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    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: AVOIDING DANGER IN OUR DAILY LIVES

    Many people do dangerous activities thinking that it is permitted even though it is dangerous. However, as will be discussed below this is not the case. If something is dangerous…

    Jacobson

    CHUKAT: WERE YOU BACK-STABBED?

    LOOKING UP: THE MEANING BEHIND THE SNAKE ON THE POLE NO COMPLAINING After seventy years of communist oppression and seven hours of flying, Boris, a burly immigrant from Moscow steps…

    Joey Haber

    CHUKAT- A REASON TO THINK POSITIVE

    One of the stories told in Parashat Hukat is how Hashem punished Beneh Yisrael after they complained to Moshe about their conditions. Specifically, they complained about the manna which fell…

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    CHUKKAS- EGO AND HUMILITY IN TORAH STUDY

    The entire chumash was dictated to Mosheh Rabbeinu word for word. The Rabbis had a tradition that the Author had more than one intention in any given passuk. “Elokim said…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    38% OF ALL US JEWS HAVE A CONNECTION WITH CHABAD – THE REBBE PASSED AWAY 27 YEARS AGO & HIS INFLUENCE IS GREATER THAN EVERY RABBI

    Last Monday afternoon, the ground in the parking lot at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim opened up. Thank G-d the massive sinkhole swallowed only cars and not people. Korach…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT CHUKAT- SEEING THE INNER GOODNESS

    The story of Meh Meriba, when Moshe and Aharon were punished for striking a rock in the desert to produce water for Beneh Yisrael, has baffled commentators for centuries. It…

    Rabbi Biderman

    CHUKAS

    Hashem’s mode of communication Hashem told Eliyahu HaNavi, “Go to Tzarfata in Tzidon and live there. Behold I commanded a widow who lives there to support you…” (I Malachim 17:9)….

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    WHAT IS PURE EVIL?

    How would you, in the Torah world, define evil incarnate? When the Torah says, “Vayikach Korach – And Korach took…” the Gemora in Sanhedrin asks What exactly did he take?…

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    THE SHAVING OF A BA’AL TESHUVAH

    During many eras in Jewish history, Jews converted to other religions, whether due to physical, financial or social pressure or otherwise. Many of these wayward Jews returned to the Jewish…

    RABBI MOSHE TARAGIN PICTURE

    CHUKAS: THE TWO FORMS OF ANGER

    Many are familiar with the “golden mean” or the middle path of the Rambam. Regrettably, some misunderstand this as a prescription for religious mediocrity. Under no conditions did the Rambam…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    If someone cuts an onion with a fleishig knife & puts it into a parve blender. Is the blender fleishig? This is a very popular question. Certainly, you shouldn’t put…

    Recipe grilled garden veg pizza 2021

    GRILLED GARDEN VEGETABLE PIZZA

    INGREDIENTS: 1 medium red onion, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices 1 large sweet red pepper, halved, stemmed and seeded 1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices 1 yellow summer…

    Getting to Know ZACH WILSON 1

    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK JETS FIRST ROUND QUARTERBACK ZACH WILSON

    FAST FACTS: Name: Zachary Kapono Wilson Born: August 3, 1999 (age 21) in Draper, Utah Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 214 lb High school: Corner Canyon (Draper) College: BYU…

    LEBOVITS

    Q & A WITH FOUNDER OF THE NEW BOBBY PIN GEMACH: RABBI MOISHE DOVID LEBOVITS

    FAST FACTS: Name of Gemach: Bobby Pin Gemach Started: The Gemach started two weeks ago in time for the Busy Camp Sport Season, although we do plan on continuing this…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    I WALKED INTO AN AA MEETING & WALKED OUT WITH A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH G-D

    Two years ago, a wonderful young person I know began to spiral downward. Though they couldn’t see it or admit it at the time, alcohol was seriously hindering and sabotaging…

