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    THE MAGGID, THE MOHEL, AND A PESACH MESSAGE: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RABBI PAYSACH KROHN

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

    Rabbi Shay Tahan

    EYE IN THE KITCHEN: MONITORING KASHRUT IN THE KITCHEN

    Last week we discussed the monetary concerns of employing a cleaning lady to clean before Pesach, such as snatching a cleaning lady from her place of employment or dealing with…

    Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, Help. I’m not sure what to do, and in traditional avoidant fashion, a=have pushed off till now to ask you. I mean, we knew about the…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPES:

    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)…

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SHIURIM FOR PESACH

    One of the many important halachos that we are faced with at the seder is the proper volume to eat or drink in order to fulfill the mitzvah of the…

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    PESACH AVOIDANCE

    I. Avoiding the Korban Pesach We know from tax law the difference between avoidance and evasion. Tax avoidance involves structuring your finances to legally minimize your taxes. In contrast, tax…

    Joey Haber

    PESACH: THE TWO DIPPINGS

    The third of the four questions in the Mah Nishtana, which the child asks at the seder, has to do with the two “dippings.” The child observes that normally, no…

    R' Frand

    PESACH: REACHING THE LEVEL OF AHAVAS CHINAM

    Rav Avraham Yitzchok HaKohen Kook (1865- 1935), the first Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael in modern times, was an outstanding genius, but he was a controversial figure. Certain rabbinic personalities…

    Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

    A BLUEPRINT FOR A SUCCESSFUL LIFE

    In families all over the world and through the millennia, the Seder ritual has started off with the chanting of Kadeish, U’rchatz, Karpas…, and so on – the fifteen steps…

    Biderman

    PESACH: ANGER

    As the family celebrated the seder, a young grandchild of Rebbe Yochanan of Tolna zt’l was roaming around the house and came across the closet where the items sold for…

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant

    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: WITH RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT FROM THE OU

    Does purified water enhanced with minerals require Pesach certification? Although the OU approves bottled and distilled water without Pesach certification, when it comes to enhanced water an OU-P is required….

    R' Eli Mansour

    PESACH: ITS A MIRAGE

    The first of the ten plagues which G-d brought upon the Egyptians was “Dam” – the plague of blood, when G-d transformed the water in the river to blood. The…

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    THE TRUE CONNOISSEUR

    It’s almost Pesach, so much to plan, so much to prepare. On our to-do list is purchasing wine for the seder. Some like it sweet, others appreciate the dry wine…

    Jacobson

    PESACH: THE SWEETEST LETTUCE IS THE BITTEREST LIFE-CHANGING SEDER GEMS #2

    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,…

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    EVERY LAST CRUMB

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The circumference of the collider is 16.565 miles, and it contains thousands of magnets. It was…

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    SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH HARAV MOSHE TUVIA LIEFF SHLITA REGARDING MINHAGIM OF PESACH & ALL YEAR ROUND

    Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff Shlita, the Morah D’Asra of Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin in Brooklyn, New York, is a respected Talmid Chochom and a warm and dynamic individual, loved by…

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    ARMY UNIFORMS ON SHABBOS

    I. Shabbos Clothes We greet Shabbos and spend the entire day clean and proper, dressed in fine clothes. What do you do if you have to wear an army uniform?…

    Joey Haber

    TAZRIA: LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TALK

    Parashat Tazria – as well as the majority of the following parashah, Parashat Metzora – discuss the laws of tzara’at, a skin condition which would befall a person mainly as…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS TAZRIA: GIVING THE CRITIC A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE

    The pasuk says, “And if the Kohen examines the Tzoraas and sees that it has spread, he need not (further) examine the yellow hair, the person is Tameh (impure)” [Vayikra…

    Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

    DAVENING FOR A PURE MOUTH

    After saying the Yi’h’yu l’ratzon following Sim Shalom, some people have the minhag to say the kapital of tehillim “Shir lama’alos, esa einai el haharim,” before commencing Elokai n’tzor. This…

