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CHEESECAKE STUFFED CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 2 cups (340 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, divided 1 1/2 cups (187 grams) all-purpose flour 1
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Proper Car Seat Positioning (Part 1)
Proper car seat positioning is very important, especially in newborns. Positioning of the head, neck, and trunk is beneficial in
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For the last 25 years it has been my honor and privilege working with Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, having him
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Getting to Know NY Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello
Name: Mats André Zuccarello Aasen Born: September 1, 1987 (age 29) in Oslo, Norway Height: 5 ft 7 in Weight:
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Conversion Annulments
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
Over the past few years we have witnessed a disturbing questioning of the validity of long-standing conversions to Judaism. This
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Who Established Maaser?
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
  In Parshas Lech Lecha we find that after Avrohom conquered the kings in war he met Shem ben Noach who was the Kohen of the generation and
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Getting to Know NY Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello
by 
Ari Hirsch
Name: Mats André Zuccarello Aasen Born: September 1, 1987 (age 29) in Oslo, Norway Height: 5 ft 7 in Weight: 179 lb Position: Right Wing Shoots: Left Salary: 3.5 million Why do you think you’re a fan favorite? A: I
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May A Jew Register in a National Muslim Registry
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Rabbi Gil Student
With the emotional and political turmoil in the aftermath of the recent presidential election, there is talk of a national registry of Muslims. It is not clear to me whether this is seriously being considered by anyone or is just
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It’s All a Matter of Inches
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Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
One Friday morning, about a month ago, I awoke late.  The evening before, I was working till the wee hours of the morning and slept through my alarm clock.  Staten Island, where I live, does not yet boast any late
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Who Should Be Baal Tefillah
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Gemara in Yevamos, daf samech daled tells us that Hashem listened to the tefillah of Yitzchok and not to the tefillah of Rivkah. The tefillah of a tzaddik who is the son of a tzaddik cannot be compared to
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Is Every Day Thanksgiving?
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Rabbi Gil Student
Thanking God should be a normal part of a religious life. We are beneficiaries of so many divine gifts—from the time we wake up each morning with our full physical and mental abilities, as we go through our busy days
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Fasting on Wedding Day
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The posuk says that upon arriving at the home of Rivkah, Eliezer said, “I can’t eat until I speak first.” The question arises; why could he not eat until he spoke? The Kedushas Levi clarifies based on the Rema in
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Rav Henkin on Carlebach Minyanim
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Rabbi Gil Student
Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin (d. 1973) was the leading halachic decisor in America of his day. He was the address for the most difficult halachic problems. Additionally, as the President of Ezras Torah, he made decisions for the famous Ezras
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Power of Davening
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
A posuk in this week’s parsha tells us that Hashem visited Avrohom in middle of the day; at the hottest point of the day. The Gemara in Nedarim, daf mem, amud alef gives us guidance concerning when a sick visit
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GETTING TO KNOW NY KNICKS COACH Jeff Hornacek
by 
Ari Hirsch
NAME: Jefrey John Hornacek Born May3 1963 (age 53)  in Elmhurst, Illinois Title: Head coach of the New York Knicks Career history As player: 1986–1992Phoenix Suns 1992–1994Philadelphia 76ers 1994–2000Utah Jazz As coach: 2011–2013Utah Jazz (assistant) 2013–2016Phoenix Suns 2016–presen New York
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EpiPen Pricing and Jewish Law
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Rabbi Gil Student
Public attention has recently been drawn to the skyrocketing price of EpiPens, which has risen almost 400% since being acquired in 2007 by pharmaceutical company Mylan. EpiPens quickly and easily deliver the medicine Epinephrine that can save the lives of
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I Have No Time
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Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
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 wiles of the Yeitzer Hara, the Evil Inclination, when who
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Soinei Matanos Yichye
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The posuk in Mishlei, Perek Tes Zayin, posuk chof zayin says “Ve’Sonei Matanos Yichye:” one who does not accept presents will live. The Gemara in Sotah, daf mem zayin, amud bais tell us that when people started accepting more gifts
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Wikileaks and Jewish Law
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Rabbi Gil Student
I. Leaks Revealing confidential information is a breach of trust but sometimes maintaining that privacy is an even bigger breach. While you usually only gain access to confidential information after explicitly committing to maintaining that privacy, there are times when
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Animal Rites
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The posuk in Parshas Noach, Perek Vov, posuk chof alef says that Hashem commanded Noach to take all kinds of food into the ark for “you and the animals to eat.” It would seem from this posuk that man should eat before his animal. We see later on in the parsha;
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Getting to know…..CHICAGO CUBS WORLD SERIES 3RD BASEMAN KRIS BRYANT
by 
Ari Hirsch
Name: Kristopher Lee Bryant Born: January 4, 1992 (age 24), Las Vegas, NV Height: 6’ 5” Position:3rd Baseman Bats: Right Throws: Right Salary: $652,000  (2016) Who has been your biggest influence? Definitely my dad.(Mike Bryant, Kris’s dad, was drafted by
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Eating Some More
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Adam responds to Hashem in Parshas Bereishis, Perek Gimmel, posuk yud bais that his wife was the one who gave him from the forbidden fruit and, “I will eat some more.” The Midrash Rabba, Perek Yud Tes says that Reb
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Simchas Torah After Sukkos Not After Shavuos
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Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Chazal established Simchas Torah to be celebrated on Shemini Atzeres in Eretz Yisroel or the day after Shemini Atzeres in Chutz L’Aretz. Why isn’t Simchas Torah celebrated on Shavuos? Shavuous is the time when we received the Torah so it
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The Symbolism of the Succah
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Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
For every Yom Tov, it is very meaningful to know the specific reasons for each holiday. But when it comes to Succos, it is a Halachic requirement. As the Bais chodosh explains to us. The Torah States that fact very
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To Say or Not to Say: That is the Question
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Shulchan Aruch in siman taf reish yud bais, seif yud discusses the scenario regarding a sick person who ate on Yom Kippur. If the person is able to bentch, then he must say ya’aleh veyavo in bentching. The source
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OU TOP CONSUMER QUESTIONS BEFORE ROSH HASHANA
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Honey Q: There is a long-established minhag (custom) on Rosh Hashana night to dip an apple in honey (Shulchan Aruch OC: 583:3). What is the source of this custom to eat an apple dipped in honey? A: The Gemara (Kerisus 6a) relates that it
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