2016

Given the patriarchal nature of Jewish society throughout Jewish history, why do Jews use the matronymic in prayers for the sick?

Why I Flew One Million Miles
for Jewish Education
Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 11, Issue No. 1, September 2016

Jewish Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/09/2016

Remarks at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the TALI school system in Israel.

Is it Permissible to Renovate or Build
a New Building During the Nine Days
Which Begin on Rosh Hodesh Av?
Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 10, Issue No. 8, July 2016

Responsa by David Golinkin
Tisha B’av
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2016

 Is it permissible to renovate or build a new building during “the nine days” which begin on Rosh Hodesh Av? Does is matter if the building is a Jewish school, a Bet Midrash or a synagogue?

Why do Jews Eat Milk and Dairy Products on Shavuot? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 7, June 2016

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2016

When did Jews start eating milk and dairy products on Shavuot and why?

Why Do We Spill 16 Drops of Wine While
Reciting the Ten Plagues During the Seder?
Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 10, Issue No. 6, April 2016

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2016

What are the sources and reasons for sprinkling or spilling wine during the recitation of the Ten Plagues at the Pesah Seder.

Is it Permissible to Institutionalize Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 5, February 2016

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2016

How does the commandment to “Honor your father and your mother” influence decisions to institutionalize a parent suffering from dementia?

What is the Proper Way to Refer to the Parents of a Convert? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 4, January 2016

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2016

Much has been written throughout the generations about how to refer to a convert. What is the proper way to refer to the parents of a convert?

The Middle Way in Israel Today
Responsa in a Moment: Vol. 10, Issue No. 3, November 2015

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2015

What is “the middle way” in the Jewish tradition and what should be the agenda of “the middle way” in Israel today?

Why Do Children March with Flags on Simhat Torah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 2, October 2015

Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/10/2015

There is a widespread custom for children to march with flags on Simhat Torah. What are the origins and reasons for this custom?

Why do we Wear a Kittel and use White Torah Mantles, Table Covers and Ark Curtains in the Synagogue on the High Holy Days? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 1, September 2015

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/09/2015

What are the sources for the customs of wearing a kittel and using white Torah mantles, table covers and ark curtains on the High Holy Days?

As a Driven Leaf by Rabbi Milton Steinberg – Notes and Sources
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 7, July 2015

Miscellaneous
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2015

A comprehensive listing of Jewish sources quoted or hinted at in the classic novel As A Driven Leaf by Rabbi Milton Steinberg.

Is Judaism Really in Favor of Pluralism and Tolerance? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 6, June 2015

Miscellaneous
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2015

Thousands of years of Jewish sources contradict the notion that Judaism opposes pluralism. Judaism is in favor of unity but opposed to uniformity.

Why do We Decorate Synagogues and Homes with Trees and Flowers in Honor of Shavuot? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 5, May 2015

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2015

There is a widespread custom to decorate synagogues and homes with trees and flowers in honor of Shavout. What are the sources and reasons for this custom?

Rice, Beans and Kitniyot on Pesah: Are they Really Forbidden? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 4, March 2015

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/03/2015

Why do Ashkanazic Jews refrain from eating rice, beans and kitniyot on Pesah? Is there any way of doing away with this custom?

What is the Halakhic Status of an Uncircumcised Jew? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 3, February 2015

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2015

May an uncircumcised Jew have an aliyah, serve as a sheliah tzibbur, have a Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish wedding or burial? What is the halakhic status of an uncircumcised Jew?

Why Do We Give Hanukkah Gelt and Hanukkah Presents? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 9, Issue No. 2, December 2014

Hanukkah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2014

What are the sources in Jewish law and history for the tradition of giving gifts of gelt and presents on Hanukkah?

When Should One Correct the Torah Reader?

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2014

In some synagogues the Gabbai corrects the Torah reader for every error, while in others, only when the error changes the meaning of the text. Which practice is more correct?

