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    RECIPE SHAVUOS_2022

    SPECIAL SHAVUOS RECIPES: 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 SHAVUOS RECIPES: 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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    BECHUKOSAI

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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…

    Jacobson

    BECHUKOSAI – THE FIGHTER STILL REMAINS ARE YOU STILL THE CHOSEN PEOPLE?

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    Weiss

    TORAH STUDY IS NOT LIKE CALCULUS

    As we make final preparations for Shavuos, including a fervent desire to come away from the yom Tov with a renewed commitment to the “learning” of Torah, we need to…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    FORMULA FEAR

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT BECHUKOSAI: TOILING IN TORAH

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    Joey Haber

    STOP THE BLAME GAME

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    DREAMS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND JEWISH LAW

    Dreams are a common part of daily life to which the Talmudic Sages attribute great importance. However, on a more careful look, we find conflicting thoughts about dreams in the…

    R' Frand

    BECHUKOSAI- GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL SATISFIED WITH LITTLE: THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL

    We learn in Parshas Bechukosai that among the blessings that G-d gives to us is “You will eat your bread and will be satisfied [Vayikra 26:5].” Rashi (1040-1105) explains that…

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    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: CHOOSE ONE

    It’s Pirkei Avos season. On the long Shabbos afternoons of spring and summer, we open the Book of Ethics, ready to learn its Torah values. While each chapter imparts different…

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    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…

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    SHEMITAH QUESTIONS

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    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…

    Weiss

    THE SUPREMACY OF TORAH

    The posuk describes the pursuit of Torah study as being, “Yikara hi mipninim – More precious than pearls.” Homiletically, the Gemora interprets this posuk to mean, “M’kohein G-dol hanichnas lifnei…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    LAG B’OMER & GRATITUDE

    Years ago, someone gave me a Tony Robbins cd to listen to. I was excited to hear what one of the most inspirational people of modern times would have to…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT BEHAR: THE WAY TO LOOK AT A FELLOW JEW

    The Torah in Parashat Behar speaks of the obligation to support a fellow Jew in financial straits, adding, “Ve’heh Ahicha Imach” – “and your brother shall live with you” (25:36)….

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    LAG BAOMER

    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…

    Joey Haber

    THE REWARD FOR FAITH

    The Gemara in Masechet Kiddushin teaches us, אמלע†יאהב†הוצמ†רכש†אכיל†– the reward for observing mitzvot comes not in this world, but rather in the next world. Commentators raised the question of how…

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    THE HERETIC’S SEFER

    The Gemara (Gittin 45b) says that we must burn a Torah scroll written by a heretic. In contrast, if a gentile wrote a Torah, then we either bury it (put…

    R' Frand

    BEHAR: A BLESSING FOR THOSE WHO ASK AND A BLESSING FOR THOSE WHO DON’T

    The Mishna states “Exile comes to the world because of Idoltary, Immorality and Incest, Murder, and the (violation of) the Sabbatical of the Land (Shmitas haAretz)” [Avos 5:11]. The Ramban…

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    LAG B’OMER IS IN THE AIR: MYSTICAL FIRES

    Mikrah – coincidence. But we know that there are no coincidences in life. That all is b’yad HaShem – in HaShem’s hands. In fact, our rabbis teach that the word…

    Biderman

    BEHAR

    This week’s parashah teaches us to be cautious from from hurting people with words. As the Torah says, “Don’t harm your fellow man [verbally]…” (25:17). There are many forms of…

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK RANGERS CENTER MIKA ZIBANEJAD

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    LAG BA’OMER CAMP FIRE CAKE

    INGREDIENTS: Chocolate Iced Cake Yellow, Red, & Orange hard candy Rolled wafer cookies   DIRECTIONS: Use your favorite chocolate cake recipe. Baking in 2 9 inch rounds. Frost the cake…

    Weiss

    CHANGING THE DYNAMIC IN THE WAR AGAINST THE YEITZER HARA

    One of the major goals of life is to achieve many victories against the Yeitzer Hara, the Evil Inclination. The thinking Jew knows that one of his or her greatest…

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    LECHEM HAPANIM , SHEMIRAS SHABBOS, AND PARNASSAH

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    Rabbi Goldberg

    IS JUDAISM PRO-CHOICE OR PRO-LIFE?

