Responsa by David Golinkin

This section of the Schechter website contains over 150 responsa and articles written by Rabbi David Golinkin from October 2000 until August 2020, including his columns Insight Israel (2000-2006) and Responsa in a Moment (2006 ff.). There are fifteen 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.

Most of these responsa and articles are also available in book form. 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. 2-5, Jerusalem, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2020 (at press).

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.

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Is it permissible to pray barefoot?
Responsa in a Moment, Volume 14, Number 8 August 2020

Prayer and Liturgy
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
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
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 02/07/2020

Question from Jews living in the U.S., Canada and Argentina: 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

Death
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Ritual
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/05/2020

Question: According to your Responsa in a Moment column in April, one may only recite the mourner’s kaddish (hereafter: MK) in a physical...

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

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

Since March 4, 2020, I have been asked many halakhic questions about the current crisis by rabbis and laypeople living...

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

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

In memory of my mother Devorah Golinkin z”l, who helped thousands of people reconnect to Judaism; on her 8th Yahrzeit  ...

Why do we Light Hanukkah Candles in the Synagogue? Responsa in a Moment Volume 14, Number 2

Chanukah
Holidays
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 23/12/2019

n memory of my grandfather Rabbi Mordechai Ya’akov Golinkin z”l on his 45th Yahrzeit      Question: According to the Talmud, Hanukkah...

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 Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/11/2019

Orah Hayyim 292:2 in the Rema Question from Dr. Josh Greenfield, New York: In your article last May (Responsa in a Moment,...

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

Bible
Israeli History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 25/08/2019

In memory of Theodor Herzl on the 70th anniversary of his reburial in Israel, August 17, 2019. Theodor Herzl died...

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

Jewish Life & Thought
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/05/2019

In memory of my parents Rabbi Noah and Devorah Golinkin z”l who served the Jewish people  for the sake of...

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

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

In memory of my aunt Miriam Golinkin z”l, a beloved educator and Zionist, who passed away 12 Adar, 5751 Question from Rabbi Steve...

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

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

Orah Hayyim 124:1 A question from students at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary: There are several different customs regarding the Hoiche Kedusha (2) or the...

Is it permissible to study Biblical Criticism?

Bible
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/12/2018

Volume 13, Number 1 In memory of my grandfather the Hebrew author and educator Avraham Natan Perlberg z”l on his...

Why do Jews from Islamic lands object to sitting with crossed legs in a synagogue? Volume 12, Number 6, August 2018

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

(Orah Hayyim 95:2 in Ateret Zekeinim) In honor of my brother Cantor Abe Golinkin on his birthday Question from a number of rabbinical students: Why...

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

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

(Even Ha’ezer 27:8) Question from a graduate of the Schechter Institute: Is it permissible for the bride to give a ring to...

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

Conversion
Israeli Society
Pluralism
Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 05/05/2018

On April 30, 2018, The Schechter Institutes and the Jewish Theological Seminary co-sponsored a very successful academic conference at The...

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

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

Question from a rabbi in Jerusalem on selling hametz: I am taking care of “Reuven’s” apartment in Jerusalem, but “Reuven” lives...

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

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/02/2018

(Orah Hayyim 603 in Magen Avraham) Question: If a Jew causes the accidental death of another person, what can he or she do...

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

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/12/2017

Question: Is it permissible for women to serve as Shohatot (ritual slaughterers)? Responsum: We shall present the opinions of those who permit, those who...

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

Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/07/2017

A Eulogy for Rabbi Baruch G. Goldstein זצ”ל We have just begun “the three weeks”, a period of national mourning and...

Why do certain synagogues sing Psalm 92 after the Torah reading of the Shabbat Minhah service? Responsa in a Moment Volume 11, Number 5

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

In memory of Gershon Kekst z”l, who passed away 19 Adar 5777. Leader, philanthropist, mentsch. May his memory be for...

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

Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/03/2017

In memory of Freda Leavey z”l (1921-2016), a gifted actress and Aunt Sue Cooper z”l (1926-2017), a gifted singer. Yehi...

