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Bike Theft!

26 Tevet 5772 – January 20, 2012
"Yosef, congratulations on your graduation!" said Uncle Sam. "I want to buy you a new bike as a present."

Parshas Va’era

Vol. LXIII No. 3 5772 New York City CANDLE LIGHTING TIME January 20, 2012 – 25 Teves 5772 4:38 p.m. NYC E.S.T. Sabbath Ends: 5:48 p.m. NYC...

Daf Yomi

When a Dead Ewe Gave Birth to a Live Lamb ‘We Do Not Wait For Her To Give Birth’ (Arachin 7a)

The Four Cups Of Wine

In this week’s parshah (Shemos 6:6) the pasuk reveals the four leshonos of geulah: v’hotzeisi, v’hitzalti, v’ga’alti, and v’lakachti. Rashi, in his commentary to Pesachim 99b, tells us that the four cups of wine that we are commanded to drink on Pesach at the Seder correspond to the four leshonos of geulah mentioned above.

Q & A: Tying Knots On Shabbat (Part II)

Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

Reaping The Fruits Of His Labor

25 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
Reb Pinchos, born in Romania, moved shortly after birth with his parents to Vienna. As a teenager, he learned in another city and took his Gemara with him. Pinchos remembered how his rebbe always liked to teach from his Gemara.

Shidduch Challenges

I believe in my last column we established that when it comes to shidduchim we cannot rely on our own “seichel” – for while singles may believe they made the right choice, they might just discover the opposite to be correct.

Q & A: Biblical Blue Fringe: Will the Real Chilazon Please Stand Up!

24 Tevet 5772 – January 18, 2012
In February we conducted a thorough discussion of the mitzvah of techeilet. The following guest piece by Baruch Sterman, marking 20 years since the establishment of the Ptil Tekhelet Foundation (www.tekhelet.com), is a follow up to that discussion.

Pidyon Ha’ben (Bechorot 46)

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
A son who is not himself a kohen or a Levi, firstborn to a Jewish mother who is not the daughter of a kohen...

One Nation, Indivisible

When Moshe came of age, he went out to visit his brothers, to share in their suffering. What he saw caused him great anguish. The oppression, subjugation, and cruelty were present wherever he looked.

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part II)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Daf Yomi

Lulav or Shofar on Shabbos ‘It Refers To Tithing In Our Days’ (Bechoros 61a)

Women And Bris Milah

After Moshe had agreed to go to Pharaoh to beseech him on Klal Yisrael’s behalf, he began traveling to Mitzrayim with his wife Tziporah and their sons – including the newborn.

Q & A: Tying Knots On Shabbat (Part I)

Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

Jewish Dating: “Glamour Girl” or Aishes Chayil?

Could it be she wished to tell you that nowadays many men can be superficial in their search for a life partner, looking for a “glamour girl” rather than an aishes chayil? Could it be she tried to tell you it would be wise for you to be more flexible, more open-minded, and not lock yourself into limiting your options to just a certain “type”?

Making It To The Simcha

Here is an amazing story. I recently made a bar mitzvah for my second son. I went to have my daughter's hair done in Flatbush, and had to be at the hall two hours later.

Rabbi Dov Lior – A Quintessential Jewish Patriot

15 Tevet 5772 – January 9, 2012
Rav Dov Lior is not only a Torah scholar; he is quintessential Jewish patriot, whose allegiance is pledged fully to God, Torah, the People and the Land. His courage in speaking the truth is undeniably tangible, without regard for any public controversy or dispute.

Daf Yomi

Lingua Franca ‘The Jordan Is Only From Jericho And Below’ (Bechoros 55a)

Yaakov’s Three Lives

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt”l, notes that Yaakov Avinu’s years can be divided into three periods.

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