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Parshas Behaaloscha: Fatherly Rebuke

This week’s parsha ends with a disheartening story, one that Jews are reminded to recount every day of their lives. The great prophetess, Miriam, sister of Moshe and heroine to…

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Kasruth Questions of the Week with Rabbi Moshe Elefant

May one barbecue on a grill that has been used for both fish and meat? Technically one may use a barbecue that was used for fish and meat as long…

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Take a Vacation with G-d not from Him

Each year, like so many of you, I eagerly look forward to my summer vacation. Used properly, a vacation is not only an opportunity to take a break from the…

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Zecharia, Miriam, and the Master Novi

Every Shabbos we read a haftorah dealing with inyono d’yoma. Once in a while the inyono d’yoma happens to be that there is a chosson in shul or that today…

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From Despair to Hope

There have been times when one passage in today’s parsha was for me little less than life-saving. No leadership position is easy. Leading Jews is harder still. And spiritual leadership…

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What’s On Your Mind

Everyday, at the end of Shemone Esrei, we part from Hashem with the request, “Yehi ratzon milfonecha, Hashem Elokeinu, she’yibonei Beis HaMikdash bimheira biyomeinu – May it be Your will…

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Hot to Deal with Economic Challenge The “Days” and “Nights” of Life

An architect, a surgeon, and economist are arguing who of them holds the most prominent position. The surgeon said, ‘Look, we’re the most important. The very first thing G-d did…

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Mealtime

In Meseches Shabbos, daf kuf yud zayin, amud bais it says that a person may save food for three meals on Shabbos from an active fire. One is permitted to…

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Celebrity Selfies on Shabbos

I. Celebrity Selfies One Motza’ei Shabbos two years ago, Jewish social media buzzed when a famous non-Jewish comedian posted a selfie with Jewish students walking in Manhattan, with a note…

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Torah from Israel: Beha’alotecha Too Much or Too Little?

The mighty fall fast and fall hard! Parshat Behaalotecha begins by showcasing a a confident nation, primed to enter to land of destiny and to usher in historical utopia. The…

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Getting to Know: N.Y. Veteran Pitcher C.C. Sabathia

Name: Carsten Charles (CC) Sabathia Jr. Nickname: Big C Born: July 21, 1980 (age 38 years) in Vallejo, CA Weight: 300 lbs Salary: $8 million dollars Height: 6’ 6” Bats:…

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Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Salsa

Summer is the time for grilling. It’s great to be outdoors enjoying the warm weather. This fantastic chicken dish makes an easy week night dinner but would also be great…

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What is Emunah?

I. EMUNAH & KNOWLEDGE Judaism is founded on its core emunahs, which the Rambam lists as thirteen. But what is emunah and how do we acquire it? A better understanding…

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Rav Elyashiv Said That This is Our Generation’s Most Important Mitzvah

When we think about Kiddush Hashem, we tend to think of martyrdom. Tragically, Jews throughout our history have been forced to give up their lives and have died al Kiddush…

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The Narcissist & The Nazirite Narcissism in Greek Mythology and the Talmud

THE GOLFERS A rabbi, a teacher, a millionaire, and a narcissist were golfing together. As they walked the course, they came up behind a foursome that was moving very slowly,…

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Birchas Kohanim in Birchas HaTorah

Why do we say Birchas Kohanim in Birchas Hatorah? There is a distinct difference between the chochma of the Torah and other chochmos. All the other chochmos in the world…

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Modern Day Centrism

In the order of the mishnayos, Maseches Sotah follows Masaeches Nazir. The Talmud explains that this is based on the pesukim in parshas Naso, where the parshiyos of nazir and…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week With Rabbi Moshe Elefant

Is one permitted to bake his Shabbos challah in the oven at the same time or right after he’s cooking meat? If one is baking them at the same time,…

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Torah from Israel: Naso Conformity and Specialization

At 176 pesukim, Parshat Naso “tops the charts” as the longest parsha in the entire Torah. Its heft is a product of the protracted final section of Naso which delineates…

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Parshat Naso – The Power of Teshuba

The Torah in Parashat Naso speaks of the case of a thief who falsely denies his crime on oath and then wishes to repent. In such an instance, the Torah…

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Sages and Saints (Naso)

Parshat Naso contains the law of the Nazirite – the individual who undertook to observe special rules of holiness and abstinence: not to drink wine or other intoxicants (including anything…

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A Secret to Succeed at Torah

As we are now just seeing Shavuos in our rearview mirror, some of us might be wondering why our Torah learning isn’t getting you anywhere. Why is it, perhaps, that…

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The 100 Daily Brachos

Following is the recommended list of daily brachos according to the Mishnah Brurah (46:14), based on the assumption that the obligation begins at night: • Before bed • Hamapil (1)…

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BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Turkey and Pineapple

This is a no hassle no effort meal. Easy to make and delicious to eat.   INGREDIENTS: 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2” – 2” chunks 1 1/2…

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Potato Salad

Hopefully the weather is starting to get nicer and with that it means it’s BBQ season!! Nothing better than a delicious potato salad to accompany your BBQ. I like this…

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BBQ Wings

Wings are a big time favorite in our family. I love when they caramelize and the meat just falls of the bone. It’s amazing how such a small bite can…

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Getting to Know New York Mets Star Pitcher Noah Syndergaard

NY Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard in 2018 had a 13-4 record, 3.03 ERA and 2.80 FIP in 2018. In 2019 he hopes to stay healthy following a year in…

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An Exclusive Interview with Maggid & Mohel Rabbi Paysach Krohn

Few writers and speakers inspire like Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Author of fifteen books, including his famous “Maggid” series of short stories, Rabbi Krohn travels around the world inspiring audiences with…

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101% Guaranteed to Change Your Life

Who doesn’t want to be happier at work? New research concludes that greater happiness and satisfaction at work doesn’t come from more vacation days, additional downtime, or even more perks….

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Leading a Nation of Individuals (Bamidbar)

Bamidbar begins with a census of the Israelites. That is why this book is known in English as Numbers. What is the significance of this act of counting? And why…

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The Essence of Torah

Gemara in Sanhedrin (71a) quotes three different Beraisos in which three Tanna’im teach that there are certain mitzvos that have never happened and never will happen. These are the ben…

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The Uniqueness of Torah

As the yomtov of Shavuos is upon us, we celebrate that which we say daily in the blessings on the Torah. “Asher bochar bonu mikol ha’amim, v’nosan lanu es Toraso,”…

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Same Count

The Torah tells us that the Yidden were counted in Parshas Ki Sisa, Posuk tes zayin. Rashi says the number of Yidden that were counted in Ki Sisa, which took…

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Entering Into the Wilderness The Feel-Good Judaism of The Modern Jew

A CAN OF BEANS Three guys are alone on a desert island: an engineer, a biologist and an economist. They are starving and don’t have a thing to eat, but…

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Shavuot – The Holiday of Torah She’be’al Peh

It is customary on Shavuos to read Megilat Rut, which tells the story of a Moabite woman, Rut, who converted to Judaism and ultimately became the great-grandmother of David Hamelech….

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Torah from Israel – Shavuos: Torah of G-d or Torah of Man

The gemara in Kiddushin (32a) cites a debate about whether a teacher/Rav can waive the honor due him from a student- to be mochel al kevodo. Rav Yosef allowed this…

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How Should Shavuos Impact Us?

Well, another Shavuos is already upon us. With pleasant thoughts of sweet blintzes and scented flowers, Shavuos 5769 is almost here! But, it is imperative for the thinking Jew to…

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The Six Day War Changed Israel, But Did It Change You?

The Klausenberger Rebbe zt”l, R’ Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, lost his wife and eleven children in the Holocaust. After the war, he gathered a small community of followers who had also…

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Be Normal

I. AVERAGE Often, we are rightly told to strive for greatness. But that doesn’t mean we have to act like we are better than everyone else. If anything, it means…

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Pulling an All-Nighter

The scene is familiar. An auditorium or hall is stuffed full of bodies hunched over books. In the corner, there’s a table bearing snacks and caffeinated beverages. It could be…

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Nutella Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS: Crust: 250 g (about 30 oreo cookies), cream removed 6 tbsp (80 g) unsalted butter, melted Cream Cheese Filling: 3 5 oz (1 kg) cream cheese, room temp. 3/4…

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Getting to Know New York Yankees Clint Frazier

Name: Clint Jackson Frazier Nick Name: Red Thunder Born: September 6, 1994 (age 24) in Decatur, Georgia Height: 6’ 1” Drafted: The Cleveland Indians selected Frazier with the fifth overall…

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The Original Amen Party

I. AMEN’S LIMITED IMPACT In the mid-1500’s, a Rabbi Yisrael in Adrianople initiated a new synagogue practice. On arrival in shul in early morning, a group of men would alternate…

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A Yid in Politics An Exclusive Q & A with Sen. Joe Lieberman

Hon. Joseph Lieberman was a U.S. senator from Connecticut for twenty-four years. At the end of his service in January 2013, he was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental…

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Torah from Israel: Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem – The City of Magnets

The Book of Breishit portrays three vastly different visits to Yerushalayim. Avraham first encounters this city after intervening in a raging world war. Years later, an acquiescent Avraham and his…

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Parashat Behukotai – The Blessing Among the Curses

We read in Parashat Behukotai the Torah’s description of the dreadful curses which G-d threatens to send upon us if we disobey His commands. Toward the end of this section,…

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Yerushalayim as the Ir Meluchah

The Rambam (Hilchos Melachim 1:10) rules that only a king of malchus Beis Dovid has the right to use Yerushalayim as his capital and establish his government offices there. This…

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What Not to Say When There Are No Words

When people in our lives are struggling or suffering, we desperately want to help but often are at a loss for what to say or what to do. In her…

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The Birth of Hope (Bechukotai)

This week we read the Tochecha, the terrifying curses warning of what would happen to Israel if it betrayed its Divine mission. We read a prophecy of history gone wrong….

