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Contemporary Halacha Series

Past Sessions
Saturday, August 31, 2019 30 Av 5779 - 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM - Kesher Israel
Saturday, August 17, 2019 16 Av 5779 - 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM - Kesher Israel
Saturday, August 3, 2019 2 Av 5779 - 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM - Kesher Israel

Join us for a three-week Shabbat afternoon series with Rabbi Shafner on modern halachic questions. 

August 3: Bicycles, Scooters, and Jogging on Shabbat
Why do some communities ride scooters or bikes on Shabbat and others do not, even in a eruv? Is exercise permitted on Shabbat? What halachic factors are involved? How should the factors be weighed?  

August 17: May Women Wear a Talit and Tifilin? 
Is it permitted for women to wear a talit and tifilin? Is it a mitzvah? Is a blessing made? What halchic issues might be involved? Does it depend on the community?

August 31: Transgender Individuals in Halacha
Does trangender identification change a person's gender from the viewpoint of halcha? What about transgender surgery? Is such surgery permitted?  May a woman who becomes a man be counted in a minyan? Which of the morning blessings does a trangender person make?  

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