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    Joey Haber

    TOLDOS: VALUING OURSELVES – AND OUR TIME

    In the Book of Melachim I (chapter 20), we read of a certain war that was waged, and before one of the battles, the prophet came to the King of…

    Student

    VOICE RECOGNITION IN HALACHAH

     I. Identifying People We use many faculties to observe the goings on about us. When one sense is unavailable, we often use others to compensate. Even if we cannot see…

    R' Frand

    PEOPLE ONLY CONTEMPLATE LIFE WHEN DYING

     People Only Contemplate Life Under The Shadow Of Death In this week’s parsha we learn about the famous story of the sale of the birthright. A ravenously hungry Eisav saw…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

     Q: Is Turkey Kosher? – I have heard that there are some Jews who do not consider turkey kosher. Can you tell me the reason for this? As far as…

    Jacobson

    THE SANDY PATH TO INSPIRATION

     FREE PLOWING Back in the ‘40s, a Jewish guy was arrested for smuggling guns into Israel, then known as Palestine. He was taken into one of the British prisons. While…

    Weiss

    SHABBOS POINTERS – PART THREE

     Let’s continue to cast our gaze on ways of increasing our awareness and appreciation of our great treasure, the Shabbos. We will continue to emphasize the need to preserve a…

    LEBOVITS

    TURKEY AND THANKSGIVING

     Much has been discussed over the years regarding Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey may be served. The underlying point of the…

    CS Jungreis

    CHANGE… WE CAN DO IT

     In this week’s parshah, Toldos, we learn of both Yitzchak and Rivkah turning to HaShem with heartfelt prayer. Each praying on the other’s behalf. Yitzchok asking that Rivkah be the…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    CRITICIZE OR CANCEL? ENGAGE OR ESTRANGE? SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM

     One of the more disturbing trends we are experiencing today is the rise of antisemitic attacks, qualitatively and quantitatively, online with words and offline with physical violence. As we continue…

    Biderman

    TURN YOUR EYES TO HASHEM

    The Torah tells us (26:19- 22) that Yitzchak’s servants dug wells. When the Pelishtim came and claimed ownership over the wells, Yitzchak’s servants moved to another location. This happened three…

    PUMPKIN CHALLAH

    PUMPKIN CHALLAH

    Since Chanukah starts Sunday after Thanksgiving why not switch up your challah and make a Pumpkin challah it’s a delicious autumnal challah dough INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 1/2…

    CS Jungreis

    THE BIG FIVE + 1

    This week’s parshah, Chayei Sarah, shares with us insights and lessons regarding shidduchim – finding a life partner. Following Sarah’s death, Avrohom feels that it’s time to find an appropriate…

    Jacobson

    THE SECRET RELATIONSHIP

     How Is Your Marriage? “How is your marriage?” Someone once asked a woman. Her response: “Before I got married, I was incomplete. Now, that I married, I am finished.” SARAH’S…

    Weiss

    SHABBOS POINTERS – PART TWO

     Once again we turn our attention to the great treasure of Shabbos. We will continue to emphasize the need to preserve a spirit of contentment with an absence of pressure…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

     Rav Pam (Ateres Avraham, Chayei Sarah) quotes Rabbeinu Bachya, who instructs us that when looking for a spouse we should not place an overemphasis on looks, money or yichus, but…

    R' Frand

    NO GOLDEN YEARS OF RETIREMENT

     Ask Not What External Events Can Do To You; Ask What You Can Do To Maintain Equilibrium In The Face of External Events The Medrash comments that the name change…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT CHAYEI SARA- THE VALUE OF EVERY MOMENT

     The Midrash relates that once, as Rabbi Akiba taught a class, he noticed that his students began falling asleep. In order to awaken and energize them, Rabbi Akiba interrupted his…

    Joey Haber

    CHAYE SARAH: BUILDING TRUST

    There are many ingredients that are necessary for a relationship to be strong and healthy. But if I would be asked to name the single most important ingredient, I would…

    Student

    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…

    LEBOVITS

    PAYING THE SHADCHAN

     The Mitzvah There is a great mitzvah for one to be involved with making shidduchim between a boy and girl. Hashem was the first shadchan in the world who made…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK WITH RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT

     May I use a warming drawer on Shabbos? Warming drawers on Shabbos is indeed a serious issue. There are a number of things to consider. First of all, you have…

    Biderman

    SHIDDUCHIM ARE BASHERT

    Although Hashem’s hand is often concealed, everything that happens to us is bashert, destined, and planned. We believe that everything is from Hashem, but we don’t always see it. However,…

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    GETTING TO KNOW: NY GIANTS RUNNING BACK, SAQUON BARKELEY

     The Giants and Saquon Barkley were not able to reach an agreement on a new contract during the team’s bye week last week, and for now, all parties will focus…

    THANKSGIVING RECIPES 2022 (1)

    EASIEST BAKED APPLE DUMPLINGS

    INGREDIENTS:  2 medium Granny Smith apples 4 Puff Pastry squares, each cut into two triangles 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup margarine, softened 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup Mountain Dew…

    Biderman

    CONCEALED KINDNESS

    One way to translate the word פלא†is concealed as it states (Devarim 17:8), כי†יפלא ממך†דבר†, “When a halachah is concealed from you…” In Shemoneh Esrei we praise Hashem for His…

    Jacobson

    WHY INFANTS HAVE TO GROW UP ON MILK THE SECRET OF GIVING

     A woman is leaving her multimillion dollar mansion in Beverly Hills when a poor man approaches her and cries, “Oh ma’am, I haven’t eaten in three days.” To which the…

    Weiss

    SHABBOS POINTERS – PART ONE

     The importance of creating a special aura in our homes and in our lives on Shabbos simply cannot be overstated. We all emphasize the need to preserve a spirit of…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    IS THERE A VALID EXCUSE NOT TO VOTE?

