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Posted on: January 17th, 2013

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Outside the beis medrash of Yeshiva Gedolei Yisrael, Mr. Gross sold framed pictures of many gedolim. Dani loved to stand and admire the pictures as he walked in and out of the beis medrash. Looking at him were the Sages of the previous generation: Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt"l, Rav S.Z. Auerbach, zt"l, Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, zt"l, and many others.

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Posted on: January 17th, 2013

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Question: Should one stand or sit during chazarat hashatz?

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Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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Dan and Shai were standing in the train station. They had just finished a shopping spree and each carried a bag, which they put down next to them. "I got a gift for my parent's anniversary," said Shai. "It cost quite a lot, but it's a very special occasion."

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Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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A Murky Dispute ‘Water Does Not Affect Its Status’ (Shabbos 100a)

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Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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Question: Must one wear a hat during Shabbat meals?

 

Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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One may not bathe in, wash or shower with water heated on Shabbat. Whether one may perform these activities with water heated before Shabbat is debated by Rav, who maintains that one may wash one’s entire body, limb by limb, in such water, and Shmuel, who maintains one may only wash one’s face, hands and feet in such water.

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Posted on: January 4th, 2013

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Rabbi Dayan received a phone call from his nephew, Rabbi Federman, who had recently taken his first position as a pulpit rabbi. "Sholom aleichem," Rabbi Dayan greeted him. "How is the new Rav managing?"

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

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Question: What is the purpose of reciting korbanot in the morning?

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

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Satisfaction Guaranteed ‘The Divine Presence Rests Only On One Who Is Wise, Strong…’ (Shabbos 92a)

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Posted on: December 27th, 2012

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Mr. Farber looked out his kitchen window and admired the snow all around. It had piled up during the night, covering everything with a beautiful blanket of white. While he was eating breakfast, Yaakov and Elisha knocked on his door. "Do you want your snow shoveled?" asked Yaakov.

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Posted on: December 27th, 2012

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Size Is Indicative Of Importance ‘He Took Out Wood to Cook an Egg…’ (Shabbos 89b)

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Posted on: December 26th, 2012

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Question: Must a bar mitzvah boy buy a mirror to ensure that his tefillin are perfectly center on his head?

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Posted on: December 19th, 2012

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Yaakov had spent Shabbos at his yeshiva for a few weeks running. "Don't forget to bring your suit in to the cleaners," said his mother, before he returned home. "It's been a while since it was cleaned."

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Posted on: December 19th, 2012

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Many years ago, I was offered two rabbinical positions. One was to serve as assistant rabbi at a prominent congregation in Manhattan. The other was to start a new Orthodox congregation in West Orange, New Jersey.

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Posted on: December 19th, 2012

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Sow The Seeds Of Repentance ‘This Potted Plant’ (Shabbos 81b)

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Posted on: December 14th, 2012

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"A bunch of us are getting together on Motzaei Shabbos for a Chanukah party," Shraga told his friend Pinchas. "Would you like to come?"

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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A Matter Of Intention? ‘The Primary Labors Are Forty Less One…’ (Shabbos 73a)

 

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Using one’s creative powers seven days a week may lead one to believe in oneself as a Creator. This danger is averted in Judaism by the institution of Shabbat, during which one refrains from melachot. Melachot are defined by my father, Dayan Grunfeld, zt”l, in his book on the Sabbath, as acts that demonstrate one’s mastery of the world by means of the constructive exercise of one’s intelligence and skill. For just one day a week, we are asked to lay aside our skills and acknowledge the real Creator.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Question: Why does Al HaNissim not mention the mitzvah to light nerot Chanukah?

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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For Whom The Bell Tolls ‘Royal Children May Go Out With Bells’ (Shabbos 66b)

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