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    Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, Hi, I read your column every week. It prompts much conversation over the Shabbos table. I’m a regular Flatbush/Midwood guy who is into the Sifrei Chassidus….

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS MIKETZ

    In his dream Paro saw seven beautiful, healthy cows grazing in a marsh (achu), alongside the Nile River. Then, seven other cows came. These were ugly and thin, and they…

    Rabbi Biderman

    ZOS CHANUKAH

    The Rebbe of Ruzhin zt’l said, “What tzaddikim are able to accomplish on Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, a simple Yid can accomplish on Zos Chanukah.” The explanation may…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Does one need to tovel electric appliances? There are many different appliances; there is no one rule. For example, an urn should be toiveled. Obviously, after you toivel an urn,…

    Capture

    CHANNUKAH IS IN THE AIR: THE SPOON, THE PRISON AND THE MATCH

    Chanukah lights. Lights that connect us to the past, to a story that happened over 2,000 years ago, yet speaks to us today. As we kindle the menorah, we recite…

    Student

    SHOULD YOU LIGHT MENORAH OUTDOORS?

    I. Lighting in Danger The Gemara (Shabbos 21b) says that you must light your Chanukah menorah near the doorway (opening, pesach) of your house on the outside. If you live…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    THIS CHANUKAH SAVOR THE MOMENT

    Several studies have shown that adopting routines can make you more productive. Routine is a hallmark of efficiency and can also help harness your creativity. Many successfully creative people swear…

    LEBOVITS

    OLIVES – OLIVE OIL – AND CHANUKAH

    As we all know, we use olive oil to light the Chanukah menorah. Recently, olive oil has become very popular for its health benefits. Olive oil has many other uses…

    Weiss

    CHANUKAH AND THE FABRIC OF TIME

    One of the brachos we make on the menorah is, “She’osa nisim lavoseinu bayamim haheim bazman hazeh.” We bless Hashem for making miracles in those days of Chanukah, millennia ago,…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT MIKETZ: THE WINE-BEARER AND THE BAKER

    Parashat Miketz begins with Pharaoh’s unusual dreams, and his desperate attempt to find out what they meant. After he was dissatisfied with the interpretations given by his advisors, the Sar…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS MIKETZ/CHANUKAH: “YOUR SERVANT, OUR FATHER”

    The Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer says (in Chapter 38): In the dialog between the brothers and Yosef, Yosef heard his brothers utter the phrase “your servant, our father” 10 times and…

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    CHANUKAH: PRESERVING ORTHODOXY, THEN AND NOW

    In the Al Hanisim prayer which we recite on Chanukah, we thank Hakodosh Boruch Hu for delivering the “many in the hands of the few”. This refers to the fact…

    Joey Haber

    MIKETZ: STAYING COMPOSED

    Parashat Miketz tells the miraculous story of Yosef’s rise to power in Egypt. After having been falsely accused of assaulting his master’s wife, and sitting in jail for twelve years,…

    Jacobson

    MIKETZ: WHY WAS PHARAOH BLOWN AWAY BY JOSEPH’S DREAM ANALYSIS?

    A MARGARINE POT ON CHANUKAH IN BERGEN-BELSEN It is a riveting story. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, has two dreams, we learn in this week’s Torah portion, Miketz. In the…

    getting to know SCHERZER

    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK METS – NEW PITCHER MAX SCHERZER

    FAST FACTS: Name: Maxwell M. Scherzer Nickname: Mad Max Born: July 27, 1984 (age 37) in Chesterfield, Missouri MLB Debut: April 29, 2008, for the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB statistics (through…

    Recipe POTATO LATKES CUPS 2020

    POTATO LATKES CUPS

    INGREDIENTS: 1 box potato pancake mix, plus ingredients needed on package 1 large potato, shredded and squeezed dry Cooking spray Applesauce and/or sour cream   DIRECTIONS: Take your at latkes…

    Recipe CHANUKAH GELT COOKIES 2019

    CHANUKAH GELT COOKIES RECIPE

    INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup unsalted margarine, softened to room temperature 2/3 cup white granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1-2…

