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Shabbat Israelit – Inviting Guests Who Drive on Shabbat

In anticipation of the upcoming Shabbat Israelit, we have been asked by many people – especially those living in all-religious communities – about inviting guests for Shabbat dinner, if they know that those guests will drive home after the meal. This is a question that the Beit Hillel Beit Midrash Hilchati has dealt with in […]

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Working Together To Unite Israeli Society

As the new year draws closer, we enter into a period of personal and national Cheshbon Hanefesh (spiritual accounting) during an extraordinary time in Jewish history. In response to a traumatic summer of heightened international anti-Semitism and a war for Israel’s existence that seemed never ending, Israeli society experienced an unprecedented level of solidarity and […]

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The Mamzer and the Rabbis

  This article appeared in Rabbi Evan Hoffman’s weekly Torah essay titled Thoughts on the Parashah and is posted here with his permission. Scripture places severe social restrictions on the mamzer. “No mamzer shall come into the Lord’s assembly. Even his tenth generation shall not come into the Lord’s assembly (Deuteronomy 23:3).” The meaning of […]

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Aguna Seminar in Bet Shemesh

Beit Hillel, together with Yeshivat Har Etzion, Matan, and communities in Beit Shemesh held an evening seminar on Halachic prenuptial agreements for prevention of agunot. The evening was held in the Ohel Yona Menachem synagogue in Beit Shemesh. The seminar was organized as part of Beit Hillel’s project to promote change in the public consciousness […]

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Public Council Conference

Beit Hillel Public Council Conference

The second annual Beit Hillel Public Council Conference was held last week at the Poriyah hostel near Tiberias. The conference was attended by about 80 rabbis, rabbaniyot, businessmen, public figures and spiritual partners of Beit Hillel’s public council. Throughout the day, in-depth discussions were held about the future directions of Beit Hillel in light of […]

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Shmita Israelit Guide Available

If you are interested in making the upcoming shmita year in Israeli more meaningful – beyond “struggling” with the basic halachot of the year, be sure to check out Shmita Israelit (Hebrew) which we just uploaded to our web site. There are lots of interesting ideas and inspiring articles.   Please let us know what […]

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