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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  I am responding to the lovely girl who was upset that she was not getting any dates due to the mothers of the boys who rejected…

rabbi steinfeld

The Order of Food

Hashem commanded Noach in Bereishis 6:22 to bring all types of food into the Teiva for you (Noach and family) and them (all animals) to eat. The Gemara in Berachos…

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The Symbolism of the Rainbow

In Parashat Noach, we are introduced to the rainbow. HaKadosh Barukh Hu promises that He will never destroy the world again and uses a rainbow as a reminder of this…

Rabbi yy

The Hero for the Simple People: Thank Goodness, Noach Was No Saint

HENRY KISSINGER’S SUIT There is the old Jewish anecdote about former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who decides to make for himself a custom made beautiful three-piece suit of the…

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Eidelkeit

Recently, with the help of Hashem, I’ve was asked to film shiurim on the remarkable series of learning known as Chok l’Yisroel, or more simply, the Chok. This is a…

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Reflections on “Piety”

After the mabul, Hakadosh Baruch Hu entered into a bris with mankind that He would never again destroy the entire world via a flood. The rainbow was chosen to symbolize…

Rabbi Goldberg

Talking to Ben Shapiro Without Discussing Politics

A month ago, I had a very uncomfortable and sad conversation, at least it started that way. Someone I consider a close friend had distanced himself and I called to…

r-mansour

Parashat Noah: Noah’s Ark & The Yeshiva

We find in Humash two different structures that G-d commanded to build: Noah’s ark, and the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the wilderness. Rav Yitzchak Hutner (1906-1980) noted that there is a…

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Escape From Dystopia

Humanity is constantly searching for a better tomorrow. Dissatisfied with our current reality, we endlessly dream of a better world without hardships and sadness. This hope for a better world…

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When Lashon Ha-Ra Goes Viral

I. Lashon Ha-Ra With Legs The idea that derogatory speech can go viral — a post, video or message can be forwarded thousands of times — should more than ever…

Recipe Rainbow layered salad 2020

Rainbow Layered Salad

INGREDIENTS: Poppy seed Dressing: 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1 garlic clove 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons light…

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Getting to Know LA Dodgers Star Pitcher Clayton Kershaw

Full Name: Clayton Edward Kershaw Born: Dallas, Texas on March 19, 1988 Height & Weight: 6-3, 215 Nickname: Kersh or the Claw Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing Ping Pong Player you…

rosner

Let “Us” Make Man?

And G-d said, “Let us make man in our image, after our l i k e n e s s … ” (Bereshit 1:26) When the Torah describes the steps…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  I am so frustrated with the shidduch system . Why are the guy’s moms in charge of who I marry? Every time I am redt to…

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The Biggest Challenge

Chumash Bereishis is also known as Sefer HaYashar – the Book of the Upright. This is because one of the primary aims of studying it is to learn from the…

Rabbi Biderman

Bereishis

Creation  This week we study about Creation. What is the purpose of Creation? We look at the world and see wonders all around. But what is the purpose of it…

elefant

Kashruth Questions of the Week

Is there such a thing as a mezonos bagel?  The OU as a matter of policy does not believe that there is such a thing. Rabbi Belskey zt”l was very…

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Q&A With R’ David Fohrman of Aleph Beta About His New Book, Genesis: A Parsha Companion

Rabbi David Fohrman is the Dean and founder of Aleph Beta and scholar for the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study. He lectures internationally on Biblical themes. Rabbi Fohrman grew up…

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Remembering Yankee Great, “The Chairman of the Board” Whitey Ford

FAST FACTS Name: Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford Nick Name: The Chairman of the Board Position: Pitcher Born: October 21, 1928 in New York City, New York Died: October 8, 2020…

Rabbi yy

When Your Spouse Disagrees With You: The Majesty of Debate

WHO’S LISTENING? “How is married life?” David asks his old buddy Abe. “It’s quite simple,” Abe responds. “When we got engaged, I did most of the talking and she did…

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Tzelem Elokim

The Torah tells us that man was created b’zelem elokim. The Rambam (in Moreh Nevuchim) points out that this clearly cannot mean that man has the same physical features as…

Rabbi Goldberg

Admitting “I Don’t Know” Is A Sign of Strength, Not Weakness

Mark Twain once said: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Nobel prize winner Dr. Daniel…

rabbi steinfeld

The Day Six

The Torah in Bereishis 1:31 says that it was evening and then it was morning, the sixth day. This is the only day where the Torah adds the prefix heh to the number of the day.  The Medrash Rabba…

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Bereishit

The first verse of the Torah tells us that God created the world “Bereishit,” which we generally interpret to mean “in the beginning.” Rashi, however, comments that the letter “Bet”…

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The Ways of G-D and the Ways of Man

The creation of our world is described in the Torah as a flurry of activity. Rapidly, across a short span of six days, the Universe as we know it, is…

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Spilling Wine

I. Spilling Wine Rav Moshe Isserles (Rema, 17th cen, Poland; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 396:1) records a custom to spill Havdalah wine on the ground. He explains that the basis…

Recipe Banana chocolate chip Muffins 2020

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

INGREDIENTS: 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine melted 3/4 cup light brown sugar 2 large…

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We Can All Use a Little More Simcha These Days! Q&A With Jewish Music Superstar Simcha Leiner

FAST FACTS: Official Name: Simcha Yoel ben Tzvi Melech Halevi Family: Wife & 3 children Main Yeshiva: Yeshiva Ner Yisroel in Baltimore Currently Lives: Toms River, New Jersey Albums: 4…

rabbi steinfeld

Maaser for Membership & Mitzvos

The Torah in Devarim 14:2 teaches us that a person must give one tenth of his crops for tzedaka. Chazal learn from the additional word of “kol” that a person…

elefant

Succos Kashruth Questions

I am visiting my parents for the first days of Sukkos and my in-laws for the last days. We hung up, in my parent’s Sukkah, decorations that my children made…

Rabbi yy

Are You Afraid to Change? Emulating the Citron

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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Succos and a Look Back at 9/11

The Yom Tov of Succos is upon us. All over the globe, Klal Yisroel sits under the schach and reflects back to over 3000 years ago when Hashem protected us…

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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,…

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…

Rabbi Biderman

Succos

Reasons for the Mitzvah of Simchah on Succos Yom Kippur has just passed, and all Yidden are clean from sins. But we are worried and concerned: how will we maintain…

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Succos of Innocence and Experience

Humans often forget G-d and allow Him to slide out of consciousness. For some, the desires of this world are too powerful and G-d must be sidelined so that these…

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Arts & Crafts on Chol Hamoed During Coronavirus

Children are off from school and the schools are warning parents to avoid risky situations. Some are in quarantine. Many of the regular Chol Hamoed attractions are closed and those…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Hi! I enjoy reading your column each week and I was wondering if you had any advice for me. I am in my mid twenties with no propsects insights. The…

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Citrus Olive Lamb Roast

INGREDIENTS: 1 4–5-pound boneless lamb shoulder Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 mandarin oranges or tangerines, unpeeled, thinly sliced into rounds 1 cup brine-cured black…

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One Pot Hearty Chicken Stew

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 2-inch chunks 1 Tbsp. canola oil 3 medium carrots, sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces 1 medium sweet onion, cut into…

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Getting to Know DJ LeMahieu

This past Sunday, DJ LeMahieu won his second batting title. LeMahieu is the fourth Yankee to lead the majors in hitting and ninth Yankee to win an AL batting title….

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Two Jewish Musicians, Sandy Koufax’s Decision, and the Power of a Kiddush Hashem

One of the most popular “Fun Question” pages I have ever made was the question, “If you could have three people over to your house, anyone from the beginning of…

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Teshuva Power

Did you hear about Macy’s? After C O V I D – 1 9 caused it to shut its doors for five months, the mega-retailer expected to come back booming….