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

Death
Lifecycle
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 06/01/2017

In memory of Prof. Andre Hajdu z”l and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Singer z”l, disciples of Aaron (Avot 1:12), who taught...

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

Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2016

In memory of Freda Leavey z”l (1921-2016) who passed away in Jerusalem, 19 Marheshvan 5777 “At age 100 like age...

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

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

The High Holidays are a time of transition from one Jewish year to the next. During the week of September...

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

Fast Days
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2016

Question: Is it permissible to renovate or build a new building during “the nine days” which begin on Rosh Hodesh Av? Does...

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

Orah Hayyim 494:3 in the Rema Question: When did Jews start eating milk and dairy products on Shavuot and why? Responsum:...

Why do we spill 16 drops of wine while reciting the Ten Plagues during the Seder? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 10, Issue No. 6, April 2016

Jewish Law
Jewish Life & Thought
Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2016

Orah Hayyim 473:7 in the Rema In memory of Donna Webman z”l who was buried in her beloved city of Jerusalem, 9 Nisan 5776. Yehi...

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

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2016

Yoreh Deah 240:10 In memory of my father and teacher, Rabbi Noah Golinkin z”l On his 13th yahrzeit, 25 Adar I,...

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
Marriage
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2016

n memory of my mother, Devorah Golinkin z”l on her fourth yahrzeit Question from a rabbi in Jerusalem: I am...

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

Israeli Society
Responsa by David Golinkin
Thought and Philosophy
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2015

In memory of Prof. Solomon Schechter prolific scholar, discoverer of the Cairo Genizah, President of the Jewish Theological Seminary, founder...

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

History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot/Simchat Torah
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 13/10/2015

In memory of Rabbi Paul Laderman z”l who passed away on 8 Tishrei 5776, who was among the disciples of Aaron: loving...

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

Art and Literature
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Thought and Philosophy
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2015

As a Driven Leaf by Rabbi Milton Steinberg is one of the most successful Jewish historical novels ever published in English...

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

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

Question: During the past two months, we have witnessed three major cases of a lack of pluralism and tolerance in the...

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
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2015

In honor of my new grandson, born on 27 Iyar 5775 יפרח כשושנה “May he blossom like a lily” (Hosea 14:6)...

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

Kashrut
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 15/03/2015

This responsum was originally written in Hebrew for the Va’ad Halakhah of the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel in 1989 and...

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

Conversion
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2015

In memory of my father-in-law Daniel ben Meir Halevi Rotnemer z”l on his yahrzeit. Questions from two laypeople and one rabbi: May an...

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

Chanukah
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2014

In memory of Jerry and Miriam Katzin z”l, who gave generously to Israel, the Jewish people and Jewish education. “Beloved...

When Should One Correct the Torah Reader?

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2014

In memory of Rabbi Marc Liebhaber z”l Ohev Yisrael, Talmid Hakham, Ba’al Tzedakah on his shloshim. Question: In some synagogues the Gabbai corrects the Torah...

What Can We Learn from our Sources about the War in Gaza?

Ethics
Israeli Society
Politics
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/08/2014

Rabbi Golinkin wrote this responsum in January 2009. Unfortunately it is relevant once again. Question: Much has been written about...

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

Ethics
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2014

Question: During the past few years we have witnessed a growing phenomenon of “price tag” attacks in which religious Zionist teenagers...

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

Israel Independence Day
Israeli Society
Lag B'Omer
Other Holidays
Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2014

The fall holidays are primarily interested in relations between man and God, between the Jewish people and the Creator. Not...

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

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

In memory of Rabbi Moshe Aranov z”l, a gentle rabbi and beloved teacher Question: Must one use a shank bone and egg...

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

Kashrut
Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2014

Question from Martin Koenig: What is the origin of eating hamentashen on Purim? Responsum: Throughout the generations, Jews in different lands ate many different...

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

Jewish Life & Thought
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2014

n memory of my mother, Devorah Golinkin z”l on her second yahrzeit, 27 Tevet 5774 In December, 2013, Prof. Joshua Berman, a...

