Rabbi Elisha Ancselovits discusses parsha Beha’alotcha. How does the Torah balance having a set date for the Passover celebration of the Exodus so that it can feel like a holiday, with the needs of those mourners who have just buried their dead to celebrate after their mourning ends? A Biblical example of Halakhic style thinking, which seeks to address all concerns instead of simplistically choosing one need or value over another need or value – which seeks to include competing human needs instead of excluding some.
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About Elisha Ancselovits
Elisha teaches Halakha as Practical Philosophy at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, and has taught Halakha at additional Orthodox and secular Israeli and European institutions. He has been a postdoctoral and guest researcher and lecturer in both Jewish studies and in legal theory at various universities in different continents and is currently a fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Elisha, who holds rabbinic and judicial ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin), has a Ph.D. on the history of Jewish Law and an M.A. in Modern Jewish Studies aside from graduate studies in Medieval Jewish History. In addition, he has taught Biblical and Second Temple Law, critical Talmud, critical Zohar and Modern Jewish and European Philosophy. Most recently, he has advanced his mentoring of men and women sages (rabbis and upcoming dayyanim) by opening a kollel program, Bet Midrash Hukkim Hakhamim. Click here to read more.