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    BENNY FRIEDMAN Q & A

    Q & A WITH JEWISH MUSIC SUPERSTAR BENNY FRIEDMAN

    HAVE A CHARASHO SUKKOS One of the busiest stars in the Jewish music industry, Benny Friedman has made a name for himself, not by being a member of one of…

    LEBOVITS

    SITTING IN THE SUKKAH ON SHEMINI ATZERES

    The subject of whether one should sit in the sukkah on Shemini Atzeres has been the topic of debate and discussion since time immemorial. There are many who have the…

    Student

    THE INTELLECTUAL BA’AL TESHUVAH

    I. Two Types of Teshuvah The modern Ba’al Teshuvah, someone from a non-religiously observant background who becomes religiously observant, does not fit well into classical categories. That leaves room for…

    Weiss

    A LASTING SUKKOS MESSAGE

    We are taught that, “Mo-adim l’simcha, chagim u’zmanim ul’sason – Festivals towards (promoting) joy, holidays and times for (promoting) exaltation.” Rav Shamshon Rafoel Hirsch asks why doesn’t it say, “Mo-adei…

    Jacobson

    THE DIVINE EMBRACE: A PSYCHOLOGICAL/KABBALISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE FESTIVAL OF SUKKOS

    A GIFT TO A MOTHER Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    ESROG: THE SYMBOL OF JEWISH BEAUTY

    A woman in her seventies had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. She had the opportunity…

    r-mansour

    OUR TEMPORARY DWELLING

    There is a famous story told of an overworked, underpaid wagon driver who once found himself helplessly lost in a land with no light. He finally met a group of…

    Joey Haber

    HAZINU- THE TRAMPLED FIELD SYNDROME

    Many people enter the season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur asking themselves, “What’s the point? I went through all this last year, and here I am, the same person…

    Rabbi Biderman

    SUCCOS

    The Gemara (Succah 3) teaches that a succah must have enough room to contain most of one’s body and a small table. If it is smaller than this dimension, it’s…

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    LOSHON HORA IN THE SUKKAH

    The halacha requires that one dwell in the sukkah for the duration of the yom tov in the same way one would live in his own home: eating, sleeping, learning,…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS: SUKKOS QUESTIONS

    Is a canvas sukkah kosher if the walls move in the wind? Sukkah walls that move in a regular wind are not valid walls. There are different opinions as to…

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    WHOLE CHICKEN WITH A RUB

    INGREDIENTS: 3T honey 3T soy sauce 3T ketchup 1 tsp each: onion powder garlic powder and paprika   With so many meals to cook between Yom tov and Shabbos you…

    RECIPES

    CARAMELIZED ONION PASTA SALAD

    INGREDIENTS: Serves 6: 1 large vidalia onion, sliced 1 Tbsp. margarine or oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. brown sugar 3/4 tsp. black pepper 3 portabella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced…

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    The Trauma and the Miracles

    ON SEPTEMBER 11, when two hijacked planes deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers of New York City, it was not only the civilians who work in the towers that were…

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    REMEMBERING SHIMMY BIEGELEISEN A”H

    FIVE FLOORS ABOVE, Shimmy Biegeleisen phoned his wife from his office at money-management firm Fiduciary Trust International Inc. “There’s been an explosion next door,” the 42-year-old vice president said. “Don’t…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: KNEELING ON A STONE FLOOR

    On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we kneel on the floor during davening at oleinu and while saying v’kohanim. In addition, many times we wish to kneel on the ground…

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    ARE BA’ALEI TESHUVAH REALLY THAT GREAT?

    I. Who Is Greater? Is it better to be good all your life or to turn your life around? Someone who overcomes sin and returns to full observance, a ba’al…

    Weiss

    CHARITY – ARE WE GIVING ENOUGH?