    Jacobson

    KORACH: KORACH AND JOHN LENNON

    THE FATHER OF SPIRITUAL ANARCHY WISE OR BOORISH? This week’s portion, Korach, relates the tragic story of the mutiny staged by a man named Korach (Numbers chapter 16), who organized…

    Joey Haber

    KORACH- SELF-RESPECT

    The Gemara in one place makes an astonishing remark about eating in public. It says that somebody who eats while outside in the marketplace, walking in the street with a…

    hershel_schachter_lp

    KORACH- PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE

    If one eats a meal on Chanukah, minhag has it that ve-al ha-nissim is included in the Birkat Ha-mazon, though the Talmud clarifies that this is not a halachah. Because…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT KORAH: THE ORIGINS OF KORAH’S REVOLT

    Parashat Korah tells of the revolt against Moshe’s leadership mounted by Moshe’s cousin, Korah, and a group of loyal followers. This uprising ended in tragedy, with G-d killing Korah and…

    Rabbi Biderman

    KORACH

    Parnassah The Midrash (Vayikra Rabba, Tzav, 9) states, “Shalom is great, for all brachos come from peace…” The Mishnah (Uktzin 3:2) states, “Hakadosh Baruch Hu didn’t find a utensil to…

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    PRAYER

    When the meraglim, the spies, went to check out Eretz Yisroel, Kalev made a personal detour. He traveled to Chevron to the me’oros hamachpelah where the Avos and Imahos are…

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    DO YOU NEED A RABBI FOR A WEDDING?

    I. What A Rabbi Does Most of us have been to enough Jewish weddings that we know how they work. We can easily officiate. Even without a big crowd, all…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    May one have a dog or a cat as a pet? Is there an issur to feed bossur b’chalav to a pet animal? What other issues can potentially be a…

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    VIENNESE CRUNCH PIE

    INGREDIENTS: 1 pie crust 1 8 oz frozen whipped topping 1 cup marshmallow fluff 6 bars of Viennese crunch, chopped Whip the frozen topping until stiff, add marshmallow fluff and…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK ISLANDERS MATT BARZAL

    FAST FACTS: Name: Mathew Barzal Born: May 26, 1997 (age 24) in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Position: Center Height: 6’ Weight: 189 lb Shoots: Right NHL Draft: 16th overall, 2015…

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    PARSHAS SHLACH: TOP FIVE OBJECTIONS TO WEARING TECHEILES TODAY

    1. Vague Terminologies in Describing the Chilazon – Once in 70 Years One reason is because everyone back then “knew” about the process without explanation required, another was to write…

    Lebowitz & Schiffman

    PARSHAS SHLACH: THE COLOR OF TZITZIT

    There is a small, yet growing subfield within psychology called color psychology. Researchers in this field are interested in how people perceive, relate to, and respond differently to various colors….

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    ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

    ≠†ףנכה†תיציצ≠†לע†ונתנו תלכת†ליתפÆ And they shall place upon the tzitzis of each corner a thread of†turquoise†woolÆ (Bamidbar 15:38) _____________________________ In 1887, Rav Gershon Henoch Leiner, the Radziner Rebbe, wrote the sefer…

    Jacobson

    THE JEWISH IDENTITY CRISIS: CAN WE EMBRACE PARADOX?

    If We Win? An anecdote: The Israeli parliament, or Knesset, some years ago convened an emergency session to figure out a solution for the broken Israeli economy. One brilliant minister…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    YAWNING, SMILING & GOING ON THE PHONE: HOW WE IMPACT ONE ANOTHER

    There are few things more adorable than a newborn baby’s delicious yawn. My new granddaughter and her family are currently staying with us and little does this tiny bundle know…

    Joey Haber

    SHELACH- GETTING ALONG: LESSONS FROM THE SPIES

    In January, 1929, the United States was enjoying phenomenal prosperity. The economy was booming, industry was growing, stock investments were soaring, and many people were getting rich. However, many commercial…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT SHELAH: FULFILLING OUR MISSION

    Parashat Shelah tells the tragic story of the scouts whom Moshe sent to survey the Land of Israel in advance of Beneh Yisrael’s anticipated entry into the land. The scouts…

    Rabbi Biderman

    SHELACH

    Ladders to Heaven The navi Zecharyah foresaw a great mourning in the future, as it states, “On that day, there will be a great eulogy in Yerushalayim…” (Zecharyah 12:11). The…

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    WHY WOULD SOMEONE WALK OUT FROM THE PRIESTLY BLESSINGS?