    LEBOVITS

    TURKEY AND THANKSGIVING

    Much has been discussed over the years r e g a r d i n g Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey…

    LEBOVITS

    CHANUKAH LIGHTING IN PUBLIC PLACES

    Chanukah Lighting in Public Places Chanukah lights are kindled in most shuls. This has also expanded to public Chanukah lightings in many cities throughout the world. There is also a…

    Capture

    CHANUKAH IS IN THE AIR: LIGHTS – MENORAH – ACTION

    “Haneiros halalu kodesh heim… These lights are sacred…” The Chanukah lights are holy and have mystical powers. After lighting, we linger by the menorah, and take some time just basking…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS VAYEISHEV “MAH TEVAKESH”: KEEPING FOCUSED ON ONE’S GOAL IN LIFE

    Yaakov told Yosef to go check on the welfare of his brothers and the welfare of the sheep and to bring back a report. [Bereishis 37:14] This was a mission…

    Student

    A WEALTH TAX IN JEWISH TRADITION

    There is talk in the U.S. about taxing the wealth of the superrich. Without engaging in d i s c u s s i o n about proper policy today,…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    3 KEYS TO BEING HAPPY

    When the Founding Fathers included the pursuit of happiness as an American right and entitlement, it is almost as if they conceded that happiness can be pursued, but it is…

    Joey Haber

    VAYEISHEV: AGREEING WITH HASHEM

    The Gemara teaches that Hanukah was established as a time of הלל והודאה” – praise a n d thanksgiving.” What exactly is the difference between הלל and הודאה ?And why…

    Rabbi Biderman

    CHANUKAH

    The Chochmas Shlomo teaches that if someone in jail is given the choice of either lighting the Chanukah candles in prison or to leave the jail for a day to…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT VAYESHEV- YOSEF’S FAITH

    The Midrash (cited by Rashi to Bereshit 37:3) tells us that before Yosef was sold as a slave by his brothers at the age of 17, he learned Torah from…

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    CHANUKAH: WHERE TO PLACE THE MENORAH

    The gemara (Shabbos 21b) tells us that the proper place to put the Chanukah lights is in front of one’s home, so that all the passers-by will notice the lights,…

    Weiss

    CHANUKAH POWER

    As we get ready for the very sweet festival of Chanukah, it behooves us to brush-up on its spiritual messages. In this way, we can ensure that it doesn’t become…

    Jacobson

    VAYESHEV: THE LONELY MOMENT

    INDIAN WEATHER PREDICTION It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was…

    Q & A- R ELI MANSOUR (2)

    BROOKLYN SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY IS BOOMING! Q & A WITH RABBI ELI MANSOUR

    Rabbi Mansour is one of the most revered leaders of the Syrian Jewish community, which has experienced astounding physical and spiritual growth over the past few decades. Rabbi Mansour is…

    LEBOVITS

    AL HANISSIM ON CHANUKAH

    On Chanukah, we insert Al Hanissim into our davening and bentching. It is very practical for us to discuss all the halachos that apply to this. Some questions we will…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS VAYISHLACH: A COUNTER-INTUITIVE READING OF A DIFFICULT PASUK

    The Torah describes Yaakov’s positioning of his family in preparation for the meeting with Eisav: “He put the handmaids and their children first, and Leah and her children later, and…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

    Parshas Vayishlach opens with Yaakov Avinu and his family leaving the house of Lavan, ready to embark on a return journey home. “Yaakov was greatly afraid and distressed.” (Genesis, Bereishis…

    Jacobson

    VAYISHLACH: WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A LOST SOUL, HOW DO YOU REACT?