    One of the most urgent segments of our Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur liturgy is the proclamation we say with great feeling, “Us’shuvah us’filah u’tzedakah ma-avirin es ro-ah hagizeirah –…

    Jacobson

    YONAH: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STORY- MEDITATIONS INSIDE A FISH

    NO BRAINER A freshman in college started his first day of classes. His Jewish teacher was clearly an atheist, and started the day by saying the following: “Students, is there…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    I’VE HAD A LOT OF WORRIES IN MY LIFE, MOST OF WHICH NEVER HAPPENED

    We all know the joke about the classic text message from a Jewish mother: “Start worrying. Details to follow.” The truth is there is much to worry about these days:…

    r-mansour

    SHABBAT SHUVA- THE MOST URGENT TESHUVA THAT WE NEED TODAY

    During this period of the Aseret Yemeh Teshuba – the Ten Days of Repentance, from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur – the Yeser Ha’ra (evil inclination) is gong to get…

    Joey Haber

    VAYELECH/SHABBAT SHUVA/YOM KIPPUR- RETURNING TO THE THRONE

    The Gemara teaches, “Teshuvah [repentance] is great, because it reaches the Throne of Glory.” What exactly does this mean? How does our teshuvah reach G-d’s throne in the heavens? And…

    Rabbi Biderman

    YOM KIPPUR

    The Tune The tefillos of Yom Kippur are sung in special melodies, which have been sung for centuries. The holy sefarim explain that these tunes annul the harsh judgment. As…

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    VAYELECH- YOM KIPPUR, THE YOM TOV OF TORAH SHEBEAL PEH

    The Talmud tells us (Taanis 30b) that every year on Yom Kippur we commemorate the fact that on that very day, so many years ago, Moshe Rabbeinu came down from…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: YOM KIPPUR QUESTIONS

    What foods should one eat at the seuda ha’mafsekes (last meal) on erev Yom Kippur? Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 608:4) writes that on erev Yom Kippur, one should eat light…

    Recipe dairy lokshen kugel 2019

    DAIRY LOKSHEN KUGEL

    INGREDIENTS: 16 ounces wide egg noodles 1/2 stick butter (melted) 16 ounces cottage cheese 16 ounces sour cream 4 large eggs (lightly beaten) 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK METS SHORTSTOP JAVY BAEZ

    FAST FACTS: Name: Ednel Javier Báez Nickname: El Mago Born: December 1, 1992 (age 28) in Bayamón, Puerto Rico MLB Debut: August 5, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs 2021 Salary:…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: REFRAINING FROM NUTS AND OTHER FOODS DURING THE YOMIM NORAIM

    We are all familiar with the simonim that are eaten on Rosh Hashanah. However, some foods are avoided from Rosh Hashanah until as late as Hoshanah Rabbah. What are these…

    Student

    THE HALACHOS OF SHUSHING IN SHUL

    I. Talking Destroys Shuls Talking in shul has been a problem since time immemorial. People who talk about idle matters during the prayer service not only show disrespect for the…

    Weiss

    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART THREE

    In last week’s article, we were discussing the proper usage of our ears. One of the wonderful things we can do with our ears is to allow a troubled person…

    Jacobson

    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: ON THE ESSENCE OF ROSH HASHANAH

    “Coronation Night” – that is how one of the great spiritual masters would define the night of Rosh Hashanah. In a 1974 sermon, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soleveitchik (1903-1993), one of…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    KEEP THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING

    What are the most important relationships, people and activities in your life? Would you say you allocate time to them? Do you think you make them a priority? Now take…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    ASKING MECHILA ON GROUP EMAIL, MASS TEXTS OR FACEBOOK IS INAUTHENTIC

    Please forgive me if I don’t send a mass email or group text message or Facebook post asking everyone for mechila. Also forgive me if I see you in the…

    r-mansour

    UNDERSTANDING THE SHOFAR’S CALL

    The Midrash (Vayikra Rabba) teaches that on Rosh Hashanah, G-d sits on the “throne of judgment,” ready to carefully judge and scrutinize every individual. But when we sound the shofar,…

    Joey Haber

    NETZAVIM: ROSH HASHANA & THE 3AM KNOCK ON THE DOOR

    I, and I’m sure many others, as well, get very excited as Rosh Hashanah approaches, eager to seize the opportunity to pray for a good year. I look forward to…