    Here in the Diaspora, one of the highlights of the yomtov davening is the saying of Birkas Kohanim, when the whole congregation is lovingly blessed by Hashem through the conduit…

    LEBOVITS

    TZITZIS IN OR OUT?

    Throughout the ages, there have been different practices regarding keeping tzitzis tucked into pants or out. In addition, Chassidim wear their tzitzis garment over their shirt, while Ashkenazim wear it…

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    TZITZIS FOR MA’ARIV

    Should we be careful to wear tzitzis when praying the evening ma’ariv service? Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (Responsa Ma’amar Mordechai, vol. 2 no. 3) explores this question. I. TZITZIS WHILE DAVENING…

    LEBOVITS

    COVERING HEAD WITH TALLIS

    In Shul, many men place their tallis over their head for the entire davening. Some do so only after Barchu, while others do not cover their head with a tallis…

    LEBOVITS

    THE BRACHA AND ATIFA ON TALIS GADOL

    The Gemorah in Menochos states, “the mitzvah of tzitzis is equal to all of the other mitzvahs combined.” If one is careful with the mitzvah of tzitzis he merits being…

    RABBI MOSHE TARAGIN PICTURE

    SHELACH: SEEING LIFE STEADY AND WHOLE

    We would think that To-rah is so vast that no one in-dividual mitz-vah can sym-bolize all the 613 “components”. Surprisingly, the Torah designates one mitzvah as an icon for the…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    A pareve soup is made with dairy utensils and a dairy pot. It’s then warmed up using a fleishig bowl and a fleishig spoon. What’s the status? The halacha is…

    Recipe Gingered Spaghetti Salad 2021

    GINGERED SPAGHETTI SALAD

    INGREDIENTS: Salad: 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti 1 cup frozen shelled edamame 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast 1 English cucumber, chopped 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped 1 small…

    getting to know BLAKE GRIFFIN

    GETTING TO KNOW BROOKLYN NETS BLAKE GRIFFIN

    FAST FACTS: Name: Blake Austin Griffin Born: March 16, 1989 (age 32) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Height: 6 ft 9 in Weight: 250 lb College: Oklahoma (2007–2009) NBA draft: 2009…

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    JEWISH MAN BEATEN IN MANHATTAN: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH BORGEN

    A Jewish man heading to a pro-Israel rally says he thought he was going to die after a gang of pro- Palestinian demonstrators assaulted him in Midtown Manhattan, punching him…

    Jacobson

    HOW TO DEAL WITH ECONOMIC CHALLENGE THE “DAYS” AND “NIGHTS” OF LIFE

    THE ECONOMIST 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…

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    THE CHALLENGES OF SUMMER LIFE

    It’s that time of the year again!! Thoughts of driving down the “seventeen” with the beach chairs, barbecue grill, and other paraphernalia in-tow fill our minds. Or, you might be…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: LEFTIES

    10 % of the people in the world are left-handed. Consequently, the amount of yiddin who are left handed is very little. However, many halachos come up on a daily…

    Joey Haber

    BEHALOTKHA- WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS MAKING A SPLASH

    Parashat Beha’alotecha begins with the mitzvah of kindling the menorah. Each and every day, Aharon was to clean the oil lamps of the menorah in the Mishkan and light the…

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    BHALOSCHA- 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…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT BEHA’ALOTECHA- TEACHING AND GROWING

