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We learn about the chashivus of Eretz Yisroel in this week’s Parsha since mitzvos that can only be done in Eretz Yisroel are discussed. The Gemara in Bava Basra, daf kuf nun ches, amud alef speaks about an argument between Reb Ila and Reb Zeira. After Reb Zeira went up to Eretz...

In 1872, Rav Yosef Zechariah Stern (Zeicher Yehosef, Yoreh De’ah, vol. 2 no. 142), a prominent Lithuanian rabbi, was asked whether a house was cursed. After a house burned down,...

Recently, on a Monday morning while I was davening, my mind drifted off to how I had a lot on my plate to do that morning.  With a feeling of...

The season of Elul is upon us. What should Elul mean to a serious minded Jew? Rabbi Bentzion Lopian, the son of the venerable mashgiach, Rav Eliyahu Lopian, Zt”l, Zy”a, relates that...

On Rosh Hashanah, Jews throughout the world hear the shofar blown 100 times each of the two days (except on Shabbos). Hearing shofar is a time-bound positive mitzvah (mitzvas aseih...

The posuk in this week’s Parsha teaches us that we should be a “tamim” (accepting) when it comes to Hashem. The Rambam does not count this as one of the six hundred and thirteen mitzvos. The Ramban and Rabbeinu Yona do count...

This past week, I gave my annual Q & A lecture for Irgun Shiurei Torah at the Bostoner shul in Flatbush. One of the questions was: Rabbi Weiss, many people I know...

Do women have to say kiddush in shul after Shabbos morning services? For a variety of reasons, often people do not hear the rabbi saying Kiddush in shul. Since they...

On August 21, 2017, parts of North America will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in decades. Many enthusiasts are traveling to locations where they can experience the rare...

The posuk in this week’s Parsha teaches us that one should not be poor, as it says, “Efes… bicha evyon.” The Gemara in Shabbos daf kuf nun alef, amud bais says that...