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Changing the Dynamic in the War Against the Yeitzer Hara

One of the major goals of life is to achieve many victories against the Yeitzer Hara, the Evil Inclination. The thinking Jew knows that one of his or her greatest…

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Neviim and Mitzvos

The Torah tells us in Vayikra, Perek Chof Zayin, posuk lamed daled that these are the mitzvos that Moshe commanded Bnei Yisroel on Har Sinai. The Gemara in Shabbos, daf…

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The Fighter Still Remains Are You Still the Chosen People?

THE BLIND GOLFER Charlie Boswell was a great athlete who became blind during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire. When he returned…

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Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

This recipe is a bit of a patchke – but definitely worth it. It’s the most requested cheesecake that I make and I bet it will be yours also. It’s…

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Getting to Know Baseball Great Bill Buckner

Veteran first baseman Bill Buckner, whose career spanned four decades and who collected over 2,700 hits in the major leagues, died this past Monday at the age of 69. Buckner…

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Parshat Behar – Shemita and Mount Sinai

The Torah in Parashat Behar presents the laws of Shemita – the seventh, “sabbatical” year when farmers were forbidden from working their lands, and were required to allow all people…

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The Meaning of Am Hanivchar; The Source of Anti-Semitism

The Torah mentions several times that Bnei Yisroel are the am hanivchar. What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that just like parents sometimes favor one child over the…

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I Started Doing This for 3 Minutes a Day and It Has Changed my Life

When is the last time you sat and did nothing? I don’t mean the type of nothing as in you just played on your phone, read a book or sat…

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We Are What We Do Not Own (Behar-Bechukotai)

and Vivienne Wohl were one of the most remarkable couples I ever met. They were a study in contrasts. Maurice was quiet, introspective, reflective and reserved. Vivienne was outgoing and…

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Some Sefira Lessons

As we engage in the seasonal mitzvah of counting the sefira, and observe the national period of mourning for the tragic deaths of the 24,000 disciples of Rabbi Akiva, we…

Yossi-Jacobson

Life as a Wedding – The Finitite as a Portal to the Infinite

This Thursday, May 23rd, known in Hebrew as Lag B’omer, the thirty-third day of the omer, is the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages and spiritual…

Benjamin Blech

Judaism & Death: 5 Surprising Ideas

On some level of awareness we all know that our days are numbered. How to cope with that recognition is perhaps the greatest challenge of life. For some, acknowledging mortality…

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More Often

If a person has the opportunity to do the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana and the mitzvah of sefiras ha’omer, which mitzvah should he do first? The issue at hand is…

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Torah from Israel: Behar Details, Details, Details!

Parshat Behar effectively concludes the legal section of Vayikra- the sefer with the highest degree of halachik density. The entire book of Vayikra contains only two stories which interject in…

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Does the Torah Lead to Happiness?

I. HAPPINESS ISN’T UNIVERSAL Many people feel that their lives are enriched by Judaism. Their rituals and holidays bring joy and meaning while deepening their marriage and family ties. The…

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Getting to Know New York Mets Jeff McNeil

Name: Jeff McNeil Born: April 8, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California Nickname: Squirrel Drafted: by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft….

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Kahlua Cake

We love dessert, but I don’t always have the time to make something fancy or complicated. Using a Duncan Hines cakes mix and doctoring it up is the perfect solution….

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The Mysterious Death of Rabbi Akiva’s Disciples (Part 2)

How is it possible for a mortal human being to cling to Hashem? The Rambam answers that by cleaving to talmidei chochomim, you are fulfilling this posuk. Why is that?…

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Parashat Emor – We’re All Embassadors

In Parashat Emor the Torah presents one of the most important of the 613 Biblical commands – the prohibition against “Hillul Hashem,” defaming the Name of God: “You shall not…

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How to Leave Your Mark on the World

Whether he was your server or not, at some point during your meal at Butcher Block in Boca Raton, Mark was likely to stop by your table to say hi,…

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The First Manuel for Addicts “My Contract Preceded His Contract”

The TV A pothead walks into an appliance store and asks the owner, “How much for that TV set in the window?” The owner looks at the TV set, then…

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What Did Rabbi Akiva’s Students Do Wrong?

Dear JITC- What did Rabbi Akiva’s students do wrong? Whatever they did, isn’t killing 24,000 of them a bit much? Thanks, Daria Dear Daria- Thanks for your question. Allow me…

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Are We Still the Am HaNivchar?

After so many centuries of persecution we understand very well the question of the Jewish people (in the haftorah of parshas Eikev), “Has Hashem forsaken us? Has He forgotten about…

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Emor – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness

Embedded in this week’s parsha are two of the most fundamental c o m m a n d s of Judaism – commands that touch on the very nature of…

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Barefoot in Shul

I. Rashbash and Chumra Religious life tends toward conservatism, retaining the practices and rhythms of prior years. New stringencies are often derided as fanaticism, an offensive rejection of earlier generations’…

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Torah From Israel: Emor Walking Out the Door of Religion

Parshat Emor portrays the scathing blasphemy of an unnamed Jew whose pedigree was questioned. This desecration of G-d’s name threatens communal sanctity and the offender is publicly stone. This entails…

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Easy Tomato Gazpacho Soup

This is a great soup for the summer. You don’t even have to turn on the stovetop. You can serve it as an appetizer for Shabbat or an easy weekday…

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Getting to Know: Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson

FAST FACTS Name: Klay Alexander Thompson Born: February 8, 1990 (age 29) in Los Angeles, California Position: Shooting guard All Star Games: 5 NBA Champion: 3 times Thompson is the…

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Mother’s Day with Sensitivity for Those Not Yet Mothers

While some are counting down to Mother’s Day this Sunday with great excitement and anticipation, many are looking at the calendar with dread and anxiety. For those desperately longing to…

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Yom Haatzmaut: Redemption Under Construction

TORAH FROM ISRAEL YOM HAATZMAUT: REDEMPTION UNDER CONSTRUCTION Repeatedly, Dovid Hamelech employs the metaphor of a tower or a fortress to portray redemption. This image of a tall edifice soaring…

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Love is Not Enough – Kedoshim

The opening chapter of Kedoshim contains two of the most powerful of all commands: to love your neighbour and to love the stranger. “Love your neighbour as yourself: I am…

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The Boundaries of The Land

The Talmud understood that the main purpose of the books of Neviim and Kesuvim is to give tochacha to Benei Yisrael. If the Jewish people would not had not sinned,…

Yossi-Jacobson

How to Create Peace Between Cultures: The Sheep, The Bull and The Twins

Master of the Home Once, a salesman approached a home and heard a big commotion inside. When the door was opened by a man, the salesman asked if he could…

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Parashat Kedoshim – Kedusha is for Everyone

Parashat Kedoshim begins with the commandment of “Kedoshim Tiheyhu” – “You shall be holy.” When God issues this command to Moshe, He emphasizes that Moshe must convey it to “Kol…

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The Mysterious Death of Rabbi Akiva’s Disciples

Now that we are in the midst of the days of sefira, we are very much involved in practicing what it says is the Shulchan Aruch. One should not shave,…

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When is Shabbos

The Torah commands us to keep the Shabbos in Parshas Vayikra, Perek Yud Tes, pesukim lamed and lamed alef. In addition, we are told not to utilize the services of…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe? Look no further these are easy to make. Perfectly chewy and delicious INGREDIENTS: 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup…

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Getting to Know New York Mets 3rd Baseman Todd Frazier

Name: Todd Brian Frazier Born: February 12, 1986 (age 33) in Toms River, New Jersey MLB Debut: May 23, 2011, for the Cincinnati Reds  Teams Played For: Cincinnati Reds (2011–2015)…

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Buying Clothes During Sefirah

The period between Pesach and Shavuos contains a mourning period–different days depending on one’s custom–during which certain joyous behaviors are forbidden (commonly called Sefirah because this period also includes the…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, Hi, I’m engaged to a wonderful guy. He treats me well. He gets along well with my family, but i’m having a problem with how sensitive…

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Younger Sibling Marrying First

YOUNGER SIBLING MARRYING FIRST Is a woman allowed to marry before her older sister? This opens many emotional issues, as the anxiety over marriage grows as a single person ages….

