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Daf Yomi

17 Kislev 5773 – November 30, 2012
Do Not Add To Them! ‘Shabbos is not a Time for Tefillin’ (Shabbos 61a)

Parshas Toldos

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
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99 Year Old Man Becomes Bar Mitzva

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
At age 99, Isaac Volinsky was given the opportunity to put on tefillin for the first time in his life, the Australian J-Wire reported....

Two Men, Two Prayers, Two Miracles

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
My column on prayer last week touched sensitive chords in many hearts. It is apparent that in our troubled times people are struggling with the entire concept of prayer. Does it really work? Is there Someone listening, or is it a waste of time?

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Seventeen: The Milkman’s Daughter

30 Tishri 5773 – October 15, 2012
Tevye decided to stay in Shoshana until the birth of Hodel's baby, which was only a month away. He forbade Bat Sheva to speak...

Jacqueline Nicholls: New Works

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
Jacqueline Nicholls, a Jewish artist from England, presents us with a formidable challenge. Namely, what is the role of a contemporary Jewish Woman artist and how does one confront patriarchal dominance? She presents her response to both queries in her current exhibition at the JCC Manhattan, beautifully curated by Tobi Kahn and organized by Tisch Gallery director Megan Whitman. The results are breathtakingly forceful, subtle and insightful.

Fighting In The South Pacific

28 Elul 5772 – September 14, 2012
My name is Eli Freundlich. I was 18 and had just graduated Torah Voddath in Williamsburg. America had entered the war a few years before. I wanted to be drafted so was happy when I received my notice. It was July 1943 - July 27, 1943 to be exact – when I was sworn into the American Army.

Missing Florida Millionaire Left Tefillin on Abandoned Boat

18 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who went missing in June, left his tefillin on his abandoned boat.

Keeping the Faith

15 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
An increasing number of Orthodox Jews are questioning their faith and educators don't know how to respond.

‘Personally Unique’

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Phil and Mike were part of a team of construction workers building a skyscraper in the middle of the city. When it was time for their lunch break they sat down together with their feet dangling twelve stories from the ground. Phil opened his lunch box and peered in, “Peanut butter and jelly?! Again peanut butter and jelly! I have had enough! If I get peanut butter and jelly again tomorrow, so help me I’m going to jump right off this structure.” Mike then opened his lunch box and peered in, “Tuna fish?! Again Tuna fish! I can’t take it anymore. If I have tuna fish for lunch one more time I’m going to jump off with you.”

The Modern And The Old Jew

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
The name of the Gaon, Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spektor, was known to Jewry throughout the world. He was also well know to Russian royalty, having visited the Czar many times to plead for his fellow religionists.

Daf Yomi

No Cell Phones Please! ‘A Kerchief That One Designated For Storing Tefillin’ (Berachos 23)

Can Somebody Tell Me Why?

30 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
If a Jew is thrown into prison and he doesn’t have tefillin, then he can’t perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. But the mitzvah of tefillin isn’t cancelled because of this. The very first morning that he gets out of jail, he once again must perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin

Eternal Love Story

28 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
Parents know each child is different. Similarly, each month is different; each has a different “personality” and a different function. What is the nature of the month of Elul?

Daf Yomi

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
Kerias Shema Twice At Night? ‘When One Reads Shema’ (Berachos 8b)

The Proper Times For Reciting Shema

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
There is a fundamental difference between the times set for reciting the Shema and all other prayers. Whereas our sages linked the times for prayers to the times of the Temple sacrifices, the time for reciting Shema is fixed by the Torah itself – “beshochbechah uvekumechah” – when you lie down and when you get up.

The Torah Source For Covering One’s Hair

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
We recently layned Parshas Naso which contains the Biblical source for the obligation of a married woman to cover her hair. An eesha sotah is a woman whose husband suspects her of having acted immorally. The Torah commands the Kohein to take various steps to demonstrate that the sotah has deviated from the modest and loyal path of most married Jewish women (Rashi 5:15-27). Among the procedures, the pasuk clearly states: “ufora es rosh haisha…” and he shall uncover the hair of the head of the woman (5:18).

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Two: Golda

5 Tammuz 5772 – June 25, 2012
Tevye took the shovel and started to dig. The earth was hard, but after breaking through the frozen topsoil, the ground became looser below. Whoever would have dreamed of Tevye digging up his Golda?

Tzitzit, Tefillin, And Women

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Question: Why don’t women wear tzitzit and tefillin?

Why Women Are Obligated To Build The Beis HaMikdash

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
The Rambam, in Hilchos Beis Habechirah 1:12, derives from the pasuk in this week’s parshah, “u’veyom hakim es haMishkan… – and on the day the Mishkan was set up…” (Bamidbar 9:15), that the Beis HaMikdash can only be built by day, not by night. Further in that halacha the Rambam writes that both men and women are obligated in the mitzvah of building the Beis HaMikdash. The Kesef Mishneh explains that the source for the halacha that women are obligated in this mitzvah is from the pasuk in parshas Vayakhel: “v’kol ishah chachmas lev beyada tavu – and every wise-hearted woman spun with her hands.”

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