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Keeping Moshe Alive

In Devarim 32:48 the posuk says that Hashem spoke to Moshe in the middle of the day. Rashi quotes the Sifri that discusses that the Torah mentions that it was…

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Yom Kippur: The Yom Tov of Torah SheBe’al 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…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  I am a single 28 year old man. I am the “black sheep of my family.” My family is very Yeshivish and my siblings have all…

elefant

Yom Kippur Kashruth Questions

What is preferable, to wake up early and recite Selichos before dawn, or to stay up late and recite Selichos after Chatzos (midnight)? Rav Yitzchak Zylberstein (Chashukei Chemed, Yoma 22a)…

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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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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Do We Deserve A “Corona Discount” This Yom Kippur

Personal success in life is about “stretching”: can we transcend our current confines to achieve even higher ground? In many ways, teshuva is the “greatest stretch”: can we stretch beyond…

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Getting to Know the New Owner of the NY Mets Steve Cohen

September 14th, 2020 will be a major day of significance in the story of the New York Mets baseball franchise. On this date, news broke that the Mets and billionaire…

Yonah: The Psychologist 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

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…

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Is the Akedah Ethical

It seems that every few years, someone argues that the message of the Akedah, the binding and near-sacrifice of Yitzchak (Gen. 22), is something other than that we should follow…

rabbi steinfeld

Davening for Mitzvos

In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 583 we learn that one should eat various simanim on the night of Rosh Hashana. Upon eating black-eyed peas we say, “Yehi ratzon sheyirbu zechuyoseinu.”…

Rabbi Goldberg

Geshmak or Shver: Are You Willing to Sacrifice or Must it All Come Easy?

A few summers ago, my wife, Yocheved and I were in a remarkable s u p e r m a r k e t . The supermarket was larger than…

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,…

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Eating Before Tekias Shofar: Revisiting the Costum of Yeshivos

There are so many sacred memories that stay with us from the special time that we spend in Yeshiva in Israel. I was privileged to spend one year at Yeshivas…

R' DR. GLATT

The Covid-19 Update for the Yomim Noraim

As we approach the Yom Hadin, I am being asked many questions regarding the Yomim Noraim and Succos so I have drafted some general guidelines for Rabbanim and lay leaders…

elefant

Special Kashruth Questions for the Yomim Noraim

This month many of the bakeries sell raisin challah. Many local bagel stores recently stopped selling cinnamon raisin bagels. Are raisins kosher to eat? The OU’s position is that raisins…

Forget the Rabbi: The Cantor, The Lion, and The Fox

THE LAST WISH On Rosh Hashanah night, the Kazaks captured the rabbi, the cantor and the president of the synagogue, and granted them a final wish before they would be…

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A Great Defense for Rosh Hashana

In parshas Haazinu, the Torah proclaims about Hashem, “HaTzur, tamim pa’alo – The Rock (a metaphor for Hashem Who is solid and stable like a rock), perfect are His ways.”…

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Recommitting Ourselves to the Torah Sheb’al Peh

The Talmud (Berachos 47b) describes the process of becoming a talmid chochom as consisting of three parts: One must be 1) koroh 2) v’shonah and 3) v’shimeish talmidei chachomin. Koroh…

Rabbi Biderman

Rosh Hashana

Just one step Sometimes, taking just one step forward in avodas Hashem will make all the difference. Consider what happens when two people are rushing into an elevator, but one…

rabbi-gill-student

When Shabbos is Shofar

This year, we do not blow shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah because it is Shabbos. To prevent people from carrying a shofar where there is no eruv…

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Rosh Hashana 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…

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Roasted Carrot and Fig Tzimmes

INGREDIENTS: 8 dried figs 1/4 c orange juice 3/4 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1” sticks 3/4 lb sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1” sticks 1/2 lb parsnips,…

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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…

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One Pot Pomegranate Chicken and Potatoes

INGREDIENTS: 8 potatoes peeled and sliced 6-8 Chicken thighs depending on the size –fat cleaned away but skin left on 4 cloves of garlic peeled and halved 4 red onions…

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Just One Life: Supporting and Empowering Expectant Mothers for Over 30 Years

For many women in Israel, where currently, 1.7 million people are living below poverty level, suffering from financial and emotional distress or experiencing medical complications or high-risk pregnancies, the news…

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Coping With a Rosh Hashana Without

The term “without“ best captures this year’s challenging Rosh Hashanah. Due to health guidelines so many classic features of Rosh Hashanah will be missing this year. Most regrettably, Corona limitations…

rabbi steinfeld

Calming Effect

The Torah tells us in Devarim 29:9 “All Yidden are standing here before Hashem…” The Medrash says the reason why Parshas Nitzavim was placed right next to the klalos is…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  It’s that time of the year that we leave the five towns and visit my in- laws family in LA. You might think it’s great. I…

Yudi

R’ Yehuda “Yudi” Dukes is Going to Rehab!

Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Dukes, the founder and director of JNet, the Jewish Learning Network, has spent nearly half a year in critical condition due to complications from COVID-19. He endured…

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Rabbi Moshe Greenberg ZT”L; A Rav, A Leader and A Dear Zaidy- A Grandchild’s Perspective

This past week, Klal Yisroel lost a Gadol, as we lost our Zaidy. Zaidy started off in Europe, born in the town of Yanova, Poland. At a young age, he…

elefant

Kashruth Question of the Week

What is preferable, to wake up early and recite Selichos before dawn, or to stay up late and recite Selichos after Chatzos (midnight)? Rav Yitzchak Zylberstein (Chashukei Chemed, Yoma 22a)…

A Night to Remember: On the Essence of Rosh Hashana

“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…

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The Super- Power of Tefillin

The posuk reveals, “V’ra-u chol amei haaretz ki Sheim Hashem nikra alecha v’yaru mimeka – And all of the nations of the world will see that the Name of Hashem…

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Changes These Yomim Tovim Due to Covid-19

1. Shuls that must abridge Davening due to Covid-19 May suffice with the primary requirement to blow only 60 shofar blasts and not the final 40 at the end of…

Rabbi Goldberg

3 Things That We Can Still Control, Even When We Feel Powerless

The story is told of a young couple that moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging laundry…

r-mansour

Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech: 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,…

Rabbi Biderman

Elul

The roshei teivos of לולא†is: ונניע†ה≠ילו†ה≠יל†ונא. The Imrei Chaim zt’l said that the translation of these words “we are to Hashem and our eyes are to Hashem” insinuates the importance…

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Trapped by the Sermon

Many rabbis use the Yom Tovim sermons as an opportunity to showcase their talents and to showcase crucial ideas and themes. Considering the large crowd, rabbis may spend months preparing…

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Apple Cider Donut Cake

INGREDIENTS: For the Cake: Yellow cake mix 3/4 cup apple cider 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup apple sauce 3 eggs 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/8 cup cinnamon…

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Nissim Black on Jewish Pride

I am tired of the viral anti-Semitic tweets. I am angry for the college kids who tell me that they are bullied when they stand up for Israel and our…

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Underestimating Jared Kushner

I have to admit it. I completely underestimated Jared Kushner. I thought that Jared Kushner was nothing other than a son-in-law who happened to get lucky and marry the President…

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Exclusive Q&A With Music Superstar Ari Goldwag

FAST FACTS: Name: Ari Goldwag Name called up to the Torah: Ari Schraga Chaim ben R’ Meir Born: April 8, 1979 Resides in: Ramat Beit Shemesh Children: Moshe Dov, Tziporah,…

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Do We Uphold the Torah?

Finally, the long-awaited moment has arrived. The book of Devarim forecasts the settlement of Israel, and the ensuing cultural challenges which this younger generation would face. Our specific parsha of…

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Bikurim During Shmittah

The Torah tells us in Devarim 26:1,2 that when you enter Eretz Yisroel you should bring the first ripened fruit as a gift to Hashem. This comes right after the…

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Getting Ready for the Day of Judgement

As we get closer and closer to Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, we try to prepare ourselves in every possible way. Of course, we engage in the making of…

r-mansour

Parashat Ki Tavo: The Elul Immersion

The significance of this month – the month of Elul – can be understood based on the laws of “Bittul,” whereby a small amount of forbidden food becomes “nullified” when…

Rabbi Biderman

Parshas Ki Tavo

The Torah discusses the mitzvah of going to the Beis HaMikdash to proclaim there that you kept all the mitzvos of terumah and maaser etc. At this time, one says,…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I am dating an Instagram influencer. She’s sweet, beautiful, and “geschikt.” It might sound amazing but the problem is my life is not my own anymore….