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Acharei-Mot: Protecting the Image of G-D in the Modern World

Parshat Acharei Mot contains one of the more iconic phrases in the entire Torah. After repeatedly stressing the importance of mitzvah observance, the Torah concludes with the phrase “v’chai bahem”…

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Parshat Ahareh-Mot: The Lesson of the White and Gold Garments

We read in Parashat Ahareh-Mot of the special service which the Kohen Gadol would perform on Yom Kippur in the Bet Ha’mikdash. One of the many fascinating features of this…

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Aveilus, Sefirah, and Hallel

The Gemorah (Moed Koton 14B) understands from the pesukim in parshas Shmini that the kohein gadol does not observe aveilus over the death of a relative. (See Sefer Ginat Egoz,…

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Using Our Heads in Shul

Here, on the eastern coast, spring finally seems to be here. It looks nearly certain that we won’t see snowplows until next year and, as the plants start to bloom…

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The Two Faces of Your Spouse: Why is Marriage Compared to the Splitting of the Sea?

The Inside and the Outside A wealthy Jewish man buys a fabulous home in Beverly Hills, California. He brings in a local workman to decorate the place. When the job…

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Stealing a Mitzvah

We learn about the mitzvah of “Kissui Hadam” (covering of the blood) in Vayikra, Perek Yud Zayin, posuk yud gimmel. When a person slaughters a bird or a chaya (wild…

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Schlissel Challah

The custom to bake schlissel challah for the first Shabbos after Pesach is a long-standing one. “The Shabbat after Pesach when we announce the coming of Iyar some…have the custom…

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Getting to Know Louis Voit

Name: Louis Linwood Voit Born: February 13, 1991 (age 28 years) in Wildwood, MO Height: 6” 3” Weight: 225 lbs Nickname: Meathead Bats: Right-handed Position: First Base Education: Lafayette High…

Moshe Elefant

Kashruth Question of the Week: Non-Edible Products on Pesach

Let’s separate these products; soaps and shampoos, are fine. If they’re not edible and they’re not Rauy Lachilah Lekelev, they’re fine. Anything that’s put in the mouth, should be only…

Moshe Elefant

Kashruth Question of the Week: Kashering Your Microwave and Dishwasher for Pesach

This is only for people who kasher plastic because the inside of your microwave is plastic. If you don’t kasher plastic, you can’t kasher your microwave. If you feel that…

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Were the Egyptians Right?

  I. Enslaving the Jews Were the Egyptians right in enslaving the Jews? The question seems outrageous at first. However, Pharaoh and the Egyptians fulfilled G-d’s prophecy to Avraham that…

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The Tyranny of the Heart

The story of Yetziat Mitzrayim and the miracles of Pesach showcase many different “dramas”. Of course, the primary narrative is the great theological milestone– G-d’s descent into history and His…

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Finding Favor in the Eyes of the Nation

  The Torah in Parashat Bo tells of the final three of the ten plagues that G-d brought upon Egypt, including the plague of darkness. The Sages tell us that…

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Matzah- The Food of Emunah

The Torah mentions several times that the purpose of all the miracles connected with Yetziat Mitzrayim was to demonstrate the existence of God, his power, and all the principles of…

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The Seder and Teshuva

Incredibly, spring is in the air and we getting ready for Pesach. Children are told not to carry around their cookies. The global Daf Yomi community, ironically learning Masechtas Pesachim,…

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Life-Changing Seder Gems: The Sweetest Lettuce is the Bitterest

Not the Cookie Cutter Model “The Torah speaks of four children: One is wise, one is rebellious, one is simple and one does not know how to ask.”—Haggadah This simple,…

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Vehigadita Levincha

The most important part of the Seder is the mitzvah of Vehigadita Levincha. What would be in a case where the father has the mitzvah of sippur Yetzias Mitzrayim and…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I’m supposed to go to my future in laws for the sedarim, and I’m dreading it. I have been very uncomfortable going there since the very…

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Pesach Apple Kugel

INGREDIENTS: Five apples sliced – any variety- I like to mix Granny Smith and Macintosh 1 cup orange juice Five eggs Quarter cup oil Three-quarter cup sugar Cinnamon Quarter teaspoon…

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Getting to Know Robinson Cano

The New York Mets aquired this off season eight-time All-Star infielder Robinson Canó, 2018 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year RHP Edwin Díaz and cash from the Seattle…

Moshe Elefant

Kashruth Question of the Week: Granite Vs. Quartz Countertop on Pesach

  When we speak about granite versus quartz, the issue is as follows: Stone can be kashered for Pesach. However, it has to be pure stone. Granite is indeed a…

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Are We Playing G-D? Leadership, Vaccination, and a Communal Policy

The ultimate measure of a leader is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands in times of challenge and…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I was dating a guy for 3 months, and I fell hard for him. We had common goals, and enjoyed speaking about all things pre-law. We…

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Healing a Divided People: The Secret of the Afikoman

For children, it is the highlight of the seder. Over the years they discovered that because the seder could not be concluded until this final piece of matzah is eaten,…

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It’s All One Matza

  On the seder night we do yahcatz before we begin magid, i.e. we break the middle matza in half, and put away the larger half for the afikoman, before…

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What is Freedom?

I. Freedom of the Will Pesach is the holiday of freedom, when G-d redeemed us from slavery. But has that freedom continued with us, even after we subsequently were oppressed…

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Parashat Tahor- Correcting The Sin of Lashon Ha’ra

Parashiyot Tazria and Mesora speak at length about the subject of Sara’at, the skin infection that would be suffered by those guilty of the sin of Lashon Ha’ra – negative…

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An Interesting Look At Mah Nishtana

When Rav Dovid Jungreis was young, he spent time in the home of the venerable Rav of Yerushalayim, Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, zt”l, zy”a. One day, Rav Leib Auerbach, Rosh…

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Teshuva on Lashon Hora

In Vayikra, Perek Yud daled, posuk alef the Torah tells us the proceedings that happen when one becomes healed from his tzoraas. We learn that a person was stricken with…

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Shabbat Hagadol: Bridging Between Creation and Redemption

Shabbat Hagadol plays a colorful role in the rich heritage of the Pesach holiday. At the heart of the Shabbat Hagadol lore lies a distinctive shiur or sermon geared toward…

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Garlic-Roasted Cauliflower and Onions

INGREDIENTS: 1 large cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets (about 8 cups) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 Tbsp olive oil 3-4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2…

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Meatballs

INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup water, divided 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion, divided 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 pounds ground beef 1 can (8 ounces) tomato…

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Getting to Know Noah Syndergaard

NY Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard in 2018 had a 13-4 record, 3.03 ERA and 2.80 FIP in 2018. In 2019 he hopes to stay healthy following a year in…

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Davening on Airplanes

Several times a year I visit Eretz Yisroel. When I take a night flight I notice that many men sleep for five to six hours, and then recite Shema and…

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This Pesach Discover Your True Light

Ten Ways to Know He’s Not for Your Daughter Someone sent me this email. Here are the top ten ways to Know the guy your daughter brought home for the…

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Selling Assur Be’Hanaah

In Vayikra, Perek Yud gimmel, posuk nun bais the Torah tells us that one needs to burn clothing that was afflicted with tzoraas. The Tosefta in Perek Heh, halacha yud…

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Parashat Tazria

about a lady who is giving birth. The Pasuk writes, ‘HaYoledet LaZachar Oh LaNikeva.’ I think this is a good time to mention a Gemara in Masechet Nida on Daf…

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Kahanism and Vengeance Part 2

Last week we began discussing R. Meir Kahane’s approach to revenge in his Or Ha-Ra’ayon. I. GODLY REVENGE The Rambam (Moreh Nevukhim 1:54) writes that biblical descriptions of God›s anger…

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Connecting With Our Souls

As we get ready for Pesach – besides purging the house from chometz, buying the very expensive matzah, and all of the other accoutrements of this very special festival, there…

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS: Cooking spray 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 4 large egg whites 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 c. chocolate…

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Kahanism and Vengeance Part 1

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed R. Meir Kahane’s approach to democracy in his Or Ha-Ra’ayon, in comparison with Rishonim, Acharonim and contemporaries. Continuing this study of his…

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Chanukas Bayis Shlishi

In Vayikra, Perek Yud, posuk tes the Torah tells the Kohanim that they are not allowed to drink wine or alcoholic beverages upon entering the Ohel Moed. In Meseches Taanis,…

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Pesach Cleaning

The world over, Jews will soon be wrapped-up in the annual search for chometz. Most of us are also aware that this is not simply spring-cleaning. Rather, cleaning for Pesach…

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Parashat Shemini – The Importance of Preperation

Parashat Shemini begins with the Pasuk, ‘VaYehi Bayom HaShemini’, literally meaning, ‘and it was on the eighth day’. The Torah tells us that this eighth day was actually the first…

