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A Great Idea
by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
Recently, I started a new series of lectures on the ancient sefer, Orchos Chaim l’HaRosh, which details in 154 (the
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Krias HaTorah = Korban
by Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Magen Avraham in siman resh peh bais, seif koton yud ches says that a man whose wife gives birth
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Chometz! Again?
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
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
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How Does A Tzadik’s BRACHA Work?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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
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Third Bais Hamikdosh Ready or Not?
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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
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Social Media For Shabbos
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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 hour
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Check it out!
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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
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Rewashing After the Bathroom
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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,
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Purim Torah
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
*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 you
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The Candy Wrapper Dilemma
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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 not
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Is Left Right Regarding Hilchos Shabbos?
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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 says
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Making Kiddush Ba’al Peh & Being Motzi Others
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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 Kohanim
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The Fake Excuse App
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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. You
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Doctors and Medicine
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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.”
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Wise Robber
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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 various
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Torah Role Models
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
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 was
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Purim Cuttin?
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
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 applies
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In Pursuit of Longevity
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
From the time of the Gemora, Jews have asked people who merited long life the perennial question, Bameh harachtah yomim – What do you attribute your longevity to?  In the Gemora in Taanis, we find many fascinating answers to this
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These Too Are From Sinai
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
With the help of Hashem, several years ago I completed writing a commentary on bentching.  (As an aside, if you are interested in purchasing this bencher, please call me at (718)-916-300 or email me at RMMWSI@aol.com.)  As the bencher went
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Shoveling Snow on Shabbos
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
I was asked about shoveling snow on Shabbos. This is a question that you need to ask your rabbi, but I′ll discuss the issues without drawing a conclusion.   I. Muktzah One issue is whether snow is muktzah. Ostensibly, this is
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The Source of Shalom Aleichem
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
Contrary to common opinion, the traditional Jewish greeting of “Shalom aleichem” is not a wish for peace. It is a fulfillment of the ancient enactment to greet others with God’s name, using the appellation of Shalom to refer to God.
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Emunas Chachamim – Trusting Our Torah Sages
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
The Torah teaches us, “Lo sasur min hadavar asher yagidu l’cha yamin u’smol – Do not turn away from what they (the Torah sages) tell you, to the right or to the left.”  This is the primary directive in the
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