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Getting to Know Luke Voit

Name: Louis Linwood Voit Born: February 13, 1991 (age 29 years) in Wildwood, MO Height: 6” 3” Weight: 225 lbs Nickname: Meathead Bats: Right-handed Position: First Base Education: Lafayette High…

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BBQ Wings

INGREDIENTS: 3 lbs chicken wings, cleaned and dried 1/2 cup hoisin sauce 3 Tbsp soy sauce 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp ketchup 2 Tbsp minced…

Never Broken: How a Rebbe Helped a Survivor Embrace His Fragments

THE JEWISH PERSPECTIVE  Ammunition had run out for a unit in the Russian army, but it was still under fierce attack. “Take out your bayonets,” said the corporal, “we are…

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Yom Kippur Kashruth Questions

What is preferable, to wake up early and recite Selichos before dawn, or to stay up late and recite Selichos after Chatzos (midnight)?  Rav Yitzchak Zylberstein (Chashukei Chemed, Yoma 22a)…

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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…

Rabbi Goldberg

4 Recommendations for Raising Kinder Children

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” When we say one thing and communicate a different message through our…

rabbi-gill-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…

Rabbi Philip Moskowitz

The Hot Shot Rule

If a hotshot came in and took over your job, what would he or she immediately be doing differently? In the mid 1960’s, George Leonard conducted research for Look magazine…

elefant

Kashruth Questions of the Week

Is there such a thing as a mezonos bagel? The OU as a matter of policy does not believe that there is such a thing. Rabbi Belskey zt”l was very…

rabbi steinfeld

Maakeh In The Bais Hamikdosh

The Torah tells us in Devarim 22:8 that when you build a new home you should make a “maakeh,” a special gate, for your roof so that you should not…

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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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Teshuva During The Corona Crisis

Summer has concluded, schools have “restarted” and the scent of Ellul is in the air- punctuated every morning by the blaring shofar and at night by solemn selichot. Our religious…

Boshnack

Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I am dating Mr. Popular. He is gregarious, funny, giving and very attentive to everyone’s needs. He is the type of guy that will go out…

Parshas Ki Tetzei: 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…

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Making the Most of Elul

These days we are dealing with a somersault of emotions. The summer is coming to a close and many of us say we can’t believe it’s already over. We are…

Rabbi Goldberg

In and Out, Quick and Easy Judaism: Can We Do Better, Even in a Pandemic?

Shortly after my shul, BRS shut down in March, someone said to me, almost half-jokingly, “Imagine if things are still like this for Rosh Hashanah.” I vividly remember dismissing the…

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,…

Rabbi Biderman

Parshas Ki Tetzei

The parashah begins with the laws regarding wars. We know that the Torah is eternal and applicable in every generation. So how should we read this verse in our generation,…

rabbi-gill-student

A Derashah During a Plague

The 1848 (5608-9) cholera epidemic has become famous in Jewish history because it was the moment when the 37-year old Rav Yisrael Salanter first took on a leadership role. Rav…

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Watermelon Ices

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups watermelon, seeded and diced 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon white sugar   DIRECTIONS: Blend watermelon, water, honey, lemon…

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Too Many Wives

The Torah in Devarim 17:17 tells us that a king may not marry too many women as they might turn his heart away from Yiddishkeit. Similarly, he may not accumulate…

elefant

Kashruth Questions of the Week

What bracha do you make on licorice? She’Hakol. It was never mezonos. Those that learned mesechtas brachos learned that any food that has one of the 5 grains is mezonos….

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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Making the Right Changes During Elul and How to Do it!

The month of Elul is synonymous with teshuva- repentance. It is also a time when we increase our charity as best as we can. Smart people also make a strong…

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Psak Halacha on This Year’s Yom Tov Davening

One Person Serving as the Chazan For Multiple Minyanim for the Same Tefillah This year presents a unique problem for many communities, as there will be many more minyanim on…

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#MeToo, Davening and Family Time: The Blessing of Boundaries

I recently encountered an engaged young man, a friend of my son-in-law, and asked him where his kallah is. He responded, “We are not seeing each other today, because you…

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Parshat Shofetim- Our Connection to Hashem

The Torah in Parashat Shofetim presents the prohibition against trying to make use of any sort of magical powers: “For these nations whom you will be dispossessing listen to diviners…

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Parshas Shoftim

It states (20:1) “When you go to war with your enemy and you see horses and chariots, a nation larger than yours, don’t be afraid…” The Rabbeinu Yonah (Shaarei Teshuvah…

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Should Religious People “Believe” in Humanity?

The opening verse of Parshat Shoftim depicts the formation of a national and local judicial system. Judges are commanded to maintain impartiality and render truthful and accurate verdicts – “mishpat…

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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…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I was wondering if you could help me. I got engaged to a sweet boy from Florida right before Covid began. As all girls, I had…

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Getting to Know DJ LeMahieu

DJ LeMahieu landed on the 10-day IL this past Sunday with a sprained left thumb suffered on a swing in Saturday’s win over the Red Sox. The Yankees now have…

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Mango Madness Summer Sangria

INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle Rashi Light White Concord Wine or Moscato 1-liter mango flavored seltzer 2 cups mango nectar 1 diced ripe mango   DIRECTIONS: A cool refreshing fruity summer sangria…

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Hagon Harav Chaim Kanievsky Answers Bein Ha’Zemanim Shailos U’Teshuvos

The Bama publication, which was established with the bracha of Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, submitted a list of questions to HaRav Chaim from Roshei Yeshivos and marbetzei Torah relating to…

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Remembering Rav Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz zt’l: “A Once In a Millenium Scholar”

This past Friday we lost one of the greatest minds of our generation. Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, z”l, best known for his translation of the Talmud Bavli, was niftar last…

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Mezuzah or Shul

The Torah in Devarim 13:17 tells us that in the event there is a whole city that serves avoda zora, all its belongings will be gathered in the middle of…

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Is Kosher Food Healthier? Does it Matter?

Parshat Re’eh reviews Jewish dietary laws supplying a sweeping list of banned foods. It catalogues kosher and non-kosher animals, bans the drinking of blood, mentions the prohibition of mixing meat…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

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,…

A Conversion 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…

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Don’t Delay

Imagine, if one was to gather the ultimate anthology, he would go to Rav Shvadron, Zt”l, and ask him to sift through all of his teachings and choose the most…

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Experimental Judaism: Playing With Fire

It is very painful to see that there is missionary activity taking place in Eretz Yisroel. The official Catholic response to the Zionist movement (when it first began) was that…

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The Most Important Thing to Never Bring Into Your Home

In 2001, Indra Nooyi was named president of PepsiCo. Five years later, she would be promoted to CEO and, in 2007, she would become chairman of the company as well….

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Parashat Re’eh: Judaism is Not a Supermarket

The Torah in Parashat Re’eh speaks of the Misva of giving charity, in several different contexts. One of the intriguing features of this Misva is the unusual repetitive form that…

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Parshas 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….

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When the Chazzan Shleps

I. Chazzanim Shlep Rabbinic literature is full of rabbis complaining about chazzanim (cantors) who sing too much, whether to enhance the prayers from their perspective or to show off their…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I met the man of my dreams. Everything was going smoothly until we got engaged. Our parents met to divide financial responsibilities for the wedding. They…

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Deli Style Cucumber Salad

INGREDIENTS: 5 cucumbers 1 onion 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup water Fresh Dill or dill weed Salt to taste   DIRECTIONS: Peel cucumbers in alternating strips…

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Getting to Know Jeff Mcneil

FAST FACTS 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…

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An Exclusive Interview With R’ Yaron Weisberg: Director of the Marriage Initiative

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU HAVE EXPECTATIONS: UNDERSTANDING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR SPOUSE, FRIENDS & HASHEM   FAST FACTS: Name: Rabbi Yaron Weisberg Title: Director, The Marriage Initiative Family: 8…

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The Meaning of Tu B’Av

Six events occurred on Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av, making it a festive day in the Jewish calendar. The Mishnah tells us that: “No days were as festive for…

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Special Fruit

The Torah enumerates the seven minim of Eretz Yisroel in Devarim 8:8. The Gemara in Brachos 41b tells us that when it comes to which fruit comes first regarding brachos…

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Parshas Eikev

Birchas HaMazon This week’s parashah discusses the mitzvah of birchas hamazon, as it states “You will eat, be satiated, and bless Hashem your G-d.” The Magid of Mezritz zy’a said…

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Saying a Wicked Name

I. The Hungarian Apostate Are you allowed to say the name of someone wicked or should you avoid saying it? Mishlei (10:7) says, “The memory of the righteous shall be…

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…

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The Real Meaning of Ayin Hora

“Don’t give me an Ayin Hora.” “I’m afraid of an Ayin Hora.” “Bli Ayin Hora.” These are all phrases and expressions we’ve heard, and probably use, very often. But what…

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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…

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5 Questions to Ask for a Happy Marriage

Five conversations that should take place over the course of dating and even within marriage itself. What are the critical things to look for in dating to determine if someone…

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Do All Jews Have Stiff Necks?