     The world is increasingly complicated and challenging, and we are constantly processing new developments, complications, and challenges. We tend to sit around our Shabbos tables, share on Whatsapp groups and…

    LEBOVITS

    LIVING TO EAT, EATING TO LIVE

     In Order to Live We need to eat and drink in order to live. After eating and drinking, waste must be expelled. We must have the proper approach to the…

    Joey Haber

    VAYERA: CHOOSING OUR WORDS

     Parashat Vayera begins with the famous story of the three angels who were disguised as travelers, and whom Avraham Avinu graciously welcomed. During their visit, one of the angels informed…

    R' Frand

    JUDGE A MAN BY HIS WIFE

     A Man’s Level is Determined by His Wife’s Level At the beginning of the parsha, during the description of the dialogue between the Angels and Avraham, we find the verse,…

    SACKS

    VAYERA: HASHEM AND STRANGERS

     Hashem appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and…

    Student

    HOW DO YOU SPELL RABBI?

     The Sages use different titles to refer to different levels of scholars because not all rabbis have equal authority. In order of increasing importance: Rav, Rabbi, Rabban, the scholar’s name…

    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,…

    CS Jungreis

    TENTS, CAR RIDES AND DIPS

     I love chuppahs – all chuppahs, from the majestic and flowery, to the look of simple elegance, to a plain taalis, they are all special. Though different, every chuppah has…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT VAYERA- THE MINHA PRAYER

     At the end of this week’s parasha, Parashat Vayera, G-d tells Abraham to take his son, Yishak, to Har HaMoria, where he places him on the altar, puts a knife…

    Recipe Lotus Crack Balls 1.2 2022

    LOTUS CRACK BALLS

    INGREDIENTS:  LOTUS CRACK BALLS 2.5 cups oats 1 cup lotus butter (chunky or smooth) 2/3 cup honey 2 tsp vanilla Dash of salt 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup craisins…

    Joey Haber

    LECH LECHA: ACCEPT THE STORY THAT IS BEING WRITTEN

    The story is told of a Rabbi who once came to Rav Yosef Haim Sonenfeld to discuss a certain halachic topic. The Rabbi presented his opinion, and Rav Sonenfed told…

    CS Jungreis

    A MOTHER’S TEARS

     Rochel Imeinu, Mama Rochel, Mother Rachel. No matter the language, Rochel is my mother, she is your mother, she is the mother of Klal Yisroel, the Jewish nation This Shabbos,…

    Jacobson

    TWO LARGE TEARS

     SELFISH A big, burly man visited the rabbi’s home and asked to see the Rebbetzin, the rabbi’s wife, a person well known for her numerous charitable deeds. “Rebbetzin,” he said…

    LEBOVITS

    FOOD IN THE HANDS OF A NON-JEW

     There are many halachos which apply to leaving food in the hands of a non-Jew. Is there a difference between sending food in the hands of a non-Jew and basar…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT LEC LECHA: LEARNING ABOUT MARRIAGE FROM AVRAHAM AVINU

     The Torah in Parashat Lech-Lecha writes about Abraham Abinu’s experiences after settling in Eretz Yisrael, and we read that when he reached the land, “Va’yet Aholo” – “he pitched his…

    Weiss

    THE ENIGMATIC ESCAPEE

     We know that Avraham went on a seemingly suicidal mission against four mighty kings with powerful armies to save his nephew Lot. The Gemora informs us that, aided by open…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    NEED FOR SPEED

    Voice notes are an incredibly convenient way to communicate a short thought, a quick question, or a brief response. They are not meant, however, for long expositions, deep thoughts or…

    R' Frand

    LOCATION IS EVERYTHING!

     Hashem told Avram to go to the Land of Canaan. Avram traveled to the Land of Canaan, and pitched his tent. The Torah narrates: “From there he relocated to the…

    Student

    EXPELLING A MEMBER FROM SHUL

     It is both a privilege and an obligation to attend shul. However, sometimes a community finds it necessary to expel a member. Under what conditions is it permissible to tell…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

     Do you ever have it where two people can be eating the same food, but need to make different brachos? There are many examples. I’ll give you an example in…

    Biderman

    DO THE BEST YOU CAN

    The Mishnah states (Avos עשרה†נסיונות נתנסה†אברהם†אבינו†¨®†5:3 עליו†≠†השלום†ועמד†בכלם להודיע†≠†כמה†¨חבתו†של†≠†אברהם†אבינו†עליו†≠†השלום “Avraham Avinu was tested ten times and he passed all ten tests. This is to let us know how much Hashem loves…

    Recipe Cauliflower Pizza 1.2 2022

    CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA

    INGREDIENTS: 2 bags frozen riced cauliflower – defrosted and drained Mix with 2 eggs 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese Salt and pepper   DIRECTIONS: This cauliflower…

    Weiss

    IT JUST DOESN’T PAY TO CHEAT

     As the entire world was about to be destroyed by the great mabul, the flood, the only means of escape was to get passage on Noach’s ark. Only those who…

    R' Frand

    FREE TIME

     Free Time: A Challenge and A Responsibility The name Noach was introduced and explained in last week’s parsha [Bereishis 5:28-29]. “And (Lemech) called the name (of his son) Noach saying:…

    Joey Haber