    The country was stunned last week when the draft of a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. The sharing of something private is not only a potentially…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT EMOR: KIDDUSH HASHEM AND HILUL HASHEM

    We find in Parashat Emor one of the most important commands in the entire Torah: “Ve’lo Tehalelu Et Shem Kodshi” – “You shall not desecrate My sacred Name” (22:32). The…

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    CUSTOMS DURING SEFIRA PART 2

    The last article dealt with many of the customs regarding certain activities during sefira. In this article we will continue to deal with other customs regarding sefira. For example: Are…

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    EMOR- WHY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST HANDICAPPED KOHANIM? WHY ARE WOMEN BARRED FROM MANY JEWISH RITUALS? WHY ARE CRIPPLED PRIESTS DEPRIVED FROM SERVING IN THE TEMPLE

    A DISTURBING MITZVAH Some of the commandments in the Torah dance off the pages in theirsheer moral beauty. Some of them ma kes us uneasy. Our parsha, Emor, includes one…

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    THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE

    Is it proper to enjoy good food or should we avoid worldly pleasures and focus on spiritual success? The Talmud contains a plethora of seemingly contradictory indications on whether it…

    R' Frand

    EMOR: WHY CAN’T I PLAY BALL NEAR THE CEMETERY?

    Rashi cites a teaching of our Sages concerning an apparent redundancy in the opening pasuk [verse] of Parshas Emor. The parsha begins “Hashem said to Moshe: SAY to the Kohanim,…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Should a hashgacha put on the product they certify the beracha one should make on that product? We at the OU are constantly getting calls about what’s the right bracha….

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    DROP BY DROP… STEP BY STEP

    Ever think it’s too late…. I can’t start over again… new beginnings are not for me? Rabbi Akiva teaches us otherwise. Rabbi Akiva was an uneducated shepherd, who at age…

    Biderman

    HALLUCINATIONS

    The Kotzker Rebbe zt’l said, “The yetzer hara is like a paper lion. Try ripping it up, and you will see.” The yetzer hara seems powerful, like a tall mountain,…

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    GETTING TO KNOW: NEW YORK RANGERS – JEWISH PLAYER ADAM FOX

    FAST FACTS: Name: Adam Fox Born: February 17, 1998 (age 24) in Jericho, New York Height: 5 ft 11 in Weight: 181 lb Position: Defense Shoots: Right NHL Draft: 66th…

    RECIPE- Fish Tacos

    FISH TACOS

    INGREDIENTS: FISH: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1…

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    RABBI WALLERSTEIN ZT”L LOVED THE O.B.B.L.: REMEMBERING RABBI ZECHARIAH WALLERSTEIN Z”TL

    THE INTERVIEW BELOW IS AN INTERVIEW THAT ARI HIRSCH FROM THE JEWISH VUES DID WITH RABBI ZECHARIAH WALLERSTEIN Z”TL DURING THE SUMMER OF 2010. BY READING THIS ARTICLE, IT BECOMES…

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    AVEILUS, SEFIRAH, AND HALLEL

    The Gemorah (Moed Koton 14B) understands from the pesukim in parshas Shmini that the kohein gadol does not observe aveilus over the death of a relative. (See Sefer Ginat Egoz,…

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    KASHRUS 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…

    Biderman

    AHAVAS YISRAEL

    This week’s parsha (19:18) discusses the mitzvah of ךומכ†ךערל†תבהאו ” ,Love your friend like yourself.” Reb Akiva says, “This is a great rule of the Torah” (Rashi). A convert asked…

    Weiss

    WHERE SHOULD I SIT IN SHUL?

    Rabbi Weiss: Dear Yeitzer Hara! I’ve been thinking lately a lot about the various pitfalls that can disrupt a person’s worship in shul. Can you suggest any tips that can…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    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…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT KEDOSHIM: WHAT DOES “HOLY” MEAN?

    Parashat Kedoshim begins with the command of “Kedoshim Tiheyu” – that we be “holy.” The term “holy” conjures up different associations among different people, the common denominator being that they…

    LEBOVITS

    CUSTOMS DURING SEFIRA PART 1

    The time from Pesach to Shavuos is a time of minimizing joy. However, many question arise as to what is included in this, such as what are the reasons for…

    Joey Haber

    WE ALWAYS NEED TO KEEP GOING

    The Mishnah teaches us in Pirkei Avot (1:13), ףיסי†ףיסומ†אלד†– “one who does not increase, diminishes.” In other words, if we are not moving forward, then we are moving backwards. If…

    Jacobson

    KEDOSHIM- WHEN G-D BECOMES AN EXCUSE FOR FEAR: THE DANGER OF CONFUSING TRANSCENDENCE WITH HABIT

    Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. — Mary C. Crowley God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved…