What Does Jewish Law Say About the Murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir and Other Attacks Against Innocent Arabs? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 9, July 2014

Non-Jews
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2014

What does Jewish law say about the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir and other attacks against innocent Arabs?

Jewish Unity and the Spring Holidays
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 8, June 2014

Israel and Zionism
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2014

Unlike the fall holidays, which are primarily interested in relations between man and God, the spring holidays are connected by the common theme of the unity of the Jewish people.

Why Do We Put a Shank Bone (zeroa) and Egg (beitzah) on the Seder Plate? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 6, April 2014

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2014

Must one use a shank bone and egg on the seder plate? What is the origin of this custom? Must the shank bone and egg be roasted? May they be eaten after the seder? May a vegetarian use two other foods?

Why do Ashkenazic Jews Eat Hamentashen on Purim? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 5, March 2014

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2014

What is the origin of the tradition of Ashkenazic Jews eating hamentashen and other special foods on Purim?

The Crisis in Jewish Law Today
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 4, January 2014

Jewish Law and Its Authority
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2014

Neither the Conservative nor the Orthodox movement has succeeded in creating the proper balance between tradition and change which are crucial for the future of Judaism.

Torah Study vs. Acts of Loving Kindness: Which is More Important? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 8, Issue No. 3, December 2013

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2013

The mitzvot of Torah study and gemilut hassadim [acts of loving kindness] are very important Jewish values and we all need to find a way to devote time every week to both.

Why the State of Israel Should Abolish the Chief Rabbinate

Israel and Zionism
Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2013

After closely observing this corrupt institution for forty years, I believe that the State of Israel should abolish the Chief Rabbinate as quickly as possible.

Is it Permissible to Practice Reading
the Torah From a Torah Scroll?

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/10/2013

Is it permissible for a child to practice reading the Torah from a Sefer Torah in preparation for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony?

The Status of Women in Jewish Law: a
Dialogue With Shmuel Rosner in the LA Jewish Journal Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 9, July 2013

Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2013

Questions and answers on the status of women following the publication of The Status of Women in Jewish Law: Responsa.

Does Jewish Law Permit Internet Surveillance? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 8, June 2013

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2013

There is no simple solution to the ethical dilemma of protecting privacy and saving lives What can Jewish law and tradition teach us about the ethical dilemma of internet surveillance versus saving lives and rights to privacy?

Why do Many Jews Stay up all Night Studying Torah on Shavuot? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 7, May 2013

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2013

It is customary to study Torah all night at a Tikkun Leil Shavuot. What are the sources and the customs related to this practice?

“A Heritage of the Entire Jewish People from the Six Days of Creation” Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 6, March 2013

Jewish Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2013

The mission of the Schechter non-profits for the past 28 years is to teach Torah throughout the State of Israel to every Jewish man and woman, boy and girl, in an open and pluralistic fashion.

Just How Drunk Should a Jew Get on Purim? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 5, February 2013

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2013

Drinking on Purim is required for Jews celebrating the holiday. What is the origin of this custom? Are Jews really required to get drunk on Purim?

How Long Should a Child Recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for a Parent? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 4, January 2013

Death
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2013

It is common practice today for a child to recite Kaddish in memory of a parent for 11 months, even though the normal period of mourning is 12 months. How long should a child recite Kaddish for a parent and why?

What does Jewish Law Have to Say about Surrogacy? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 7, Issue No. 3, December 2012

Medical Ethics
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2012

What does Jewish law have to say about conceiving children through surrogacy?

Remembering the Destruction of the Temple – Good or Bad?* Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 8, July 2012

Responsa by David Golinkin
Tisha B’av
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2012

Historical memory is crucial to a people. Since the redemption is not yet complete, we must continue to fast on Tisha B’av and remember the destruction of Jerusalem.

