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Taanis 6: The Proper Time to Say Birchas Hachamah

Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:11 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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Taanis 4: Eating with Your Mouth Full

Monday June 16, 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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Taanis 2: The Obligation to Daven

Friday June 13, 2014 5:11 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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Rosh Hashanah 34: Doing a Mitzvah in a Dirty Place

Wednesday June 11, 2014 1:14 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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Rosh Hashanah 33: Waiting for the Rabbi

Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:12 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: Divrei Chizuk for Shavuos from Rav Malkiel Kotler

Tuesday June 3, 2014 7:50 AM

rav-malkiel-kotler[Audio below.] The following divrei chizuk were delivered this week by Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, (more…)

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Audio: Shavuos Shmuess from Rav Chaim Stein zt”l

Tuesday June 3, 2014 6:07 AM

rav-chaim-stein[Audio below.] Below is a shmuess that was delivered four years ago, on Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5770, by Rav Chaim Stein zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland and the zekan roshei yeshivos in the United States. (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Inyonei Shviis

Tuesday June 3, 2014 6:01 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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The Erev Shavuos Stipulation

Tuesday June 3, 2014 5:21 AM

gemara-learningWhile reciting Birchos Hatorah on Erev Shavuos, one may clearly stipulate that his brachos should be in effect only until the next morning. In this case, he may recite the brachos on Shavuos morning even if he (more…)

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Eating Milchigs On Shavuos

Tuesday June 3, 2014 4:32 AM

milchigsMany have the minhag to eat a milchige meal (and milk and honey) on Shavuos. Some eat milchig at night (more…)

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Hamapil, Flowers On Shavuos

Tuesday June 3, 2014 3:48 AM

shavuos-One who goes to sleep after Alos Hashachar Shavuos morning (or on any day) does not say the bracha of (more…)

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The Merit of Torah Shavuos Night

Tuesday June 3, 2014 3:05 AM

learning-There is a minhag (brought in The Zohar) to stay up the night of Shavuos and learn Torah. This is based on the Midrash which says that Klal Yisroel overslept the night before Matan Torah and Hashem had to (more…)

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Waiting to Count On Shavuos Night

Tuesday June 3, 2014 2:20 AM

shavuosOn Shavuos night, the minhag is to wait until it is night - Tzeis Hakochavim - to daven Maariv in order to have 49 (more…)

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Rosh Hashanah 22: Chinese Auctions

Friday May 30, 2014 4:11 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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Rosh Hashanah 21: Lie Detectors in Halacha

Thursday May 29, 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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Rosh Hashanah 20: Color War Breakouts

Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:12 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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Rosh Hashanah 19: Why Do We Have a Second Day of Shavuos?

Tuesday May 27, 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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Rosh Hashanah 18: A Kohein Telling His Son What To Do

Monday May 26, 2014 2:16 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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Rosh Hashanah 15: Hakeil Hakadosh During the Year

Friday May 23, 2014 1:12 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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Rosh Hashanah 14: Davening for a Kosher Esrog

Thursday May 22, 2014 1:14 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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Rosh Hashanah 13: Permitting Chodosh with a S’fek Sefeikah

Wednesday May 21, 2014 1:26 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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Rosh Hashanah 10: Using Non-Jewish Months and Years

Monday May 19, 2014 1:12 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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Rosh Hashanah 9: Rav Shimon Bar Yochai’s Boksor Tree

Sunday May 18, 2014 1:02 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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Rosh Hashanah 8: The Start of the Yom Hadin

Friday May 16, 2014 4:38 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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Rosh Hashanah 7: Inheriting a Toxic Diary

Thursday May 15, 2014 2:20 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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Minhagim of Pesach Sheini

Wednesday May 14, 2014 5:19 AM

matzohToday, the 14th of Iyar is Pesach Sheni. According to many opinions one does not fast on this day, make Hespedim, or a Hakomas Matzeivah. Piskei Tshuvos 492:1 (more…)

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Rosh Hashanah 6: Keeping Your Guests Waiting

Wednesday May 14, 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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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Sefiras Ha’omer and Shomeia Ke’oneh

Sunday May 11, 2014 1:18 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 40: Feeding Animals for Parshas Shirah

Friday May 9, 2014 4:42 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 39: Is Electricity Muktzah?

Thursday May 8, 2014 1:11 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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