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What I Leaned From Playing Poker

Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part III)

Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Reading The Labels For Pesach

A few background principles regarding the prohibitions of chametz mixtures on Pesach may provide some shopping guidance.

Chametz After Pesach

According to the Rambam, the k’nas applies to any chametz on Pesach with which one could, in theory, transgress the aveirah – even if no transgression actually occurred.

Matir Assurim — A True Teshuvah Story

She was followed by the shadows of the Six Million, by the ever so subtle awareness of their vanished presence.

Pesach: Relationships And Sandwiches

Marror is the reliving of the bitter enslavement and matzah is the under-eighteen-minutes redemption.

Is it Time to Abandon Kitniyot?

Rabbi David Bar-Hayim argues it is time for Ashkenazim to abandon the prohibition against Kitnyot. What do you think?

My Father’s Photograph Of ‘Divine Providence’

As his bomber lost altitude with the ground rushing up, my father remembered his last thought: “How am I going to get out of this?

What Is ‘Great’ About Shabbos Hagadol?

One difference between Bnei Yisrael and Bnei Noach is that shiurim only apply to Bnei Yisrael.

Blow Torch

"Why is that?" asked Rabbi Brenner. "What happened to the rule of hamotzi meichaveiro alav hareaya (the burden of the proof is on the plaintiff)?"

Systems Of Human Perfection

Hashem imprinted into the essence of each animal all the instincts necessary for its survival as well as for the continuation of its species.

Daf Yomi

Belaboring The Point ‘Since It Is Permitted When Necessary, It Is Permitted Even When Not Necessary’ (Beitzah 12a)

Dust Off Your Windows (Part Two)

We have windows of history, of Yom Tovim, but the dust continues to obscure our vision.

Q & A: Sefirat HaOmer – When To Start Counting (Part II)

Question: Why do we start counting sefirat ha’omer in chutz la’aretz on the second night of Pesach when the omer in the times of the Beit Hamikdash was cut on Chol HaMoed? M. Goldman (Via E-Mail)

Writing A Book On Pesach

Chazal recognized the importance of recording events for subsequent generations to identify with, understand and appreciate what moved the author so many years before.

Acharei Mot: The (Surprising) Point of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is called one of the days of awe. What does awe have to do with forgiveness for our sins?

Halakhic Differences Between Sephardic And Ashkenazi Traditions

Sephardic Jews are very strict in not keeping hametz in their homes during Pesah.

Rav Kamenetsky On The State Of Israel

Question: Have any “right wing” gedolei yisrael discussed the positive religious nature of Medinat Yisrael?

Sprints And Marathons

You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.

A Hairbreadth Can Be The Whole Difference

the lots teach us that there are aspects of life that are based purely on mazal.

Kitniyot Among Few Remaining Strands Of Ashkenazi-Sephardi Difference In Israel

But in Israel, because food packagers have two very different markets to please (and Sephardim outnumber Ashkenazim), the traditional Ashkenazi approach can be challenging.

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem – The Land Of The “Free”

When Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim, we received not only a physical freedom but also a spiritual one.

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