Why is Keriah Performed on the Left Side for Parents but on the Right Side for Other Relatives? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 7, June 2012

Death
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2012

What are the sources for the differences in how mourners perform keriah (rending a garment) for a parent and for other relatives?

Is it Permissible to Eat and Drink in a
Synagogue Sanctuary or Bet Midrash? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 6, May 2012

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2012

It is customary to hold communal meals in a synagogue sanctuary or Bet Midrash on holidays, Shabbat and weekdays. Does this contradict Jewish laws that forbid eating in a synagogue or Bet Midrash?

Romaine Lettuce or Horseradish:
Will the Real Maror Please Stand Up?

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2012

Most Jews in the Diaspora use horseradish for maror at the Seder, while most Israeli Jews use romaine lettuce. Which custom is more correct?

May Women Read the Megillah in Public?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 4, March 2012

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2012

Since women are required to read the Megillah, is it permissible for women to read Megillat Esther in public on Purim?

“Kol B’ishah Ervah” – Is it Really Forbidden for Jewish Men to Listen to Women Singing? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 2, November 2011

Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2011

Is it forbidden for Jewish men to listen to women singing? Was there any halakhic justification for a group of soldiers to walk out of a ceremony in which a female singer sang a solo?

The Confession of Sins on Yom Kippur
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 1, September 2011

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/09/2011

What are the sources for the viduy or confession of sins on Yom Kippur? Must we recite the very long confession which is found in the Mahzor?

Shavuot: Whatever Happened to The Ten Commandments? Responsa in a Moment: June 2011

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2011

Why did our ancestors require the reading of the Ten Commandments in public only three times a year, but encourage their recitation in private all year long?

The Student Struggle Against the Holocaust
Responsa in a Moment: April 2011

History
Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2011

Summary of the efforts by three young rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York to raise awareness and save lives during the Holocaust.

Blotting Out Haman on Purim
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 5, March 2011

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2011

What are the sources for the widespread custom to make noise every time Haman’s name is mentioned in the Megillat Esther? Is there a halakhic problem of not being able to hear the Megillah?

When a Person Passed Away in Adar,
When is the Yahrzeit Observed in a Leap Year? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 4, February 2011

Death
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2011

Since the custom of yahrzeit and mourner’s Kaddish arose hundreds of years after the Talmud, there is no clear consensus as to when an Adar yahrzeit should be observed in a leap year.

Is it Permissible to Change the Wording About the Sacrifices in the Middle Blessing of the Musaf Service? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 3, January 2011

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2011

Many modern Jews do not feel comfortable asking God to restore the sacrificial service in the Temple. Is it permissible to change the wording of the middle blessing of the Musaf service which asks God to restore the sacrificial system? 

Is it Permissible to Sell or Rent an Apartment to a non-Jew in the Land of Israel? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 2, December 2010

Non-Jews
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2010

According to Jewish law, it is perfectly permissible to sell or rent houses to non-Jews in the Land of Israel.

Why Don’t We Read a Scroll on Hanukkah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 5, Issue No. 1, November 2010

Hanukkah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2010

The holiday of Hanukkah has many beautiful customs but why don’t we read a scroll to publicize the miracles which God wrought for our ancestors in the days of Matityahu and his sons?

Should we Continue to Fast on Tisha B’av and other Fasts which Commemorate the Temple’s Destruction? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 7, June 2010

Responsa by David Golinkin
Tisha B’av
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2010

In light of the rebirth of the State of Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem, should we continue to fast on Tisha B’av and the other three fasts which commemorate the destruction of the Temple?

Is There an Alternative to Reciting Akdamut on Shavuot? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 6, May 2010

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2010

Akdamut is in danger of disappearing in our day. Is there an alternative to reciting this Aramaic poem prior to the reading of the Torah on Shavuot?

Why do Some Jews Recite a Special Verse at the End of the Amidah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 5, April 2010

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2010

There is a custom to recite a special verse at the end of the Amidah based on the letters in one's name. Where can one find a list of these verses and what is the origin of this custom?