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Crustless Mushroom Goat Cheese Quiche

INGREDIENTS: 1 large onion, chopped 2 boxes of sliced baby bella mushrooms Oil for sautéing 4 oz goat cheese crumbled 2 eggs 1/2 cup shredded cheese – any kind works…

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Getting to Know New York Yankees Lefty Pitcher J.A. Happ

During this past offseason the New York Yankees acquired lefty pitcher, J.A. Happ for two years at $34 million, with a $17 million option for the 2021 season. Happ was…

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Kahanism & Democracy Part 3

I. DEMOCRACY IN JEWISH HISTORY For the past two weeks, we have discussed R. Meir Kahane’s view of democracy, as presented in his book, Or Ha-Ra’ayon. R. Kahane suggests of…

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Rav Moshe Feinstein on His 33rd Yahrtzeit: A Model for All of Us, As Remembered by a Talmud

It is hard to believe that this Taanis Esther will already be the 30th yahrzeit of the Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon, Rav Moshe Feinstein, Zt”l, Zy”a. There was a time that,…

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Purim – What Haman Learned from Mordechai

We read in the Megilla of how Ahashverosh wanted to repay Mordechai for saving his life, and he summoned Haman to ask him what would be an appropriate way of…

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Pesach Cleaning

The world over, Jews will soon be wrapped-up in the annual search for chometz. Most of us are also aware that this is not simply spring-cleaning. Rather, cleaning for Pesach…

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Torah from Israel: Why is “Letter-Writing” so Important in the Megillah?

As the miracle of Purim develops, letters play an important role in the unfolding drama. All told, five letters are composed and dispatched. The first two letters frame the odious…

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Boozy Bourbon Meatballs

INGREDIENTS: Meatballs 2 lbs chopped meat 1/2 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs 2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoon basil dried 4 tablespoons olive oil Bourbon Sauce…

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Megillas Mordechai

Why is Megillas Esther named after Esther and not named after Mordechai? It would seem like it should have been called Megillas Mordechai since Mordechai Hatzaddik was involved in its…

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Kahanism and Democracy Part 2

I. COMMENTING ON THE BIBLE Last week, we began discussing R. Meir Kahane’s view of democracy, as presented in his book, Or Ha-Ra’ayon. As we noted, R. Kahane failed to…

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Parashat Vayikra – The Small Alef

The Book of Vayikra receives its name from the first word in the Sefer – “Vayikra” (“He called”). The Sefer begins with G-d calling Moshe and summoning him into the…

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A Lasting Purim Lesson

Amazingly, Purim is already upon us. And, while it is unbelievable how time flies, the responsible person makes sure to take something from Purim to improve him or herself throughout…

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Keep the Whole Torah

In the beginning of Sefer Vayikra the Torah tells us that a person must return anything he stole. In connection to this I would like to recount an interesting maaseh…

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Torah from Israel Vayikra – Fusion of Body and Soul

Parshat Vayikra lists the various sacrifices or korbanot and their respective procedures. Korbanot punctuate important and potentially transformative life cycle moments: moments of elation and gratitude (korban todah), moments of…

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Getting to Know New York Mets Star Pitcher Noah Syndergaard

NY Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard in 2018 had a 13-4 record, 3.03 ERA and 2.80 FIP in 2018. In 2019 he hopes to stay healthy following a year in…

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Turkey Roast

INGREDIENTS: 3 lb turkey roast 3 large garlic cloves, cut into matchsticks 3 large rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and minced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 1/4 tsp salt…

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Creating a Proper Purim for Our Family

We all know the saying, “Every generation has its challenges.” This is also true when it comes to the holiday of Purim. In ancient Spain, the Marranos were fearful about…

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Torah from Israel Pekudei: The Varieties of Redemption

The book of Shemot- which will be concluded this Shabbat – was referred to by our Chazal as the Book of Redemption or “sefer hage’ulah”. The redemptive process which defines…

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Kahanism & Democracy (Part 1)

A number of years ago, a follower of Rav Meir Kahane HY”D sent me the rabbi’s posthumously published magnum opus, Or Ha-Ra’ayon, with a request that I review it publicly…

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Parashat Pekudeh – At What Age Does Education Begin?

Parashat Pekudeh continues the Torah’s description of the Mishkan, its furnishings and the priestly garments, a project which was led by a man named Besalel. The Torah tells us that…

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Changing Your Mind

In the end of Sefer Shemos the Torah tells us that the Yidden who were “nediv lev” donated to the mishkon. The Rambam says that when it comes to hekdesh…

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Getting to Know New York Yankees Lefty Pitcher J.A. Happ

Getting to Know… NEW YORK YANKEES LEFTY PITCHER by Ari Hirsch During this past offseason the New York Yankees acquired lefty pitcher, J.A. Happ for two years at $34 million,…

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Jeweled Persian Rice

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp sweet paprika 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp cumin 1/8 tsp black pepper 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided, plus 1 teaspoon 2…

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Deutsch Discussing Hate Crimes at CTeen International Conference

Councilman Chaim Deutsch, a Democrat representing the city’s 48th district, spoke out at the CTeen event in Times Square Saturday night, warning of the rise of hate crimes in the…

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Vayakhel: Human Creativity and Religion

The epic project of constructing a mishkan was an unprecedented feat of human engineering and creativity. Instead of delivering a ready-made, heavenly prepared structure, G-d chose to empower humans to…

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Who Wants to Marry More?

Generally speaking, does a man or a woman want to get married more? While every person is an individual, they often follow similar attitudes that allow for generalizations. Conventional wisdom,…

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Parashat Vayekhel- Avoiding “Fire” on Shabbat

Parashat Vayakhel begins with Moshe assembling Beneh Yisrael and conveying to them the command to observe Shabbat, singling out in particular the prohibition against lighting fires on Shabbat: “Do not…

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Women Keeping Shabbos

In Shemos, Perek Lamed Heh, psukim alef and bais, the Torah tells us that Moshe gathered all of the Yidden to tell them the following: six days a week they…

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Our Number One Enemy

On the morning of heinous national sin of the golden calf, the Torah testifies, “Vayashkimu mimochora – They (Klal Yisroel) arose early on the morrow.” Rashi explains that the same…

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Kreplach

INGREDIENTS: For kreplach dough: 2 cups four Pinch of salt 2 eggs 1 T plus 1 t lukewarm water For the filling: ó medium onion, chopped 1 lb. beef, chopped…

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Getting to Know Pete Alonso

Name: Peter Morgan Alonso Born: December 7, 1994 (age 24) in Tampa, Florida Drafted: The New York Mets selected Alonso in the second round, with the 64th overall selection, of…

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Ki Tisa: Emulsifying Shabbos

  The mitzvah of Shabbat is so seminal that it surfaces in five different parshiyot in Sefer Shemot. Among these ‘appearances” is the discussion of Shabbat in one of the…

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Parashat Ki Tisah

  In Parashat Ki Tisah we read about the tragic episode of the Egel, which was when Jews worshipped the golden calf. And we read about Moshe Rabenu’s reaction when…

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Sleeping on Shabbos

In Shemos, Perek Lamed Alef, posuk tes zayin, the Torah tells us that we should keep the Shabbos. There is a posuk in Yeshaya that discusses that one needs to…

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The Miraculous Makeup of the Menorah

  The menorah in the Beis HaMikdash had an extremely unique and complex property. The Torah insisted that all of its intricate craftsmanship and detail should be made out of…

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Amalekites Not From Amalek

I. NON-LINEAL AMALEK Why is Haman considered an Amalekite? A Brisker explanation can provide a different understanding to this question. In Mishneh Torah (Hilchos Melachim 5:4), the Rambam writes that…

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Eggplant Rollatini

INGREDIENTS: 4 medium eggplants Salt and pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1 10-oz. box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry 3 cups part-skim ricotta 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 large…

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Getting to Know Joe Harris

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris edged out Stephen Curry to win the 2019 NBA Three-Point Contest. Harris scored 26 points in the final round to follow up his 25 points…

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Parashat Tesaveh- The Power of Speech

  Parashat Tesaveh is the only Parasha in the Torah after the account of Moshe’s birth in which his name does not appear. In every single Parasha since Parashat Shemot…

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Relying on Urim Vetumim

In Shemos, Perek Chof Ches, posuk tes vov, the Torah tells us that the Choshen was made via artisan sewing. In posuk lamed the Torah says that they inserted the…

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Leadership Qualities

  In contemporary society, respect for our leaders is almost extinct. We’ve become cynical to the extreme – feeling that our leaders frequently talk out of both sides of their…

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Shoveling Snow on Shabbos

Since we recently experienced a significant snowfall, it is worthwhile to review some of the ideas of snow removal on Shabbos. First and foremost, people need to be careful. If…

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Tezaveh: Clothing and Religion

Torah from Israel TEZAVEH: CLOTHING AND RELIGION Having already delineated the structural components of the Mishkan, in parshat Tezaveh, the Torah depicts the wardrobe of the Cohanim. By way of…

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Asian Salmon

INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup honey 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 1 teaspoon…

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Getting to Know Frank Robinson

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, died last Thursday. He was…

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Who Carried the Aron?