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

Education
Ethics
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2013

In memory of my father, Rabbi Noah Golinkin z”l, who taught us how to combine Torah study with gemilut hassadim...

Why the State of Israel Should Abolish the Chief Rabbinate

Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2013

(This article was written at the request of The Jerusalem Report; To read that version click here) This week we will...

Is it permissible to practice reading the Torah from a Torah Scroll? Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

Bar-Bat Mitzvah
Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/10/2013

To my granddaughter Maya Golinkin on her first birthday Question from Rabbi David Ebstein: Is it permissible for a child to practice...

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

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2013

In late 2012, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies published my new book The Status of Women in Jewish Law:...

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

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2013

Question: Since The Washington Post broke the story on June 7th, the media has reported that the NSA (National Security Agency) of...

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

History
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Ritual
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2013

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

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

Education
Israeli Society
Pluralism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2013

In memory of my father and teacher, Rabbi Noah Golinkin z”l, who taught 200,000 adults how to read Hebrew. Regarding my father, see...

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

Holidays
Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2013

In memory of Rabbi Prof. David Hartman z”l “Rabbi of his people, Leader of his nation” (Sanhedrin 14a) Yehi zikhro...

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

Death
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Ritual
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2013

In memory of my mother & teacher Devorah Golinkin z”l On her first yahrzeit 27 Tevet 5773 Question: It is common...

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

Birth and Children
Ethics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2012

Question: What does Jewish law have to say about conceiving children through surrogacy? Responsum: I) Introduction As summarized by Rabbi Elie...

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

Israeli Society
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2012

In light of the recent arrest of three women at the Kotel for the “crime” of singing aloud and wearing...

“Running:” – A Dvar Torah for Rosh Hashanah Responsa for Today: Volume 7, Issue No. 1, September 2012

High Holidays
Jewish Life & Thought
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rosh Chodesh (New Month)
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/09/2012

Dear Friends, This month’s column is a dvar torah instead of a reponsum. Please allow me to wish all of...

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

Fast Days
History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2012

I had the privilege of spending July 12-17, 2012 in Kiev as part of a joint mission of the Schechter Institute and...

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
Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2012

Yoreh Deah 340:9 in the Shakh and the Taz Question from a rabbi who recently lost his father: For all these...

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

Kashrut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2012

Question: It is customary to serve meals and hold communal dinners in a synagogue sanctuary or Bet Midrash on Shavuot, Pesah,...

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

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

In memory of Rabbi Monique Susskind Goldberg z”l Rabbi, scholar, mentsch. Question: Most Jews in the Diaspora use horseradish for maror at the seder,...

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

Purim
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2012

In Memory of my Mother and Teacher Blume Devorah bat Esther z”l On her shloshim, 28 Shvat 5772 Question: Is it...

What Does Jewish Law Say about “Price Tag” Attacks Against Israeli Soldiers and Innocent Arabs? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 6, Issue No. 3, December 2011

Ethics
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2011

Question: During the past few years we have witnessed a worrisome phenomenon of “price tag” attacks in which religious Zionist teenagers...

“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

Israeli Society
Responsa by David Golinkin
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2011

In memory of Rabbi Moshe Zemer z”l (1932-2011) Rabbi, scholar and mentsch Question: On September 5, 2011, an IDF entertainment troupe...

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

High Holidays
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/09/2011

In memory of my grandmother, Esther Perlberg z”l, who exemplified the simple piety of Eastern Europe, on her 36th yahrzeit. Question: What...

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

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

This article is based on my brief Dvar Torah which appeared in Iyyuney Shabbat, Shavuot 5758; Israel Abrahams, Festival Studies,...

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

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

Note: This month’s column is not a responsum. In honor of Yom Hashoah, which is observed this year on May...

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

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

לעילוי נשמת דודתי המחנכת מרים גולינקין ז”ל שנלב”ע י”ב אדר תשנ”א כתוצאה ממעשיו של המן מודרני Question:   There is a...

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
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2011

In memory of my father and teacher Rabbi Noah Golinkin z”l who passed away on 25 Adar I 5763 “Sheli v’shelakhem shelo”...