Is the Entire Kotel Plaza Really a Synagogue? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 3, February 2010

Israel and Zionism
Pluralism and Politics
Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2010

What is the halakhic status, as opposed to the legal status, of the Kotel Plaza? Is it really a synagogue?

What are the Attributes of a Good Cantor? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 2, November 2009

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2009

When choosing a good cantor, whether a professional or simply a member of the congregation, what are the most important attributes which one should look for?

Why do we Recite Psalm 27 from Rosh Hodesh Elul until Hoshanah Rabbah? Responsa for Today: Volume 4, Issue No. 1, October 2009

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/10/2009

What is the origin of the custom of Ashkenazic Jews to recite Psalm 27, The Penitential Psalm, every morning and every evening from Rosh Hodesh Elul until Hoshanah Rabbah?

Which Books May be Studied in Order to Hold a Siyyum? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 10, July 2009

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2009

It is customary to hold a siyyum – a celebration – upon completion of a Talmud tractate. Is it possible to hold a siyyum upon completion of other Jewish books ?

May Women Serve as Mohalot?
Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 9, June 2009

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2009

Circumcision is one of the first mitzvot mentioned in the Torah. There is no question that it is perfectly permissible for Jewish women to perform brit milah.

Is it Permissible for a Jew to Attend the
“Body Worlds” Exhibit? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 8, May 2009

Medical Ethics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2009

Is it permissible for a Jew to attend the “Body Worlds” exhibit in which there are 200 displays of real human specimens, including whole bodies, organs, organ configurations and transparent body slices? 

What is the Purpose of the Mnemonic Dzakh Adash B’ahav in the Haggadah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 7, April 2009

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2009

In the Haggadah, Rabbi Judah gives the ten plagues a siman, a mnemonic: Dzakh Adash B’ahav. Why did he need to give a siman for ten words which could easily be learned by heart and what new ideas does this teach us?

A Tribute to Bill Davidson z”l (1922-2009) Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 6, March 2009

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2009

A tribute to Mr. William Davidson, z"l, one of the leading Jewish philanthropists of our generation, who passed away in Detroit on March 13, 2009 at the age of 86.

What Can We Learn From Our Sources About the War in Gaza? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 5, January 2009

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2009

Much has been written about the war against Hamas in Gaza. What can we learn from our sources about the current conflict?

Does Jewish Law Permit Taking a Census? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 4, December 2008

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2008

Israel’s sixth population census took place between December 28, 2008 and February 28, 2009. Given the Jewish aversion to counting heads, is such a census permissible according to Jewish law?

How Often Should Mezuzot and Tefillin be Checked by a Sofer? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 3, November 2008

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2008

What are the various opinions for how often one is required to check mezuzot and tefillin by a sofer for damage?

A Responsum Regarding the Environment and Air Pollution – Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 2, October 2008

Ethical Issues
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2008

Digging a huge phosphate quarry near three towns inhabited by 40,000 people is absolutely forbidden by Jewish law before the fact and can also be stopped after the fact.

Why do we Eat Special Foods on Rosh Hashanah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 3, Issue No. 1, September 2008

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/09/2008

There is a custom to eat special foods on Rosh Hashanah. What are the sources of this custom? Why do Ashkenazim and Sefaradim eat different foods on Rosh Hashanah?

A Responsum Regarding the Annulment of Conversions Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 9, June 2008

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2008

Why would a rabbinic court in Israel which belongs to the Chief Rabbinate retroactively annul thousands of conversions performed by another rabbinic court which also belongs to the Chief Rabbinate?

Why I Made Aliyah Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 8, May 2008

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/05/2008

In honor of Israel ‘s 60th birthday, I would like to explain some of the reasons why I decided to live in Israel.

