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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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The Two Awakenings

Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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Framing the epic events of this week’s sedrah are two objects: the two sets of tablets – the first given before, and the second after, the sin of the Golden Calf. Of the first, we read: “The tablets were the work of G-d; the writing was the writing of G-d, engraved on the tablets.”

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How Women Can Change The World

Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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Last week I shared a letter from a troubled and confused young woman. She had become a ba’alas teshuvah after marriage. Her husband, however, has not changed his secular ways and thinking. The following is my response.

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Purim With Food Allergies

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013

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Purim is a time of great celebration. Many of our traditions for this chag require food - festive meals, mishloach manos. Abundant food can mean abundant pitfalls for the food allergic. How can one navigate this maze of food allergy landmines?

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The Purim Seudah

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013

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Here are some wonderful dishes to share with your family and friends this coming Purim

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Zachor – Feeling Low Leads To Lowliness

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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A colossal failure of mammoth proportions. Shaul HaMelech fails in his mission to destroy the nation of Amalek in its entirety and to this day, we suffer from its ever-present force of evil.

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Shabbos – a Day with Hashem: Feast or Folly?

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Someone sent me this e-mail: “The ABC’s of Purim: They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.”

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Why Didn’t Mordechai Flee?

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Question: Why did Mordechai refuse to bow to Haman, thus endangering the entire Jewish people? Couldn’t he have simply fled Shushan?

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Why Don’t We Recite A Berachah On The Mitzvah Of Zachor?

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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This column is dedicated to the refuah sheleimah of Shlomo Eliezer ben Chaya Sarah Elka. This week we read parshas Zachor (Devarim 25:17), which details the attack of Amalek and the commandment for us to destroy any remembrance of them. There is a mitzvah to remember what Amalek did to us on the way when […]

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Parshas Tetzaveh

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Treifa Cow’s Milk? ‘A Toldah Of Dash’ (Shabbos 144a)

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Q & A: A Sabbath Desecrator Leading Services (Part V)

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Question: May someone who desecrates the Sabbath lead the services if he has yahrzeit? If yes, may he replace someone else who has yahrzeit? Hayim Grosz (Via E-Mail)

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Purim And The Joy Of Life

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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In the eighth year of Achashveirosh’s rule, on the thirteenth of Adar, every Jewish man, woman and child was to be slaughtered. Young or old, wealthy or poor, they were counted as one, and on that fateful day the Jewish people would cease to be. According to the ways of the world, and according to the natural course of events, that is what should have happened.

 

Washing One’s Hands Before Or After Kiddush

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

If you eat mayonnaise with everything, or you attended Breuers, or you wash your hands before Kiddush, you are probably of German Jewish descent. The first two inferences are understandable. Where does the third one come from?

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Half The Truth!

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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"Today we will continue learning about oaths," Rabbi Dayan began his shiur. "Does anyone remember what we learned last lesson? How many cases are there in which the Torah imposes an oath in beis din?"

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The Heavenly Shadchan

Posted on: February 20th, 2013

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There were three names with brief bios on the list. All had similar qualities and were within the correct age and frumkeit range. With nothing to distinguish one from the others, we could have enlisted the tried-and-true option of “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…” Instead, we decided to base our decision on practical and geographic considerations. So we opted to go with the candidate from Teaneck, New Jersey, reasonably close in proximity to our son’s apartment in Edison.

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One Marriage, Two Worlds

Posted on: February 20th, 2013

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis, I was born into a secular family. Neither my father nor my mother had Jewish names and I was never given one either. In college I met the man I knew I would marry. After graduation we rented an apartment in Manhattan. I was a lawyer and found a good job. My boyfriend was a CPA. After six years we felt financially secure and got married.

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Costumed Wine

Posted on: February 15th, 2013

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This Purim let your wine bottles join in the fun – let them dress up too! Use them to compliment your Mishloach Manos or have them make a grand appearance at the seudah. Simple and inexpensive this is a great family project.

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Highlighting Your Family Purim Party

Posted on: February 15th, 2013

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Unlike Chanukah’s oil and Shavuous’ dairy, Purim doesn’t specifically have any unique foods or tastes, aside from hamentashen, that one can work around from, so the best route for a stylish Purim theme is to base it around the costume.

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The Beauty Of Gratitude

Posted on: February 14th, 2013

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Modim is the only bracha in Chazaras HaShatz that the tzibbur says is because one cannot give thanks to Hashem through the Sheliach Tzibbur, through a messenger. You have to thank Hashem yourself. It is a personal requirement that does not lend itself to be accomplished through an agent.

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Losing Our Children (Part II)

Posted on: February 14th, 2013

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My family and I had recently enjoyed an outing to the bowling alley, courtesy of our friend, the owner. Children of all ages enjoy this weatherproof sport, and even preschoolers can easily score strike after strike as bumpers support the heavy ball as it creeps its way towards the pins at the end of the lane.

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