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    NETZAVIM/ROSH HASHANA- AN ATTITUDE OF CONFIDENCE

    In anticipation of Rosh Ha-Shana we take haircuts and dress as we do for Yom Tov to demonstrate that we are confident that G-d will be kind to us and…

    Rabbi Biderman

    NITZAVIM

    Rosh Hashana Segulos of Tekiyas Shofar The Shaar HaMelech writes that one should answer amen with kavanah to the brachah, Lishmoa kol shofar, because it’s written in sefarim that this…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: SELICHOS & ROSH HASHANAH QUESTIONS

    What is preferable? To wake up early and recite Selichos before dawn (a.k.a. alos hashachar, which is 72 minutes before sunrise), or to stay up late and recite Selichos after…

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    ROSH HASHANAH 5782: THE “STATE” OF G-D IN OUR WORLD

    “All of humanity pass before You as sheep”. On Rosh Hashanah every human stands before G-d in judgement. He reviews our behavior, scrutinizes our hearts and determines our fate for…

    Recipes for rosh hashana 2020 FP 2

    ROSH HASHANAH BRISKET

    INGREDIENTS: 5-6 lb brisket 3 medium onions 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 3 cloves of minced garlic salt and pepper to taste 12 oz chili sauce 2 15 oz cans of…

    Recipes for rosh hashana 2020 FP

    DUTCH APPLE CAKE

    INGREDIENTS: 1 package yellow cake mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup applesauce 1 1/3 cups peeled and very finely chopped apples (2 medium) 1 cup…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: REFRAINING FROM NUTS AND OTHER FOODS DURING THE YOMIM NORAIM

    We are all familiar with the simonim that are eaten on Rosh Hashanah. However, some foods are avoided from Rosh Hashanah until as late as Hoshanah Rabbah. What are these…

    Student

    WHY DOES TESHUVAH WORK?

    As Elul arrives and Rosh Hashanah approaches, we need to start thinking about teshuvah, about how we can build positively on all the events of tumultuous past year so that…

    Weiss

    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART TWO

    Last week, we spoke about how one should work on controlling the seven gateways of the head: the two eyes, two ears, the two nostrils and the mouth. In the…

    Jacobson

    PARSHAS KI SAVO: TO HOLD ETERNITY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND- CONTRIBUTING YOUR VERSE TO THE PLAY OF LIFE

    PEANUT BUTTER Every day at lunch time Yankel would open his lunch sandwich and utter the same complaint. “Oh no, peanut butter again!” One day, after seven years, his co-worker…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    I’M NOT UPSET THAT YOU LIED TO ME, I’M UPSET THAT FROM NOW ON I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU

    In addition to being an outstanding Talmid Chacham and world renowned posek, Rav Hershel Schachter is one of the most prolific Torah teachers of our time. He recently celebrated his…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT KI TABO: ELUL AND FAITH

    We are all familiar with the notion that Elul is a time for introspection and self-assessment as we prepare for the judgment of Rosh Hashanah. However, we can perhaps gain…

    Joey Haber

    KI-TAVO- THE LIBERATING FEAR OF ELUL

    When we think of Elul and the High Holidays, we generally think in terms of fear, anxiety and trepidation. We intuitively assume that during this period we are supposed to…

    Rabbi Biderman

    KI SAVO

    Bikurim “Ki v’haya ki tavo el ha’aretz… v’lakachta mreshit kol pri hadama… ubata el hacohen…”. The parashah begins with the mitzvah of bikurim, to bring the first ripened fruit —…

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    KI-TAVO- IT’S IN OUR GENES

    This coming Shabbos, when we read Parshas Ki Savo, we will be fulfilling a double mitzvah: 1) We will be reading the parshas hashavua 2) We will be fulfilling the…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: SHEMITAH QUESTIONS

    This Rosh Hashanah (5782) will be the beginning of a new Shemitah year. The Torah forbids many agricultural activities in Eretz Yisroel during Shemitah, such as planting, pruning and harvesting….

