Halachic Corner

The Halachic Acceptability of Soft Matzah

Monday April 14, 2014 1:47 PM

matzohBy Rabbi Dr. Ari Z Zivotofsky and Dr. Ari Greenspan

The Torah (Shemos 12:18) commands all Jews, men and women alike, (more…)

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Audio: Rav Reisman On Pesach

Monday April 14, 2014 6:17 AM

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

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But What Could Be the Problem With…

Monday April 14, 2014 4:54 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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Video: The Shmuz On Pesach - The Head and The Heart

Monday April 14, 2014 3:35 AM

rabbi-shafier[Videos below.] Rav Bentzion Shafier has impacted thousands of people with his talks and lectures, and especially with his innovative “Shmuz,” a mussar shmuess that draws on Torah, Gemara and the (more…)

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Pesach: Symbolism Over Substance

Monday April 14, 2014 2:14 AM

rmordechai_kamenetzkyBy Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky

The entire Seder ceremony is replete with symbolic gestures. We drink four cups of wine to represent four Biblical expressions of redemption. (more…)

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

Monday April 14, 2014 1:37 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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Audio: Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer On Pesach

Monday April 14, 2014 1:02 AM

pesach[Link below.] The following is Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer’s enlightening Pesach shiur, which was originally featured on the radio at  97.5  on the FM dial. (more…)

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The Laws of Bedikas Chometz

Sunday April 13, 2014 6:01 PM

bedikas-chometzBy Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits, KOF-K Kosher Supervision

Before performing the bedika, one should clean the house very well, thus making the bedika much easier.[1] It is the custom to wash and clean (more…)

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Beitzah 12: Dedicating a Sefer Torah on Yom Tov

Friday April 11, 2014 5:48 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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Beitzah 9: Inside Information

Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:40 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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Beitzah 8: The Chicken Time Piece

Monday April 7, 2014 1:17 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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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Inyonei Pesach

Sunday April 6, 2014 1:22 AM

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

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Beitzah 5: Why an American Keeps Two Days Yom Tov in Eretz Yisroel

Friday April 4, 2014 5:39 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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Beitzah 4: The Shabbos After Pesach

Thursday April 3, 2014 1:18 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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Beitzah 3: The Temporary Prohibition

Wednesday April 2, 2014 1:18 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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Beitzah 1: The Doubtful Six Hours

Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:17 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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Sukkah 56: Blaming the Parents

Monday March 31, 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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Sukkah 55: Becoming an Israeli in Middle of Yom Tov

Sunday March 30, 2014 1:13 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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Sukkah 52: Giving Out Multiple Kibbudim

Thursday March 27, 2014 1:43 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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Audio: Rav Shurkin B’Sugya D’Arba Amos Shel Adom Koinois Loi, B’Din Bitul Chometz Betaaruvos Lifnei Hapesach, Ktzas Dinei Rosh Chodesh

Thursday March 27, 2014 1:06 AM

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

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May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?

Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:06 AM

rav-mayer-twerskyBy Rav Mayer Twersky (republished with permission from TorahWeb)

I. The Ruling of the Ramo and Modern Reaction

ואם הנשים רוצין להחמיר על עצמן מוחין בידן
and if the women wish to act stringently [and don tefillin] we rebuke them (more…)

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Sukkah 51: Disturbing Others with Your Learning

Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:02 AM

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

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Sukkah 50: Fishing Out a Bug On Shabbos

Tuesday March 25, 2014 1:03 AM

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

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Sukkah 39: Buying on Esrog On Credit

Friday March 21, 2014 1:31 AM

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

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Sukkah 38: Taking an Esrog from a Different Hemisphere

Thursday March 20, 2014 1:13 AM

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

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Sukkah 37: Saying a Bracha on a Mitzvah

Wednesday March 19, 2014 1:24 AM

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

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May a Clown Daven Minchah?

Sunday March 16, 2014 3:05 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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Rav Wosner: Can A Litvak Wear A Shtreimel For Davening On Purim?

Friday March 14, 2014 1:02 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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The Matzav Rant: Purim “Mishloach Manos Cards” - What Shaychus?

Friday March 14, 2014 11:52 AM

mishloach-manos3By Shmuel Miskin, Matzav.com

The topic of my rant today might not sit well with some people, but it is an issue that has always perplexed (more…)

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May I Wear My Wife’s Shaitel?

Friday March 14, 2014 11:04 AM

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

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