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GETTING TO KNOW NY METS SECOND BASEMAN NEIL WALKER

  Neil Walker is the greatest April home run-hitter in New York Mets history. With his third inning home run on Wednesday night, Chol Hamoed Pesach against the Cincinnati Reds, second baseman Neil Walker tied a Mets franchise record for home runs in the month of April. Walker's ninth homer of the season tied him with Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006), and John Buck (2013)   Ari Hirsch of The Vues had the
 

CELEBRATING A YOM TOV AFTER COUNTING

  The Gemara in Meseches Taanis, daf lamed, amud bais brings down two Yomim Tovim that are unique. These are the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. Rabba and Rav Yosef explain that the 15th of Av was special due to the fact that on that day they finished cutting the firewood to be used on the Mizbeach. Rabbi Eliezer Hagadol explains that after the15th of Av the sun’s rays are not as strong as before that date and
 
     

YOUR TURN TO SPEAK (#68)

    PARKING BUSSES REVISITED       Dear Editor: Some comments on the 400 school busses in Boro Park: how else can the kids go to school? There are 2 solutions. One: cut down the 400 busses to 200, and Two: you do not send 2 year olds to school...
 

COVERING UP THE MATZAH

The Rema in Siman taf ayin gimmel, seif zayin says that the matzah should be uncovered when one says the haggadah until Lefichoch when one picks up the cup of wine and covers the matzah. The Mishna Berurah in seif koton ayin ches explains the reason for this is so we do not embarrass the...
 

YOUR TURN TO SPEAK (#67)

HALACHA OVERVIEW Dear Editor: Regarding the questions asked by one of your readers: 1. Quiona is kitnityos according to Rav Belsky z”tzl. According to Rabbi Hershel Schachter, it is permitted to be eaten. It is preferable to follow the stringent opinion. 2. A Jew may not feed any...
 

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 a baby girl. The Sheailos U’Tshvos Chasam Sofer, Orach Chaim, siman nun alef says that from this Magen...
 

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 the Bais Hamikdosh if he is drunk. Tosfos s.v. Ba’inan asks the following...
 

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 he was four from R. Yisrael Meir Kagan, the saintly Chafetz Chaim. The...
 

CHOMETZ! AGAIN?

  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 before going on Pesach trips, looking in the front pockets of our...
 

CHECK IT OUT!

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 original check was never cashed.” Is Reveun...
 

YOUR TURN TO SPEAK (#66)

  OBAMA’S AGENDA      Dear Editor: Obama’s facade is deliberately abating now that a new inauguration is imminent. He is gradually inching towards his genuine beliefs and it’s certainly showing. Obama is cognizant of the fact that terrorism is...
 
 
 
 
 
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