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    WEALTHY NO MORE

    A charitable pledge constitutes a vow that must be fulfilled. However, like many vows, it can be nullified if proper regret is presented to a religious court, if it is…

    R' Frand

    KEDOSHIM: HAD DARWIN SEEN THE CHOFETZ CHAIM, HE WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE SUCH A CLAIM

    The pasuk states in the beginning of Parshas Kedoshim: “A man, his mother and his father he shall fear, and my Sabbaths you shall keep, I am Hashem your G-d.”…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: MISSION NOT IMPOSSIBLE

    We are now in the midst of Sefira. Counting the days between Pesach and Shavuos. Anticipating Kabbolas HaTorah, once again saying Na’aseh V’nishmah, we will do and we will listen….

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    ARAYES

    INGREDIENTS: 1.5 – 2lbs ground beef/lamb (you can mix or do either or) 1 cup parsley finely chopped 1 medium onion – finely chopped 1 tsp Baharat (Pereg and Lior…

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    MATBUCHA

    INGREDIENTS: 6 medium ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped into 1-inch pieces 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 small green jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced OR 2 medium green…

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    WHY ERETZ YISRAEL AND CHUTZ LA’ARETZ READ DIFFERENT PARSHAS (AND WHY WE DON’T RE-ALIGN)

    Why Do We Read D i f f e r e n t Parshas? This year, we have a situation that arises every so often – certainly not infrequently! In…

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    THE MEANING OF AM HANIVCHAR; THE SOURCE OF ANTI-SEMITISM

    The Torah mentions several times that Bnei Yisroel are the am hanivchar. What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that just like parents sometimes favor one child over the…

    R' Frand

    ACHREI MOS: THE DESECRATION OF MOLECH: WE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR PRIORITIES

    The end of Acharei Mos contains the prohibition of giving one’s children over to the pagan worship of Molech. This tragic form of Avodah Zarah (idolatry) involved transferring one’s child…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Last Thursday, adult-use marijuana sales became legal in the Garden State — opening the doors to what analysts believe could be a $2 billion market by 2025. Voters in the…

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    A SEFIRA MESSAGE

    The Gemora calls our ancient sages Sofrim, people who know how to count. This seems to be an odd name for our great men who were endowed with encyclopedic knowledge,…

    LEBOVITS

    HALACHICALLY SPEAKING: BIRCHAS HA’ILLANOS

    The Gemorah in Berochos states, “when the month of Nissin is upon us, one goes out to recite a beracha on a tree that is starting to bud.” The Shita…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT ACHARE MOTTHE LESSON OF THE WHITE AND GOLD GARMENTS

    We read in Parashat Ahareh-Mot of the spe- cial service which the Kohen Gadol would perform on Yom Kip- pur in the Bet Ha’mikdash. One of the many fascinating features…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    MARIJUANA AND JUDAISM: WHAT DOES JEWISH LAW SAY ABOUT THE SUBJECT?

    Medical marijuana is permissible, but recreational use prevents us from being our best selves. _________________ In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), essentially declaring a war…

    Joey Haber

    THE DAILY WORK OF TEFILLAH

    In the second chapter of Pirkeh Avot, we read the following teaching of Rabbi Shimon: וכשאתה מתפלל, אל תעש תפלתך קבע, אלא רחמים .ותחנונים לפני המקום When you pray, do…

    Jacobson

    DON’T BE SILENT ABOUT THE ANTISEMITISM: THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN WITH PROPAGANDA

    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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    A SPRING OF CHANGE

    “For the winter has passed,… the time of the songbird has arrived, and the blossoms of the tree are seen throughout the land.” (Shir HaShirim 2:11-12) We read Shir HaShirim…

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    ACHREI MOS – THE TEST IS THE PURPOSE

    Hashem told us that the mon must be eaten the same day it falls. No one was permitted to leave mon over for the next day. Dasan and Aviram disobeyed…

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    SCHLISSEL (KEY SHAPED) CHALLAH

    INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm water 1½ Tbsp yeast ½ cup sugar ¼ cup oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 4 cups bread flour ½ Tbsp salt   The custom to…

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    THE JOURNEY TO JOURNEYS 5: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN JEWISH MUSIC LEGEND ABIE ROTENBERG, PRODUCER DONI GROSS & ARI HIRSCH OF THE JEWISH VUES

