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Yevamos 65: Lying for the Greater Good

Monday December 8, 2014 1:23 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 Tefilin For A Left-handed Man, Chalitzah For a Left-footed Man and The Name Binyomin (Parshas Vayishlach)

Friday December 5, 2014 5:40 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 62: Paying a Non-Jewish Shadchan

Friday December 5, 2014 2:42 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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“Vesein Tal Umatar” Begins in Chutz La’aretz

Thursday December 4, 2014 10:04 AM

siddurAt Maariv tonight, December 4th, residents of chutz la’aretz begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during the Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began (more…)

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Yevamos 61: The Grandfather Clause

Thursday December 4, 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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Yevamos 59: The Well-Fed Dog

Tuesday December 2, 2014 2:41 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 58: Willful Indifference

Monday December 1, 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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Audio: Rav Shurkin on “Im Aku”m Muzhorim Al Issur Hana’ah Mei’avoidah Zarah”

Sunday November 30, 2014 9:44 PM

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 “Lo Yisa Odam Meinekis Chaveiroi V’shavya Anafshei Chaticha D’issura V’keivon Shehigid Shuv Eino Choizer U’Magid”

Sunday November 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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Yevamos 46: The Doubtful Jew on Shabbos

Wednesday November 19, 2014 1:05 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 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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