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    SAVING SHMITA

    The experience of Shmita is both fascinating and iconic. Occurring once in seven years, it carries the mystique of something “extraordinary” or even enchanted. Intended as a seminal national experience,…

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    POMEGRANATE GLAZED MEATBALLS

    INGREDIENTS: MEATBALLS: 1 large shallot, very finely chopped – reserve 1/3 for the sauce. 1 lb. ground lamb, beef, or chicken 4–5 large garlic cloves, minced or crushed through a…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NY GIANTS RUNNING BACK SAQUON BARKLEY

    FAST FACTS: Name: Saquon Barkely Born: February 7, 1997 (age 24) in Bronx, New York Drafted 2018: 1st Round, 2nd by New York Giants College: Penn State Salary: Base salary…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 6)

    Changing  Location While Eating In a bungalow colony or camp, people often eat in their room and then go outside on the porch or walk around outside. The halachos of…

    Student

    CAN YOU SUE YOUR RABBI?

    I. Respect If a student believes that his rabbi has committed a financial wrong against him, can the student call him to a religious court? Perhaps the respect due to…

    Weiss

    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART ONE

    On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we chant slowly the venerable psalm, L’Dovid Mizmor. The saying of this psalm is considered a big segula for parnassa, for one’s livelihood. In…

    Jacobson

    PARSHAS KI TEITZEI: WHY CHILDREN REBEL THE ARGUMENT BETWEEN MOSES AND G-D

    TWO PHASES In a military class the professor asked the students, “What is the difference between an engagement and a battle?” No one in the group offered any answer. The…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    WHAT YOU NEED TO QUIET YOUR MIND

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a third of us aren’t getting the r e c omme n d e d seven hours of sleep we need. A…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT KI TESEH: THE MESSAGE OF YIBUM

    Towards the end of Parashat Ki-Teseh, the Torah presents the Misva of Yibum, which applies when a married man dies without children. His brother is required to marry the widow,…

    Joey Haber

    KI-TESE- PUTTING ON THE PINSTRIPES

    There is one sports team in America which is much more than just a sports team. Almost every player who joins this team says the same thing: it’s more than…

    Rabbi Biderman

    KI SEITZEI

    The parashah begins, “When you go out to war against your enemies, Hashem your G-d will deliver them into your hands…”. This passuk, like all pesukim of the Torah, can…

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    KI-TEITZEI- THE SIXTH SEDRAH

    The official anthology of readings from the works of the Gaon of Vilna is entitled “Even Shleima”. The choice of the title is based on the acronym of the phrase:…

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    PARSHAT KI TEITZEI: TOO MANY EXPERTS

    There are very few storylines as dramatic or as harsh as the saga of a ben sorer u’moreh. A wayward adolescent boy exhibits preliminary signs of insubordination, is arraigned by…

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    Kashrus Question of the Week

    Ma’aris Ayin in Kashrus: Can you eat in a treif restaurant for business (with a yarmulke or without a yarmulke, etc.)? That’s a great question. The answer is as follows:…

    Recipe tomato couscous salad 2021

    TOMATO COUSCOUS SALAD

    INGREDIENTS: 4 cups cherry tomatoes, (half for roasting, half raw) Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 1 cup dry Israeli couscous 1 tablespoon lemon juice, more if desired 1 garlic clove,…

    Rabbi Biderman

    TORAH WELLSPRINGS: SHOFTIM

    Temimus Ancient sefarim state that the word tamim in the passuk (18:13) “tamim t’hiyeh am hashem elokecha” is written with a large Taf. The Kotkzer zt’l explains that the large…

    Joey Haber

    SHOFTIM- THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM

    Often, when a person is going through a trying time, his friends and family will urge him to “think positive.” We might ask, why should such a person think positive?…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 5)

    Washing Many People’s Hands for a Meal When large groups of people are going on a trip and need to wash their hands for a meal, one should take a…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NY YANKEES – ANTHONY RIZZO