    Abie Rotenberg is arguably the greatest living Jewish music composer. He has been producing music since 1972 with a style that has been described as “soft & sweet” with a…

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    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    GROUND COFFEE What could be the issues with unflavored ground coffee – regular or decaf – for Pesach? Regular caffeinated and unflavored coffee is kosher for Pesach even without special…

    LEBOVITS

    SHIURIM FOR PESACH

    One of the many important halachos that we are faced with at the seder is the proper volume to eat or drink in order to fulfill the mitzvah of the…

    Weiss

    AS WE APPROACH PESACH

    With Pesach incredibly just days away, and as we begin once again to say farewell to pizza and pasta, we need to ask ourselves what spiritual lessons we want to…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PESACH: THE “INTOXICATION” OF THE SEDER

    The Rema Mi’Pano (Rav Menahem Azarya of Fano, Italy, 1548-1620) writes that the verse in Shir Ha’shirim (5:1), “Ichlu Re’im Shetu Ve’shichru Dodim” – “Eat, friends; drink to intoxication, beloved…

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    PESACH: THE SEDER

    I. Berachah Rishonah on Maror Tosfos (Pesachim 115a, s.v. vehadar) raises a basic question regarding the maror eaten at the seder. Why, when we eat maror, do we not recite…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    BE GRATEFUL IT TASTES BITTER

    In too many homes, marror is not the most bitter thing at the seder table. There are people who suffer from chronic negativity, who drag down those around them and…

    Joey Haber

    HASHEM IS EVERYWHERE

    The number 4, as we all know, features very prominently at the Pesach seder. There are four cups of wine, four questions, four sons, four pesukim from the Book of…

    Jacobson

    WHY DO YOU NEED TO CONTROL ME?? “LET MY PEOPLE GO!” BUT CAN THEY LET THEMSELVES GO?

    THREE BOYS Those three boys are in the schoolyard bragging of how great their fathers are. The first one says: “Well, my father runs the fastest. He can fire an…

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    TEN ANSWERS FOR THE WISE SON

    The Passover seder is full of fours: four questions, four cups, four sons. The midrashic reading of four sons into the biblical text is brilliant, comparing the four times the…

    R' Frand

    NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM – IF: THE SYMBOLISM OF THE “TWO DIPPINGS”

    Every Passover Seder begins with a plea: “This year we are here; next year (may we be) in the Land of Israel. This year we are slaves; next year (may…

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    THEN AND NOW

    Chag HaMatzohs. Holiday of Matzohs. When we think Pesach, invariably among the first things that come to mind are the Seder and matzohs. For weeks before Pesach, we are already…

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    A SEDER FOR EVERYONE

    We try our best to conduct the Seder like the great tzaddikim of the past, but we must know that it is precious to Hashem no matter how it goes….

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    GETTING TO KNOW: NEW YORK METS FIRST BASEMAN PETE ALONSO

    FAST FACTS: Name: Peter Morgan Alonso Nickname: Polar Bear Born: December 7, 1994 (age 26) in Tampa, Florida Drafted: The New York Mets selected Alonso in the second round, with…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPE: CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

    INGREDIENTS: Cooking spray 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 4 large egg whites 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 c. chocolate…

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    SPECIAL PESACH RECIPE: GARLIC POTATO MOUNDS

    INGREDIENTS: 4-5 medium potatoes,(Idaho or Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into chunks 4-5 cloves garlic 1/2 cup (approximately) vegetable broth 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp…

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    SHABBOS HAGADOL

    The Tur (430) writes, “The Shabbos before Pesach is Shabbos HaGadol because a nes gadol, a great miracle, happened†on†that†dayƆ˛On†this†final†Shabbos in Mitzrayim], everyone took a sheep for the korban Pesach and…

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    SHABBOS HAGADOL AND MOSHIACH

    The haftorah for Shabbos Hagadol is the concluding parsha in Trei Osor. When Shlomo Hamelech built the first Beis Hamikdosh, he already knew that it would be destroyed. According to…

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    PESTO GRILLED CHICKEN

    INGREDIENTS: 3 pounds chicken cutlets, butterflied 10 frozen basil cubes 5 frozen garlic cubes 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste   This simple delicious recipe is great…

    Recipe Pesach Onion Chicken 2022

    PESACH ONION CHICKEN

    INGREDIENTS: 8 chicken thighs 2 large onions, chopped 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 tablespoon paprika 1 cup water   DIRECTIONS: Directions for the Chicken…