Reciting Verses Aloud in Honor of Esther During the Megillah Reading Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 6, March 2008 Orah Hayyim 690:17

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/03/2008

What are the sources for the custom of reciting aloud four verses of redemption (2:5, 8:15, 8:16, 10:3), which are then repeated by the reader, during the public reading of Megillat Esther? May we add four additional verses of redemption related to Esther?

Should We Stand or Sit for the Kaddish?

Illness, Burial and Mourning
Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2008

In some congregations people stand for the Kaddish, in others they sit, and in others some stand and some sit. What is the correct custom?

Does Jewish Law Permit Cremation? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 3, December 2007

Death
Illness, Burial and Mourning
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2007

The accepted practice among traditional Jews is that cremation is forbidden. Does Jewish law permit cremation?

A Responsum Concerning a Landlord-Tenant Dispute – Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 2, November 2007

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2007

Are there circumstances in which a Jewish educational institution would be permitted to not renew leases of long-term tenants in order to provide housing for its students? Are there any special obligations which fall upon a landlord taking such an action?

How Should Shemitah (The Sabbatical Year) be Observed in the State of Israel?

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2007

According to biblical law, the Land of Israel must lie fallow during the Shemitah (sabbatical) year. How should Shemitah be observed in the State of Israel? 

Is it Permissible to Recite a Mee Sheberakh (Prayer for the Sick) for a Non-Jew?

Illness, Burial and Mourning
Non-Jews
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2007

Is it permissible to pray for a non-Jew and if so, can a non-Jew be included in the standard Mee Sheberakh prayer together with Jews?

Is it Permissible for Jews to Enter the Temple Mount in Our Day? In Honor of Jerusalem on the 40th Anniversary of Reunification.

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/05/2007

Many Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, have not entered the Temple Mount for the past forty years. Does Jewish law really forbid Jews from entering the Temple Mount, our holiest site?

Why is it Customary to Mourn Between Pesach and Shavuot? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 8, April 2007

Death
Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/04/2007

Why is mourning customary during the period of Sefirat Ha’omer (the counting of the omer)? Is there any point in maintaining these mourning customs today?

Must Cosmetics Be Kosher for Pesah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 7, March 2007

Kashrut
Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/03/2007

Do cosmetic products such as make-up, perfume and shampoo require a Kosher for Pesah certification?

A Responsum Concerning the Addition of the Imahot (Matriarchs) to the Amidah (Silent Devotion) (1). Responsa in a Moment Volume 1, Number 6, February 2007

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/02/2007

There is a custom today to add the Imahot to the first blessing of the Amidah. Is it permissible to do so according to Jewish law?

How Can Apostates Such as the Falash Mura Return to Judaism? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 5, January 2007

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2007

In our day, there are many Jews who have converted to Christianity or Islam – among them thousands of Ethiopian Falash Mura – who wish to return to the Jewish fold. How can such apostates and their children return to Judaism?

A Responsum Regarding the Right to Privacy Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 4, December 2006

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2006

What is the halakhic attitude towards the practice of companies selling data on their clients or of organizations – including rabbinic and philanthropic organizations – selling or giving their email and mailing address lists to other organizations?

What is the Jewish Attitude Towards Medicine? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 3, November 2006

Medical Ethics
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2006

 It says in the Torah “for I the Lord am your healer” (Exodus 15:26). If so, why do Jews practice medicine and consult doctors?

Why and When Do We Read The Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) In Public? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 2, October 2006 Orah Hayyim 663:2 (1)

Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2006

There is a widespread custom to read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot or Shmini Atzeret or Simhat Torah. Why do we read Kohelet at this time of year? When exactly is Kohelet read? Is this a custom or an obligation?

When Should Selihot Be Recited? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 1, Issue No. 1, September 2006

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/09/2006

When is the proper time to begin reciting Selihot before Rosh Hashanah? Why do Ashkenazic Jews start on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah, while Sefardic Jews start on Rosh Hodesh Elul?