    Biderman

    TAZRIA: THE BEAUTY OF STRUGGLES

    It states (Shir HaShirim 7:2) “beautiful are your footsteps in the shoes…” The Gemara (Succah 49:) says that “in the shoes” refers to Aliyah L’regel when the Yidden go up…

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant

    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: WITH RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT FROM THE OU

    If someone is going away for Pesach to a hotel- what kashrus questions should they ask before booking? What issues can come up at a hotel over Pesach? The kashrus…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPES

    PESACH BROWNIE S’MORES INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup oil 4 eggs 1 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 cup of potato starch 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (use Hershey’s cocoa for the best…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT TAZRIA: THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ARROGANCE

    Parashat Tazria introduces the laws related to Sara’at – a skin infection, similar to leprosy, that would befall a person as a result of certain sins. The Torah says that…

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    LISTEN TO YOUR MESSAGES

    Pesach. A night of recalling the miracles of our past, and recognizing the miracles in our lives today. The words “b’chol dor vodor, in every generation and generation” appear twice…

    Jacobson

    10-7 AND 9-11: HITLER, HAMAS, AND A HISTORIC DIARY G-D WANTS YOU TO BE GOOD, BUT HE ALSO WANTS YOU TO SHINE

    As Israel and the Jewish people face the horrors of October 7th, 2023, I wish to share the story of a fascinating 9-11 diary (capturing a significant theme of the…

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF YOM HA’SHOAH?

    As we approach the month of Nissan, I have been thinking a lot about what Yom HaShoah will look like this year. The reality is we, and every community I…

    Rabbi Shay Tahan

    RED HEIFER, AMALEK, AND REACTIONS OF NATIONS

    You must be living under a rock if you didn’t come across one of the thousands of videos and articles published recently about the Red Heifer (Para Adumah). It seems…

    Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, I just spent Shabbos at my future in-laws, and I don’t know what to do. They are a wonderful family, sweet, and welcoming. The only problem?…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: THE POTATO IN HALACHA

    In Yiddish a potato is called a kartufel. The reason why it is called a kartufel is because the potato which was meant to be a tufel food has been…

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    REMEMBERING FORMER SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN A”H LOOKING BACK: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE FORMER SENATOR IN 2018

    Joe Lieberman, the Shomer Shabbos former four-term US Senator from Connecticut and Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2000, was niftar this past Wednesday in New York City at the…

    Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

    GETTING READY FOR PESACH

    Pesach preparations are complex and multi- faceted. Way before Pesach, many people personally go to the matzah bakery and physically assist in the baking of the matzos, fulfilling the Talmudic…

    Biderman

    SHEMINI: DESTINED

    Even when a person harms himself due to a wrong decision, he should believe that what happened was bashert. Hashem placed in his mind to make that choice, so it…

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant

    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: WITH RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT FROM THE OU

    Selling chametz in different time zones: What happens if the chametz is in America, but its initial owner will be in Israel for Pesach? When the Rabbi is selling the…

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant

    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: WITH RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT FROM THE OU

    Must I use wine for the four cups, or may I use grape juice instead? There are two schools of thought among the Poskim. R’ Moshe Feinstein (Hagaddah Kol Dodi…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT SHEMINI: RESPECT AND REVERENCE IN THE SYNAGOGUE

    The Haftara for Parashat Shemini, taken from the Book of Shemuel II (chapter 6), tells of the tragic events that took place during what was to have been the joyous…

    CS Jungreis

    SOLID LIKE A ROCK

    “Vayehi bayom hashmini, and it was on the eighth day.” (Vayikra 9:1) The number seven connotes tevah, what is natural, as in the days of the week, while eight is…

    Jacobson

    SHMINI: WHY DID 1 MILLION SHOW UP TO THE FUNERAL OF A MAN WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL POSITION? DON’T CELEBRATE IGNORANCE: THE VALUE OF LIFE-LONG INQUIRY AND STUDY

    A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance. — Saul Bellow Light travels faster than sound. That’s why most people seem bright until you hear them speak. —…

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    CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES

    INGREDIENTS: 3⁄4 cup oil 3⁄4 cup cocoa 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups potato starch 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 cups powdered sugar, for rolling cookies…

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS…OR IS IT?