Recounting the sad episode of the egel disaster, Moshe reminds the Jews that they are a people of “keshei oref”- which literally translates as a stiff-necked people. This term, is…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

What bracha do you make on gluten free products? Gluten free products, by definition, don’t have flour in them. Because they don’t have flour, they are not mezonos or hamotzi….

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, Hi! I was wondering if you could help me with this issue. I am engaged to a wonderful girl I met over a year ago. Everything…

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Getting to Know Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge homered for the fifth consecutive game Sunday, becoming the first New York Yankees player in 13 years to accomplish the feat. The big slugger connected off left-handed reliever…

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Summer Corn Soup

INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons unsalted margarine 1 heaping cup chopped shallots or sweet onion 6 cups chicken broth 6 ears fresh corn 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste 1/2…

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The Halachos of Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av commemorates the burning of both the first and second Batei Mikdosh. In addition, many other tragedies throughout our history have occurred on this day. In order to assist…

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Two Jewish Musicians, Sandy Koufax’s Decision, and the Power of a Kiddush Hashem

One of the most popular “Fun Question ” pages I have ever made was the question, “If you could have three people over to your house, anyone from the beginning…

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Remembering Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam ZT”L, The Bobover Rebbe

Last Wednesday July 22nd, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av was the 20th yahrtzeit of the Bobover Rebbe, Rav Shlomo Halberstam (1908-2000), son of Rav Benzion, grandson of Rav Shlomo, founder of…

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Teaching Torah

We are told to teach our children, “Veshinantam levanecha,” in Devarim 6:7. The Gemara in Kiddushin 30b tells us that Rav Safra said in the name of Reb Yehoshua ben…

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Tisha B’Av Kashruth Questions

Q. The Mishnah Berurah (O.C. 554:41) rules that saying “Tzafra Tova” “Good Morning” is prohibited on Tisha B’Av, just as greeting one’s friend is by saying “Shalom Aleichem” (Mechaber 554:20)….

Are You a Jealous Person? Why Envy is Ignorance

The tenth and final of the Ten Commandments recorded in this week’s portion (Vaeschanan) reads: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; you shall not covet your neighbor’s house, nor…

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Tisha B’Av and Beyond

As we take leave of Tisha b’Av, we joyfully once again enjoy barbeque while happily listening to music. We once again can look forward to getting into the refreshing swimming…

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The Basic Priniciples

The aseres ha’dibros were engraved by Hakodosh Boruch Hu on two tablets of stone. These two tablets are referred to as the shnei luchos ha’bris – the two stones of…

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The Bad Habit We All Need to Eliminate

There is a good chance at various points in the hours before you read this, you have engaged in lots of judgment. You may have judged how someone looks or…

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Parashat Vaetchanan: We Are Always G-D’s Special Nation

Parshat Vaet’hanan recounts the event of Matan Torah, when G-d revealed Himself to our ancestors and gave Moshe the Torah to bring to us. The Talmud famously tells of Moshe’s…

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Parshas Vaeschanan

There was a bachur who was having difficulty controlling his anger, so he asked the mashgiach of his yeshiva for counsel. The mashgiach told him the following mashal: A band…

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Corona Diary 13: Covid-19 and Coveting

Most mitzvoth mandate our behavior – which actions are obligated and which are banned. The second more challenging set of mitzvoth regulate our thought and our belief system: which ideas…

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Celebrating Tisha B’Av

I. The Happiness of Tisha B’Av Tisha B’Av contains contradictory themes that, when considered, completely changes our perspective about this day. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 659:4) says that we…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and shira, I made it to the finish line. When I reached the age of 19 I hit the ground running, looking for a partner to share my…

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Getting to Know 2X NL Cy Young Award Winner Jacob deGrom

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was named the National League Cy Young Award winner last year, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. He became the seventh NL pitcher to…

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Roasted Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS: 8 medium to large carrots peeled and cut into large chunks. 4 -6 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into three to four pieces each. 1 bunch celery diced 4…

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Helping Rebuild the Mikdash Me’At of Camp Yeshiva of Staten Island During the Nine Days

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE ROSH YESHIVA RAV REUVEN FEINSTEIN SHLITA It was a beautiful, sunny day, the perfect day to visit Camp Yeshiva of Staten Island, right down the…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week: The Nine Days With Rabbi Moshe Elefant

Q. I have almost finished learning a Masechta (volume of Talmud). May I slow down (i.e., learn other topics or in greater depth), so that I will be able to…

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Shalom Bayis

A rich person wanted to divorce his wife. The wife was really a great person and did not deserve to be divorced. The rich person came to his Rabbi and…

Intimacy in Flames

CRASH LANDING An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing. A…

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As We Approach Tisha B’Av

In Masechtas Nedarim [81a], the Gemora cites a verse in Yirmiyah [9:11], “Mi ha-ish hechacham v’yavein es zos… al ma avda haaretz – Who is the man who is wise…

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Psak Halachah on the Nine Days During the Pandemic

Haircuts and Music During the 3 Weeks This Year The period of mourning beginning on Shiva Asar B’Tamuz (The Three Weeks), is patterned off of the classical laws of Avelius…

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The Word a Holocaust Survivor Said He Would Never Use Again

The older I get the more I have come to believe that people can essentially be divided into two categories: connectors and dividers. Connectors look for commonalities, dividers focus on…

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Parshat Debarim- Living in a Torah Community

In Parashat Debarim Moshe recalls the battle Beneh Yisrael waged against the powerful kings Sihon and Og, which resulted in Beneh Yisrael’s conquest of these kingdoms’ territory. He then relates…

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Parshas Devarim

Had the people living in the era of the churban prayed and beseeched Hashem that the churban and the exile shouldn’t come to be, their prayers would have been answered…

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Tisha B’Av and Corona

It is that “time” again. The entire world is mired in an international health crisis which doesn’t distinguish between Jew and non-Jew- the virus impacts and infects everyone alike. Not…

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Torah Erev Tisha B’Av

I. Don’t Disagree The mourning practices of Tisha B’Av include a prohibition on learning Torah, an activity that naturally leads to joy. Some authorities forbid learning Torah on the afternoon…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I love your column. Thanks for writing it! Up until now, I’ve been trying to meet someone the “old fashioned way.” I’d meet people at events,…

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Spinach Brownies

INGREDIENTS: 1 (10 ounce) package spinach, rinsed and chopped 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup butter, melted 1…

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Zucchini Ravioli

INGREDIENTS: 3 large zucchini 1 16 ounce container low-fat ricotta cheese 1 jar of marinara sauce 1 cup of shredded cheese 1 egg 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese Salt, pepper…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

WHAT COCA COLA FREESTYLE MACHINE FLAVORS ARE KOSHER? Coca Cola Freestyle Machines enable the consumer to mix a variety of soft drink flavors to his/her own personal choice. All flavors…

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The Exceptional Case of Benos Tzlafchad

At the very end of Chumash Bamidbar the Torah relates that the leaders of shevet Menashe came to Moshe Rabbeinu with the following problem: because Tzlafchad had no sons his…

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Stand Up and Speak Out

On April 11, 1944, a young Anne Frank wrote in her diary: Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly…

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Parashat (Matot)- Maseh: Following the Example of Aharon Ha’Kohen

The Torah in Parashat Maseh briefly mentions the death of Aharon Ha’kohen, noting that he passed away on Rosh Hodesh Ab – a day which always falls around the time…

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Milchigs to Fleishigs or Vice Versa

