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Name: Benjamin Lee “Ben” McAdoo Date of birth:July 9, 1977 (age 39) Place of birth:Homer City, Pennsylvania 17th Head Coach
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OU TOP CONSUMER QUESTIONS BEFORE ROSH HASHANA
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
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Are House Minyanim Kosher?
by Rabbi Gil Student
People arrange a minyan in their home to accommodate someone sick, elderly or otherwise unable to attend synagogue. When I was a
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Women and Tekiyas Shofar
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Gemara in Kiddushin, daf lamed gimmel, amud bais says that women are exempt regarding the mitzvah of tekiyas shofar since the mitzvah is a time bound mitzvah. The Shulchan Aruch in siman taf kuf peh tes, seif vov paskens
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Getting to know…..N.Y. Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo
by 
Ari Hirsch
Name: Benjamin Lee “Ben” McAdoo Date of birth:July 9, 1977 (age 39) Place of birth:Homer City, Pennsylvania 17th Head Coach of the New York Giants Signed for: 4 years What should New York Giant fans expect for this season? A:
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Are House Minyanim Kosher?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
People arrange a minyan in their home to accommodate someone sick, elderly or otherwise unable to attend synagogue. When I was a teenager, we had a Shabbos mincha/ma’ariv in someone’s basement because the mile-plus walk uphill to the nearest shul was, for many, too
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Make Yourself a To-Do-Better List
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
Before Rosh HaShanah, there is a universal quest to ask Hashem for a better year.  Better parnasa/livelihood, better nachas, better gezundt, better shalom bais/marital harmony.  Better, better, better.  Hashem responds, ‘Of course, it’s a pleasure!  After all, you’re my children,’(as
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Putting Klaaim on Someone Else’s Tzitzis
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Rambam in Perek Yud in Hilchos Kla’im, halacha lamed alef says a tremendous chiddush concerning the issur of Kla’im. He says that the issur of putting on Kla’im applies to both the person who wears the kla’im, and the
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We Really Can Change!
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
Recently, I gave a shiur  on sholom bayis-marital harmony.  A day later, I asked one of my friends who attended with his wife if he thought it was helpful.  He told me the following candid response.  “Rabbi Weiss,” he said,
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Bypassing Kohanim
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
I. Honoring the Kohen The Torah (Lev. 21:8) commands us to honor kohanim, members of the priestly family, by allowing them to go first (Gittin 59b). We let them go first in line and, by rabbinic decree, call them to the
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Sukkah in the Bais Hamikdosh
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The posuk in Devorim, Perek Tes Zayin, Posuk Chof Alef says that one should not plant an “asheira tree” next to the mizbayach of Hashem. Rashi says that we learn from this posuk that one may not plant a tree
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The Torah Way To Go To Sleep
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
When preparing ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people concentrate upon character refinement.  They might work hard to improve their anger control, they struggle mightily to stamp-out forbidden feelings of hate and jealousy, or they try to purge
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The 9/11 Memorial in Halachah
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
As a New York resident who worked in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, I will forever be haunted by the tragic day and its aftermath. However, visitors and future generations, including my own children, need more than personal memories. The
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Wrong Tefillin
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Yehudah put on his tefillin one morning as he always did and upon finishing davening he noticed that he had accidentally put on his Rabbeinu Tam tefillin instead of his Rashi tefillin. Yehudah quickly took off the Rabbeinu Tam tefillin and as he was ready to put on the Rashi tefillin realized that he has a
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When Is Kiddush Levanah?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
Rosh Chodesh Elul marks the end of the Jewish summer and the beginning of the autumn holiday season. Throughout the month, we engage in customs that grow as we approach Rosh Hashanah, preparing us for the annual judgment day. In
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Fake Maaris Ayin
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Reuven was doing construction on his house. The city required him to build a temporary wall around the site. Along the wall was a door. There is no Torah obligation that would require Reuven to put up a mezuzah alongside
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Changing For the Better (Part One)
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
It’s hard to believe, but it’s nearly that time of the year again.  The month of Elul. As we try to squeeze the last drops of juice from our vacations and prepare to return to the yearly grind, our minds
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Are Kabbalah Classes Kosher?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
The fundamental principle of public Kabbalah classes is inherently self-contradictory. Esoteric teachings are intended for the intellectual elite, not the masses; otherwise they would not be esoteric. Comprehension of complex material requires a solid foundation of requisite knowledge. There is
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Laundry In The Midbar
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Rashi explains the posuk that says that the clothing of Klal Yisroel did not rot for the forty years that they were in the midbar. He tells us that the “ananei hakavod” (the clouds) would iron the clothing in the
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Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
As Jews, we are taught that when we need something we should pray to Hashem for His assistance.  But, what do we do when we have prayed hard and it is not helping?  Why is it that sometimes our prayers
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Saying Tefillas HaDerech
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
There are many who travel often and do not want to say the bracha of Tefillas Haderech on a daily basis because there may not be a chiyuv to say it if they travel in populated areas. There is an
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GETTING TO KNOW The N.Y. Mets Second Baseman Neil Walker
by 
Ari Hirsch
Ari Hirsch of The Vues had the opportunity to interview Neil Walker in Florida during spring training. Name: Neil Martin Walker Born: September 10, 1985 (age 30) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Drafted by: his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round
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DEODORANT ON TISHA BAV
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
The digest of Tisha B’Av laws in The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot (published by Koren and OU Press with commentary on the Kinos adapted from Tisha B’Av tapes of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik) specifically mentions that one may apply deodorant to
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