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Posted on: October 17th, 2012

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Shabbat candles must be lit by (and preferably 18 minutes before) sunset. Once it is twilight, the time between sunset and nightfall known as bein hashmashot, it is too late to light. Bein hashmashot begins when the sun sets below the horizon and is no longer visible.

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Posted on: October 17th, 2012

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Crystal Clear As The Waters ‘Speak In The Manner Of One’s Teacher’ (Shabbos 15a)

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Posted on: October 17th, 2012

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Question: What is unique about Modern Orthodoxy?

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Posted on: October 12th, 2012

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Question: What is unique about Modern Orthodoxy?

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Posted on: October 12th, 2012

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Where Beis Shammai And Beis Hillel Agree ‘One Must Not Sit Before A Barber Near Minchah’ (Shabbos 9b)

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Posted on: October 4th, 2012

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Sam Berger and Moti Farber shared a two family house, with a joint driveway in front. The Farbers had an extensive family, whereas Sam was relatively young and just recently had his fourth child.

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Posted on: October 4th, 2012

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Lulav, Shofar, Bris “His Hand Is Not At Rest” (Shabbos 3a)

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Posted on: October 4th, 2012

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Question: May one support kosher sechach in a sukkah by placing it on a davar she’mekabel tumah, an item that can receive impurity (i.e., metal)?

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Posted on: September 27th, 2012

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Even Moses, who spoke with God one on One, was not allowed to see Him during his lifetime. “You cannot see my face, for no man shall see me and live.”

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Posted on: September 27th, 2012

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Question: Should a person recite kiddush standing or sitting on Sukkot? If he stands, should he sit down after saying the berachah of leshev ba’sukkah or remain standing?

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Posted on: September 27th, 2012

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Pomp And Circumstance ‘Endeavor to See the King’ (Berachos 58a)

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Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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The Lady Of The House ‘One Blesses First On The Wine…’ (Berachos 51)

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Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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Question: A basic Jewish belief is that everyone ultimately will be judged. This final judgment is called din v’cheshbon, judgment and reckoning – see Avot 3:1. What is the difference between these two terms? What is din and what is cheshbon?

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Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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It was Yom Kippur eve. The shul began filling rapidly as the time approached for Kol Nidrei. Herzl Machlis sat in his seat, cloaked in his tallis and kittel, quietly reciting Tefillah Zakkah, composed by the Chayei Adam 150 years ago.

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Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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Why is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, so different from other Jewish holidays? On the face of it, it does not seem to follow any pattern. It is celebrated for two days, not only in the Diaspora but also in Israel. Yet the Sages refer to the two days of Rosh Hashanah as one long day – yoma arichta.

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Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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Shehakol Bread? ‘One Recites A Blessing On The Primary Food’ (Berachos 44a)

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Posted on: September 12th, 2012

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One cold December evening, I walked into my father’s book-lined study to light the Chanukah candles, which were placed beside the window that overlooked a high street in North London.

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Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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Dr. Oren had a small psychology practice and rented office space from his colleague, Dr. Wieder, on Thursday afternoons. The rent amounted to $500 for the month. Since the two usually did not see each other, the arrangement was that Dr. Oren would leave the rent money in the top drawer of the desk.

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Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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A Vicious Cycle ‘Many Different Kinds Were Set Before Him’ (Berachos 41a)

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Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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However remote the prospect of acquittal, a Jew must never give up. God commands us to challenge indictment with prayer. And the rabbis urge us to confront sentencing with hunger strikes. And so, the Midrash tells us, when Moses stood before God, at a loss for words with which to defend the sin of the golden calf, God Himself donned a tallit, took to the prayer stand, and showed Moses how to pray and what to say:

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