In Shemos, Perek Chof Heh, posuk yud daled, the Torah tells us that one must not take out the “badim” (poles) of the Aron. The Rambam in Sefer Hamitzvos, asseh…

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How Do We Get Super Powers?

The Alshich HaKodesh, the Holy Alshich, Zt”l, Zy”a, asks a penetrating and fascinating question. When Moshe Rabbeinu was born, Yocheved was frightened that the Egyptian death squads would confiscate him…

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Parashat Teruma- Spiritual Currency

Parashat Teruma begins with the command, “Ve’yikhu Li Teruma,” instructing Beneh Yisrael to donate materials for the construction of the Mishkan. Curiously, rather than commanding Beneh Yisrael to “give” or…

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Protecting the Foolish

I. ACCEPTING DANGER Are you permitted or forbidden to enter a dangerous situation? The Gemara (Shabbos 32a) states that you are forbidden to enter a dangerous situation and rely on…

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Torah from Israel Terumah: The Value & Danger of Art Within Religion

Parshat Terumah details the elaborate craftsmanship and artisanship employed in constructing a Temple for G-d. Ornate fabrics, precious metals and resplendent colors were collected and integrated into this legendary structure….

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Oven Baked Sesame Chicken

INGREDIENTS: 5 chicken cutlets cut into cubes 1 cup of flour 1 cup of brown sugar 5 tbsp ketchup 2 tbsp oil 2 tbsp vinegar 1 tbsp mustard Sesame seeds…

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Getting to Know New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman

Birth Name: Julian Francis Edelman Born: May 22, 1986 (age 32) in Redwood City, California Height: 5 ft 10 in Weight: 200 lb College: Kent State NFL Draft:2009 / Round:…

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Mishpatim: The Sapphire King

One of the primary themes of Har Sinai was the absence of any images associated with G-d. The heavens reverberated with the fulminating Divine voice yet no images were visible….

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What is a True Chassid?

In Shemos, Perek chof alef, posuk chof alef, the Torah tells us the law of retaliation; the principle that a person who injured another person is to be penalized to…

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Parashat Mishpatim

In Parashat Mishpatim the Pasuk writes right in the beginning, “Viele Hamishpatim Asher Tasim Lifnehem,” translated as ‘these are the ordinances that you should place before them’. Rashi comments on…

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Red Alert: Be Careful with Kavod HaTorah

When Klal Yisroel received the Torah from Har Sinai, Hashem warned them about a peculiar capital offense. He cautioned them to be extremely careful not to touch Har Sinai while…

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Standing Up for Judaism

How much should Judaism change to accommodate those who cannot abide its rules? When someone claims that the Torah’s laws may drive them to suicide, does this threat to life…

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Corn Dogs

INGREDIENTS: 1 package hot dogs cut into thirds ó cup yellow cornmeal 7 Tbsp flour ó tsp salt ó tsp baking powder ó tsp cayenne pepper (optional) ó cup soy…

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Getting to Know The New England Jewish Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Name: Robert Kenneth Kraft Born: June 5, 1941 (age 77), in Brookline, MA Net worth: 6.6 billion USD (2019) Forbes Spouse: Myra Kraft (m. 1963–2011) Alma mater: Columbia University (BA)…

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10 FUN FACTS ABOUT KRAFT, BRADY, BELICHICK AND THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

1-They weren’t always the New England Patriots. The Patriots were originally the Boston Patriots, but changed the name to the New England Patriots when they moved to Foxborough in 1971….

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10 2019 SUPER BOWL FUN FACTS

Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year. But there’s a lot even the biggest football fan may not have heard about the big game….

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Torah From Israel: The Arrival

The long-awaited moment has finally arrived…almost. For more than 2000 years humanity drifted aimlessly in a religious void. Torah had yet to descend to this world and the entire universe…

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Parashat Yitro – Peace in this World and the Next

We read in Parashat Yitro of Yitro’s suggestion that Moshe Rabbenu appoint a network of judges to work alongside him judging the people, rather than judge all the cases by…

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Yisro’s Escape Hatch

There is a well-known controversy surrounding the chronological timing of when Yisro arrived to visit the Bnei Yisroel in the desert. It revolves around whether he came before Matan Torah,…

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Women During Candle Lighting

In Shemos, Perek chof passuk ches the Torah tells us that we must remember the Shabbos. The Yerushalmi in perek tes vov halacha gimel which is brought down in Tosfos…

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Revoking Ordination

What do you do when a rabbi is shown to be incompetent in Torah matters, perhaps even adopting heretical views? We discussed above the revocation of ordination based on the…

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Spicy Wings

INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs chicken wings – cleaned and dried – season with salt and pepper Sauce 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 1/3 cup franks red…

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Getting to Know New England Patriot’s Tight End Rob Gronkowski

Birth Name: Robert James Gronkowski Nickname: GRONK Born: May 14, 1989 (age 29), Amherst, NY Height: 6’ 6” Weight: 265 lbs Current team: New England Patriots (#87 / Tight end)…

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Parashat BeShalah: G-D Will Pay You Back

The Gemara in Masechet Pesahim (118) tells that after the miracle of the Yam Suf, when Beneh Yisrael crossed the sea and stood at the shore, they were still frightened….

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Publishing Without Permission

Last week, we discussed the debate between Rav Shaul Yisraeli and Rav Shlomo Goren regarding the siege of Beirut. As mentioned, on August 6th, 1982, then Chief Rabbi of Israel…

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Tefillin Power

The Medrash relates a fascinating narrative between Hashem and Moshe Rabbeinu. When the Jews were in the desert, an individual called the m’koshesh eitzim desecrated the Shabbos. Hashem asked Moshe…

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Double Times Two

In Shemos, Perek Tes Zayin, posuk chof bais the Torah tells us that we received a double portion of mon on Fridays in the Midbar. The Gemara in Meseches Brachos,…

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Torah from Israel – Beshalach & the Gathering

The triumph at the Red Sea was convincing and final. Watching their former taskmasters washing up on the jagged banks of the ocean convinced the doubtful slaves that their freedom…

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Getting to Know New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman

Birth Name: Julian Francis Edelman Born: May 22, 1986 (age 32) in Redwood City, California Height: 5 ft 10 in Weight: 200 lb College: Kent State NFL Draft:2009 / Round:…

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Chicken with Olives, Figs & Dates

INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon cornstarch . cup honey 1 chicken, cut in 1/8’s Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, sliced 6…

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Finding Your Potential

When the Torah makes mention of the two stellar brothers, Moshe and Aharon, sometimes it says Moshe first and sometimes it says Aharon first. Rashi takes note of this and…

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Shehecheyanu for Korban Pesach

In Shemos, Perek Yud Bais the Torah tells us that we have a mitzvah to bring a Korban Pesach on Erev Pesach. Was the bracha of shehecheyanu recited when they…

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Israel and the Parasha – Bo: The Importance of Jewish Culture

Moshe’s initial daring message of redemption went unheeded by the Jewish population. The Torah describes the national state of kotzer uru’ach and avoda kashah; the Slaves were so back broken…

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The Siege of Beirut

In the summer of 1982, the Israeli army placed a siege on Beirut in a successful attempt to force the PLO out of Lebanon. On August 6th, then Chief Rabbi…

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Barley Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup barley, cooked 3 cups navel oranges or tangerines (5 medium), peeled and segmented 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/4…

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Getting to Know Brooklyn Nets Point Guard Spencer Dinwiddie

Name: Spencer Gray Dinwiddie Born: April 6, 1993 (age 25) in Los Angeles, California Height: 6 ft 6 in Weight: 210 lb College: Colorado (2011–2014) NBA draft: 2014 / Round:…

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Postal Service in Halacha

I. SENDING MAIL The way we deliver mail has changed over the years. We now send letters primarily through e-mail and have major and minor purchases delivered. I thought it…

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Leadership Qualities

In contemporary society, respect for our leaders is almost extinct. We’ve become cynical to the extreme – feeling that our leaders frequently talk out of both sides of their mouths,…

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Kiddush Hashem

In Shemos, Perek Zayin the Torah tells us about the frogs that attacked Mitzrayim. The frogs went everywhere; they even entered the ovens and the dough of the Mitzrim. The…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Rangers Marc Staal

Name: Marc Staal Nick name: Two percent Born: January 13, 1987 (age 31, turning 32 next week) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Family: Marc is the younger brother of Eric…

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Getting Ready for the Annual Camp HASC Concert “A Time for Music 32”

For the last 47 years, Mr. Shmiel Kahn has been the camp director of Camp HASC. This January 6th, Camp HASC will be holding its 32nd concert of “A Time…

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Scream

I normally do not write political columns. In light of current events; both in the parsha and in our community, we will discuss this sensitive topic. The medrash tells us…

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Treifing Food

What if someone renders your food non-kosher? You are cooking a meat meal and someone pours milk into it, rendering it completely forbidden. You must throw the food out and…

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I’m a Chosson!

