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Yevamos 45: Feeding Time at the Zoo

Monday November 17, 2014 11:31 PM

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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Video: Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff on the Mitzvah of Peru Urevu

Monday November 17, 2014 1:17 AM

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Hanoitel Kedeiras Chaveiro Mei’al Gabei H’aish B’ Shabbos B’ein Daaito Lachzor V’oid Inyanei Shabbos

Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:36 AM

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

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Yevamos 31: Turning Yourself In

Tuesday November 4, 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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Shabbos Lunch or Shabbos Brunch: A Halachic Analysis

Monday November 3, 2014 2:41 AM

shabbos-tableBy Rabbi Mordechai Fishman

In reference to the first סעודה eaten on Shabbos day many people use the term “Shabbos Lunch” This article will analyze the proper (more…)

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Yevamos 30: Eating Dangerous Foods Erev Yom Kippur

Monday November 3, 2014 1:16 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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Vesein Tal Umatar Begins in Eretz Yisroel

Friday October 31, 2014 6:07 AM

siddurResidents of Eretz Yisroel have begun to say Vesein Tal Umatar during the Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of chutz laaretz won’t begin saying Vesein Tal Umatar until (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin on How May A Mohel Put Away His Muktzah Sakin Shel Milah After A Bris Milah On Shabbos?

Thursday October 30, 2014 11:35 PM

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

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Yevamos 26: Quality vs. Quantity

Thursday October 30, 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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Yevamos 25: Marrying a Deceased Patient’s Wife

Wednesday October 29, 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 24: Stealing the Mitzvah of Yibum

Tuesday October 28, 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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Yevamos 22: The Bitter Bachelor

Sunday October 26, 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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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

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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 (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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