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Yevamos 18: Who Does Chalitzah?

Wednesday October 22, 2014 1:10 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Yevamos 17: Avoiding a Mitzvah

Tuesday October 21, 2014 1:15 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Important Halacha Regarding Arba Minim

Wednesday October 8, 2014 11:12 AM

arbah-minimBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman

Three years ago, an unofficial poll taken in Far Rockaway, New York, revealed a startling and alarming fact. Over (more…)

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Insect Infestation Concerns in…S’chach

Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:10 AM

schach-sukkahThe institute in Eretz Yisroel headed by Rav Moshe Vaya, the renowned expert in bedikas tolaim, insect infestation in foods, released an alert regarding insects being found in, of all things, s’chach. There is a  (more…)

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OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline FAQ’s For Sukkos

Wednesday October 8, 2014 9:20 AM

sukkosOU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers in preparation for (more…)

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P’sak: Stealing Daled Minim is Forbidden

Wednesday October 8, 2014 5:21 AM

lulav-esrogA number of neighborhood publications in Israel Yerushalayim and elsewhere recent republished a psak released three years ago by the former Chief Rabbis of Israel, who, in a joint statement, said that it is prohibited  (more…)

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Reminder: Make an Eruv Tavshilin

Wednesday October 8, 2014 4:43 AM

matzohFree reminder service below.

By Rabbi Tzvi Rosen

A fundamental difference between Yom Tov observance and Shabbos observance is the allowance of ochel nefesh, food preparation on (more…)

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Yizkor: In Remembrance Of Our Loved Ones

Tuesday October 7, 2014 11:23 PM

yizkorBy Rabbi Moshe Zywica, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher

It is customary on the Shalosh Rigalim (Pesach, Sukkos and Shavuos) to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have passed (more…)

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Audio: Rav Soloveitchik On “Yom Tov Sheini, Lulav and Sukkah”

Tuesday October 7, 2014 6:37 AM

rav_jb_soloveitchik[Audio below.] The following is a shiur that was delivered in by Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Boston, Rosh Yeshivas RIETS, on the (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Sukkah Shechamosah Merubah M’tzilsa V’Sukkah L’shem Tzeil”

Tuesday October 7, 2014 1:11 AM

yaakov-moshe-shurkin[Audio below.] The following shiur was delivered at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill (more…)

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Audio: Rav Soloveitchik On “Mitzvah Haba’ah Ba’aveirah - Lulav Hagazul”

Monday October 6, 2014 10:11 AM

rav_jb_soloveitchik[Audio below.] The following is a shiur that was delivered in by Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Boston on the (more…)

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Audio: Rav Schachter on Hilchos Sukkah and Daled Minim

Monday October 6, 2014 9:47 AM

rav-hershel-schachter[Audio below.] The following shiur on Hilchos Sukkah and Daled Minim was delivered by Rav Hershel Schachter, (more…)

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Yevamos 2: Returning a Bad Esrog

Monday October 6, 2014 1:09 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Yom Kippur in 60 Minutes or Less

Friday October 3, 2014 2:21 PM

shulBeginning Rosh Chodesh Elul, our focus turns to repentance. Every morning, at the conclusion of Shacharis, we recite “L’Dovid Hashem Ori,” [Psalm (more…)

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A 49-Hour Fast

Friday October 3, 2014 1:29 PM

daveningBy Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

Can you imagine what it must be like for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to last two days? For most of us 25 hours of fasting is quite enough. But during  (more…)

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Rav Elyashiv: 30 Minutes On Yom Kippur

Friday October 3, 2014 3:35 AM

rav-elyashiv-and-rav-avrohom-kanarikWhen the family of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l was sitting shiva for Rebbetzin Elyashiv a”h, a Canadian Jew came to be menachem avel. He told the family that he came especially (more…)

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Erev Yom Kippur: Lots of Candy - How Many Brachos?

Friday October 3, 2014 1:18 AM

shulGenerally, the halacha is that when a person makes a bracha on a food, the bracha is in effect so long as he does not change his location. If one changes locations (i.e. leaves his house), the (more…)

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The Halachos of Yom Kippur

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:42 AM

daveningBy Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Rosh Yom-Kippur. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, (more…)

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Chagigah 22: Proving Klal Yisroel Wrong

Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:39 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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The Fast of Tzom Gedaliah (Nidcheh), Today

Sunday September 28, 2014 1:18 AM

koselTzom Gedaliah is an annual fast day instituted by Chazal to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah Ben Achikam, the Governor of Israel during the days of Nevuchadnetzar King of Babylonia. As a result of  (more…)

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Audio: Rav Reisman On Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:43 AM

rav-yisroel-reisman[Audio below.] The following is a shiur delivered last year  by Harav Yisroel Reisman, maggid shiur in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and mara d’asra of Agudath Israel of Madison. The shiur, which (more…)

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Rav Moshe Shternbuch - Crying On Rosh Hashanah: Is it Permitted?

Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:20 AM

reb_moshe_shternbuch1It is written in the Maaseh Rav that the Vilna Gaon said that one is not permitted to cry on Rosh Hashanah. His mekor is the posuk in Nechemia which states, “Al tisablu ve’al tivku…lechu Iichlu Masmanim - Do not mourn (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin: Are the Shevarim Straight or Tu-U-Tus?

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:33 AM

yaakov-moshe-shurkin[Audio below.] The following shiur was delivered at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill (more…)

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A Basic Understanding Of The Tekios

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:06 AM

shofar1By Rabbi Doniel Neustadt

One of the most important mitzvos of Rosh Hashanah is the Biblical command to blow the shofar. (more…)

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Chagigah 16: The Lesson of the Rainbow

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:33 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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5 Reasons Why We Dip Apples In Honey

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:16 AM

apple-in-honeyThe minhag to eat special fruits in Rosh HaShanah is from the Gemara in Horiyos 12a. While the gemara gives a list of recommended fruits dipping apples in honey is not mentioned. (more…)

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10 Reasons for Blowing the Shofar

Wednesday September 24, 2014 1:51 AM

shofarThis list was compiled by Rav Saadia Gaon:

1. The Shofar is like the trumpet which announces the coronation of a king. That is why it is (more…)

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An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:05 PM

eggsBy Rabbi Moshe Zywica, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator for OU Kosher

This year’s holiday season is fast approaching and we will be given the opportunity to perform the rabbinic edict (more…)

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Chagigah 14: Stopping the Levyathon

Monday September 22, 2014 1:21 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Chagigah 11: The Circle Mikvah

Friday September 19, 2014 4:37 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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