Back to the Sources:
Some Reflections on the War in the Galilee

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/08/2006

“The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalms 121:4): Sources of study to understand the war in the Galilee.

On Torah, TALI and Tolerance

Jewish Education
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 30/06/2006

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin’s remarks at a ceremony to dedicate a new Sefer Torah for the TALI school in Jerusalem's Bayit Vegan neighborhood.

Prayers for the Government and the State of Israel – Yom Haatzmaut 5766

Israel and Zionism
Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha’atzma’ut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/05/2006

As we celebrate Israel’s 58th birthday, we hope and pray to God: “Bless the State of Israel, protect her under the wings of Your grace and spread over her a Sukkah of peace.”

Introducing Megillat Hashoah: The Shoah Scroll Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) 2002

Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/04/2006

We hope that this scroll will be accepted by Klal Yisrael (the collective Jewish people) as a meaningful religious way to commemorate the memory of the Holocaust for generations.

The Origins of the Seder

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/04/2006

The Seder, which is celebrated on the first night of Pesah or on the first two nights in the Diaspora – is the central ritual of the holiday of Passover. But what is the origin of the Seder and the Haggadah?

Yitro vs. Amalek: Purim 5766

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/03/2006

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin compares two figures from the Bible - Jethro and Amalek - as a way of understanding Israel's conflict with its enemies.

A Tale of Two TALI Schools

Jewish Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/02/2006

Observations of two schools which participate in the TALI Education Fund initiative which brings Jewish studies curriculum to secular Israeli schools.

Za’akat Dalot: Halakhic Solutions for the Agunot of Our Time

Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/01/2006

The Center for Women in Jewish Law examines solutions to free women bound in marriage by husbands who refuse to grant a Jewish divorce.

Solomon Schechter, Rivka Lipa
and Jewish Women’s Studies

Jewish Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/12/2005

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin’s opening remarks at the first annual Sarah Becker Frank Conference on the Status of Women in Israel.

When Should Baby Girls Be Named?

Birth and Children
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women in Jewish Law
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2005

A historical survey of the diverse Jewish customs and traditions for when baby girls and boys are formally named.

The Four Faces of Simhat Torah (1)

Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/10/2005

Simhat Torah is not just a holiday of joy and dancing, but also symbolizes our love for the Torah, the cyclical nature of Torah study, the democratic nature of Torah study, and the development of Jewish law throughout the generations.

Do “Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah Avert the Severe Decree”?

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/09/2005

"But repentance, prayer and tzedakah avert the severe decree." Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin examines the source and interpretation of one of the central prayers of the Jewish High Holiday service.

The Jewish Attitude Towards Non-Violent Protest and Civil Disobedience

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/07/2005

Jewish law and tradition allow Jews to disobey orders, protest and engage in civil disobedience, provided that these activities are non-violent and provided that the protestors are willing to suffer the consequences such as imprisonment.

On Turning Fifty

Miscellaneous
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2005

Why is 50 the age of counsel? A look at the Jewish attitude toward birthdays and celebrating growing older.

Jerusalem in Jewish Law and Custom: A Preliminary Typology* In Honor of Yom Yerushalayim 28 Iyar 5765 – June 6, 2005

History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Yom Yerushalayim
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/05/2005

In honor of Jerusalem Day, an examination of Jewish laws and customs that have evolved in connection with Jerusalem.

The Redemption is Like The Dawn

Israel and Zionism
Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha’atzma’ut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/04/2005

As Israel marks Independence Day – Yom Haatzmaut – looking back on 100 years of achievements of Zionism reveals a slow path to redemption.

Are Jews Still Commanded to Blot Out the Memory of Amalek?

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/03/2005

Are Jews still commanded to blot out the memory of Amalek? Why blot out the memory of Amalek, as opposed to other peoples who have attacked the Jewish People throughout history?