    Recently, the Princess of Wales announced that she has cancer. In a video recorded in Windsor, the former Kate Middleton disclosed her diagnosis in order to put an end to…

    Rabbi Shay Tahan

    ECLIPSES AND SPIRITUAL CAUSES: JEWISH PERSPECTIVES

    On Monday, April 8, a historic total solar eclipse will take place. This cosmic event will be visible across a narrow route, called the path of totality, which extends through…

    Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, Hi, Thanks for your column, I enjoy reading it on Shabbos. I have a question for you. I recently “dropped the shadchan” and now am dating…

    LEBOVITS

    KITNIYOS AND KITNIYOS SH’NISHTANA

    We are all familiar with the customs of kitniyos on Pesach, but who does it apply to, what is included in the custom, and what about derivates or extracts from…

    LEBOVITS

    TEVILAHS KEILIM: WHAT REQUIRES TEVILAH

    Many times one is faced with different questions as to what requires tevilah. For example, glass, china, stoneware etc. The halachos of how to tovel were dealt with in a…

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    THE RELIGIOUS AND THE NON-RELIGIOUS SOLDIER

    In the Israeli army, it is common for fully Torah observant soldiers to serve by the side of soldiers who are not. When a soldier has to serve a shift…

    Joey Haber

    SHEMINI: GETTING ADVICE

    In Parashat Shemini, we read about the dramatic events that happened on the eighth and final day of the inauguration of the Mishkan. This was a special day, when Aharon…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS SHEMINI: IT IS CERTAINLY NOT MY FAULT!

    This week’s parsha begins with the “Eighth Day.” During the previous week the Jewish people had occupied themselves with what is known as the “Seven Days of Consecration” leading up…

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    DARK TIMES, BUT A BRIGHT FUTURE: REVIEW OF “DARK CLOUDS ABOVE, FAITH BELOW”

    There have been many who have responded to the October 7th massacre on paper. They may have dealt with military or political issues, moral questions, or other pertinent issues. Many…

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    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FRUM MENTALIST/MAGICIAN SHLOMO LEVINGER

    Shlomo Levinger is a 26 year old frum magician & mentalist from Far Rockaway, NY. He grew up in Queens and went to Yeshiva Ketana of Queens & Tiferes Moshe…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT TSAV: ACCEPTING CRITICISM

    The prophecy read as the Haftara for Parashat Sav comes from Sefer Yirmiyahu (7), and in this prophecy, Yirmiyahu criticizes the people for offering sacrifices without undergoing a process of…

    CS Jungreis

    JUST DO IT!

    Did morning ever come too early, and you gave yourself “just five more minutes”? You close your eyes… and somehow five minutes turns into thirty. Maybe you had a friend,…

    Jacobson

    TZAV: GOOD MORNING SOUL THE ONLY JOB WHERE YOU START AT THE TOP IS DIGGING A HOLE

    And then the fight started … “My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, ‘What’s on TV?’ I said, ‘Dust.’ “And…

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

    MUCH MORE THAN A COSTUME

    When a convert stands in the mikvah about to immerse, undergo a radical transformation, and be born anew, the Beis Din asks a series of questions. One of the most…

    Rabbi Shay Tahan

    IN SEARCH OF SAFE HAVEN: CHAZAL’S PROPHECY ON TURMOIL AND DISTRESS

    Many Jewish people feel frightened at this time as antisemitism reaches new peaks. Many wonder where would be a safe place to migrate, while they know that there isn’t any…

    Rabbi Reuven and Shira Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, Thanks for your column, I read it every week. Maybe you can help me with a problem that I’m having. Since I came home from Yeshiva,…

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    VIRAL ONE POT FRENCH ONION SOUP PASTA

    INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup olive oil 3 yellow onions, thinly sliced 2 tsp crushed garlic cloves 1 tbsp fresh thyme 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 tbsp all purpose flour 2…

    LEBOVITS