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

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/01/2011

Question: In light of the fact that many modern Jews do not feel comfortable asking God to restore the sacrificial service...

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

Ethics
Interfaith
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/12/2010

Question: On December 7, 2010, The Jerusalem Post reported (Jpost.com) that a group of forty municipal rabbis in Israel published a letter which...

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

Chanukah
History
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2010

Question: The holiday of Hanukkah has many beautiful customs such as the dreidl, latkes, and sufganiyot, but there is one custom which we would...

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

Fast Days
History
Jewish Law
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2010

Question: In light of the rebirth of the State of Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem, should we continue to fast...

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

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

Edited by Cantor Abe Golinkin and Rabbi David Golinkin Editors’ Note: This article was written by our father, Rabbi Noah...

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 Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2010

In memory of the soldiers and civilians who fell defending the State of Israel, whose names we remember on Yom...

Are Jews Required to Give a Maaser [Tithe] of their Income to Tzedakah? Responsa in a Moment: Volume 4, Issue No. 4, March 2010

Ethics
Jewish Law
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2010

In memory of Bill Davidson z”l one of the greatest philanthropists of our generation on his first yahrzeit. Question: What are...

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

Israeli Society
Places & Sites
Pluralism
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/02/2010

Question: Since the arrest of Nofrat Frenkel in November 2009 for wearing a tallit and trying to read the Torah at the...

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

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/11/2009

In  memory of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z”l on his 15th yahrzeit Question: When choosing a good cantor, whether a professional or simply...

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
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot/Simchat Torah
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/10/2009

Question: From Rosh Hodesh Elul until Hoshanah Rabbah, Ashkenazic Jews recite Psalm 27, The Penitential Psalm, every morning and every evening...

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

Education
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/07/2009

Question: It is customary to hold a siyyum – a party or a feast – upon completion of a Talmud tractate. Is...

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

Birth and Children
Lifecycle
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Women & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/06/2009

Question:   May women serve as Mohalot? Yoreh Deah 264 Responsum: I)   The Biblical Period (Brief references below refer to the Bibliography which follows)....

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

Death
Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/05/2009

Yoreh Deah 357:1 Question:   The Body Worlds exhibit opened at the “Madatech” in Haifa on April 6, 2009 and it will...

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

Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/04/2009

Question: In the Haggadah, Rabbi Judah gives the ten plagues a siman, a mnemonic: Dzakh Adash B’ahav. Why did he need...

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

Education
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 10/03/2009

This month’s column will not be a responsum but rather a tribute to Mr. William Davidson, one of the leading...

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

Ethics
Israeli Society
Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2009

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

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

Israeli Society
Jewish Law
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2008

Orah Hayyim 55 in Pri Hadash and Kaf Hahayyim Question: Israel’s sixth population census – the last one took place...

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

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2008

Question from Rabbi Tzvi Landau: How often should mezuzot and tefillin be checked by a sofer? Responsum: I. Mezuzot (In...

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

Ethics
Israeli Society
Places & Sites
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2008

Question for Arad: The Rotem Amfert company wants to open a new phosphate quarry at Sdeh Brir near Arad. It...

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

High Holidays
Kashrut
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/09/2008

Question: There is a custom to eat special foods on Rosh Hashanah. What are the sources of this custom? Why do...

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

Conversion
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2008

Question: At the beginning of May 2008, a panel of three dayyanim (judges) of the High Rabbinical Court of the Chief...

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

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

This month’s column is not a responsum. It was written at the request of Rhonda Kahn, Editor of “CJ: Voices...

A Responsum Regarding Erev Pesach Which Falls on Shabbat Responsa in a Moment: Volume 2, Issue No. 7, April 2008

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/04/2008

“But a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 This responsum is dedicated to the memory of my grandfather...

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 & Gender
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/03/2008

Question: When the Megillah is read in public on Purim, it is customary for the congregation to recite aloud four verses...

Should We Stand or Sit for the Kaddish?

Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2008

Question : In some congregations people stand for the Kaddish, in others they sit, and in others some stand and...