Returning Territories for the Sake of Peace

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/02/2005

Does Jewish law permit the State of Israel to give back all or part of the territories captured in 1967 for the sake of peace and saving lives?

What Maimonides Means to Me

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/01/2005

In honor of the 800th yahrzeit of Rabbi Moses Maimonides, Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin discusses lessons we can derive from his life and works.

From Breslau to Jerusalem: A Vision for the Future Based on the Past

Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 07/12/2004

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin’s opening lecture at a conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Breslau Rabbinical Seminary and the 20th anniversary of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem.

To Tell or Not to Tell: Confidentiality vs. Disclosure in Jewish Law and Tradition (1)

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/11/2004

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin examines sources in Jewish law which govern complex decisions about privacy, confidentiality and disclosure.

Why do we Sit in the Sukkah?

Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot and Simhat Torah
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2004

The holiday of Sukkot has been blessed with many beautiful laws and customs. What are the reasons for the most basic mitzvah of sitting in the sukkah?

Like Sheep or Like Soldiers? Solving a Mahzor Mystery

High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/09/2004

An examination of one of the phrases from the Unetane Tokef, a central prayer in the Jewish High Holy Day service.

Pesah Potpourri: On the Origin and Development of Some Lesser-Known Pesah Customs

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/04/2004

The holiday of Pesah has been blessed with hundreds of laws. In this article, we shall discuss some of the lesser-known Pesah customs – or at least lesser-known to Ashkenazic Jews.

Wanted: A “Jewish Revolution”in the State of Israel

Jewish Education
Pluralism and Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/03/2004

Israel needs a revolution in education to overcome illiteracy and loss of Jewish identity in Israel.

A Midrash in Memory of Ilan Ramon z”l

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/02/2004

Hazzan Melanie Fine's midrash written in memory of Col. Ilan Ramon and the other astronauts who died in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003.

The Secret of Eternal Youth: A Tribute to Prof. Alice Shalvi

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/01/2004

A life of learning, teaching and doing: Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin's remarks honoring Professor Alice Shalvi's service to the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.

Hanukkah Exotica: On the Origin and Development of Some Hanukkah Customs*

Hanukkah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/12/2003

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin discusses the origin and sources of some well-known and lesser known customs of Hanukkah as they have evolved over time.

“The Best of Three Worlds”: A Tribute to Professor Walter Ackerman (Acky) z”l (1925-2003)

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 27/10/2003

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin's eulogy in tribute of Professor Walter Ackerman (Acky) z”l (1925-2003).

Pidyon shvuyim (The Redemption of Captives): How Far Should Israel Go in Order to Redeem Captives from Terrorist Organizations?

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 14/10/2003

Should Israel exchange 400 Arab terrorists for Elhanan Tanenbaum and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers kidnapped and killed in Lebanon in October 2000?

Death and Life are in the Hand of the Tongue: Yom Kippur 5764

Death
High Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2003

Jewish law requires us to confess our sins at every service on Yom Kippur (Yoma 87b), but we are not required to say the exact list of Al Het, which has grown steadily longer throughout the centuries?

The Basic Principles of Jewish Business Ethics

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2003

Jewish law and ethics have much to say about the world of business. An overview of Jewish business ethics, followed by a basic bibliography on the subject.

 A Eulogy for Rabbi David Clayman z”l

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/07/2003

A doer and an activist: Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin pays tribute to a life of good deeds in his eulogy for Rabbi David Clayman, z"l.

Heavenly or Earthly: Will the Real Jerusalem Please Stand Up

Responsa by David Golinkin
Yom Yerushalayim
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/06/2003

Observations after 30 years as a resident of Israel's holy and heavenly capital on what it is like to live in Jerusalem.

 A Time Capsule from November 1947

History
Israel and Zionism
Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha’atzma’ut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2003

On Israel Independence Day, Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin offers a tribute to100-year-old Binyamin Brenzel and a reprint of his letter from Israel following the 1947 U.N. Partition Vote.