In Bamidbar 31:23 the posuk teaches us that every vessel that was used with fire shall be koshered with fire and every vessel used with hot water requires to be…

Sacrificing the Mission for the Love- The Eastern Settlers: A Tale of Love

Pastures of love The Old Man Arnold had reached the age of 105 and suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Worried by Arnold’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance,…

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The Three Weeks and a Message of Peace

We are now in the middle of the period called Bein Hametzarim, known more commonly as the Three Weeks. As a nation, we mourn the destruction of our two holy…

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Parshas Matot-Masei

People think that what happens to them is the result of their travels. They say that since they traveled to such-and-such, and met with so-and-so, this and that happened to…

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The Prison of “Public Perception”

It never ends!! If it’s not one thing, it’s another. At the tail end of his life, having weathered forty years of complaints, rebellions, and near-disasters, Moshe had every reason…

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Giving Ma’aser in the Modern Economy

I. HOW MUCH CHARITY? The Torah obligates every Jew to give charity of at least one-third of a shekel (less than $10) a year and optimally a tenth or fifth…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira Someone suggested to me that I should write to the two of you. Although, I’m not sure what my questions are. I started seeing a girl…

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced 4 large garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup parve chicken consume soup (mix a tablespoon of…

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Help Catskills Hatzolah Help Klal Yisroel: An Exculusive Interview With Catskill Hatzolah Coordinators

Catskills Hatzalah is the largest all-volunteer Ambulance Service in the Catskills, providing premium quality prehospital emergency medical treatment and ambulance transport at no cost to all who need it. Catskills…

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Petira of Sanzer Rebbe, Harav Naftali Halberstam ZT”L

Rabbi Naftali Halberstam, the Rebbe of Sanz in Borough Park, was nifar this past Shabbos night. He was 96, and likely the oldest Rebbe in the world. His mother was…

An Ode to Diversity: The Art of Leadership

IN SEARCH FOR A SUCCESSOR  Miriam has died. So has Aaron. G-d tells Moses that his turn is about to come. “Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and…

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Semicha Today

In Parshas Pinchas we read about the institution of semicha. Moshe Rabbeinu was instructed by H a k a d o s h Boruch Hu to place his hand on…

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Coronavirus (Part 15)

Moshe Rabbeinu proposed an elaborate test using incense to determine who was in the right in the quarrel of Korach and his followers. An interesting question is posed. Since the…

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Leining on Shabbos

In Bamidbar 28:10 the posuk teaches us that every Shabbos had its Korban Olah. The Gemara in Sukka 41b asks why is the mitzvah of taking a lulav pushed off…

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Sports With No Spectators

Greatness isn’t measured by the applause of the crowds. What happens when a major league baseball game is played in an empty stadium? No cheering for the home team, no…

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Parshas Pinchas

BEIN HAMETZARIM We have reached the Three Weeks, the days that we mourn the churban. As we mourn the churban, we shouldn’t forget to simultaneously aspire for Moshiach. The Gemara…

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Outrage Without Rage

It seems everywhere we turn these days is anger and rage. Some are angry at those not wearing masks, others outraged mask-wearing is being legislated. There is anger provoked by…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

May one eat a salad at non-kosher restaurants while on the road? Rav Belsky, zt”l ruled that one may absolutely not eat a salad at a non-kosher or vegan restaurant….

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Parashat Pinhas: Testing Our Sincerity

Parashat Pinhas begins with G-d informing Moshe of the reward that He would grant to Pinhas for his act of zealotry during the incident of Ba’al Pe’or, when the nations…

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Whole Foods

I. ALL THE KING’S HORSES When you give someone food, it shouldn’t be broken. Sometimes a slice or section of food is considered prepared but generally speaking, in halachah, a…

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Corona Diary 11: The Backward River

The primary Hebrew word for inheritance is “yerusha. However, the Torah supplies an additional term for inheritance– the word “nachalah”- and the eighth perek of Bava Batra which begins by…

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Chicken Apple Harvest Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard 1 teaspoon honey (optional) ½ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small shallot, very thinly sliced…

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Do I Have to Reply?

The days of care- fully crafted letters are long gone. In this age of hyper-con- nectivity, people receive many emails, voicemails, WhatsApps, comments, notifica- tions and more. Does courtesy require…

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Extensive Q&A With the New Executive Vice President of the OU: Rabbi Moshe Hauer

FAST FACTS: Name: Rabbi Moshe Hauer Family: Wife: Mindi, children who reside in Baltimore, New York, New Jersey and Jerusalem Lives in: Baltimore, MD Grew up in: Montreal, Canada Education:…

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Order for Sheva Brachos

There is a machlokes Ris- honim when the bracha of Borei Pri Hagafen is re- cited at Sheva Brachos. Do we say it as the first bracha, like we currently…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

I was barbecuing hamburgers in my backyard and I went inside to prepare some side dishes. I left the hamburgers totally unattended. I then remembered that I’m not supposed to…

Why Was Moses Denied the Promised Land? I am a Rock

From Abstract to Concrete  There was a rabbi known for his constant preaching about the need to nurture children with warmth and love. One time he noticed some children who…

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To Mask or Not to Mask? That is the Question

Alan Hirsch, the publisher of the Country Vues and the Jewish Vues Magazine, and Ari Hirsch, the associate publisher both asked me to write this urgent article. They have been…

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Dealing With Contradictions

For many years the twenty third Psalm was the most popular among American Christians. It conveys the impression that religion can have a very calming and soothing effect on one’s…

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Privilege is Not a Dirty Word

One of the many important national conversations taking place these days involves recognition and awareness of privilege. To some people, privilege is a negative thing and something to be ashamed…

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Parashat Balak: The Power of Prayer

The Torah in Parashat Balak tells the famous story of Bilam’s failed attempts to place a curse on Beneh Yis- rael. Bilam, a non-Jewish prophet, was summoned by Balak, the…

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Parshas Chukas

Turn to Hashem Hashem wants us to always be turn- ing to Him for our needs. The Gema- ra (Yoma 76.) states: Students once asked Reb Shimon ben Yochai: “Why…

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Para Adumah, Democracy, and Worshipping Human Constitutions

There are very few command- ments as evoca- tive as parah adumah- the ceremony of the red hefer. This sacrifice is processed and burnt outside the Mikdash, while its ashes…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I’m dating a really great girl. We started right before Covid- 19 and Baruch Hashem have continued to date despite the challenges that social distancing presented….

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Chicken Avocado Mango Salad

INGREDIENTS: •1 lb chicken breasts (2 medium) •1/2 tsp garlic salt or to taste •1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste •2 tsp olive oil 6 cups romaine lettuce •1/2…

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Q&A With Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff

How is Sullivan County doing these days? How badly has Corona affected Sullivan County? It was hit quite hard. All of the restaurants and stores were closed. It impacted the…

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Torah Wellsprings: Parshas Korach

“They Fell on their Faces” It states in this week’s parasha (16:20-21), Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon”, Separate yourselves from this assembly, and I will destroy them in a…

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Why Not Daven for Korach

The posuk in Bamidbar 17:31 says, “As soon as Moshe finished talking to them, the ground opened up and swallowed them.” The kashya is, why didn’t Moshe daven that Korach…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

I’m hosting a picnic and some people prefer fish to meat. Can I grill both of them together? The Gemara (Pesachim 76b) teaches that one may not cook fish and…

Korach and John Lennon: The Father and Spiritual Anarchy

WISE OR BOORISH? This week’s parsha, Korach, relates the tragic story of the mutiny staged by a man named Korach (Numbers chapter 16), who organized a rebellion against Moses and…

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I’m Allergic to Fighting

One of the most fundamental missions of a Torah Jew can be found in the Rambam at the end of the Laws of Chanukah. There, he states, “Kol HaTorah kula…

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An Area Versus a Line

The Talmud (Berachos 8a) refers to the body of the halacha as “the four amos of halacha”. We had a rebbe at Yeshiva who was fond of pointing out that…

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Don’t Chirp Like a Grasshopper, Roar Like a Lion

The Torah tells us explicitly that Bnei Yisrael were forced to wander in the desert for forty years as a corresponding punishment for the forty days the spies spent in…

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Parashat Korach: Tammuz and Jealousy

Our Sages teach that the divine Name of “Havaya,” which is spelled with the letters “Yod,” “Heh,” “Vav” and “Heh,” is the source of all blessing in the world. These…

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Religious Response to the Removal of Historical Monuments

During the recent protests society has begun to face important dilemmas regarding monuments which commemorate national heroes whose lifestyles were discrepant with current norms of racial equality. Some monuments celebrate…

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Is Annexation a Mitzvah?