    A TALE OF TWO ANGELS BROTHER’S KEEPER One day the zookeeper noticed that the orangutan was reading two books, the Bible and Darwin’s Origin of Species. Surprised, he asked the…

    Joey Haber

    VAYISHLACH: DON’T TRY TO CHANGE – DECIDE TO CHANGE

    Parashat Vayishlah opens with Yaakov Avinu facing a vexing and frightening problem. His brother, Esav, who despised him for stealing the berachah which their father intended to give Esav, was…

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    CHANUKAH: WHERE TO PLACE THE MENORAH

    The gemara (Shabbos 21b) tells us that the proper place to put the Chanukah lights is in front of one’s home, so that all the passers-by will notice the lights,…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT VAYISHLACH- JEWISH PHOTOSYNTHESIS

    We read in Parashat Vayishlah of the angel that attacked Yaakob Abinu as he made his way back to Eretz Yisrael from the home of Laban. The Rabbis teach us…

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS VAYISHLACH

    A fter years of research, the Rebbe of Radzin zy”a believed he found the blue techeiles dye, which could be used for tzitzis. To verify his claim, the Rebbe of…

    Weiss

    THE TAPESTRY OF HISTORY

    Rabbi Avigdor Miller, Zt”l, Zy”a, makes a fascinating observation. When the Torah records historical events, it invariably starts the narrative with the letter ‘vav.’ Thus, we find in this week’s…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    ARE YOU AN EARTH ANGEL?

    Prior to 1974, the standard practice for dealing with someone who was choking was to whack the afflicted person on the back. Dr. Henry Heimlich argued hitting them that way…

    Student

    YOU NEED A COMPETENT 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

    Sh ould a h a s h g a c h a put on the product they certify the beracha one sh ould make on that produ ct? We at…

    Recipes for Thanksgiving 2020 FP 2

    SPECIAL THANKSGIVING RECIPES: SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

    INGREDIENTS: Topping: 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup flour 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred) – you can omit if there are nut allergies 1/2 cup margarine (melted) Sweet Potato…

    Recipes for Thanksgiving 2020 FP

    SPECIAL THANKSGIVING RECIPES: ORANGE HONEY GLAZED ROAST TURKEY BREAST

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

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS VAYEITZEI: “MORE THAN I DESERVE”

    Leah Was Commended For Recognizing “I Have Received More Than I Deserve” Upon the birth of her fourth son, Yehudah, Leah said, “This time I will thank Hashem” [Bereishis 29:35]….

    CS Jungreis

    Shabbos Is In The Air: GOOD FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL

    In this week’s parshah, we are introduced to two of our matriarchs, Rochel and Leah, the wives of Yaakov. “And Leah’s eyes were ‘rakos’, tender and Rochel was ‘yefas toe’ahr,…

    Jacobson

    VAYEITZEI: THE ART OF GRATITUDE

    HOW RACHEL TAUGHT HER CHILD—AND THE WORLD—THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS WHAT’S THE SHAME? It is a perplexing response in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei. Rachel, who has been childless for…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: WAITING FOR THE RABBI (BURDENING THE PUBLIC)

    In many shuls, the question arises regarding waiting when a rabbi is taking time for shemone esrei and people are getting edgy, since they have to make the train to…

    Joey Haber

    VAYEITZEI: BUILDING A HOME

    Parashat Vayetzeh begins with Yaakov Avinu’s journey from the Land of Israel to Haran, where he was to get married and build a family. The Torah tells us that as…

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    RACHEL’S LONGING FOR CHILDREN

    There is famous brief Hebrew poem composed by one of the Jewish philosophers of the middle ages that runs as follows, “he’avar ayin, he’asid adayin, he’hoveh k’heref ayin, da’aga minyain?…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT VAYESE: THE TWO TESTS

    The Midrash relates that when Yaakob left his parents’ home to flee from his brother, Esav, who wanted to kill him in revenge for his “stealing” Yishak’s blessings, Esav instructed…

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS VAYEITZEI

    There once was a family that moved to a home near the forest. The father said to his young son, “Don’t ever climb over the gate because there are wild…

    Weiss

    A TUMULTUOUS PREGNANCY

    Rivkah Imeinu had a very dramatic pregnancy. The posuk informs us, “Va’yisrotz’tzu habonim b’kirbah – And the twins ran (and wrestled) inside of her.” The Medrash elaborates, as cited by…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER

    The story is told that one day, as a small child, Thomas Edison came home from school and gave a paper to his mother. He said, “Mom, my teacher gave…