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    MOSHIACH THE LEPER WHAT SHAMES YOU MOST: THE STORY OF THE 4 LEPERS IN OUR OWN LIVES

    The seventh chapter of Kings II (related to the theme of the Haftorah of Metzora), tells a fascinating story, about the “four lepers.” The story takes place during the First…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR PESACH

    Given the current price per pound, it sure doesn’t feel like Matzah is lechem oni, the bread of the poor person. This year, 200,000 pounds of handmade shmurah matzah were…

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    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    I am puzzled by our practice of reciting a separate bracha on each cup of wine. Ordinarily, when I recite a blessing on one cup of wine, I do not…

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    PESACH INSIGHTS: ENSURING THE LEGACY CONTINUES

    At the Seder, we celebrate the anniversary of being chosen by Hashem to be his special people. Thus we eat an egg, which, amongst other things, symbolizes the birth of…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT MESORA: CORRECTING THE SIN OF LASHON HA’RA

    Parashiyot Tazria and Mesora speak at length about the subject of Sara’at, the skin infection that would be suffered by those guilty of the sin of Lashon Ha’ra – negative…

    LEBOVITS

    THE HALACHOS OF SHAIMOS

    Many people are not familiar with the halachos of shaimos. The problem with the volume of shaimos, only developed fairly recently with the advent of cheap, commonly utilized printing methods….

    Joey Haber

    STAY IN YOUR LANE!

    Is there such a thing as too much inspiration? Intuitively, our answer would likely be an emphatic “Absolutely not!!!!” We can always use some more inspiration, right? But I think…

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    WHO READS THE HAGGADAH?

    I. Three Seder Practices Generally speaking, when it comes to the Pesach Seder, people know the details of their own family’s practices but not those of many other families. From…

    R' Frand

    PESACH: REACHING THE LEVEL OF AHAVAS CHINAM

    Rav Avraham Yitzchok HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), the first Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael in modern times, was an outstanding genius, but he was a controversial figure. Certain rabbinic personalities of…

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    PESACH IS IN THE AIR: THEN AND NOW

    Pesach. So many special recollections. Warm memories of family gathering together. A beautifully set Seder table. A bubby’s special Pesach recipes. Singing the familiar Seder songs. A night to follow…

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    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

    Dear Rabbi and Shira, Although you wrote an excellent column on page 74 of the March 16 issues if Jewish Vues, as you regularly do, you were misled by the…

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    PESACH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    Can one kasher plastic bowls and utensils for Pesach? Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l (Igros Moshe Orach Chaim II: 92) was asked whether it is permissible to kasher synthetic materials for…

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    IT’S ALL ONE MATZA

    On the seder night we do yahcatz before we begin magid, i.e. we break the middle matza in half, and put away the larger half for the afikoman, before we…

    Weiss

    GETTING READY FOR PESACH

    Pesach preparations are complex and multi-faceted. Way before Pesach, many people personally go to the matzah bakery and physically assist in the baking of the matzos, fulfilling the Talmudic dictum,…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT TAZRIA: ELIYAHU HA’NABI AND THE BERIT MILA “REDEMPTION”

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    Joey Haber

    LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TALK

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    Jacobson

    WHY DID 1 MILLION SHOW UP TO THE FUNERAL? DON’T CELEBRATE IGNORANCE: THE VALUE OF LIFE-LONG INQUIRY AND STUDY

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    Rabbi Goldberg

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    WHAT IS FREEDOM?

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    CS Jungreis

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    RECIPE PESACH granola

    PESACH GRANOLA

    INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb. Matza farfel 1/2 c oil 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 stick butter/margarine 1/2 c water 1/2 c chopped almonds 1 tsp cinnamon Craisins to taste Chocolate chips…

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    MATZAH – THE FOOD OF EMUNAH

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    THE SEDER AND TESHUVAH

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT SHEMINI- SACRIFICING FOR MISVOT

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    Joey Haber

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    CS Jungreis

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    Biderman

    PARSHAS SHMINI – PARAH

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    R' Frand

    SHEMINI: “OPENING DAY” IS DAY EIGHT

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    Rabbi Goldberg

    ASSIMILATION IS NOT THE ANSWER TO ANTISEMITISM: BE AN ISH YEHUDI, A PROUD JEW!