Good news travels fast! This was true even before the era of internet and social media. Nowadays, good news is almost instantaneous so by the time of the writing of…

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Israel & the Parsha – Shemot: Patterns of Hate

While Western Civilization views history as evolutionary and open-ended Judaism views it is cyclical and predetermined. At several points in our tefillah we recite the verse from Eichah: ‘chadesh yameinu…

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Chicken in a Pot

INGREDIENTS: 1 whole chicken 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion chopped 1 small stalk celery chopped 6 garlic cloves 1 sprig…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Jets Wide Receiver Robby Anderson

NAME: Robert Steven Anderson Born: May 9, 1993 (age 25) in Fair Lawn, New Jersey Height: 6 ft 3 in Weight:190 lb Position: Wide receiver College:Temple Undrafted: 2016 2018 Salary:…

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How Does a Tzaddik’s Bracha Work?

The blessing of a righteous person has a place of pride in Jewish tradition, even if it is currently taken to extremes in certain circles. Shimon Peres has famously credited…

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Hasmada Without Hesech Hadaas

In Bereishis, Perek Mem tes, posuk chof zayin, the posuk tells us that Yaakov blessed Binyamin by saying he is compared to a wolf that attacks and eats the spoils…

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Israel & the Parsha- Vayechi: A Double Launch

Parshat Vayechi launches with the scene of Ya’akov’s passing while it concludes with Yosef’s death-bed request. Confident in the ultimate redemption from Egypt, he pleads with his brothers to inter…

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Chicken in a Pot

INGREDIENTS: 1 whole chicken 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion chopped 1 small stalk celery chopped 6 garlic cloves 1 sprig…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Jets Safety Jamal Adams

Name: Jamal Lee Adams Born: October 17, 1995 (age 23) in Lewisville, Texas Height: 6 ft Weight: 211 lb College: LSU NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6…

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Yeshivas Must Remain Independent

The quality of secular studies offered by New York’s yeshivas and day schools has come under relentless and unfair attack during the last few years – and now new guidelines…

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Yeshiva Parents Tell the State: Don’t Eliminate Our Torah Studies

The NYS Education Department released guidelines 3 weeks ago about the substantial equivalency of instructions that nonpublic schools are required to provide. The guidelines acknowledge that religious schools are different…

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You Be the Judge

In Bereishis, Perek Mem Vov, posuk chof vov, the posuk tells us that Yaakov sent Yehuda ahead to build a yeshiva in the land of Goshen. Why did Yaakov choose…

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Is Anger Good?

Anger is a destructive force. It does not just cloud judgment, which would imply reliance on instinct. Anger overwhelms judgment, taking you in directions to which your rational mind and…

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Using Our Eyes and Ears

As hard as it is to believe, Chanukah is already over and the long cold winter of a leap year is upon us with Purim at the other end. Thinking…

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Israel and the Parsha: Vayigash Southern Dreams

Israel & the Parsha- Vayigash SOUTHERN DREAMS Upon his southern descent to Egypt Ya’akov sojourns in the city of Be’er Sheva and experiences a dramatic nighttime visit from G-d, replete…

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 large) 6 green onions , sliced (1 1/2 cups) 4 garlic cloves , minced 2 Tbsp minced peeled ginger…

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Getting to Know NBA Hall of Famer and Current Knicks Announcer Walt “Clyde” Frazier

Full Name – Walt Frazier Born –Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 1945 Nickname – I picked up the nickname “Clyde” because I wore a similar hat to Clyde Barrow in…

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Electric Menorahs

Around Chanukah time, we expect to see articles explaining why electric menorahs are invalid for the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles. However, a variation of that type of menorah raises…

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Chanukah and the Fabric of Time

CHANUKAH AND THE FABRIC OF TIME One of the brachos we make on the menorah is, “She’osa nisim lavoseinu bayamim haheim bazman hazeh.” We bless Hashem for making miracles in…

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What is First on Chanukah?

WHAT IS FIRST ON CHANUKAH? The Gemara in Yuma, daf lamed gimmel, amud bais discusses the topic of “Ein Mavirin al Hamitzvos.” Rashi explains that one who encounters a mitzvah…

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The Global Impact of Chanukah Upon Humanity

Jewish festivals mark watershed moments in our national history- They celebrate, both events which advanced our historical mission as well as pivotal moments in our evolving relationship with G-d. However,…

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Sarah Schenirer’s Hannukah Miracle

Did you know that the history of the Bais Yaakov Movement started on Shabbos Chanukah? That was the day Sarah Schenirer resolved to start a school for girls, as recounted…

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Fried Cookie Dough Balls

INGREDIENTS: For the Cookie Dough • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature • 1/2 cup packed brown…

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Getting to Know Newest Acquisition 2nd Baseman Robinson Cano

The New York Mets announced this past Monday that the club has acquired eight-time All-Star infielder Robinson Canó, 2018 ariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year RHP Edwin Díaz…

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The Yavneh Minyan: A Community of Fine and Unique Individuals

Each Chanukah we recall the sanctity of the Beit Hamikdash, the Holy Temple. The Beit Hamikdash was the central place for the worship of G-d and the governance of our…

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Israel & the Parsha – Vayeishev: Esav’s Malls

Parshat Vayeishev launches the conclusion of Sefer Brieishit- the saga of Ya’akov, his family, and the internal strife which gashes any attempt at family unity. Having arrived in Israel, Ya’akov…

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Beware of Embarrassing Others

After many, many years of barrenness, Hashem blesses Rochel with a son whom she calls Yosef. This name has a dual meaning. First, it is a prayer for the future….

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Bad is Good

In Breishis, Perek Lamed Zayin, posuk alef Yaakov wanted to finally settle down and not have any more worries. Before long he was presented with a new challenge; the worry…

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Support Your Wife

I. WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? The rise of women’s work opportunities over the past decades beyond previous levels has allowed for a number of family work arrangements. Many even…

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Cauliflower Chedder Latkes

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. Cauliflower, chopped and steamed 1 russet potato, peeled and grated 1 small onion, diced 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 2 eggs 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Giants Running Back Saquon Barkeley

NY Giants rookie running back, Saquon Barkeley played college football at Penn State for three seasons, running for 3,843 yards with 43 rushing touchdowns, while garnering 1,195 receiving yards with…

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Burial Plot Complications

I. BURIAL CONFLICT A frequent question arises when a spouse remarries after a death. After 120 years, should the woman be buried next to her first husband or second husband…

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Ask Before You Act

After twenty challenging years in the house of Lavan, Yaakov was ready to leave with his four wives and family. Anticipating that Lavan would be up to no good, Yaakov…

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Miracles

In Breishis, Perek Lamed Bais, posuk yud alef Yaakov said,“Kotonti – I was not deserving of all the kindness of Hashem.” The Gemara in Meseches Taanis, daf chof, amud bais…

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Vayishlach: Ya’akov’s Historical Roadmap

Towards the end of the 1st century at least two delegations of Jewish leaders traveled to Rome to plead the case of the weakened Jewish nation. Jerusalem had been gutted…

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Getting to Know NL CY Young Award Winner, N.Y. Mets Pitcher Jacob DeGrom

New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom last week was named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award recipient by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). DeGrom, who received 207…

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Warm Quinoa Brussel Sprout Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup cubed Butternut squash (1-2 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper ó cup quinoa 12 oz. brussels sprouts 1 15oz. can chick peas, drained…

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Getting to Know & Remembering Comic Icon Stan Lee

Name: Stanley Martin Lieber Born: December 28, 1922 in New York City, New York Died: November 12, 2018 (aged 95) in Los Angeles, California, U.S Famous for: Between 1961 and…

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Is Thanksgiving Kosher? Applying Jewish Law to Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It is no longer (and perhaps never was) a celebration affiliated with any particular religion or faith, although some in America celebrate with religious…

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Rain

In Eretz Yisroel they begin to say “vesen tal umatar” on zayin Cheshvan. In Chutz Le’Aaretz we begin saying “vesen tal umatar” on December 4th or on December 5th the…

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Having the Right Reaction

It’s important to realize that our first reactions are often not the correct response. For example, you’re walking on Thirteenth Avenue and you see two Hatzaloh ambulances and a crowd…

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Murder in a Shul

I. DESECRATION Over the past few decades, the Jewish people has experienced an extraordinary number of terrorist attacks. While all evoke great pain over the loss, two stand out as…

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Chassidus and Life in Israel

Typically, the month of Kislev is associated with the great miracle of Chanukah. Over the past 200 years though, this month has acquired an additional historical layer- a period to…

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Orange Honey Glazed Roast Turkey Breast

INGREDIENTS: Orange-Honey Glaze: • 3/4 cup honey • 1 teaspoon, orange zest • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard…