I. JEWISH SOVEREIGNTY Israel is currently considering whether to annex land in Judea and Samaria to become part of the sovereign State of Israel. There are many aspects to this…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I don’t know what to do. My younger sister is engaged to one of the first guys she dated and honestly, I’m jealous. We are three…

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Stone Fruit Crisp

INGREDIENTS: For the filling 3 pounds assorted stone fruit sliced 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch Juice of lemon   For the topping 1 stick margarine 1/2 cup brown…

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Patience, Not Platitudes: What Not to Say to Those Celebrating or Mourning During Corona

Usually, when I get a call before speaking at a Chuppah, it is to remind me what to say, whom to acknowledge and remember, the qualities of the chassan and…

Parashat Shelach

The Meraglim Lacked Bitachon  The Rebbe of Piazescna zt’l teaches, “When a person doesn’t see any opening or path which seem possible using his sechel and according to the rules…

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Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein to Gov. Cuomo: “Stop Punishing our Children”

Despite weeks of advocacy and deliberation with a group of health experts and camp directors, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that sleepaway camps will not be allowed to operate this…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

Please explain what yoshan is. If someone takes upon him or herself to eat yashan, can they eat in someone’s house that does not keep yashan?  The Torah tells us…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  I’m 31 years old and engaged to a wonderful divorcee. We have so much in common and are planning to get married in just a few…

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Parashat Shelah: Satan and the Summer Months

The Torah in Parashat Shelah tells the distressing story of the spies, who were sent to see Eretz Yisrael and then convinced the people that they would be unable to…

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The Real Klal Yisroel

While the halacha that a kiddush Hashem b’rabim must take place in the presence of an “edah” is derived from a possuk in Emor (Vayikra 22:32), the definition of the…

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Cool and Refreshing Watermellon Ices

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups watermelon, seeded and diced 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon white sugar   DIRECTIONS: Blend watermelon, water, honey, lemon…

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Coronavirus (Part 14)

In this week’s parsha, it says “ V ’ y a m u s u h a ’ a n o s h i m motzi’ei dibas HaAretz ra’ah bamageifah…

The Psychology of Fear: Vain Tears

VAIN TEARS  At the surface, it seems like a very unfair response, recorded in the Talmud. The Torah—in Numbers and again in this week’s portion of Devarim— relates how when…

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Funding the Police

Protesters around the country are calling to defund the police. This offers us an opportunity to discuss the halachically required funding for police. At the beginning of the State of…

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Corona Diary #10: The Challeneges of “Phase Two” of the Coronavirus Crisis

Many, countries around the world have navigated the first phase of the corona crisis, slowly resuming their “routines” after months in quarantine. This shift affords welcome relief, renewed hope and…

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Jailed on Shabbos

The posuk in Bamidbar 15:32,33 says, “While Bnei Yisroel were in the midbar they found a person gathering wood on Shabbos. Moshe and Aaron did not know what to do…

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Remembering Rav Dovid Trenkel ZT”L On His First Yahrziet

Harav Dovid Trenk, a l e g e n d a r y Mechanech who inspired generations of talmidim, was niftar this week one year ago. Rav Trenk zt”l was…

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Why is Day Camp a “Yes” and Sleepaway Camp Still Being Questioned?

On June 2, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will allow summer day camps to open as of June 29th. A long list of safety precautions, such as smaller group…

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The Death of Certainty, the Birth of Accepting Our Limitations

I have not slept well during the last three months. Don’t get me wrong, I fall right asleep, but I don’t wake up well-rested. There is a pit in my…

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Simcha on Shabbos

The posuk in Bamidbar 10:10 says, “On the day of happiness, they should blow the trumpets in the Mishkan.” The Sifri explains this posuk to be referring to Shabbos. The…

How 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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Coronavirus (Part 13)

Baruch Hashem, I re-opened my shul, the Agudas Yisroel of Staten Island, last Shabbos for the first time in 13 weeks. I said a shehechianu (without using Hashem’s Name) with…

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Libi Bamizrach Va’ani B’sof Maarav

The obligation to offer a korban Pesach begins at twelve noon on erev Pesach, and the korban must be offered in the Beis Hamikdash before shkia. One is considered to…

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Parashat Behaalotecha: Never Be Satisfied

Parashat Behaalotecha begins with the command concerning the lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan, and Rashi comments that this command was given in order to “console” Aharon. The previous…

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A Religious Response to Social Equality

Over the past three months, the corona medical crisis has induced a worldwide upheaval. The social protests in the USA surrounding the death of George Floyd has launched a social…

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Yeshiva Tuition and Corona Virus

To our great sadness, the societal shutdown due to Coronavirus also closed yeshivos. The government rightly insisted that all schools cease in-class teaching. Schools transitioned to remote learning for abbreviated…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, Ok, so I have never been someone to write on internet forums, the thought of communicating anonymously never really appealed to me. But I am desperate,…

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Tropical Quinoa Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup uncooked tricolor quinoa 1 large mango 2 kiwis 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges well drained 1 cup fresh blueberries DRESSING 1 large orange – 2 tablespoons…

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Covid-19 Business Halacha: Q&A With Rabbi Chaim Weg

PROPER PRECEDENCE IN PAYMENTS  What are the general parameters for a business, regarding paying employees vs. paying the company’s bills? Does COVID-19 affect the halacha in any way?  The general…

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All People are Created in Hashem’s Image

Our rabbis taught (Avos 3:18) “Chaviv Adom she’nivra b’tzelem, Beloved is man for he was created in G-d’s image.” R’ Yisroel Lipschitz (Tiferes Yisroel) comments, notice it doesn’t say beloved…

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Stop and Smell the Roses

We finally resumed minyanim at BRS this week, albeit outdoors. As I wrote about last week in anticipation, I indeed missed the sanctity of the sanctuary and the comfort of…

The Narcissist and 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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Yerushalayim is the Ir Melucha

The Rambam (Hilchos M e l a c h i m 1:10) rules that only a king of malchus Beis Dovid has the right to use Yerushalayim as his capital…

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A Long Hot Summer: Corona Diary 9

The Table is set and history beckons! The Jews are primed to enter the land of Israel, construct a Temple, and usher in utopia for themselves and for all mankind….

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Parashat Naso: When Sin is Glorified

The Torah in Parashat Naso outlines the procedure required in the case of a “Sota,” a woman whose husband has reason to suspect her of infidelity. The husband would bring…

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Statement in the Wake of the Death of Mr. George Floyd and National Protests

Today, in the wake of last week’s death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis and days of protests that have followed, the leadership of…

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Roasted Corn and Zucchini Salad

INGREDIENTS: 2 – 3 ears of corn shucked 2 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove minced 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion 4 cups small-diced zucchini (2 medium zucchini) 1/4…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

May one buy cut fruit from a store that does not have a Hechsher?  No! We get this question all the time. People are invited all the time to meetings…

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Why Birchas Kohanim?

The posuk in Bamidbar 6:23 says that Hashem commanded Aharon and his sons to bless the Yidden. The Sefer Metzach Aharon discusses an interesting question. Why did Hashem choose the…

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Coronavirus (Part 12)

Baruch Hashem, our phones are not ringing every day with levayah announcements and shiva notices. The weekly newspaper does not have whole sections of COVID-19 obituaries. Thankfully, things have slowed…

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Remembering R’ Norman Lamm ZT”L

A grief-stricken testimonial by a lifelong admirer, devotee and friend.  This is not meant to be a eulogy. The death of a giant, be it a monarch or master Jewish…

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The Long Seudah Shelishis

I. TWO TYPES OF RABBIS  Rav Mordechai Marcus zt”l was a giant of Torah and midos. He had Shas and Poskim at his fingertips, which he unfailingly accessed with an…

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Think Big & Shop Small With Reopen New York

New Yorkers have had enough. A movement of NY small businesses fighting for survival has grown into a pack of thousands of supporters and hundreds of businesses. Now, the group…

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Three Talks About Death You Should Have Now

It’s necessary to talk to your rabbi, your doctor, and to your children. Until the current global pandemic made the angel of death an all too evident and unwelcome visitor…

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The Power of a Hug

What have you missed the most during this terrible time of quarantine and self-isolation? There is a remarkable story that took place toward the end of World War II. An…

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Shavuos: A Message for the Entire Team

All beginning students of Torah face this obstacle: in their original, the primary texts of our Jewish tradition have no punctuation. There are neither commas nor periods in the Torah…

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Turning Into the Sinai of Frequency: Was G-D’s Revelation a Thing of the Past Or Is It A Voice Speaking to Us Today?

