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“My Dad Is A ….” What Is A Child To Do?

“I went out and bought batteries. Unfortunately they weren’t included.” - Steven Wright A young man is in a bind. His father is an...

Parshat Lech-Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)

The Five Star Hotel Called Life “After these matters, Hashem appeared to Avram in a dream and said, “Do not fear, Avram. I will...

Haftarah for Parshat Lech Lecha (Isaiah 40:27-41:16)

The haftarah of Parshat Lech Lecha begins in the 27th passuk of the 40th perek of Yeshayahu and continues until 41:17. When one studies...

Jewish Children’s Museum to Host Special ‘Kosher Day’’

Oct. 21 to be “a day of tasting, exploring and learning through a whole lot of fun!” The Jewish Children’s Museum has announced an...

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

Noach the Tzaddik? Although the first two parshiyot in Sefer Bereishit are enigmatic, Noach in particular confuses the commentators. On the one hand, he...

What is Kabbalah?

The Ramban in his introduction to his Torah commentary says that every field of knowledge – whether it be science, agriculture, medicine of palmistry...

Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

The Beginning of Time “In the beginning, Hashem created the heavens and the earth.” – Bereishis 1:1 The Siforno explains that “in the beginning”...

The Canopy of Faith

Sukkot, or Tabernacles, is the most joyous of all the festivals. We call it the ‘season of our rejoicing’. And like Pesach much of...

A Moscow Simchat Torah Heard ’Round the World

Much of the struggle for Soviet Jewry was waged by picketers, marchers, and lobbyists in the United States. But a lesser-known part of the...

As Poverty Numbers Climb, Met Council Helps New York City Families in Need Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Food distributions were held across all five boroughs Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, represents a time of renewal and new...

OU Kosher Publishes New Manual for Food Service Industry

So you’ve attended a sit-down Bar Mitzvah or wedding for 600 at a luxurious hotel, with the meal strictly kosher, and your major concern...

Simchat Beth Hashoeva: Playing with Fire

All the festivals are times of rejoicing, but only Sukkot is called zman simchateinu (season of our happiness). While today we immediately think of...

“Leishev baSukkah,” To Sit in the Sukkah – A Halachik Discussion

As mentioned in other posts, during Sukkos there is a commandment to sit in the Sukkah. Our Sages have written that sit means we...

Parshat Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1­32:52)

Repression of the Sublime It was advertised as one symposium at a major psychology conference. It was to be a discussion about memory and...

Rabbis Eliakim Koenigsberg and Assaf Bednarsh to Deliver Annual NYC-Jerusalem Kinus Teshuva Lectures

Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg and Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh will be the featured speakers at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary’s (RIETS) 28th Annual Hausman/Stern Kinus Teshuva...

Yom Kippur: Dispatching the Goat

One of the most remarkable elements of the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur in ancient times, when the central Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem,...

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