Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Bereishis

בראשית ברא אלקים את השמים ואת הארץ (1:1) On Simchas Torah, we complete the annual cycle of the public reading of the Torah by finishing Parshas...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Behar (For Eretz Yisroel)

Adapting to Imperfection And if you shall say, what will we eat in the seventh year, for we have not planted or gathered in our...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Vayeira

This week’s Sedra contains one of the most perplexing portions of the Torah. Avraham Avinu, who preached against human sacrifice at a time when...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Toldos

Va'yetar Yitzchok l'Hashem l'nochach ishto ki akara hee va'yei'aseir lo Hashem va'tahar Rivkah ishto (25:21) After 20 childless years of marriage, Yitzchok and Rivkah petitioned...

Halachically Speaking: The 3 Weeks (Part 6)

Haircuts The custom of Ashkenazim49 is not to take haircuts from Shiva Asar B’tamuz until after Tisha B’av.50 This applies to both men and women.51...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tzav/Purim

Vaya'as Aharon u'banav es kol ha'devarim asher tziva Hashem b'yad Moshe (8:36) After discussing more of the laws governing the various offerings, Parshas Tzav turns...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Behaalosecha

Consistency and Faithfulness When the Ark would travel, Moses would say, "Arise Hashem, and let Your foes be scattered, let those who hate You flee...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Bamidbar

Ish al diglo b’osos l’beis avosam yachanu B’nei Yisroel mineged saviv l’ohel moed yachanu (2:2) Our Sages teach that everything written in the Torah is...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayechi

Vayar Yisroel es b’nei Yosef vayomer mi eileh vayomer Yosef el aviv banai heim asher nasan li Elokim bazeh (48:8-9) Rashi writes that although Yaakov...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Haazinu

The Four Free Days The Midrash (Yalkut Emor 651) comments on the verse, "You should take for you on the first day," that Succos is...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayikra

The Gates of Prayer And God called to Moses...(Vayikra 1:1) Rosh in his commentary to the Torah explains that the aleph in the word vayikra, with...

The Aliyah L’Torah Part 4

Walking to and From the Bimah One who gets called for an aliyah should go to the bimah quickly because of kovod ha'tzibbur,(29) and after...

Vertluch: Parshas Nitzavim-V​ayelech

Prior to entering Eretz Cana’an, Moshe Rabbeinu warns the Bnei Yisroel about the challenges ahead. The pasuk recounts that when they left Mitzrayim ‘you...

Vertluch: Parshas Bereishis

There are many lessons that one can learn from the first week of creation. One of them, which I felt was powerful, was when...

Vertluch: Parshas Bechukosei​

“If you follow my statutes and observe my commandments and perform them” (26; 3)             In this weeks parsha, Hashem tells klal Yisroel that if...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Chayei Sorah

Vayihyu chayei Sorah meah shana v'esrim shana v'sheva shanim sh'nei chayei Sorah (23:1) The Medrash relates (Esther Rabbah 1:8) that Rebbi Akiva was once in...

B’Ohel Haneviyim: Parshas Matos-Masei 5773

This week's Haftorah is very apropos for being the middle Haftorah for the Haftoros of the Three weeks. We find ourselves in the midst...

B’Ohel Haneviyim: Shabbos Yom Kippur 5774

On Yom Kippur we read the Torah twice. Both Krios have a Haftorah. The Haftorah for the second Kriah (at Mincha) is Yona. Yona...

VIDEO: Korach – Deans Office

This is the latest segment of the new weekly video series from Rabbi Stulberger – You’ve Been Called to the Dean’s Office. It’s a...

Halachically Speaking: Food In The Hands Of A Non-Jew (Part 9)

Compiled by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits who can be reached at [email protected] Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita All Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita are Reviewed...

VIDEO: Re’ah – Deans Office

This is the latest segment of the new weekly video series from Rabbi Stulberger – You’ve Been Called to the Dean’s Office. It’s a...

Waiting Between Hard Cheese & Meat

We all know that after eating meat one has to wait six hours. However, what is less known is that there are some cheeses...

Vertluch: Shabbos Chanukah 5773

While attending a Chanuka mesiba this week I was privileged to have heard a fascinating vort from R’ Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Rov, Agudas Yisroel...

Rabbi Krakowski: Sukkos 5772

 The passuk tells us regarding Succos, (Devarim 16) “seven days you shall celebrate before Hashem Elokim, at the place Hashem will chose, for Hashem...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Matos

This week’s Sedra presents us with an extremely interesting episode. The Torah tells us that Shevet Reuven and Gad had abundant livestock, and consequently...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayechi

In this weekspasha, Yaakov calls his children together and tries to informthem what will happen at the end of time. The pasukim continue on...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Ki Sisa

Ki sisa es rosh B'nei Yisroel lif'kudeihem (30:12)Hashem commanded Moshe regarding the proper manner in which to take a census of the Jewish people,...

Business Weekly: Robbed!

The following is from Business Weekly A project of the Business Halacha Institute Hotline Under the auspices of HaRav Chaim Kohn Submitted by A. Dahan Robbed!Unfortunately, I was robbed...

Shavuos Potpourri!

ויחן שם ישראל נגד ההר -שמות 19:2 כאיש אחד בלב אחד -רש”י Rashi notes that when the Jewish people arrived at Mount Sinai, they encamped כאיש...

Vertluch: Parshas Shoftim

‘You should prepare a way and divide your surroundings into three portions…and it should be for a person who kills accidentally to run there’....

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas

One of the incidents recounted in this week's Sedra is that of the Slav. The Torah tells us that the Eirev Rav (Hasafsufa –...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Toldos

 Vayisrotz’tzu habanim b’kirbah vatomer im kein lamah zeh anochi vateleich lidrosh es Hashem vayomer Hashem lah shnei goyim b’vitneich u’shnei l’umim mimeiayich yipariedu ul’om...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayeitzei

Vayeitzei Yaakov miBe’er Shava vayeilech Charana (28:10) Although the Torah seems to indicate that upon leaving Be’er Sheva, Yaakov traveled directly to Charan to seek...

Hilchos Uminhagei Yom Kippur 5773

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...

Halachically Speaking: Halachos For The Summer (Part 12)

Using A Water Cooler/Water Fountain On Shabbos One may only use a water cooler on Shabbos if he is lenient in regard to opening...

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