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DOV HIKIND SENDS A TEDDY BEAR & CARD TO CONGRESSMA

In light of Congressman Nadler’s reaction to being stunned and hurt by criticism of his support for the Iran deal, I’ve sent him a card and stuffed teddy bear to express my sympathies. Congressman Nadler has taken a position on the Iran deal, one to which most of our community is opposed, and is now surprised that people are angry? Nadler tells reporters that it bothers him that people have said,”You betrayed
 

“WALLS HAVE EARS”

  W e all have our secret lives. I don’t mean to say that each of us has a sinister side, which we wickedly act out in some deep, dark, private world. What I do mean is that we all act differently when we are alone, or with a few close intimates, than we act when we are out in public, among others. There is no one who is so behaviorally consistent that he is the same person in the privacy of his own home as he is in the
 
     

MINYAN OR HAT AND JACKET?

  A  person davens all his t’fillos in a hat and jacket. One day this person left his hat and jacket at home. All of a sudden he realized that he must daven Mincha. If he goes home to get his hat and jacket he will miss t’fillah be’tzibur. Should he daven without...
 

YOUR TURN TO SPEAK (#25)

ENJOYING A SIMCHA REVISITED Dear Editor: Did you ever hear of moderation?  (The Rambam’s shvil hazohov.)  A chasunah can be very leibedik with music that does not burst one’s eardrums!!  You don’t have to damage the hearing of all attendees (including the...
 

THE AMBITION OF PERFECTION & ITS GREAT REWARD

One of the fundamental directives in the Torah is “Tomim tihi’ye im Hashem Elokecha,” to exist wholly with Hashem, your G-d.  This verse has many ramifications.  Firstly, it instructs us not to put our trust in other devices such as amulets and the like (Sefer...
 

ASSEMBLYMAN HIKIND RIDES PARODY #AYATOLLAHTHANKSAMERICA BUS TO HIGHLIGHT ABSURDITY OF IRAN DEAL

  New York, NY, August 21, 2015… In an effort to showcase the absurdity of the Iran deal, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-NY) promoted the #AyatollahThanksAmerica ad campaign by riding on a parody tour bus. Hikind made stops at the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and...
 

BRACHA ON MEZUZAH

 When one affixes a mezuzah on his door he makes the bracha of “Likboa Mezuzah.”  The question arises; why do we make a bracha? The Rambam in Hilchos Brachos, perek yud alef, halacha daled writes that the reason we don’t make a bracha on “mayim...
 

“FINDERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS?”

 It is a story that deserves to be told. In order to fully appreciate it, some background is necessary, especially for those unfamiliar with the natural disaster that struck the greater New York metropolitan area in 2012.   The disaster was known as Superstorm Sandy. She hit the...
 

AN ELUL PRIMER

The month of Elul is upon us with all of its seriousness and high stakes.  First of all, it is the last month of the year and in Yiddishkeit this is very significant for we have a Talmudic concept, Hakol holeich achar hachosom – Everything goes according to the finale.  So, in...
 

“KOHANIM & KINGS"

Did you ever argue politics with an anarchist? How about theology with an atheistic communist? Well, I’ve done both and have learned a lot in the process. It all goes back to a bench in Hester Street Park, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, near the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva where I...
 

WOMEN ONE HUNDRED BRACHOS?

The Gemara in Menachos daf mem gimmel amud bais learns from the posuk “ve’ata Yisroel ma Hashem …Me’imach” that one has to say one hundred Brachos a day. The Rishonim argue concerning how this is derived from the passuk. Rashi says that the word “Ma”...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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