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    Weiss

    RAV MOSHE FEINSTEIN ZT”L ON HIS 36TH YAHRTZEIT: A MODEL FOR ALL OF US, AS REMEMBERED BY A TALMUD

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    PESACH: A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR IKAREI HA’EMUNAH

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT SAV: MAKING SACRIFICES

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    Jacobson

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    Joey Haber

    STANDING AT THE GATE

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    Student

    CAN YOU GIVE CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR MATANOS LA-EVYONIM?

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    R' Frand

    PARSHAS TZAV: AHARON WAS HESITANT TO SPEND MONEY ON KORBAN OLAH, SO HASHEM CHARGED IT

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    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: SOUL TRAITS

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    Biderman

    TZAV: PURIM

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    RECIPE

    PASTRAMI JAM

    INGREDIENTS: 1 12 oz package of pastrami chopped 2 large onions chopped 4 cloves minced garlic 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 2…

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    MENTIONING THE NAME HAMAN

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    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: PURIM AND PUTIN

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    KASHRUS QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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    Rabbi Goldberg

    3 KEYS TO BEING HAPPY

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PURIM – WHAT HAMAN LEARNED FROM MORDECHAI

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    Biderman

    PURIM- THE POWER OF SILENCE

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    Jacobson

    LET’S START THE PARTY

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    Joey Haber

    GET YOURSELF OUT OF THE WAY

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    DRINKING: WHEN AND HOW MUCH

    The Taz in his commentary on the Shulchan Aruch (end of Orach Chaim), quotes from the Mordechai the following: from the simple reading of the mishna in the first perek…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS ZACHOR (VAYIKRA): THE GREATEST ACCOLADE GIVEN TO MORDECHAI:

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    SPECIAL PURIM RECIPES: BEER MARINATED CHICKEN

    INGREDIENTS: 11 ounces dark beer 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil 5 large cloves of gar1ic minced 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground…

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    SPECIAL PURIM RECIPES: KREPLACH

    INGREDIENTS: For kreplach dough: 2 cups flour Pinch of salt 2 eggs 1 T plus 1 t lukewarm water For the filling: 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 lb. beef, chopped…

    Q&A Bob Moskowitz

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    KASHRUS QUESTION OF THE WEEK

    Regarding the custom of Zecher L’Machtzis Hashekel, I have a difficult time finding fifty cent coins. Can I give two quarters, or is there a different way to perform this…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    THE VIEW FROM THE PEW – OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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    WILL THE REAL ADAR PLEASE STEP FORWARD

    If one dies during the month of Adar in a shanah peshuta (a non-leap year which has only one Adar), when do the children observe the yahrzeit during a shana…

    Weiss

    A PURIM COMMITMENT

    One of the major messages of Purim is the fostering of friendship through the lofty mitzvah of mishloach manos ish l’rei’eihu. The lesson is clear one. As we celebrate Jewish…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT PEKUDEI: THE SCHOLARS OF TORAH & THE SUPPORTERS OF TORAH

    The Gemara in Masechet Berachot (55a) tells of the conversation Moshe had with Besalel, the man appointed by G-d to lead the construction of the Mishkan, when Moshe approached him…

    Lebovits

    PURIM COSTUMES

    Purim is a very exciting time, and some people spend a lot of time planning their costumes. What is the source of this custom? What are some of the reasons…

    Jacobson

    PEKUDEI: A COVER-UP OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

    A Tribute to My Dear Student Nadiv The Truth, the Whole Truth and… Harry gets stopped by a police car. When the police officer gets to his car, Harry says,…

    Joey Haber

    PEKUDEI- FINDING THE GEAR YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

    One of the features of the Mishkan which Beneh Yisrael built in the desert was the kiyor – the special faucet which stood by the entrance to the Mishkan. The…

    Student

    SPILLING WINE

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    R' Frand

    PARSHAS PEKUDEI- WE TOIL AND RECEIVE REWARD — FOR THE TOIL!

    Parshas Pikudei concludes the construction of the Mishkan. After the construction of all the individual components of the Mishkan, they brought the parts to Moshe. Rash”i quotes the Medrash Tanchuma,…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IA IN THE AIR: JUST PASSING THROUGH

    This Shabbos, we say “Chazak” upon completing Parshas Pekudei, the final portion of Shemos. “Ki anan HaShem, For the cloud of HaShem was before the eyes of all of Bnei…

    Biderman

    PARSHAS PEKUDEI

    The Golden Trap Money is from the basic necessities of life — and it’s also from the greatest tests. A person who doesn’t approach the pursuit of earning parnassah in…