The Use of Drama at the Pesah Seder*

Pesah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/04/2003

Drama as an educational tool during the Passover Seder arouses the interest of children and brings the Exodus story to life.

A Wonderful Life: Rabbi Noah Golinkin z”l (1913-2003)

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2003

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin delivers a eulogy for his father, Rabbi Noah Golinkin, z"l.

On Conversion, Intermarriage and “Who Is a Jew?”

Conversion and Circumcision
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/02/2003

Tackling the question of "Who is a Jew?" by examining legal hurdles in Israel to allow non-Orthodox conversions.

Why Do We Need Synagogues?

Prayer and Synagogues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/02/2003

Why did God say regarding the building of the mishkan, “And let them make me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them”? Why do we need a mishkan or a mikdash (temple) or a synagogue?

Why is Shabbat Shirah “for the Birds”?

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shabbat and Shabbat Shirah
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2003

There is an Ashkenazic custom to feed the birds on Shabbat Shirah. What are the sources and reasons for this custom?

The Ideal Rabbi Today

Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/12/2002

The rabbinate and even the term rabbi have changed constantly during the last two millennia. What are the 10 most important qualities that make an ideal rabbi in the 21st century.

Evolving Attitudes Towards the Handicapped in Jewish Law: The Case of the  Deaf-Mute

Ethical Issues
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 01/10/2002

How have changes in society and education influenced the evolution of Jewish law with regard to disabilities, in particular deafness.

A Responsum Regarding Space Travel

Miscellaneous
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2002

How does Jewish law guide observance for Jewish space travelers with regard to Kashrut, daily prayer, Shabbat, and festivals?

Shavuot: “Torah as Sweet as Honey”

Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/05/2002

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin discusses the beautiful customs of the holiday of Shavuot, which marks the gift of Torah to the Jewish People.

Erev Pesach: ”The Stranger Within Your Gates”

Non-Jews
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/03/2002

Passover, when we retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, is an opportune time to discuss the status of foreign workers in Israel.

Purim: To Drink or Not to Drink?

Purim
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/02/2002

The Jewish people throughout history has always opposed drunkenness. That is the message of the stories of Noah and Lot...

Jewish History is Like a Water Wheel

Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 02/01/2002

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin reports on the accreditation process at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest to grant doctoral degrees.

Were the Maccabees Religious Extremists?

Hanukkah
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/12/2001

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin and Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz debate the question of whether the Maccabees were religious extremists or defending Jewish culture from forced assimilation.

Of Burials, Body Bags and Rabbis

Rabbis and Rabbinical Seminaries
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 12/11/2001

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin cites two rabbinic rulings in Israel that show disdain or even hatred of Conservative, Reform or secular Jews.

A Eulogy for Professor Israel Friedlaender, z”l

Eulogies and Words of Tribute
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2001

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin delivers a eulogy for Prof. Israel Friedlaender, z"l, at his reinterment on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem.

If Most Jews Are Not Fundamentalists, Why Should They Observe Jewish Law?

Jewish Law and Its Authority
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/06/2001

Jews should observe Jewish law even if they don't adhere to all of the fundamentalist beliefs of the tradition.

Cloning in Jewish Law

Medical Ethics
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/03/2001

Judaism has yet to develop a clear approach regarding cloning. Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin examines cloning from a Jewish legal perspective.

A Halakhic Reaction to the Intifada

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 14/11/2000

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin looks at Jewish sources to shed light on the protests and violent confrontations with the Palestinians.

Intifada 2000: Myth and Fact

Israel and Zionism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/10/2000

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin discusses myths and facts about Palestinian misinformation and violence against Israel.

Tishah B’Av: Remembrance is the Secret of Redemption

Responsa by David Golinkin
Tisha B’av
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/07/2000

On Tishah B’av, Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem: Historical memory is not good or bad by definition; it depends on what we do with it.

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