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OU Picks 6 Innovative Nonprofit Startups to Support Through Its New Impact Accelerator

NEW YORK – The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has announced a cohort of six winning nonprofit organizations…

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Royal Wine Launches 9 Exciting Winter Whites & More for The New Year

Bayonne, NJ, NOV 12, 2018 – If white wines from Bordeaux were something of a novelty a generation ago, kosher whites from Bordeaux have been almost unheard of – until…

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Getting to Know Knicks Rookie Kevin Knox

Name: Kevin DeVon Knox II Born: August 11, 1999 (age 19 years), in Riverview, FL Height: 6’ 9” NBA draft: 2018, New York Knicks (Round: 1 / Pick: 9) Position:…

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Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Avimelech

Many dramatic and heroic personalities dominate the stories of Breishit. Parshat Toldot showcases a secondary character known as Avimelech the King of the sea-faring Plishtim. His first impressions are encouraging…

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A Chesed Personality

Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov are the three pioneers of Judaism.  Each one introduced a vital component of Yiddishkeit.  Avraham Avinu initiated chesed, kindness, Yitzchak Avinu demonstrated avodah, Divine service such…

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Marrying Against Parents’ Wishes

A child‘s obligation to honor his parents necessarily infringes on that child’s freedom. Choosing a spouse is one of the most important decisions of a person’s life. On the one…

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Eretz Yisroel and Children

In Bereishis, Perek Chof Heh, posuk chof it says that Yitzchok was forty years old when he married Rivkah. In posuk chof vov it says that Yitzchok was sixty when…

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Updated Chicken Marbella

INGREDIENTS: 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 3 tablespoons drained capers 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tablespoon honey 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 8 bone-in,…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Rangers Winger Mats Zuccarello

Name: Mats André Zuccarello Aasen Born: September 1, 1987 (age 31) in Oslo, Norway Height: 5 ft 7 in Weight: 179 lb Position: Right Wing Shoots: Left Salary: In 2014-15…

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Millennial Naomi Levin Seeks to Dethrone Nadler

Name: Naomi Levin Lives: Upper West Side on West End Ave. In the upper 80’s. Party Affiliation: Running on 3 party lines: Republican, Conservative and Reform. Opponent: Jerry Nadler District:…

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The Pittsburgh Tragedy

After a gut-wrenching week of tears and grief Shabbat finally approaches. It is difficult to imagine the sorrow and agony flooding the hearts of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and…

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LeChaim

In Bereishis, Perek Chof Gimmel, posuk alef it says that Sarah lived one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Subsequently, the posuk summarizes and says, “Shnei chayei Sarah.”…

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Wealthy No More

A charitable pledge constitutes a vow that must be fulfilled. However, like many vows, it can be nullified if proper regret is presented to a religious court, if it is…

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Connecting with the Shechina

We know that there is no extra letter in the Torah. Everything is said for multiple reasons so when there is a glaring repetition, the commentators scramble to explain it….

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Getting to Know Tony Larussa – VP & Special Assistant to Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox

Name: Anthony La Russa, Jr. Born: October 4, 1944 in Tampa Florida Hall of Fame induction: July 27, 2014 Baseball History: Tony is the former manager of the St. Louis…

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Updated Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella is one of my favorite chicken dishes – the original recipe has a lot of sugar and a million ingredients and steps. This is a lightened up version…

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Interview with N.Y.S. Assembly Candidate Simcha Eichenstein

Name: Simcha Eichenstein Lives: On 44th Street, in Borough Park Married/Children: Married with 4 beautiful children bli ayin hora Age: 35 Where did you grow up? Born and raised in…

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Ruth Matar, Cofounder of an Enduring Grass Roots Movement, Passes Away

Matar and her husband gathered like-minded people around them, and in 1993, almost as an instant response to Oslo, established what was initially called “Women for Israel’s Tomorrow.’ Israelis first…

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Long Biblical Lives

The biblical lists of generations include descriptions of very long lives. For example, Adam lived 930 years (Gen. 5:5), Noach 950 (9:29), and the longest — Mesushelach 969 (5:27). How…

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Israel and Parshat Vayeira: Judaism, Islam and the Afterlife

Avraham is Divinely instructed to heed Sarah’s stern warnings about Yishma’el’s dangerous influence upon Yitzchak. Though he is wary of dispatching his older son Yishma’el, Avraham accedes to his wife’s…

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How Chinuch Works

In Bereishis, Perek Yud Ches, posuk zayin it says in reference to his preparing for guests that Avraham ran to the cattle and then gave the animals to the child…

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Charity Starts at Home

CHARITY STARTS AT HOME The Medrash tells us that young Avraham Avinu was left one day to take care of his father’s store of idols. Avraham Avinu did a bold…

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Pomegranate Couscous Salad

INGREDIENTS: cup golden raisins 2 teaspoons apple juice orange juice or water 1 cup dry couscous (not Israeli couscous) 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 . cup boiling water 1 teaspoon…

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Getting to Know New York Knicks Tim Hardaway

Name: Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. Born: March 16, 1992 (age 26) in Alameda, California No. 3 Hardaway was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by…

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Sinning to Help Others

SINNING TO HELP OTHERS The Rishonim discuss whether or not a person may do an aveira so the public can benefit. Tosfos in Shabbos, daf daled amud alef brings proof…

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Israel and Parshat Lech Lecha: Tiyulim in Israel

ISRAEL AND PARSHAT LECH LECHA: TIYULIM IN ISRAEL bridges different many different societal sectors- is a hike through the land, otherwise known as a “tiyul”. Often, a tiyul provides fun…

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The Protection of Marriage

When discussing the Creation, the Torah informs us of a drama which took place when the trees were being created. The posuk states, “Eitz pri oseh pri l’minahu – Fruit…

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Teach NYS Secures $1 Million in Security Grants for 7 New York Day Schools

NEW YORK – Teach NYS, a nonpartisan organization advocating for equitable funding in New York nonpublic schools, helped secure $1.05 million in security grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland…

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When to Say Malei

I. DAYS WITHOUT MALEI The Mishnah (Mo’ed Katan 27a) discusses when we eulogize someone before burial and when refrain from doing so. On days of communal happiness, a sad eulogy…

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Crockpot Honey Balsamic Brisket

If you are looking for a change from the usual chulent in the crockpot for shabbas, why not try this delicious honey balsamic brisket. Serve it with coleslaw, pickles and…

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Getting to Know New York Jets Kicker Jason Myers

Jason Myers converted all seven of his field-goal attempts to go with a trio of extra points in this past Sunday’s 42-34 win over the Colts. He’s converted 16 of…

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Helping a Non-Believer

The posuk in Vayikra, Perek Yud Tes, posuk yud daled says that one may not place a stumbling block in front of an “iveir,” a blind man. This prohibition includes…

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A Key to Longevity

This past Hoshannah Rabbah, I had the somber privilege of officiating and saying a hesped, eulogy (of course, of the kind that is permitted on a quasi-yomtov day) at the…

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N.Y. STATE DEPT. OF EDUCATION SAYS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL & YESHIVA STUDENTS OUTNUMBER OTHER NONPUBLIC SCHOOL GROUPS IN NYC

NEW YORK – New data released by the New York State Department of Education shows that the number of students attending Kindergarten-12th grade Jewish day schools and yeshivas in New…

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Is Anger Good?

I. ANGER IS BAD Anger is a destructive force. It does not just cloud judgment, which would imply reliance on instinct. Anger overwhelms judgment, taking you in directions to which…

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Rainbow Cobb Salad

This week is parshat Noach and after all these chagim we all are trying to watch our waistlines a bit. Try this delicious rainbow cobb salad for Shabbat lunch it…

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Getting to Know NY Yankees Catcher Gary Sanchez

This past Motzei Shabbos, Gary Sanchez homered twice for 4 RBIs, becoming the first Yankees catcher since Yogi Berra in 1956 with two jacks in a postseason game. Before the…

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Getting to Know NY Mets Pitcher Jacob Degrom

Jacob deGrom wrapped up his 2018 National League Cy Young campaign with another dominating performance on Wednesday night of Chol Hamoed, throwing eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, lowering his…

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A Great Way to Live Long & Prosper

Once again, global Jewry starts reviewing the Torah with gusto. There are many, however, who just never seem to be able to get into the routine of  consistently reviewing the…

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Appointing a Past Sinner

Can a ba’al teshuvah, someone who grew up non-observant, be appointed to a communal position, such as a pulpit rabbi? In the old days, the rabbi’s job was simply to…

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Quickly or Personally?