    Recipe Brisket PURIM 2021

    PURIM SEUDAH BRISKET

    INGREDIENTS: 2 large Spanish onions 3 medium carrots 1 large parsnip 2.5 lb. second-cut brisket Salt 1 cup dry red wine   DIRECTIONS: Brisket is a holiday regular in all…

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    elefant

    KASHRUTH QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

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    Boshnack

    DATING AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

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    TAXATION AND DINA DEMALCHUSA

    In the days of the Talmud taxes were collected for the purpose of enriching the king. Based on the parshas hamelech in Sefer Shmuel (Shmuel I 8:11), the Rabbis formulated…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    TAKING STOCK OF TIKTOK TORAH

    “Raunchy TikTok Talmud Tidbits Spark… Heated Discourse” This recent headline caught my attention (as it was designed to) and intensified a question that has been weighing on me: The internet…

    Weiss

    I HAVE NO TIME

    As I was walking home from shul on Friday night, I was thinking about the sermon I had just delivered exhorting my congregants to always be on guard from the…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT VAYAKHEL: REBUILDING THE WORLD

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    Jacobson

    VAYAKEL: THE HUMAN MIRACLE

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    Joey Haber

    VAYAKHEL- PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR OUR FUTURE

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    WHAT CAN YOU LEARN ON SHABBOS?

    The question of what you can learn on Shabbos often revolves around the permissibility of reading secular material. However, it also applies to the proper Torah material for Shabbos. What…

    R' Frand

    PARSHAS VAYAKHEL- “PLEASE CONTRIBUTE” PRECEDED BY THE COMMAND TO OBSERVE SHABBOS

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    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    Biderman

    PARSHAS VAYAKHEL

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    RECIPE SUSHI SALAD

    SUSHI SALAD BOWL

    INGREDIENTS: Sushi rice 1/3 cup unseasoned Rice Vinegar 3 Tbsp Sugar 1 1/2 tsp Salt DIRECTIONS: Sushi salad bowl is the perfect appetizer for Purim Seudah, Shabbat or a delicious…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    FIVE COMPLIMENTS FOR EVERYONE CRITICISM

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    WHEN DO THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS?

    According to the tradition of the Gemorah (Gittin 60a), towards the end of this week’s parsha (Shemos 34:27) Hashem told Moshe Rabbeinu that he is giving the Jewish people a…

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    ESTHER’S STORY

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT KI TISA: MOSHE RABBENU’S “GIFT” TO THE SATAN

    After the sin of the golden calf, Moshe Rabbenu pleaded to G-d on the nation’s behalf, and he asked that if G-d would not forgive the people for this grave…

    Lebovits

    AFFIXING AND REMOVING A MEZUZAH PART 1

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    Jacobson

    KI TISA: HOW THE GOLDEN CALF BENEFITED THE JEWS

    When G-d Learned Not to Take His People for Granted Whence Such a Transformation? It was one of our lowest points in history, the nadir of the Jewish people. Forty…

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    Ki Tisa

    Emunah This week’s parashah discusses the aveirah of the egel, which was avodah zarah. Baruch Hashem, we are not tempted to worship avodah zarah anymore. Chazal (Yoma 69:) tell us…

    Joey Haber

    KI TISSA- THE BACKWARD SWITCH

    I was once speaking with somebody suffering from an eating disorder. After hearing about the terrible condition that this patient was going through, I observed that this person had “a…

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    FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

    We believe in fighting honorably in the rare, unfortunate case in which fighting is necessary. But does that mean that we have to be at a disadvantage? If our enemy…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Please revisit hechsherim when visiting Eretz Yisrael. What is the equivalent to the OU when visiting Eretz Yisrael? I really don’t like to answer that question because I don’t like…

    CS Jungreis

    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: STAYING ON THE MOUNTAIN

    We read in this week’s parshah, about the tragic episode of the Eigel HaZahav, the Golden Calf. A chapter in the history of the Jewish people that is difficult to…

    Recipe Arayas 2021 (1)

    ARAYES

    INGREDIENTS: 1.5 – 2lbs ground beef/lamb (you can mix or do either or) 1 cup parsley finely chopped 1 medium onion – finely chopped 1 tsp Baharat (Pereg and Lior…

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    GAMBLING ON THE SUPER BOWL IN HALACHA

    Gambling is very widespread today. People go to casinos, and bet on horses and sporting events. They gamble at slot machines and play various card games. Until recently, gambling was…

