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Update below: All are asked to continue saying Tehillim for Rav Yisroel Belsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, who is hospitalized at Maimonides Medical Center in Boro Park. We are told that, of late, the (more…)
The Megillos have been packed away for next year, while the mishloach manos and other chometz are quickly being consumed. Brooms and mops are being wielded along with other reinforcements, and the (more…)
As I read through Rabbi Yechiel Spero’s newest book, A Touch of Inspiration, what amazes me most is the variety of the stories. This is his thirteenth book and the stories are still fresh, unusual, and, yes, totally inspiring. (more…)
This past week, when the biography of Rabbi Moshe Sherer went to press, the excitement in the ArtScroll office was palpable. Many ArtScroll staffers had personally known Rabbi Sherer, who led Agudath Israel of America for over four decades, (more…)
The acclaimed sefer Aleinu L’Shabeiach, by Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, is now available in English for the very first time, thanks to our friends at ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications who have made this contemporary classic available to the English reader, Matzav.com has learned. The multi-volume (more…)
[Audio below.] Radio host Nachum Segal recent hosted Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn at his studio for a fascinating discussion. Rabbi Krohn, a renowned author, lecturer, mohel and tour guide, provided insightful thoughts and words of chizuk. Always rready with a good story, Rabbi Krohn, the famed author of the best-selling “Maggid Series” from ArtScroll, never leaves his listeners disappointed. To (more…)
Yahoo News yesterday had a report on what is considered one of the “toughest riddles ever,” a classic paradox involving a barber that may thrill you or drive you bonkers. This is a variation of Russel’s paradox, and there are several ways to solve, or attempts to solve, this depending on how it is interpreted. The riddle is as follows: (more…)
Shira was a vivacious, dynamic go-getter, a shining star in her class. Donny was a quiet underachiever, living in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment with his withdrawn, recently widowed father. Donny didn’t know what he had done to deserve fantastic young woman from such a well-connected, wealthy family. He considered it a tremendous honor to have found favor in her eyes.
Innocent Deceptions takes us into the very heart and soul of some of the most challenging issues facing (more…)
In the past, when book reviews have appeared on Matzav.com, we have tried to encapsulate the purpose and contents of the book. When reading Heroes of Spirit - 100 Rabbinic Tales of the Holocaust for review, we quickly found that the book’s forward, written by Reb Yosef Friedenson, portrays the epic heroism of Torah giants, and the purpose of this book, in a manner possible only for a survivor and witness to the Holocaust. Other than pointing out that the book also contains short biographies of the gedolim who inspire through its pages, as well as a timeline of important Holocaust related events, we will simply re-publish the Reb Yosef (more…)
[Audio below.] In Touched by Their Tears: A Kinnos Companion, bestselling author and columnist Rabbi Yechiel Spero explains carefully selected Kinnos and illustrates their message with powerful true stories that bring them to life. We read of the soldier left for dead in a forgotten corner of Vietnam, the Ponovezher Rav’s message to the only surviving child of the Kovno Ghetto, and the boy who left everything behind in Iran to learn in Eretz Yisrael. We practically hear the song of 400 children as they prepare to die to sanctify G-d’s Name. In these gripping stories we learn how to mourn - and we learn how to hope. (more…)
In ArtScroll On the Air, radio personality Nachum Segal recently spoke with R’ Zvi Ryzman of Los Angeles,author of The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months. Zvi has always been an example of many Jews who had to make choices regarding their livelihood in fields other than chinuch or rabbonus, and had to work in the world that we live in, and managed to combine it with limud haTorah. Zvi Ryzman has accomplished that and more. While he is the head of a large business that requires and gets his attention, Zvi manages to spend an inordinate amount of time learning Torah, talking in Torah and - for decades - teaching (more…)
Leah Kotkes experiences life. With the vivid expression of a novel or a symphony or a play, Mrs. Kotkes experiences color and depth, meaning and message in the events of every day. She has had an eventful life. As a religiously uncommitted British teen, she began a career in fashion publicity. She was soon associated with the industry’s rising stars, names who would become the (more…)
Eli is a child just like your children. He lives with his mother and father, who love him very much. He loves his six younger brothers, and helps his parents take good care of them. He has trouble from some of the kids in the neighborhood. But unlike your children, Eli doesn’t go to school. He has to work very hard, day and night, and when he finally gets home, his neighbor, Pathros the Egyptian, torments him with more tasks, so that Eli can never play with his baby brothers.
Eli is the narrator in The Story of Pesach, the new book from Sarah Leon and famed illustrator (more…)
Eating Matzah and Maror at the Seder has always been a challenge. Eating the right amounts is of paramount importance, since Matzah is a mitzvah d’oraisa. But many people have always eaten arbitrary amounts based on memory, rough estimation, and a few seconds with a chart that is being passed around the table.
The reality is that accurately measuring k’zayis for matzah and maror takes an expertise; both in knowledge of halachic measurements in contemporary terms, and in having the ability to estimate that in practice, at the Seder. The same is true of other measurement in halacha, such (more…)