    We read in Parashat Beha’alotecha of a conversation between Moshe Rabbenu and his father-in-law, Yitro (who is called here by one of his other names, Hobab), before Beneh Yisrael’s journey…

    Rabbi Biderman

    BEHA’LOSCHA

    Emunah Resolves the Problems A mashal is told about someone who was looking through a keyhole. He can’t see everything that is in the room, his range of view is…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    UFO’S AND PRO-ISRAEL LIFE HERE ON EARTH

    Every few years, someone claims to have seen a UFO and the suspicion of life on other planets is raised, only to disappear as quickly as it came about. This…

    rabbi-gill-student

    ATONEMENT FOR THE DECEASED

    Our time in this world is limited. We strive to do all the good we can and avoid doing wrong. When we sometimes misstep, we try to do teshuvah and…

    Rabbi Steinfeld

    SAVING PARKING IN BROOKLYN?

    When it comes to parking, a number of questions can occur. We will discuss one of the questions. Am I allowed to save a spot for my friend by standing…

    RABBI MOSHE TARAGIN PICTURE

    BHAALOTECHA: THE GOOD OLD DAYS

    “We want fish, We want fish”! These ridiculous chants boomed through the Jewish camp as an angry mob clamored for a return to Egypt. Astonishingly, the hordes demanded a return…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Do canned and frozen vegetables need a hechsher? There are a few issues when it comes to canned and frozen vegetables. One is an issue that applies to all vegetables…

    Recipe Bbq chicken salad 2019

    BBQ CHICKEN SALAD

    INGREDIENTS: 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 4 stalks celery, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 1 (8.75 ounce) can sweet corn, drained 1/4 cup…

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    GETTING TO KNOW BROOKLYN NETS JOE HARRIS

    FAST FACTS: Name: Joseph Malcolm Harris Born: September 6, 1991 (age 29) in Chelan, Washington Height: 6 ft 6 in Weight: 220 lb College: Virginia (2010–2014) NBA draft: 2014 /…

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    A SECRET TO SUCCEED AT TORAH

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

    Recipe CROCKPOT HONEY BALSAMIC BRISKET 2019

    CROCKPOT HONEY BALSAMIC BRISKET

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

    Rabbi Goldberg

    THE CAMERA IS ALWAYS ON – YOU COULD GO VIRAL

    In 2007, an employee of a New Jersey Dunkin Donuts named Dustin Hoffmann (not that one) made news when the store was nearly robbed by a serial robber who jumped…

    Jacobson

    NASSO: IT TAKES ONE MAN IN CHINA—OR MINNESOTA

    The Nuremberg Trials In the film “Judgment at Nuremberg,” American judge Dan Haywood sentences Ernst Janning, an important legal figure in Germany even before the rise of Hitler, to life…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: KRIAH UPON SEEING YERUSHALAYIM AND THE KOSEL HAMARAVI

    We live in world today where it is very hard to realize what we are missing by not having the Bais Hamikdosh around. We get to comfortable with hour houses…

    Joey Haber

    NASO- DECLUTTERING OUR LIVES

    All of us, I imagine, find life stressful. But at least for most of us, it doesn’t have to be this way. The Torah in Parashat Naso discusses the laws…

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    NASSO- THE SANCTITY OF JEWISH MARRIAGE

    The Gemorah (Kiddushin 2b) tells us that the phrase “harei at m’kudeshet li” that we use under the chuppah is not a biblical expression at all, rather it is a…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT NASO- RECTIFYING THE SIN OF ADAM AND CHAVA

    Parashat Naso incorporates a variety of different topics which, at first glance, appear unrelated: 1) The tribe of Levi’s responsibility to tend to the needs of the Mishkan; 2) The…

    Rabbi Biderman

    NASO

    A first grade melamed was confronted with a problem; one of the students of his class was stealing. He first realized that there was a problem when the children of…

    Rabbi Steinfeld

    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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    DOES G-D FOOL US?