    Jacobson

    TETZAVEH: A TALE OF TWO POTS

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    Rabbi Goldberg

    OVER SHARING

    Despite what you may have been told as a child, sharing is not always caring. We are living in a transparent generation where the trend is towards sharing in the…

    elefant

    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    Cast iron cookware: Does it really need a hechsher? Absolutely!: If it’s pure cast iron and it doesn’t have anything else on the pots or pans, then it doesn’t need…

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    SUPER BOWL MUSINGS

    Being that the Super Bowl is this Sunday, I would like to weigh-in with some thoughts. At the outset, I would like to make a very un-American confession: I really…

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    DAVENING ON AIRPLANES

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    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT TESAVEH: MOSHE, NOAH, AND US

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    Joey Haber

    TETZAVEH- THE FOOLISHNESS OF A GRUDGE

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    DOES HASHEM NEED US?

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    R' Frand

    PARSHAS TETZAVEH-ALLOWING US TO LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR HIM

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    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: TAKING OUT THE TRASH

    It was summertime. My parents were upstate lecturing in the Pine View Hotel. I was taking courses in Brooklyn College, and being that my siblings were in sleepaway camp, I…

    Biderman

    CONCEALING GOOD DEEDS

    This week’s parashah discusses the clothes of the kohen gadol, and among them the me’il, robe. The me’il had decorative pomegranates and bells sawn along its hem. According to Rashi,…

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    SPECIAL SUPER BOWL RECIPES: SOY GARLIC GINGER CHICKEN WINGS

    INGREDIENTS: Sauce 1/2 cup honey 1/3 cup soy sauce, 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon ginger, finely diced 1/4 cup water Chicken 2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, and drumettes…

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    SPECIAL SUPER BOWL RECIPES: PASTRAMI BURGERS

    INGREDIENTS: 3 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, grated 3 tablespoons of your favorite bbq sauce 3/4 cup Jason seasoned breadcrumbs 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1…

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    KASHRUS QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK

    There is a lot of hype recently about the IMPOSSIBLE BURGER. What is the impossible burger & Is there any problem with eating an impossible burger? The impossible burger is…

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    REHABILITATING CRIMINALS THE JEWISH WAY

    One wonders why Parshas Mishpotim, the source for many Jewish civil laws, starts out with the subject of slavery. After all, Hashem, who sees the future in its entirety, knew…

    R' Eli Mansour

    PARASHAT TERUMA: SINCERE CHARITY

    Parashat Teruma begins with G-d’s command to Beneh Yisrael that they should donate materials for the construction of the Mishkan: “Ve’yikhu Li Teruma.” Rashi, commenting to this verse, notes that…

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    THE UPSHERIN

    A male child’s first haircut is called an upsherin, which is taken from the German words “sherr” (cut) and “up” (off). It is also called chalakah. The mitzvah accomplished by…

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    TERUMAH- WE CAN ADAPT

    The Gemara teaches that when Haman made his lottery to determine the day when he would eradicate the Jews, and the lottery fell on 13 Adar, he was overjoyed. He…

    Rabbi Goldberg

    3 REASONS THE HOLOCAUST STILL MATTERS & MUST BE TAUGHT

    One evening this past week, my family and I were walking down the street when a person walking in the other direction turned, sneered, and said, “Hey you ugly Jews.”…

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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…

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    SHABBOS IS IN THE AIR: THE BOOMERANG EFFECT

    “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying. Speak to Bnei Yisroel, V’yikchu li, and they shall take for Me a donation…” (Shemos 25:1-2) “V’yikchu li, take for Me”. Does a donor “take”…

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    PARSHAS TERUMAH

    Simchah In Adar, we are urged to increase our simchah. Joy can be attained in several ways. Ideally, we should be happy with our problems, because of our belief that…

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    recipe Chicken Poppers

    CHICKEN POPPERS

    INGREDIENTS: 3 lbs chicken cutlets cubed Bread crumbs 1/2 cup hot sauce 3/4 cup honey   DIRECTIONS: These poppers are a family favorite and so easy and quick to make….

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    GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK RANGERS ADAM FOX

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    OVEN FRIED SESAME CHICKEN

    INGREDIENTS: 6 Tbsp sesame seeds 4 Tbsp all purpose flour 1/2 tsp pepper /4 c soy sauce 4 pcs bone in chicken 1/4 c margarine, melted   Sometimes you are…

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    A SET TABLE

    “And these are the laws that you shall place before them.” (Shemos 21:1) The parsha opens with the words “And these are”. Rashi explains that by using this phrase, the…

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