Our minyan is a participatory one in which everyone, from the rabbis on down, volunteers their services. Men, women, and children are welcome to take any part in the service that halacha allows.
On Torture and Halacha
A few years ago, the Moot Beit Din problem concerned a “ticking time bomb” situation. High school students from around the continent wrote their decisions about whether Halakhah should permit torturing a terrorist suspect to get information to defuse an attack on civilians. I was coach of the team from Frankel Jewish Academy, and my students had to research precedents in Halakhah for using torture.
What Happened to Yosef? Two Views
Sometimes an entry in one of the classical commentators illuminates the person who wrote the commentary, not just the comment. We have a remarkable example of that right in the beginning of parshat Vayeshev.
My grandmother came to America from Russia about 107 years ago. She said she came from Russia. If someone asked for whom she had voted, she said “When I lived in Russia, the Tzar did not let me vote for someone and then not tell anyone who I voted for. Then I came to America, learned the language, became a citizen, so I could vote and not tell anyone who I voted for.”