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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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Chagigah 22: Proving Klal Yisroel Wrong

Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:39 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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The Fast of Tzom Gedaliah (Nidcheh), Today

Sunday September 28, 2014 1:18 AM

koselTzom Gedaliah is an annual fast day instituted by Chazal to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah Ben Achikam, the Governor of Israel during the days of Nevuchadnetzar King of Babylonia. As a result of  (more…)

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Audio: Rav Reisman On Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:43 AM

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

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Rav Moshe Shternbuch - Crying On Rosh Hashanah: Is it Permitted?

Wednesday September 24, 2014 8:20 AM

reb_moshe_shternbuch1It is written in the Maaseh Rav that the Vilna Gaon said that one is not permitted to cry on Rosh Hashanah. His mekor is the posuk in Nechemia which states, “Al tisablu ve’al tivku…lechu Iichlu Masmanim - Do not mourn (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin: Are the Shevarim Straight or Tu-U-Tus?

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:33 AM

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

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A Basic Understanding Of The Tekios

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:06 AM

shofar1By Rabbi Doniel Neustadt

One of the most important mitzvos of Rosh Hashanah is the Biblical command to blow the shofar. (more…)

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Chagigah 16: The Lesson of the Rainbow

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:33 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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5 Reasons Why We Dip Apples In Honey

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:16 AM

apple-in-honeyThe minhag to eat special fruits in Rosh HaShanah is from the Gemara in Horiyos 12a. While the gemara gives a list of recommended fruits dipping apples in honey is not mentioned. (more…)

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10 Reasons for Blowing the Shofar

Wednesday September 24, 2014 1:51 AM

shofarThis list was compiled by Rav Saadia Gaon:

1. The Shofar is like the trumpet which announces the coronation of a king. That is why it is (more…)

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An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:05 PM

eggsBy Rabbi Moshe Zywica, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator for OU Kosher

This year’s holiday season is fast approaching and we will be given the opportunity to perform the rabbinic edict (more…)

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Chagigah 14: Stopping the Levyathon

Monday September 22, 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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Chagigah 11: The Circle Mikvah

Friday September 19, 2014 4:37 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 “Issur Lashuv L’eretz Mitzraim, B’inyan Sukkah Gezulah Umezuzah Sheulah, B’lav D’Lo Sanusu, Ubepeirush ‘Boruch Atah Hashem’ B’brochos”

Friday September 19, 2014 2:50 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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Chagigah 9: The Pushed-Off Tisha B’Av

Wednesday September 17, 2014 1:04 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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OU Kosher’s Primer for Upcoming Shemittah Year

Tuesday September 16, 2014 2:31 PM

farmerBy Rabbi Moshe Zywica

Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher

“The laws governing the shemittah year were designed to strengthen the Jewish people’s trust in Hashem and to serve as a reminder that as important as our efforts are, ultimately everything comes from above.  It is an opportunity, every seven years, to witness the manifestation of Hashem’s presence in the world.”

As we are little more than a month away from a shemittah year it is helpful to review some of the laws and customs as they pertain to us in (more…)

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Chagigah 6: “Fake” Chinuch

Sunday September 14, 2014 1:24 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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Chagigah 4: The Prohibition of Autopsies

Friday September 12, 2014 5:17 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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Chagigah 3: The Partially Deranged Person

Thursday September 11, 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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Chagigah 2: The Mother’s Obligation in Chinuch

Wednesday September 10, 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 Yakir (Teshuvos RA”E Siman 101) and Inyonei Yom Kippur (Teshuvos RA”E Siman 16)

Tuesday September 9, 2014 1:48 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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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “B’din Echad H’Ish V’echad H’Isha Shaviln Lemalkus U’b'inyan Loi Yarbeh Lo Nashim V’Oid B’dinei Melech”

Tuesday September 2, 2014 12:56 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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Megillah 28: A Kohen Telling His Son What To Do

Friday August 8, 2014 4:18 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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Megillah 27: Putting Seforim On Top of Chumashim

Thursday August 7, 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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Megillah 26: The Role of the Seven Community Leaders

Wednesday August 6, 2014 1:34 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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Megillah 21: The Obligation to Hear Krias HaTorah

Friday August 1, 2014 1:55 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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Megillah 20: Calculating Alos - 72 Minutes or 16.1

Thursday July 31, 2014 1:44 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 “Arei Halevyim, U’b'din Dayan Hanoitel Schoroi Ladun Dinaiv Betailim U’b'din Loi Saguru Mipnei Ish”

Thursday July 31, 2014 1:19 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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Megillah 18: Spacing Out During Krias Megillah

Tuesday July 29, 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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