The Gemara in Kiddushin, daf mem alef, amud alef says there is a mitzvah to be mekadesh a woman in person rather than via a shaliach (proxy.) If the process of Kiddushin will take longer by doing it in person rather than…

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Rainbow Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

After all the chagim its time to watch what we are eating and get back on track.    Try this delicious rainbow salad with orange vinaigrette for Parshas Noach. Add…

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Simchas Torah: The Ultimate Joy

We are informed that Hashem created the world for kindness, as it says “Olam chesed Yiboneh.” Avraham Avinu arrived at the conclusion when he meditated over the purpose of the…

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Rebellion against King

In Sefer Yehoshua, Perek Alef, posuk yud ches, the posuk teaches us that anyone who will not listen to Yehoshua and rebel against the king should die. The Gemara in Sanhedrin, daf mem tes, amud alef learns from this posuk that one…

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Koheles & Political Struggle

Who wrote Koheles, the biblical book of Ecclesiastes? The traditional answer to the question of Koheles’ authorship is Shlomo Ha-Melekh, King Solomon, who according to tradition wrote Shir Ha-Shirim, Koheles…

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Hamburger Soup

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion , diced 2 cloves garlic , minced 2 medium potatoes , peeled and diced 3 1/2 cups beef broth 1 can (28…

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Getting to Know NY Jets Rookie Quarterback Sam Darnold

The Jets selected Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his collegiate career at the University of Southern California, Darnold totaled 7,229 passing…

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A Lasting Succos Message

In the Succos liturgy, we say “Bal tehei mitzvas succah kala b’einecha ki k’neged kol mitzvoseha das chukoseha shkula – Let not the mitzvah of succah be light in your…

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Birchas HaTorah

In Devarim, Perek Lamed Bais, posuk gimmel, the posuk teaches us that when we call out Hashem’s name we must bring greatness to Hashem. We learn from this halacha that one must recite Birchas HaTorah before he learns. There is…

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Who Pays for the Esrog?

We live in times of plenty, in a where the basic standard of living would have been considered a mere few decades ago to be a life of wealth and…

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Keep Breathing: A Testimonial

I am having a hard time breathing. Last night, a Jewish father was on his way home when he was brutally murdered by a terrorist. Twenty-two bullets were fired at…

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Sukkot & Eretz Yisrael: A Holiday of Unity & a Land of Unity

The experience of four minim is one of the most colorful and vivid mitzvah experiences. It combines multiple fruits and branches into one bouquet marking the successful conclusion of the…

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Getting to Know NY Mets Captain David Wright

After missing more than two years due to neck and shoulder problems, New York Mets third baseman David Wright announced his retirement from Major League Baseball last Thursday. Wright will…

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Stuffed Cabbage

INGREDIENTS: • 3 lbs chopped meat • 1 cup rice uncooked • 1 cup water • Salt, pepper, garlic, onion to taste • 1 Head frozen and defrosted cabbage Sauce…

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13 Year Old Rachel Goldzal From Staten Island on Food Network’s Chopped

Name: Rachel Goldzal Age: 13 Yeshiva/School: Jewish Foundation School Lives in: Staten Island, NY   How did this whole experience with the show Chopped happen? Ever since I was a…

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Women Writing a Torah

We learn from the posuk in Devarim, Perek Lamed Aleph, posuk yud tes that one has a requirement to write a Sefer Torah. The posuk tells us, “Write this song and teach it to the Bnei…

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The Symbolism of the Succah

For every Yom Tov, it is very meaningful to know the specific reasons for each holiday. But when it comes to Succos, it is a Halachic requirement. As the Bais…

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Does Teshuvah Work?

I. TESHUVAH AND NINEVEH Conventional wisdom has it that the book of Yonah is about power of teshuvah, repentance. But if that is the case, why is teshuvah barely mentioned?…

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Getting to Know NY Jets Running Back Isaiah Crowell

During Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions in Week 1, Isaiah Crowell finished with 102 rushing yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run as the Jets won 48-17. Crowell, is…

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Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup) 2 pounds chopped butternut squash (about 6 heaping cups) 3 small carrots, chopped (about 1…

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The Greatest Achievement in Life

Recently, ArtScroll put out a magnificent sefer from the teachings of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l, zy”a, on the Yomim Noraim. In it, Rav Chaim cites an amazing statement by the…

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Is Kavanah Necessary?

We reach out to G-d with prayer. But when we say the same thing three times a day, it is hard to mean every word. For some of us, the…

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Arvus for Women and Children

In Devarim, Perek Chof Tes, posuk chof ches it says that the hidden belongs to Hashem whereas the open and what is public belongs to us and to our children. Rashitells us the dots that…

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Moroccan Stuffed Acorn Squash

INGREDIENTS: 3 medium uncooked acorn squash 2 tsp olive oil 1 medium onion chopped (1 1/2 cups) 2 tsp minced garlic 3/4 tsp ground cumin, divided 1/2 tsp table salt,…

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Getting to Know New York Yankees Luke Voit

Name: Louis Linwood Voit Born: February 13, 1991 (age 27 years) in Wildwood, MO Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 225 lbs Bats: Right-handed Position: First Base Education: Lafayette High School He…

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Knife at Bentching

In Devarim, Perek Chof Zayin, posuk heh it says that one is prohibited from lifting metal over a mizbeach. The Shulchan Aruch, in siman kuf peh says that the minhag is to cover the knife on the table…

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Are Bar Mitzvah Invitations Kosher?

In a responsum about bas mitzvah celebrations, Rav Ovadiah Yosef quotes an authority who raises questions about bar mitzvah invitations. In Yechaveh Da’as (2:29), Rav Yosef quotes Rav Avraham Musafya…

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Material Wealth in the Modern Era

The opening section of Parshat Ki Tavo is framed by the encounter with financial success. Having cultivated a successful harvest, a person presents his finest fruits to the Mikdash amidst…

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Mussar & Mentor: A Wonderful Combination

In Masechtas Yoma [38b], the Gemora tells us that when we come before the Heavenly tribunal for the final judgment, each one of us will offer excuses. The poor man…

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French Apple Cake

Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 4 large apples (I used Honeycrisp but you can use any variety), peeled, cored, and diced in 2-inch…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Giants Quarterback Davis Webb

Name:Davis Matthew Webb Born:January 22, 1995 (age 23) in Prosper, Texas Height:6 ft 5 in Weight:230 lb College:Texas Tech and California NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87. In…

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Ki Seitzei: Things Are Different Now

How long must you be grateful to someone who was kind to you? An Amoni is forbidden to marry a Jewish woman even if he would convert. When Klal Yisrael…

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Praying for the Global Shofar Blast

In the Shemone Esrei, we pray to Hashem, “Toka b’shofar godol lecheiruseinu, Blow the great and mighty shofar to herald our emancipation.” We plead with Hashem to utilize this awesome…

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Swear to G-d

Jews are averse to swearing–taking oaths–for two reasons. One is the severity of the prohibition against violating an oath. Another is the prohibition, listed among the so-called Ten Commandments, against…

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Minyan for Amalek

Posuk yud zayin in Perek chof heh in Chumash Devarim tells us that we should remember what Amalek did to Bnei Yisroel. That is why we have the mitzvah of Parshas Zachor, to be leined for all to…

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Brown Rice Sweet Potato Salad

This tasty and hearty salad is a fantastic salad or side dish to accompany any meal – chicken, meat or fish.   INGREDIENTS: 1 cup brown basmati rice 1 large…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Giants Running Back Saquon Barkeley

NY Giants rookie running back, Saquon Barkeley played college football at Penn State for three seasons, running for 3,843 yards with 43 rushing touchdowns, while garnering 1,195 receiving yards with…

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Shoftim and Our Appreciation of Jewish Courts and Police

In the first part of Sefer Devarim Moshe’s both rehashes desert highlights (and lowlights) as well as cautioning the people about the challenges of life in Israel. The next two…

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A Little Bit Mukzeh

We are not allowed to move on Shabbos an object that is muktzeh, except under specific circumstances. For example, a utensil used for a forbidden purpose (like scissors) can only…

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There’s Nothing Like Tzedakah

The critical month of Elul is upon us. All prudent Torah Jews are focused on the upcoming Day of Judgment, Rosh HaShanah, and are trying to prepare accordingly. After the…

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Getting to Know N.Y. Jets Rookie Quarterback Sam Darnold

The Jets selected Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his collegiate career at the University of Southern California, Darnold totaled 7,229 passing…

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Getting to Know Walt “Clyde” Frazier

Full Name – Walt Frazier Born –Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 1945 Nickname – I picked up the nickname “Clyde” because I wore a similar hat to Clyde Barrow in…

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Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Summertime means being outside as much as possible and what better way then enjoying family and friends with a BBQ. Sure it’s easy to buy a jar of BBQ sauce…

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Sukkos in the Beis HaMikdosh

Posuk chof aleph in Perek Tes Zayin in Chumash Devarim tells us that one may not plant a tree next to the Mizbeach of Hashem. Rashi explains that this teaches us that one may not plant a tree or build…

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Re’eh: Land of Abatement and Legacy

Our experience in Israel is multi-dimensional and oftentimes paradoxical. This land distill so many different values and experiences that rarely can a single phrase or term capture it various layers…

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The Long and Short of Mincha

I was approached by someone who asked me to write an article about the short mincha that is davened in Yeshivos. I want to start with the proper disclaimer that no one should pasken based on this…