    Student

    MARRIAGE AND FREE WILL

    The concept of “Bashert,” a person’s soulmate, warms the heart and plays into our notions of romance. The Gemara (Sotah 2a) says that forty days before the creation of a…

    Recipe Pumpkin Bread 2021

    PUMPKIN BREAD

    INGREDIENTS: 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree 1/2 cup vegetable or another neutral cooking oil 3 large eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK RANGERS – JEWISH ADAM FOX

    The New York Rangers and Adam Fox, have agreed to a historic contract extension. Fox, 23, signed a seven-year deal, taking him through the 2028-29 season. The average annual value…

    R' Eli Stefansky 4 PAGES (1)

    Q&A WITH THE FOUNDER OF THE 8 MINUTE DAF R’ ELI STEFANSKY

    R’ Eli Stefansky is the president of Prime Quest Management, Daf Yomi maggid shiur, and founder of the widely popular “8 Minute Daf” video series. More people listen to his…

    Mordy Shaps

    MORDY SHAP’S ABBA: Q&A WITH EJ SHAPIRO

    What do you think about Mordy’s new YouTube video ABBA? It was beyond breathtaking. He took the words right out of Tehillim from L’Dovid Hashem Ori and they were beautiful,…

    Remembering R' Tendler

    REMEMBERING MY REBBE RABBI MOSHE TENDLER ZT”L ON HIS SHLOSHIM

    (BASED ON REMARKS DELIVERED AT THE SHLOSHIM IN JERUSALEM, 23 MAR CHESHVAN) The Torah relates ּהָתֹּכְבִלְו†הָרָׂשְל†דֹּפְסִל†≠םָהָרְבַא†אֹבָּיַו†– Avraham eulogizes Sarah. But the Torah doesn’t tell us what Avraham said. Why doesn’t…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS TOLDOS: 100% FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVEN

    Who Is The Wise One? He Who Recognizes That He Was Stupid Parshas Toldos contains the story of Eisav selling the birthright to Yaakov. After the transaction, the Torah uses…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: A GIFT FROM THE HEART

    “Va’yetar Yitzchok l’HaShem, l’nochach ishtoh ki akoroh hee – Yitzchok entreated HaShem opposite his wife, because she was barren.” (Bereishis 25:21) Rashi comments that Yitzchok stood in one corner, and…

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    THE CHAZIR IS NOT KOSHER

    The Torah tells us that a kosher animal is one which has split hooves and chews its cud; pigs have split hooves, but because they do not chew their cud,…

    Jacobson

    TOLDOS: THE SANDY PATH TO INSPIRATION

    WHY WERE THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF JUDAISM ENTHRALLED BY WELLS? FREE PLOWING Back in the ‘40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel, then known as Palestine….

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS TOLDOS

    Perfect Order The Chofetz Chaim gave the following mashal: There was a man visiting a distant city. Shabbos morning, he went to the community’s beis kneses and watched the gabai…

    LEBOVITS

    BIRCHOS HABANIM

    M a n y have the custom to bentch their children on Friday night. Where does this custom come from? Should the blessings be given before or after coming home…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE LORD INTERVIEW WITH RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS Z”L

    Several years ago, our community was privileged to host Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l. Before he addressed the over 1,000 people in attendance at BRS, I spontaneously asked him if…

    Weiss

    BEIS YAAKOV; B’NEI YISROEL – WHAT DO THEY STAND FOR?

    The events surrounding the name Yaakov are very puzzling. The Torah explains that he was given the name because upon birth, “V’yodo ochezes ba’akeiv Esav — And his hand grasped…

    Student

    DEATH PENALTY

    Even those with only a passing knowledge of the Five Books of Moses recognize the death penalty applied to various sins. The Oral Torah, committed to writing centuries later, explains…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS WITH RABBI ELEFANT: IMPOSSIBLE PORK

    “The Impossible Pork, we didn’t give an ‘OU’ to it, not because it wasn’t kosher per se,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher division. “It…

    getting to know d'arnaud

    GETTING TO KNOW ATLANTA BRAVES CATCHER TRAVIS D’ARNAUD

    FAST FACTS: Name: Travis Emmanuel d’Arnaud Born: February 10, 1989 (age 32 years) in Long Beach, CA Position: Catcher MLB debut: August 17, 2013, for the New York Mets 2021…