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

Death
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2007

Background: In July 2005, Alon Nativ opened up “Aley Shalechet”, Israel ‘s first crematorium, in Hibbat Zion, a Moshav south...

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

Ethics
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2007

Hoshen Mishpat 312 Question: Out of a desire to provide inexpensive housing for its students, a Jewish Educational Institution (hereafter:...

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

Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2007

Question: The year 5768 (2007-2008) is considered a Shemitah (sabbatical) year. How should Shemitah be observed in the State of Israel? This...

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

Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2007

Question from an Israeli rabbi: A member of my congregation came back from a trip abroad. She met there with...

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

Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/05/2007

Question: Shortly after the Six Day War in June 1967, the Chief Rabbinate posted a large sign at the Moghrabi Gate...

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

Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Shavuot
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/04/2007

Question: It is customary not to get married and not to shave or cut one’s hair between Pesah and Lag Ba’omer...

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

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

Question: Do cosmetic products such as make-up, perfume and shampoo require a Kosher for Pesah label? Responsum: Rabbi Isidor Grunfeld states...

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

Conversion
Israeli Society
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2007

Yoreh De’ah 268:12 Question: In our day, there are many Jews who have converted to Christianity or Islam – among them...

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

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/12/2006

Hoshen Mishpat 154: 3, 7 This responsum began as part of a lengthy paper entitled “A Halakhic Approach to the...

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

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2006

In Memory of Brenda Kaufman Berman z”l On her twelfth yahrzeit 3 Shevat 5766 Yoreh Deah 336:1 Question: It says in...

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/Simchat Torah
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2006

Question: There is a widespread custom to read the book of Kohelet on Sukkot or Shmini Atzeret or Simhat Torah. Why...

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

High Holidays
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rosh Chodesh (New Month)
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/09/2006

Orah Hayyim 581:1 Question: When is the proper time to begin reciting Selihot before Rosh Hashanah? Why do Ashkenazic Jews start...

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

Israeli History
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/08/2006

On July 25th, a Rabbinical Assembly Solidarity Mission visited the Schechter Institute and met with Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President...

The Origins of the Seder

Pesach
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/04/2006

In memory of my teacher Prof. Saul Lieberman z”l on his 23rd Yahrzeit 9 Nissan 5766 I) Introduction There is...

When Should Baby Girls Be Named?

Birth and Children
Lifecycle
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Responsa by David Golinkin
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/11/2005

This article began as a Hebrew responsum written on Rosh Hodesh Marheshvan 5763. I then lectured on the topic at...

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

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

This article is based on a Hebrew lecture given at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem on March 20, 2005....

Returning Territories for the Sake of Peace

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Politics
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/02/2005

On Sunday, February 20, 2005, Israel’s cabinet voted 17-5 to approve the disengagement plan, which is scheduled to be implemented...

Why do we Sit in the Sukkah?

Responsa by David Golinkin
Sukkot/Simchat Torah
Symbols and Rituals
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2004

The holiday of Sukkot has been blessed with many beautiful laws and customs: the recitation of Hallel, Ushpizin (welcoming our...

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

Ethics
High Holidays
Prayer and Liturgy
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2003

A professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary once came home after officiating at a synagogue during the High Holy Days...

The Basic Principles of Jewish Business Ethics

Ethics
Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/10/2003

In the United States, the past twelve months were the “year of the corporate scandal”. From Enron to Andersen, from...

Why Do We Need Synagogues?

Jewish Life & Thought
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/02/2003

At this time of year, we read four parshiyot (weekly portions) devoted to the building of the mishkan (tabernacle). Indeed,...

Why is Shabbat Shirah “for the Birds”?

Bible
Pesach
Rabbinic Literature
Responsa by David Golinkin
Synagogue Life
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/01/2003

Question: The weekly portion of Beshalah, which was read last Shabbat, is known as Shabbat Shirah, the Shabbat of Song, because...

A Responsum Regarding Space Travel

Modern Issues in Jewish Law
Religion & Science
Responsa by David Golinkin
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
| 11/06/2002

On July 19, 2002, Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, is scheduled to blast off in the space shuttle...

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