    FAST FACTS: Name: Anthony Vincent Rizzo Born: August 8, 1989 (age 32) in Parkland, Florida Bats: Left Throws: Right Drafter: By the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of…

    Weiss

    AN ELUL PRIMER

    The month of Elul is upon us with all of its seriousness and high stakes. First of all, it is the last month of the year and in Yiddishkeit this…

    Rabbi Steinfeld

    A MAJESTIC HAIRCUT

    In Devarim 17:15 the Torah tells us that we should appoint a king. The Gemara in Taanis 17a and Sanhedrin 22b says that a king takes a haircut every day,…

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    GLOBAL WARMING, TESHUVA AND THE SIN OF LOST POTENTIAL

    Man is at his worst behavior during wartime- destroying lives and devastating his surroundings. Modern war feels slightly more civil, as it is generally brief and is conducted at a…

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    SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER

    INGREDIENTS: 1 packet onion soup mix 1/4 scant cup olive oil 1 chicken in eighths 2 medium potatoes cubed 2 large carrots sliced 1/2 cup chicken consomme   ISRAELI SALAD…

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    PARASHAT SHOFTIM: THE FIRST STEP TO TESHUBA

    I know a number of individuals who, unfortunately, struggled with alcohol addiction, and were helped by joining Alcoholics Anonymous, where addicts come together to receive help and give each other…

    Jacobson

    HAVE WE BECOME TOO TRIBAL? TRUE RELIGION MUST EMBRACE DIVERSITY

    FIRST ANECDOTE: A man goes out with a woman on their first date. For the first three hours he talks only about himself, his history, accomplishments and interests. Finally, he…

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    SHOFTIM- THE JEWISH ARMY

    The Torah tells the soldiers of the Jewish army not to fear the enemy (Devorim 20:3). Rambam understands this as a prohibition, i.e., it is forbidden for the soldiers to…

    Student

    DRINKING DURING DAVENING

    I. Drinking Before Davening I have seen myself and heard from others that over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the number of people who drink…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING, ANY ROAD WILL GET YOU THEREBY

    I recently drove to a funeral at a cemetery deep in Miami. One of the other attendees asked me which route I took to get there. I thought for a…

    Boshnack

    Dating and Relationship Advice

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, I’m hoping you can help me. I have been friends with this guy for the past few years. We get along well and I have strong…

    Eisen Q & A

    Q & A WITH TALMID RABBI YOSEF EISEN: REMEMBERING RAV PAM ZT”L ON THE 20TH YAHRTZEIT

    Rabbi Eisen is the Rav of Kollel Bnei Torah, and the Rabbinic Administrator of the Vaad of The Five Towns & Far Rockaway When were you in Rav Pam’s shiur?…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    During the summer in my bungalow colony we like to eat our seudah on the grass. Is that a problem? It is a huge problem to eat on the grass…

    Jacobson

    A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A RELIGIOUS & PROGRESSIVE JEW RABBI SCALES & DR. FINS DEBATE JEWISH CONTINUITY

    THE FIGHT A Jewish congregation was arguing over whether one should stand or sit during the Kaddish prayer. Half of the congregation said one should sit, while the other half…

    Recipe Reuben Deli Roll 2020

    REUBEN DELI ROLL

    INGREDIENTS: 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 1/2 lb sliced pastrami (can also use corned beef or a combination) 2/3 cup sauerkraut, drained 1/2 cup mayonnaise 3 Tbsp ketchup 1 Tbsp…

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 4)

    Accepting Government Programs for Summer Camps The U.S. government offers many programs. One such program provides free food for children from low-income homes who attend a sleepaway camp or day…

    Joey Haber

    RE’EH- WHO WE REALLY ARE – AND WHO WE COULD BE

    Many communities, including Syrian Jews, have the custom to recite throughout the month of Elul the 27th chapter of Tehillim, which begins, ≠’ה†דודל†יעשיו†ירוא†– “[A Psalm] by David: Hashem is my…

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    RE’EH- FREEDOM OF CHOICE

    The opening section of Parshas Re’eh formulates the principle of bechira chofshis (freedom of will). Although the Rambam has not listed this among what he considered the thirteen principles of…

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    PARASHAT RE’EH: SPIRITUAL CLEANSING OUR MONEY

    The Torah in Parashat Re’eh discusses the Misva of Sedaka, charity, commanding us, “Do not harden your heart and do not close your hand from your brother the pauper. Rather,…

    Rabbi Biderman

    RE’EH

    The Vision from Above Chassidim were once traveling with Rebbe Naftali of Ropshitz zt’l, and before they boarded the wagon, they agreed on a price with the gentile wagon driver….