    Recipe Sunflower Chicken Salad 2021

    SUNFLOWER CHICKEN SALAD

    INGREDIENTS: 4 TBSP olive oil, divided 1 pound boneless white chicken cutlets, diced 1 large zucchini, diced 3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced green beans sugar snap peas 2 to…

    elefant

    KASHRUTH QUESTIONS 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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    SPECIAL WINTER RECIPES: 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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    LEAVING ERETZ YISROEL

    The avos were commanded to live in Eretz Yisroel. Today we also have this mitzvah, and therefore one may only leave Eretz Yisroel when the conditions there are unreasonable. If…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: IT’S ALL GOOD!

    “Vayehiyu chayei Sarah meah shanah, v’esrim shanah, v’shevah shonim, sh’nei chayei Sarah — Sarah’s lifetime was 100 years, 20 years, and 7 years…. the years of Sarah’s life…” (Genesis, Bereishis…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS CHAYEI SARAH: “THEY WERE ALL EQUALLY GOOD”

    The parsha begins with the pasuk, “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah’s life.” [Bereishis 23:1]. Rashi comments on the strange…

    LEBOVITS

    WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP ROLES

    R e c e n t l y certain kashrus agencies have begun to offer courses for women to make them m a s h g i c h o…

    Student

    PIDYON SHEVUYIM FOR SOMEONE GUILTY

    P i d y o n i m Shevuyim means redeeming a captive, paying s o m e o n e ’ s ransom. It is among the highest priorities…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    A MESSAGE TO THE DOUBTERS

    With seven gold medals, including three at the recent Tokyo O l y m p i c s , swimmer Penny Oleksiak is Canada’s most decorated Olympian. But not everyone…

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS CHAYEI SARA

    In Parshas Chaya Sarah we can study all about shidduchim. One of the primary lessons is to know that shidduchim are arranged by Hashem. It’s not because I chose, or…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT HAYEH-SARAH: THE DANGERS OF VANITY

    The opening verse of Parashat Hayeh-Sara tells us that our matriarch Sara lived for “one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years.” This is an unusual way of telling us…

    Joey Haber

    CHAYEI SARA: COMMUNITY PRESSURE

    The story is told of an Orthodox Jew who went on a business trip and was at the airport for his flight home. As we he went through security, he…

    Weiss

    HOW DID SARAH LEAVE THIS WORLD?

    Without a question, one of the greatest women in the history of the world was Sarah Imeinu. The posuk testifies that when she was one hundred years old, she was…

    Jacobson

    CHAYEI SARA-WHAT COMES FIRST: LOVE OR MARRIAGE?

    ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB: THE MORNING, DUSK, AND NIGHT OF JUDAISM ISAAC AND REBECCA The first act of marriage described in the Torah is the one between Isaac and Rebecca,…

    Capture

    RABBI ELEAZAR MENACHEM MAN SHACH, ON THE 20TH YAHRTZEIT: THE SECRET OF GREATNESS

    William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night is probably his most enduring and popular comedy. At one point, the unfortunate Malvolio discovers a letter he thinks has been written by Countess Olivia,…

    Sheya Mendlowitz (2)

    AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LEGENDARY JEWISH MUSIC PRODUCER SHEYA MENDLOWITZ ABOUT R’ SHLOMO CARLEBACH ON THE 27TH YAHRTZEIT

    The career of Sheya Mendlowitz is one of great magnitude. His name is prominently displayed on hundreds of stereophonic systems, tapes, cassette, and compact discs. He was the first to…

    Student

    REMEMBERING RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS ZT”L ON HIS FIRST YAHRTZEIT: RABBI SACKS AND THE STRANGER

    I. The Problematic Theology of the Stranger Rabbi Jonathan Sacks zt”l, whose first yahrtzeit falls this year on October 26 (20 Cheshvan), opened up Jewish thought to a broader audience…

    REMEMBERING RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS ZT”L ON HIS FIRST YAHRTZEIT: THREE SIDES OF RABBI SACKS