“ Mosquito tone” is a 17 KHz sine wave that teenagers use on their cell phone to alert them when they’ve got a text message so the teachers can’t hear…

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An Open Letter From the Bottom of My Heart

To my dear, precious, and sacred Shul:  For the last ten weeks I have missed you so. I have longed to be together with our shared friends, united in prayer…

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Learning From History: Coronavirus (Part 1)

I don’t usually refer to secular quotes but there is a popular saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” During this global pandemic, one doesn’t…

The Mountain Over Your Head: Never Confuse Moods With Values

A DOCTOR’S ADVICE  A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office. Following her husband’s checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office to speak with her privately. He…

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The “Giving” of the Torah

In our tefillos we refer to Shavuos as zman mattan Toraseinu. Hashem gave us the Torah as a gift (a mattana). When one gives someone a gift, he no longer…

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Singing Torah

Twenty five years ago, when my first child was born, I asked Rav Meyer Scheinberg zt”l the following question: If the baby wakes up crying in the middle of the…

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Shabuot- Treating Our Friends As Kings

Megillat Rut tells the inspiring story of how Rut refused to allow Naomi to return alone to Eretz Yisrael, and insisted on joining her despite her state of impoverishment. After…

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Shehecheyanu on Shavuos

The Taz in Orach Chaim 494 writes that we delay davening Maariv on Shavuos night so that the counting of the Omer should be complete. The Magen Avraham 494 says…

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Shavuous Kashruth Questions

Is one allowed to partake in mezonos food after kiddush?  There is a fundamental principle of ain Kiddush ‘ela bim’kom seudah – Kiddush may only be made at the site…

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The “Torah” Year in Review-2020

Torah is eternal, e n c a p s u l a t e s the word of G-d and, therefore, exists beyond time and place. For this reason, Torah…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira,  I hope you and your family are doing well. I am in my late twenties and was finally dating a woman that I honestly could say…

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Broccoli Cheese Pancakes

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups broccoli florets finely chopped 1 cup full-fat cottage cheese 2 large eggs ¼ cup all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus…

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Brownie Cheesecake Bars

INGREDIENTS; CHEESECAKE FILLING: 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 tsp vanilla BROWNIES: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1…

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Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

INGREDIENS: 1 (9 ounce) package brownie mix 1 egg 1 tablespoon cold water 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk 2 (8 ounce)…

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Penne With Creamy Salmon

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb salmon 8 oz uncooked penne pasta 3 tbsp butter 1 medium onion (chopped) 8 oz heavy cream 3/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 cup chopped parsley Salt and…

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Honoring Our Local Heroes

This week is National EMS week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. This year,…

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Parashat Bamidbar: “Just As They Encamp- So Shall They Travel”

P a r a s h a t Bamidbar describes the formation in which Benei Yisrael traveled through the wilderness. The Torah emphasizes that Benei Yisrael were to maintain this…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I am really close to getting engaged to a wonderful guy. We have hit a point of contention. We don’t know where to live. I come…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

Why do we eat dairy on Shavuos?  The Rama on Orach Chaim 494:3 quotes a widespread minhag to eat dairy foods on Shavuos. The Mishnah Berurah (ibid. s.k.12) proffers the…

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Is it Kosher to Renew Your Wedding Vows

In the 1970s, ceremonies to renew wedding vows became popular in the US. Typically, these ceremonies are officiated by clergy and consist of a formal or informal ceremony. Some Christian…

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Six for Six: The Six Revolutions of the Six Day War

The actual state of Israel was established 72 years ago in 1948. However, the modern state of Israel as we know it, was launched in 1967. The six-day war was…

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Seeing Via Mirror

In Bamidbar 4:20 the Torah tells us that the Leviim should not come to see the Kodesh and die. Rashi in Sanhedrin 81b s.v. Kevala says that this is a…

Who Owns Judaism? Why the Desert Was the Most Suitable Space for the Torah

THE DESERT  This week’s Torah portion, named “Bamidbar,” which means “in the desert,” is always read preceding the holiday of Shavuos, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at…

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Brownie Cheesecake Bars

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips   DIRECTIONS:…

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Coronavirus (Part 10)

In last week’s parsha, we learned all about shmittah. For the diaspora Jew, shmittah has been only a lesson in Torah academics. But, for the religious farmer in Eretz Yisroel…

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Yerushalayim as the Ir Melucha

The Rambam (Hilchos M e l a c h i m 1:10) rules that only a king of malchus Beis Dovid has the right to use Yerushalayim as his capital…

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These are Defining Moments

When You & Your Children Look Back, How Will You Remember Them?  Last week, we finished streaming an episode of Behind the Bima and I was immediately gratified to receive…

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OU Guide to Shuls and Communities to Reopening

We continue to grapple with the profound impact of COVID-19 on our physical, emotional and financial health. We are heartened by the community’s embrace of the required community mitigation strategies,…

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Shemitta Lessons During Corona

In the modern industrialized world the mitzvah of Shemittah may seem a bit remote with little relevance for our daily urbanized lives. Interestingly, life in Israel has restored the practical…

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Happiness Really Makes a Difference

Every festival has its unique brand of greeting. Before Pesach, we wish one another, “Chag kosher v’same-ach.” On Chanukah, we say a, “Freilichen Chanukah.” For Shabbos, Ashkenazim say, “Gutten Shabbos”…

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Kashruth Question of the Week

Please explain the word “GLATT”-is it still shayach today?  Very, very much! Not only is it relevant today, but it probably has more applications today than it originally did. Glatt…

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Eved Knani

In Vayikra 25:46 the Torah tells us that an Eved Knani stays an eved forever. The question arises; may a Jew eat from what was cooked by an Eved Knani?…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I love reading your article each week in The Jewish Vues. I hope you and your family are well. I have a problem. Right before Purim,…

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Torah Reading and Social Distancing

As ”stay at home” restrictions begin to loosen in certain places, and within weeks will probably begin to loosen in the New York area also, we need to reimagine what…

Foreclosure On Your Soul: Selling Your Integrity, Your Love and Your Soul

THE MORTGAGE “My buyer told me that he lived in the same house for 10 years. When I checked, I found out he’d still be there today if the Governor…

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More Teshuvas on Corona

RECITING BERACHOS FOR A SIMCHA  (e.g. sheva berachos, bris) over Zoom If a grandfather is participating in the bris milah of his grandson via Zoom, it is permissible for him…

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Shalom Bayis When You Can’t Leave the Bayis

There is an old joke that a man’s version of “shalom bayis” is to turn and wave as he leaves home and say “Shalom, goodbye bayis.” But these days, the…

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Parashat Behar (Behukotai): Freedom and Family

The Torah in Parashat Behar presents the laws that apply on the Yobel, or the “jubilee” year which was observed every fifty years during the times of the Bet Ha’mikdash….

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Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS: 1 (9 ounce) package brownie mix 1 egg 1 tablespoon cold water 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk 2 (8 ounce)…

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Getting to Know Walt “Clyde” Frazier

It’s been 50 years since Clyde Frazier and the 1970 Knicks won the NBA title. The iconic team leader took some time to reminisce with Jewish Vues columnist Ephraim Fischbein….

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Together as One: To Benefit the Israel Covid Relief Fund

This Lag Ba’Omer, EG Productions is teaming up with music Superstars Yaakov Shwekey, Mordechai Ben David, and Ishay Ribo to benefit Migdal Ohr and the poverty stricken in Eretz Yisrael….