    I. Misleading Messages One of the approaches to respond to the biblical challenge of the age of the universe is the theory that the world was created fully grown, so…

    RABBI MOSHE TARAGIN PICTURE

    THE DIGNITY OF MAN

    Jews don’t count people. Instead the Torah creates a system of tabulating the population without actually counting human beings. This indirect counting scheme is delineated in parshat Ki Tisa: each…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Is there an issue with having alcoholic seltzer? Does an alcoholic seltzer need a hechsher? We’ve already certified a very large company that makes alcoholic seltzer; it’s very popular. It…

    Getting to Know RJ BARRETT 1

    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK KNICKS RJ BARRETT

    FAST FACTS: Name: Rowan Alexander “RJ” Barrett Jr. NickName: Maple Mamba Born: June 14, 2000 (age 20) in Toronto, Ontario Height: 6 ft 6 in Weight: 202 lb Position: Shooting…

    Interview RABBI SCHERMAN Artscroll 5pg

    The Artscroll Revolution An Exclusive Interview with the General Editor, RABBI NOSSON SCHERMAN

    As general editors of ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, Rabbi Nosson Scherman and Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l have led the “ArtScroll Revolution,” a major transformation in the availability of Torah literature in English….

    Rabbi Goldberg

    RECORD DEPRESSION & ANXIETY: COVID AND OUR MENTAL HEALTH

    On April 16, 1986 reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic suffered a catastrophic explosion that exposed the core and sent clouds…

    Jacobson

    BAMIDBAR/SHAVUOT: A COMMUNITY NEVER DIES

    Is It Not Insensitive to Interrupt Shivah for a Holiday? Interruption of Shivah A teaching in the Mishna defines the duties of a Jew who is in mourning at the…

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    SOME SPECIAL SHAVUOS THOUGHTS

    As we stood at Har Sinai, the Torah testifies that, “Vayichan sham Yisroel, neged haHar;” the Jews encamped in front of the mountain. The commentaries immediately pounce that the word…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: REMAINING AWAKE ON SHAVUOS NIGHT

    There is a widespread custom to remain awake on Shavuos night to learn Torah. This custom spawns many halachic queries. Why should we stay up learning on Shavuos night? What…

    Joey Haber

    BAMIDBAR- SHAVUOT- JEWISH ROYALTY

    A university professor once delivered a speech in front of a group of students, and he asked, “How many people in the room consider themselves leaders?” Very few students raised…

    r-mansour

    SHAVUOT- SARA IMENU AND THE ROOTS OF THE JEWISH MONARCHY

    It is customary on Shabuot to read Megilat Rut, and one of the reasons given for this custom is that Shabuot marks the Yahrtzeit of King David, and Megilat Rut…

    Rabbi Biderman

    THE PURPOSE OF MATTAN TORAH – EMUNAH

    The purpose of mattan Torah is to believe in Hashem. As the Vilna Gaon zt’l (Mishlei 19:22) writes, ידכב†אוה†לארשיל†הרותה†תניתנ†רקיע†הב†םנוחטב‘†ומישיש, “The Torah was given, primarily, so that they will place their…

    Rabbi Steinfeld

    TIME FOR TORAH

    The Magen Avraham in Orach Chaim 494:1 asks, how can we say that Shavuos, which comes out on Vov Sivan, is the time of Mattan Torah? We pasken like Reb…

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    MARRYING AGAINST PARENTS’ WISHES

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

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    Shavuous Kashrus Questions

    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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    SHAVUOT: CORONA DIARY #30 TORAH LANDS ON EARTH, BUT EMERGES FROM HEAVEN

    It all began on this day, atop a mountain of fire and smoke. For 2500 years, humanity failed to grasp a “One G-d” responsible for all reality. For too long,…

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    SPECIAL SHAVUOUS RECIPE: 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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    SPECIAL SHAVUOUS RECIPE: WILD MUSHROOM, SPINACH & GOAT CHEESE FRITTATA

    INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoon salted butter 4 shallots thinly sliced 2 cups coarsely chopped mixed wild mushrooms such as cremini, shitake and oyster 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 6 cups baby spinach…

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    GETTING TO KNOW ALL STAR ALBERT PUJOLS

    Name: Jose. Alberto Pujols Alcantara Born: January 16, 1980 (age 41) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Drafted: 402nd in the thirteenth round by the St. Louis Cardinals MLB debut: April…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    WE CAN’T STOP CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN

    “Did u see the news. We hear tons of ambulances passing. We can’t even leave. This is insane. We are all so scared.” On Thursday evening, I got a flurry…

    RABBI MOSHE TARAGIN PICTURE

    FROM MERON TO YERUSHALAYIM: RECONCILING TRAGEDY WITH CELEBRATION

    It has been a week of tears and of numbness. Every time I read the list of 45 I become dizzy and faint, wincing in disbelief. Too many names to…

    Rabbi Biderman

    BEHAR/BECHUKOSAI

    The parasha states, im bechukotai teilechu. The word chok refers to the mitzvos we keep, without knowing the reason. It also means parnassah (see [Mishlei 30:8]). The Divrei Yisrael of…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT BEHUKOTAI: THE EFFORT AND THE RESULTS

    Parashat Behukotai describes the blessings that G-d promises to bestow upon Beneh Yisrael in reward for their observance of the Torah. The Parasha begins with the verse, “If you follow…

    Joey Haber

    BEHAR/BECHUKOTAI- YEARNING FOR WISDOM

    The Mishnah in Pirkeh Avot (6:3) teaches: One who learns from his fellow one chapter, one law, one verse, one statement, or even one letter, must treat him with respect….

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: EATING DAIRY ON SHAVUOS

    There is a widespread custom to eat dairy products on Shavuos. What is the source of this custom? What are the reasons for this custom? Does it apply to both…

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    ARE WE STILL THE AM HANIVCHAR?

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

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    HELPING OUR FINANCES

    In the last few decades, one of the great challenges of our society has been the ever-growing problem of unemployment. Many factors have contributed to this. Recently, many lost jobs…

    Jacobson

    BECHUKOTAI: THE FIGHTER STILL REMAINS ARE YOU STILL THE CHOSEN PEOPLE?

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

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    SHAVUOS EARLY SHACHARIS

    I. Learning Torah All Night It is common practice today for men to stay up all night learning Torah the first night of Shavuos. It is not clear to me…

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    Shavuous Kashrus Questions

    Is one allowed to eat meat after milk? What is the halacha if one makes Kiddush and eats dairy foods, planning to later eat a meat Seudas Yom Tov? What…

    Recipe No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake 2021

    NO BAKE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

    INGREDIENTS: For the crust: 2 cups crushed graham crackers 4 tablespoons melted butter 1 tablespoon sugar Cheesecake: 16 oz chocolate – melted in microwave or double boiler 1/3 c sugar…

    Getting to Know JULIUS RANDLE 1

    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK KNICKS ALL STAR JULIUS RANDLE

    FAST FACTS: Name: Julius Deion Randle Born: November 29, 1994 (age 26 years) in Dallas, TX Height: 6’ 8” NBA draft: 2014 (Round: 1 / Pick: 7) Position: Power forward,…

    Jacobson

    LIFE AS A WEDDING: THE FINITE AS A PORTAL TO THE INFINITE

    This Thursday, May 7th, known in Hebrew as Lag B’omer, the thirty-third day of the omer, is the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages and spiritual…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: LAG B’OMER

    Lag B’omer is a day which people celebrate with great simcha and joy. What is the reason for this great celebration? When does it start? At night or by day?…

    Joey Haber

    EMOR- THE PRECIOUS VALUE OF SILENCE

    In the first chapter of Pirkeh Avot, we read the following teaching of Shimon, the son of Rabban Gamliel: “My whole life I grew up among sages, and I found…

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    EMOR- CHILLUL HASHEM

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