    Weiss

    WOW! ELUL IS HERE!

    Believe it or not, Elul is upon us! How do we juggle the seriousness, gravity and trepidation of Elul with the lazy days of summer? How can we relax and…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    ON INFLUENCERS’ INFLUENCE

    Yellowstone National Park, which is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, contains its own Grand Canyon, considered by many to be the most breathtaking sight inside…

    Student

    APOLOGIZING HALACHICALLY

    I. Asking for Forgiveness In recent years, there has been much discussion about what constitutes a sufficient apology. Sometimes people apologize under pressure and do not really admit to having…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK METS SHORTSTOP JAVY BAEZ

    FAST FACTS: Name: Ednel Javier Báez Nickname: El Mago Born: December 1, 1992 (age 28) in Bayamón, Puerto Rico MLB Debut: August 5, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs 2021 Salary:…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 3)

    Kiddush and Havdala Some mention that one who wears a jacket and hat for davening should wear them for Kiddush as well, as this shows honor for the mitzvah. Others…

    Student

    HONORING AN OTD PARENT

    I. Whom to Honor Is a child obligated to honor a parent who leaves Torah observance? We are speaking here of the child’s obligation and what is best for the…

    Weiss

    THE LITMUS TEST OF ONE’S YIRAS SHAMAYIM

    The posuk in Mishlei states, “K’kesef l’matzreif vk’cur l’zahav, ish k’fi mehalalo – Like silver in the refinery and gold in the crucible, so is a man according to his…

    Jacobson

    BROKEN: WHY BREAKING THE TABLETS WAS MOSHE’S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT

    “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are stronger in the broken places.” — Ernest Hemingway Broken The simple reading of the story (recorded twice in Torah, in Exodus, in…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    EVERY MILLISECOND MATTERS

    There are many lessons to draw from the Olympics currently taking place in Tokyo. The tenacity, resolve, grit, discipline, drive, and sense of teamwork of each athlete, is simply inspiring…

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    PARASHAT EKEB: UNDERSTANDING THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF SHEMA

    Parashat Ekeb features the section known as “Ve’haya Im Shamoa” – the second paragraph of the Shema text which we recite each morning and evening. The first paragraph – “Shema…

    Joey Haber

    EKEV- DON’T LET ANYONE ELSE DRIVE YOUR LIFE

    Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman tells that he once needed to drive from Lakewood to Monsey, and there was a group of yeshiva students who needed a ride, so he took them…

    Rabbi Biderman

    EIKEV

    No Worries In this week’s parashah it states “Hashem will remove from you all illnesses and all diseases of Mitzrayim…” (7:15). Notice that the passuk discusses two types of sicknesses:…

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    EIKEV- THE NATURE OF MOSHE RABBEINU’S RECEIVING THE TORAH

    Four times a year we read in the Torah about ma’amad har Sinai: on Shabbos when we lein the parshas of Yisro, V’eschanan, and Eikev, and on Shavuos. According to…

    Rabbi Steinfeld

    BRACHOS

    In Devarim 10:12 the posuk tells us, “Now, what (ma) does Hashem want from you? Just to have yiras shomayim.” The Gemara Menachos 43a learns from this pokuk that we…

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    EIKEV: THE LAND OF MILK AND ICE CREAM

    The recent decision to discontinue selling Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in selected areas of Israel has roused the Jewish world, supporters of Israel, and opponents of economic boycotting. Fortunately,…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Can one open a bottle of soda or can of tuna on Shabbos? If I hold that it’s ok to open and my friend does not, can I open the…