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I recently got engaged to a wonderful person and we set the date of our wedding. The problem is I am now unsure that the date…

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Parashat Emor: Desecrating and Sanctifying the Name of G-d

In Parashat Emor the Torah commands us not to desecrate the Name of G-d, and in the very same verse it bids us to sanctify G-d’s Name: “You shall not…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

Can I drink coffee at a restaurant?  It is not possible to make one universal statement about the kashrus of coffee prepared in a non-certified restaurant because each establishment is…

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Pesach Vs. Yom Kippur

In Vayikra 23:27 the Torah discusses the laws regarding Yom Kippur. If a person eats on Yom Kippur, he is oveir a Lav and is punished with Kareis. On Pesach…

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Who Bentches Gomel on Corona?

We bentch Gomel (recite the “Gomel” blessing) on being saved from a dangerous situation. How does that apply to Coronavirus? Arguably, everyone in the world is in a potentially life…

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Beneath Our Own Two Feet: Corona Diary Week 7

Discussing the laws of sacrifices, Parshat Emor enumerates a very limited class of animals which are acceptable for religious ceremonies in the Beit Hamikdash. Animal sacrifices in the Temple were…

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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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More Teshuvas on Corona

MAKING UP MISSED WEEKS OF KRIAS HATORAH  Once Shuls Reopen Due to the Coronavirus crisis we have missed many weeks of Torah reading in shul. There is no requirement to…

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Coronavirus (Part 9)

During this pandemic we are experiencing a very i n t e r e s t i n g challenge in avodas Hashem, the proper serving of the Almighty. Throughout…

My Invisible Emotions: What is Kabbalah?

IN THE BEGINNING  A man comes to the psychiatrist, shouting that he is in dire need of help. The psychiatrist attempts to calm him down, but to no avail. The…

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Lag Ba’omer Camp Fire Cake

INGREDIENTS: Chocolate Iced Cake Yellow, Red, & Orange hard candy Rolled wafer cookies   As we won’t be having any lag B’Omer gatherings with bon res and activities this year…

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Heroes in the Air! Q&A With the Founders of Hatzolah Air

Since the start of Covid-19, Hatzolah Air has been very busy helping Klal Yisrael in many different ways. With the amount of people suffering from this disease, Hatzolah Air had…

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Listening to a Rasha

In Vayikra 19:3 the Torah tells us one has to fear his mother and father. The Gemara Yevamos 5b says one might think that Kibbud Av and Kibbud Eim is…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

Dishwashing Detergent Do dishwashing detergents require kosher supervision? It is generally assumed that dishwashing detergents are not edible entities, and halachically they do not have a non-kosher status, even if…

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Coronavirus (Part 8)

Last week, I proposed keeping a Corona Era diary or log. One of the reasons I suggested this is because it can make us more acutely aware of utilizing the…

Counting of the Omer: 49 Steps Toward Inner Wholeness- A Daily Meditation for Each Day of Sefirat Haomer

DAY 22 CHESED SHEBINETZACH – KINDNESS IN VICTORY  A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car….

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Empty Cemeteries & Jewish Sovereignty: Corona Diary Week 6

I just returned from the Gush Etzion cemetery having attended a very unusual Yom Hazikaron ceremony. It was a discouraging but also a triumphant experience. Let me explain. My family…

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Teshuvas on Sefira and Corona

LISTENING TO MUSIC DURING SEFIRA (OR OTHER PERIODS OF MOURNING) TO MAINTAIN MENTAL A HEALTHY STATE OF MIND (2020)  In each of the three stages of mourning, Halacha mandates decreasing…

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Restricted To Our Houses, Appreciating Our Homes

Someone in my Shul growing up loved to say, “I don’t repeat lashon hara… so listen carefully the first time.” While witty, the quip also reflects our tension between simultaneously…

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Parsahat Kedoshim- Giving Criticism

The Torah in Parashat K e d o s h i m (19:17) issues the famous command of “ H o c h e ’ a h Tochi’ah Et Amitecha,”…

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Missed Torah Readings

Most of us have missed the weekly Torah readings since March 21 (Vayakhel-Pekudei), some even from March 7 (Tetzaveh). When the time comes to return safely to shul, do we…

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Save Our Sanity! Miracles and Myths!

Mazel Tov! Shehichiyanu V’kiyimanu V’higiyanu L’zman Hazeh! Baruch She’aseh Li Nes B’makom Hazeh! I stare in awe at the bottom of the beige canvas basket. I did it! I can’t…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, Thank you so much for your column. I enjoy reading your advice each week. Due to Covid- 19, we both lost our jobs and with little…

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Applesauce Cake

INGREDIENTS: 1 box yellow cake mix 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (you can totally leave out if you don’t have or don’t like…

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Heroes Amongst Us: Interview With Tzvi Weill, Flatbush Coordinator at Flatbush Shomrim

FAST FACTS:  Flatbush Shomrim Members: 60  Mission Statement: To work closely with the community and be the eyes and ears of the police department.  Year Flatbush Shomrim began: Flatbush Shomrim…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I hope you and your family are well. It’s been 5 weeks since we’ve been sheltering in place. I’m wondering if I should start “dating” online…

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Questions That Have No Answers: A Tradition of Silence

We have just c o m p l e t e d the “season of questions.” We have only one day ago bid farewell to a holiday that encourages us…

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Parashat Tazria-Tahor: Sara’at & Confronting Hardship

Parashiyot Tazria and Mesora deal mainly with the laws of Sara’at – a skin disorder resembling leprosy that would befall people on account of certain sins. The Torah outlines the…

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Teshuvas on the Coronavirus

Reciting Berachos for a Simcha  (e.g. sheva berachos, bris) over Zoom If a grandfather is participating in the bris milah of his grandson via Zoom, it is permissible for him…

Don’t be Silent About the Anti-Semitism: The Holocaust Began With Propoganda

In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because…

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The Holocaust and Its Lessons for 2020: Corona Diary Week 5

The Holocaust was a historical rupture- an unprecedented horror so revolting that it doesn’t fit “neatly” into the stream or flow of history. This nightmare must continue to shape our…

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Are Porch Minyanim Kosher?

I. PESACH, DAVEN AND BENTCHING  In the current phase of the C oro n av i r u s pandemic, all shuls around the world are closed and nearly every…

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The Best Potato Salad Ever!

INGREDIENTS: 5 lbs assorted mini potatoes cut in 1/4’s 6 eggs 2-3 stalks celery, diced 3-4 dill pickles, diced 1/2 sweet onion, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Mayonnaise approximately…

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Coronavirus (Part 7)

Just recently, Governor Mario Cuomo made an ann o u n c e m e n t extending selfdistancing and the closure of much of commerce in New York State…

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Kashruth Questions of the Week

What bracha do you make on licorice?  She’Hakol. It was never mezonos. Those that learned mesechtas brachos learned that any food that has one of the 5 grains is mezonos….

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Milah on the Eighth Day

In Meseches Megilla 17b the gemara explains why Chazal were mesaken to ask for refuah in the eighth bracha of shemoneh esrei. Rav Acha explains that since milah, which requires…

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Top 10 Creative Chol Hamoed/Family Quarantine Ideas

This year, Chol Hamoed Pesach is something different than ever before. Due to the Coronavirus, most people are going to be at home. Instead of going to amusements parks, concerts,…

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Pesach and Corona Teshuvos

TEVILAS KEILIM WHEN THE MIKVAH IS CLOSED Aside from the mitzvah of performing Tevilas Keilim, there is a prohibition to use metal and glass dishes and utensils prior to their…

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Shabbos Hagadol

In Tur Orach Chaim 430, he explains why the Shabbos before Pesach is called Shabbos Hagadol. A great miracle happened in Mitzrayim. Hashem had commanded the Bnei Yisroel to take…

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Coronavirus Part 4

Dear Readers! First and foremost, I hope that you are healthy, safe and well. Furthermore, I hope that Hashem has given you and your loved ones the ability to shelter…

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Size Matters: Corona Diary Week 3

There are rare and d r a m a t i c m o m e n t s in history in which it becomes clear to humanity that we…

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Dating and Relationship Advice

Dear Rabbi and Shira, I’m not sure what to do. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been locked up in a very cramped apartment with my husband of only three…