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Many Jewish homes feature pictures of famous rabbis. Charedi newspapers and magazines, in particular, often have special sections for picturesRead More
Relying on a Nachash or Saying Mazal Tov (PART I)
The Gemara in Nedarim, daf lamed bais, amud alef says that whoever is a “menachesh,” a person who relies onRead More
Making Our Mate Number One
The Torah dictates to us that a Kohein must maintain a higher level of kedusha, holiness. As it says, “Lo yitama b’amav,” he should not become contaminated to the dead of his people. Then, the Torah teaches that there areRead More
Getting to know….. Miami Marlins HOMERUN DERBY WINNER Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton
This past Monday night, Giancarlo Stanton set the record for most homers to win the 2016 Home Run Derby. Ari Hirsch of The Country Vues interviewed Giancarlo Stanton a few weeks ago. Stanton hit 20 homers in the final roundRead More
When Did You Think Last?
The Torah proclaims,“Al kein yomru hamoshlim,bo’u cheshbon.” The Gemora in Bava Basra interprets this verse homiletically as follows. “Hamoshlim, eIlu hamoshlim b’yitzram – Rulers refers to those who rule over their more base inclinations. How do they do so?Read More
A Great Idea
Recently, I started a new series of lectures on the ancient sefer, Orchos Chaim l’HaRosh, which details in 154 (the gematria-numerical value of olam haba-the afterlife!) concise segments the Rosh’s, Zt”l, Zy”a, advice on how to live one’s life.Read More
Krias HaTorah = Korban
The Magen Avraham in siman resh peh bais, seif koton yud ches says that a man whose wife gives birth should get an aliyah after forty days if it is a baby boy or eighty days if it is aRead More
The annual seek and destroy mission for all kinds of chometz has begun! For many, there is an attitude of same ole, same ole, here we go again. We’ll be opening up the suitcases to get rid of cookies beforeRead More
How Does A Tzadik’s BRACHA Work?
The blessing of a righteous person has a place of pride in Jewish tradition, even if it is currently taken to extremes in certain circles. Shimon Peres has famously credited his long life to the blessing he received when heRead More
Third Bais Hamikdosh Ready or Not?
The Gemara in Taanis, daf yud zayin, amud bais says that the Chachomim forbade Kohanim to drink wine today because the Bais Hamikdosh will be quickly returned to us. The Kohen will not be eligible to do avodah in theRead More
Social Media For Shabbos
An interesting article raised the question of whether you may schedule e-mails or social media updates to occur on Shabbos. For example, I can post to my website and schedule the essay to appear on Friday night. Within an hourRead More
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Reuven lent Shimon $5,000 via check. Shimon cashed the check at a check-cashing place. When it came time to pay back the loan, Shimon brought $5,000 to Reuven. “You are not responsible for the loan,” Reuven said, “since the originalRead More
Rewashing After the Bathroom
I. Washing for Bread The Sages decreed that we must wash our hands ritually before eating a meal, as defined by including bread. This washing is done by pouring water from a cup two (or three) times on each hand,Read More
*Why doesn’t the Megillah start with Esther? Because you can’t start up with a lady. *How do you know that Esther worked for the city? Because she responded that the king and Haman should come back tomorrow. *What brocha do youRead More
The Candy Wrapper Dilemma
I. Candy Wrappers Parents of small children face a dilemma every Shabbos. Writing and erasing are separate Shabbos prohibitions on a biblical level, consisting of the opposite of each other. What you may not write on Shabbos, you may notRead More
Is Left Right Regarding Hilchos Shabbos?
When one writes with his left hand on Shabbos, he is not committing a transgression. The following question arises; does this apply to all of the melachos on Shabbos or not? The Mishna in Meseches Shabbos, daf tzadik bais saysRead More
Making Kiddush Ba’al Peh & Being Motzi Others
The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim, siman mem tes paskens that despite the fact that one is not allowed to say the words of the Torah Shebichsav (written Torah) ba’al peh (orally), there are pesukim like Shema and Birchas KohanimRead More
The Fake Excuse App
The Gotta Go app allows you to program excuses in advance. With the press of a button, you can active time-delayed texts and/or phone calls that will interrupt your uncomfortable meeting or conversation and enable you to leave immediately. YouRead More
Doctors and Medicine
The Gemara in Bava Kama, daf peh heh, amud alef says that from the posuk, “Verapo Yerape” we see that a doctor has permission to heal another person and one can’t say, “I will rely on Hashem to heal me.”Read More
A woman with a baby carriage walked into a jewelry store one day with a big smile on her face. “Today is my tenth anniversary,” she announced. “My husband told me to pick out something expensive.” After looking through variousRead More
Torah Role Models
Who should be our Torah role models from history? Put differently, what characteristics of the great Torah leaders of the past should serve as our guides? Every individual teaches many lessons through his long life and multi-faceted personality. Avraham wasRead More
The Gemara in Megilah daf vov amud bais says that the fourteenth and fifteenth of the first Adar it is forbidden to eulogize and to fast. The Rosh in Megilah in perek alef siman zayin says that this halacha appliesRead More