    The passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, whose first yahrtzeit falls this year on October 26 (20 Cheshvan), left thousands if not millions of people of faith — Orthodox…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS VAYERA: AND AVRAHAM RAN…

    By Virtue of the Running of Avraham, Israel Received the Torah The pasuk [verse] says “And G-d appeared to him in Elonei Mamre.” This is a strange construction. Rather than…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: A VISIT WITH MR. ANONYMOUS

    “Vayeira eilov HaShem….” “HaShem appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, while he was sitting at the entrance of the tent…” (Bereishis 18:1) This week’s parshah, Vayeira, opens with…

    Weiss

    HOW TO DEAL WITH FEAR

    Through the media, we are constantly bombarded by death. This preoccupation with death tends to prey on a person’s mind and fill him with fears and worries. So too, as…

    Joey Haber

    VAYERA: IF LIFE IS EASY…

    Akedat Yitzhak, when Avraham was commanded to sacrifice his son and he immediately complied – until at the last minute G-d told him to withdraw his knife, as this was…

    r-mansour

    PARASHAT VAYERA: BREAKING OUR NATURE

    We read in Parashat Vayera the famous story known as “Akedat Yishak,” where G-d commanded Abraham Abinu to offer his son, Yishak, as a sacrifice. This story begins by telling…

    Rabbi Biderman

    PARSHAS VAYEIRA

    The Value of a Yid Someone sent his butler to bring a barrel of wine as a gift to the Meor Einayim, Rebbe Nachum of Chernobyl zt’l. (In that era…

    LEBOVITS

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    The Jewish people have always focused on birthdays. On Pesach, we celebrate the birth of the Jewish nation. We say in Mussaf that the world was created on Rosh Hashana….

    Rabbi Goldberg

    BE A BLESSING FOR THOSE IN RECOVERY

    While we have been focused on fighting and managing a historic pandemic, another epidemic continues to rage. Substance abuse and addiction don’t discriminate based on religion, economic class, gender, or…

    elefant

    KASHRUTH QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Q: Can one bake an open pan of chicken/ meat in a hot oven immediately after fish was baked in an open pan? What about the opposite, fish after meat,…

    Recipe Delminico Roast 2021

    DELMONICO ROAST

    INGREDIENTS: 3-3.5 lb. Delmonico roast 3 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 tbsp. Prepared white Horseradish 1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Kosher Salt and Pepper…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK KNICKS POINT GUARD KEMBA WALKER

    FACTS: Name: Kemba Hudley Walker Born: May 8, 1990 (age 31) in The Bronx, New York Height: 6 ft 0 in Listed Weight: 184 lb High School: Rice (Manhattan, New…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: LEAVING OUR COMFORT ZONE

    Avraham Avinu, our father Abraham, the first Jew. Avraham grew up in Ur Kasdim, living in a world of idol worshippers. Despite that, he believed in a G-d above. He…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS LECH LECHA: “PSHAT” IN RASHI – DEVELOPING POTENTIAL

    How Did Rashi Know That? The Almighty informs Avraham Avinu that his wife will have a child: “And G-d said to Avraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife—do not call her…

    Student

    IS SECULAR MUSIC KOSHER?

    I. EXTENT OF THE PROHIBITION The Gemara (Gittin 7a) asks from where we learn that music is forbidden. The Gemara answers with a few possible verses, including “Do not rejoice,…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    100 BILLION MESSAGES A DAY

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    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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    The Issur Chazal wanted to protect the Jews from assimilating with the non-Jews and therefore enacted a gezeira that the bread of a non-Jew is forbidden for a Jew to…

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    NOACH: LOOK OUT THE WINDOW

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    PARASHAT NOAH: WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH

    Just before the flood, G-d instructs to Noah to board the ark together with his family: “Come…into the ark, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in…

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    PARSHAS NOACH

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    THE GREAT TRAIT OF GENTLENESS

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    STAY ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW, DON’T CUT CORNERS

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    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…

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    OUR TEMPORARY DWELLING

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    SUCCOS

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

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    LOSHON HORA IN THE SUKKAH

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

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS: SUKKOS QUESTIONS

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

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    WHOLE CHICKEN WITH A RUB

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

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: KNEELING ON A STONE FLOOR

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

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    ARE BA’ALEI TESHUVAH REALLY THAT GREAT?

