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Reminder: Make an Eruv Tavshilin

Wednesday April 8, 2015 5:51 AM

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By Rabbi Tzvi Rosen

A fundamental difference between Yom Tov observance and Shabbos observance is the allowance of ochel nefesh, food preparation on Yom Tov. “Ach Asher Yei’achel L’Chol Nefesh Hu Levado Yei’aseh Lachem…1 The Torah permits us to cook, bake, and prepare food onYom Tov proper, in order to eat the prepared  (more…)

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But What Could Be the Problem With…

Friday April 3, 2015 4:10 AM

star-kBy Rabbi Tzvi Rosen, Star-K Kashrus Administrator; Editor, Kashrus Kurrents

As Pesach nears, the grocery bills mount and the bank account dwindles, the Jewish housewife courageously attempts to hold the household budget intact (more…)

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Audio: Rav Avrohom Schorr On Pesach: Mah Nishtanah Halaylah Hazeh

Friday April 3, 2015 1:08 AM

rav-avrohom-schorr[Audio below.] The following brief thought was delivered by Rav Avrohom Schorr, rov of Khal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush. The machshavah specifically addresses achieving true  (more…)

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Video: A Practical Treatment of the Shiurim of Pesach

Thursday April 2, 2015 7:20 PM
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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Petur Misasek U’B'inyan Misasek B’lavin D’bal Yira’eh U’bal Yimotzeh U’misasek B’mitzvos Aseh”

Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:13 AM

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

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The cRc Explains the Rare Mitzvah of Biur Ma’aser

Thursday March 19, 2015 4:31 PM
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Audio: Rav Shurkin on Parah Adumah

Friday March 13, 2015 5:31 AM

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

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Snow in Your Purim Forecast? Star-K Provides Mishloach Manos Guidelines

Thursday March 5, 2015 9:14 AM

purim1By Margie Pensak

Star-K Kosher Certification website’s tag line reads, “Kosher–It’s Just Not About Milk and Meat.”True to its word, the non-profit agency’s latest non-food related initiative is providing a public service (more…)

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May a Clown Daven Minchah?

Thursday March 5, 2015 3:14 AM

clownAs the joyous Purim holiday is underway, many preparations are underway for assembling and distributing Mishloach Manos. The custom of Mishloach Manos derives from the mitzvah of sending two (more…)

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The Purim Seudah

Thursday March 5, 2015 2:30 AM

purim1)It is a Mitzvah on all Jewish men, women and children to partake of a festive Seudah, meal, on Purim.
The Purim Seudah needs to be eaten on Purim day, and if it was only eaten Purim eve, or Purim night, you (more…)

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Rav Wosner: Can A Litvak Wear A Shtreimel For Davening On Purim?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:13 PM

rav-wosnerAs we all know, Purim is a time when people - even adults - dress up. Thus, a Litvak might wear a shtreimel if he so chooses in the Purim spirit. The halacha clearly states (Orach Chaim 91), though, that one must (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Mishloach Manos and Other Inyonei Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:51 PM

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

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Purim: May I Wear My Wife’s Shaitel?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:22 AM

purimThe following shailos uteshuvos appeared in the American Yated Ne’eman, as transcribed by Rabbi Doniel Travis. The responses were given (more…)

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Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Issur of Lo Yilbash Applies On Purim Too

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:13 AM

rabbi-shmuel-eliyahuRav Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzefas and a son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, issued a p’sak two years ago that all men are forbidden to dress as women even on Purim, since the issur of “Lo yiulbash gever simlas (more…)

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Purim: Ad Delo Yoda - Until What Exactly?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:17 AM

wineThe Gemara, Megilah 7b states, אמר רבא מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן וברוך מרדכי. (more…)

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The Chiyuv of Mishloach Manos Themes

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:54 AM

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Hilchos Uminhagei Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:19 AM

krakowskiBy Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Purim. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Parshas Zachor

Thursday February 26, 2015 1:18 AM

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

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Audio: Rav Shurkin on “H’Aron B’mikdosh U’b'inyan Binyan Beis Hamikdash V’hakravas Korbornois U’parah Adumah Bazman Hazeh”

Sunday February 22, 2015 12:48 AM

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

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The Valhalla Metro-North Train Crash: Who is Halachically Liable?

Friday February 13, 2015 6:10 AM

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By Rabbi Micha Cohn

This past Tuesday, February 3, 2015, a Metro-North commuter train struck an SUV at a grade crossing near Valhalla, New York, killing the driver along with five passengers on the train and (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Eved Ivri Nimkar B’geneivasoi Velo Bekfeiloi Ub’inyan Ge’ulas Eved Ivri, and B’inyan Acharei Rabim Lehatois Legabei Bnei Noach”

Friday February 13, 2015 4:38 AM

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

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Chatzi Shiur B’mitzvos Aseh, Pidyon Peter Chamor, and Parshas Bo”

Friday January 23, 2015 5:12 AM

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

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Seuda Shlishis: Hamotzi, Mezonos or a Blatt Gemara

Tuesday January 20, 2015 1:10 AM

mordechai-fishmanBy Rabbi Mordechai Fishman

The שלחו ערוך (סימן רצ”א סעף ה’) brings four opinions as to what a person should eat for סעודה שלישית. The first opinion holds that one must eat bread. The second opinion holds that a person can fulfill (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Chaishinan L’miuta” (B’shitas Rebbe Yoisi Nidah 59b U’b'kamah Sugyos Hashash’’s) (Teshuvos RA”E Siman 62)

Friday January 16, 2015 5:42 AM

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

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Ain Mekablin Aidus Shelo Bifnei Ba’al Dovor”

Friday January 9, 2015 5:43 AM

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

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The Fast of the Tenth of Teves, Asara B’Teves, Today

Thursday January 1, 2015 1:56 AM

koselBy Rabbi Yehudah Prero

The first mention that we see of the tenth day of Teves as a fast day appears in Zecharia 8:19, where th (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Hadlokas Neiros Chanukah”

Tuesday December 23, 2014 1:50 AM

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

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Hilchos Chanukah: How to Light On Erev Shabbos

Friday December 19, 2014 6:10 AM

olive-oil-menorahOn Erev Shabbos, if a woman is running late to light Shabbos candles on time, she is permitted to light the Shabbos candles immediately, once her husband has lit even one of the lights on the Chanukah menorah, (more…)

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Know What’s Right Before You Light

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:10 PM

chanukahThe halacha card below is being distributed as part of “The Shaimos Project” a division of the Ner Reuven Ahavas Hamitzvos Initiative. (more…)

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Hilchos Uminhagei Chanukah

Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:52 PM

krakowskiBy Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chanuka. The Piskei Din for the most part (more…)

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