    Recipe CROCKPOT HONEY BALSAMIC BRISKET 2019

    CROCKPOT HONEY BALSAMIC BRISKET

    INGREDIENTS: 3 -4 lb second cut brisket or deckle 1 1/2 cups water 2 tsp seasoned salt 2 tsp garlic powder 1 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup ketchup 1/2…

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 2)

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    PESACH: THE SEDER

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    BE GRATEFUL IT TASTES BITTER

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    MAGID

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    HALLEL ON THE NIGHT OF PESACH

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    GETTING READY FOR PESACH 2021 WITH R’ ELEFANT FROM THE OU

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    PESACH: CORONA DIARY #27 “ WE BELONG”

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    UNSTUFFED CABBAGE

    INGREDIENTS: 1 large cabbage, cored and sliced 1 1/4 cups ketchup 4 cups ginger ale 2 lbs chopped meat 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste   DIRECTIONS: This recipe…

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    PESACH GRANOLA

    INGREDIENTS 3 1/4 cups of matza farfel – you can use whole wheat 1/2 cup oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup margarine 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chopped nuts…

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    OMA’S CHOCOLATE CAKE

    INGREDIENTS: 9 eggs – 7 separated. Beat the 7 whites until stiff in a separate bowl. Add the remaining 2 whole eggs and 7 yolks to the rest of the…

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    WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPES: 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…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPES: BEST EVER PESACH SALAD DRESSING

    INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons mayonnaise This dressing is best served with a simple fresh salad of: Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, colored peppers,…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPE: DELICIOUS ROAST CHICKEN WITH CRISPY POTATOES

    INGREDIENTS:  1 -3½–4-pound whole chicken Kosher salt 1½ pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, thinly sliced crosswise 2 tablespoons margarine, melted 1 tablespoon thyme leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided Freshly ground…

    LIFE-CHANGING SEDER GEMS: THIS PESACH, DISCOVER YOUR TRUE LIGHT

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    PESACH

    Maggid Before saying Maggid, many read the following section from the Zohar: “Every person who tells the story of yetzias Mitzrayim, and he is happy with it, will be happy…

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    PARASHAT VAYIKRA- HARD WORK IS GOOD

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    IT’S ALL ONE MATZA

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    BACK TO THE CHOMETZ

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    VACCINE SELFIES

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: WHAT TO USE FOR MARROR AT THE PESACH SEDER

    Weeks before Pesach the newspapers are full of advertisements for romaine lettuce that does not need to be inspected for insects. What is the ideal item to use for marror…

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    TIME AFTER TIME

    Jewish holidays recount seminal moments of Jewish history. These annual celebrations shape our collective memory just as they animate our common future. The celebration of our history creates eternal meaning…

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    GETTING READY FOR PESACH 2021 WITH R’ ELEFANT FROM THE OU

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    Dating and Relationship Advice

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    STEALING AND TESHUVAH

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    FURY AS DR. SEUSS BOOKS SCRAPPED BY EBAY FOR ‘GLORIFYING HATRED AND VIOLENCE’ – BUT HITLER’S MEIN KAMPF REMAINS

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    VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI – THE SPIRITUAL VALUE OF TECHEILES IN THE MISHKAN

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    IT ALL FITS LIKE A PUZZLE

    Parashat Pekudeh begins with a detailed accounting of the precious metals that were donated for the Mishkan, and how were they used. The Torah tells us exactly how much gold,…

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: GEBROKTS & OTHER CUSTOMS ON PESACH

    One of the most commonly accepted chumros on Pesach is to avoid gebrokts –matzah which was fully baked and then soaked in water. When did this custom start? How binding…

    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…

    THE ESSENCE OF A YEHUDI

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    VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI: MITZVOT LE-DOROT AND HORA’OT SHA’AH

    In this week’s Torah-portions we learn that the Jews constructed the Mishkan and prepared the bigdei kehunah. Although in both cases the Jews followed the directions they had been given,…

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