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

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    CHARITY – ARE WE GIVING ENOUGH?

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    YONAH: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STORY- MEDITATIONS INSIDE A FISH

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

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

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

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    SHABBAT SHUVA- THE MOST URGENT TESHUVA THAT WE NEED TODAY

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

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

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

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    YOM KIPPUR

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

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

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

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: YOM KIPPUR QUESTIONS

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

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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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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK METS SHORTSTOP JAVY BAEZ

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

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

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

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    THE HALACHOS OF SHUSHING IN SHUL

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    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART THREE

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

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    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: ON THE ESSENCE OF ROSH HASHANAH

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    KEEP THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING

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

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    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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    UNDERSTANDING THE SHOFAR’S CALL

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

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    NETZAVIM/ROSH HASHANA- AN ATTITUDE OF CONFIDENCE

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    NITZAVIM

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: SELICHOS & ROSH HASHANAH QUESTIONS

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

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    ROSH HASHANAH BRISKET

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

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

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

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    WHY DOES TESHUVAH WORK?

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    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART TWO

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

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

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

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

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

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    PARASHAT KI TABO: ELUL AND FAITH

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

    Joey Haber

    KI-TAVO- THE LIBERATING FEAR OF ELUL

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    KI SAVO

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

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    KI-TAVO- IT’S IN OUR GENES

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: SHEMITAH QUESTIONS

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    SAVING SHMITA

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    POMEGRANATE GLAZED MEATBALLS

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

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    GETTING TO KNOW NY GIANTS RUNNING BACK SAQUON BARKLEY

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

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 6)

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

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    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…

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    THE GATEWAYS OF OUR HEAD – PART ONE

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

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

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

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO QUIET YOUR MIND

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    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,…

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    KI-TESE- PUTTING ON THE PINSTRIPES

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

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    KI SEITZEI

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    KI-TEITZEI- THE SIXTH SEDRAH

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

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    PARSHAT KI TEITZEI: TOO MANY EXPERTS

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

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    Kashrus Question of the Week

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    TOMATO COUSCOUS SALAD

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

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    TORAH WELLSPRINGS: SHOFTIM

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    SHOFTIM- THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM

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

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 5)

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

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    GETTING TO KNOW NY YANKEES – ANTHONY RIZZO

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

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    AN ELUL PRIMER

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

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    A MAJESTIC HAIRCUT

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    GLOBAL WARMING, TESHUVA AND THE SIN OF LOST POTENTIAL

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

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    SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER

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

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    PARASHAT SHOFTIM: THE FIRST STEP TO TESHUBA

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

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    HAVE WE BECOME TOO TRIBAL? TRUE RELIGION MUST EMBRACE DIVERSITY

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

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    SHOFTIM- THE JEWISH ARMY

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    DRINKING DURING DAVENING

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

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

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

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

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

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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    REUBEN DELI ROLL

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

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: SUMMER HALACHOS (PART 4)

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

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

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

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    PARASHAT SHELAH: FULFILLING OUR MISSION

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    SHELACH

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    TZITZIS FOR MA’ARIV

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    SHELACH: SEEING LIFE STEADY AND WHOLE

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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    Recipe Gingered Spaghetti Salad 2021

    GINGERED SPAGHETTI SALAD

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

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    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: LEFTIES

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    BEHALOTKHA- WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS MAKING A SPLASH

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    BHALOSCHA- LIBI BAMIZRACH VA’ANI B’SOF MAARAV

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    PARASHAT BEHA’ALOTECHA- TEACHING AND GROWING

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    BEHA’LOSCHA

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    UFO’S AND PRO-ISRAEL LIFE HERE ON EARTH

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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    Recipe CROCKPOT HONEY BALSAMIC BRISKET 2019

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    NASSO- THE SANCTITY OF JEWISH MARRIAGE

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    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…

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    WHY BIRCHAS KOHANIM?

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