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Chametz Cookies

2 Iyyar 5773 – April 11, 2013
"Tonight is Bernie's birthday," Jeremy said to his friend, Adam. "We're planning a surprise birthday party for him. Would you like to join?"

Daf Yomi

Just Like Carrying In A Karmelis ‘Tithing When Night Falls’ (Eruvin 36a)

How Long?

25 Nisan 5773 – April 4, 2013
Question: Is it preferable to pray at great length or with much brevity?

Sefirat HaOmer

Football’s 49ers rarely drop the ball. But how many of us make it through 49 nights from the second night of Pesach all the way to Shavuot without losing count? Sometimes we never even make it to the first yard line. We are so busy preparing for second night Seder that we miss evening prayers in shul and forget to count Day One.

Daf Yomi

Ready And Able ‘Unripe Dates Are Unsuitable For An Eruv’ (Eruvin 28)

Daf Yomi

When Life Is A Zoo (Eruvin 23b)

That Extra Box Cover

Question: When a person buys tefillin, the shel yad often comes with a cover within the cover, which many people leave on during davening. Is this proper?

Double Booking

Congregation Toras Yisrael decided to hold a learning program on Friday morning, Chol Hamoed Pesach. Two weeks before Pesach, the gabbai in charge of the program discussed possible guest speakers with the shul rabbi, Rabbi Brick.

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

What is chametz? What are the various categories of chametz? Does the prohibition of chametz on Pesach apply also to non‑food products? Can medication containing chametz be taken on Pesach? Can vitamins produced with no Pesach supervision be used? What about liquid medicine such as cough mixture? Can non- supervised body soap or liquid detergent be used? What about toothpaste? May one use rubbing alcohol? May one eat egg matzah?

Kasher My Kitchen

11 Nisan 5773 – March 21, 2013
Taste is everything – ta’am ke’ikar. The taste of forbidden food is treated in halacha as the forbidden food itself and is equally forbidden. If the taste of forbidden food has been absorbed into a cooking vessel, such a vessel may not be used on Pesach unless it undergoes a process known as hechsher or hagalat keilim - popularly referred to as kashering.

Daf Yomi

A Gadol’s View Confirmed ‘Majority Rules’ (Eruvin 16a)

Grape Juice At The Seder

Question: May one use grape juice for the arba kosos?

Reluctant Reference!

3 Nisan 5773 – March 13, 2013
Mr. Lazer ran a successful restaurant. He employed close to twenty people: a chef, cooks and a baker; waiters and waitresses; supply and maintenance personnel; and two cashiers. At the end-of-year accounting, something seemed amiss. There was a small but noticeable discrepancy in the cash receipts of his enterprise. In the following semi-annual account, a similar discrepancy was noted.

Daf Yomi

The Kotel And The Mall ‘Sratya u’Platya’ (Eruvin 7a)

When A Pause Makes All The Difference

Question: Does it matter where one pauses when one recites the daily prayers?

Toveling

“You must sanctify yourselves and be holy,” the Torah tells us, “for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” The service of God in our lives should simulate the service of God in the Temple. Just as the kohen, the priest, was required to enter God’s Temple in a state of taharah, spiritual cleanliness, we are required to enter God’s world in a state of taharah.

Visiting The Sick On Shabbat

26 Adar 5773 – March 7, 2013
Visiting the sick, bikur cholim, is one of the mitzvot listed in the prayer “Eilu devarim she’ein lahem shiur” – “These are the things that have no measure.” According to our sages, the Torah itself stresses the importance of bikur cholim in several places.

Daf Yomi

Waiting For Kiddush ‘Mazal Bears No Influence…’ (Shabbos 156a)

Tzitzit – Inside Or Out?

25 Adar 5773 – March 6, 2013
Question: Must a Jew’s tzitzit strings hang on the outside of his pants?

Guardian’s Oath!

"Look at this sefer," Yoel said to his friend Menashe. "It's written by Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, zt"l." "I've seen that sefer," replied Menashe. "It's very good. I was thinking of buying it." "That's not all," added Yoel. "Look inside..." Menashe opened the sefer. Inside he saw a signed inscription by Rav Eliyahu. "Wow! How did you get an inscribed copy?" he asked.

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