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JOY OF ADAR

 Mee’shenichnas Adar marbim b’simcha – with the start of the month of Adar, we add to our happiness. It is interesting that when the scholars discuss how to increase ones joy, they offer ideas; such as learning Torah, for there is no joy like the learning of Torah. Others suggest drinking a little wine, since wine gladdens the hearts of men. When reflecting on this question, I had a sudden thought. Perhaps, the
 

HIKIND: “WHERE IN THE WORLD IS HILLARY CLINTON

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is wondering why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not taken a position on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s scheduled address before Congress. Hikind, who has been very vocal about fellow Democrats stating they will boycott Netanyahu’s address, called on Clinton today to declare her position. “I’m baffled,” said Hikind. “We’re talking
 
     

ERASING AMALEK AND BUILDING BAIS HAMIKDOSH

Mesechtes Megilah discusses the inyanim of Purim. Interestingly enough, this Mesechta also speaks about the halachos of building a Shul. Why is this so? The Gemara in Sanhedrin daf chof, amud bais brings down the three mitzvos the Yiddin were commanded when they entered Eretz Yisroel. They...
 

ESTHER, ONE OF THE GREATEST WOMEN OF ALL TIME (PART 2)

Last week, we pondered the question of why the sages chose to call the megillah Megillas Esther instead of Megillas Mordechai v’Esther or Megillas Purim.  An interesting reason for the choice of this name is in a very different understanding of the words ‘Megillas’ and...
 

YUMMY GLUTEN-FREE HAMANTASCHEN

 Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) of margarine, softened to room temperature 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour, divided* jam or other filling of your choice *Make sure you...
 

U.S. CONGRESSMEN VOICE STRONG SUPPORT FOR BIBI’S STANCE ON IRAN

With more than a week to go before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, two Republican representatives visited Israel last week to demonstrate their support of the Jewish state.  Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) spent time in Israel...
 

HIKIND & COMMUNITY LEADERS WELCOME SPEAKER HEASTIE TO BORO PARK

A huge crowd of community members were on hand today as Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) hosted Assemblyman Carl Heastie, the new Speaker of the New York Assembly. The meet-and-greet took place at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Boro Park. A wide array of askonim, representing every major...
 

THE STIGMA OF FAME

People are motivated by many things. The search for pleasure is certainly one of the great motivators of human beings. So are the search for power and the search for riches. There are also those among us who seek to be liked by others, to the extent that the search for adulation is their...
 

CHILD EATING TREIFE

In Yevamos daf kuf yud daled there is an argument between Rav Pedas and Rav Yochanan whether Bais Din is required to stop a koton who eats neveilos. Rav Pedas says that Bais Din is not required to stop the child; whereas Rav Yochanan has a safek. Both are modeh that one is not allowed to feed...
 

ESTHER, ONE OF THE GREATEST WOMEN OF ALL TIME

One of the highlights of Purim and indeed of the entire year is the study of Megillas Esther.  The very first question that confronts us about the megillah is, Why is it called Megillas Esther?  At the very least, we should call it Megillas Mordechai v’Esther since Mordechai...
 

COOKIES N’ CREAM HAMANTASCHEN

 Ingredients: Cookie Dough: ½ cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 2½ cups flour ¾ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp salt 3 Tbs. soy milk 3 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed Chocolate Cookie Butter Filling: 12 chocolate sandwich...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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