Monday, July 04, 2022

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Rare Event: Maran Sar HaTorah Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit”a Baked Matzos Mitzvos for Supporters of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo in Special Bakery Established in His Study!

Maran Sar HaTorah Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit”a, Nasi of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo, prepared a special gift for the yeshivah supporters: three matzos mitzvah for the leil


Crescendo of Simcha and Emotion as Thousands Celebrate Siyum on Machzor Sheini of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ

Senior Gedolei Yisrael Representing all Shevatim of Klal Yisrael Address the Multitudes

It was a surprise that sent the many thousands in the Cure Insurance Arena into a frenzy of cherdas kodesh and simcha. In the middle of the siyum, Rabbi


We Didn’t Start the Fire...in 1948

Some memories never fade. About 35 years ago, as a young talmid in Yeshivat Har Etzion/The Gush, I witnessed a heated argument that would recast my view of Jewish history. This quarrel erupted over the Friday night Shabbat table, with claims and counterclaims being loudly hurled across the student dining room. Here is the


Shemot Synopsis

This week we end the journey of the Book of Exodus—40 chapters, 12 parshiyot, 1,209 verses. The following is a summary of what we can learn from this journey:

1. We became a nation. The first person to reveal this secret to us is the evil Pharaoh who announces to his people: “Here is a nation!”


Remembering to Fulfill Our Role in Life

A friend of mine was interviewing candidates for a rebbe position in a yeshiva. One was a young rebbe by the name of Rabbi Housman. My friend asked him casually, “Are you related to a Rabbi Housman who used to teach in Yeshiva M’kor Boruch of Passaic? He was my son’s rebbe in fourth grade 16 years ago.” The young rebbe smiled and


Rosh Chodesh Adar 2/Pekudei

Rav Zelik Epstein, zt”l, the beloved rosh yeshiva of Sha’ar haTorah Grodno in Queens, New York, was renowned for his incisive brilliance and remarkable humility. A member of the Moetzes Gedolei Torah, many considered Rav Zelik, zt”l, to be the greatest talmid of the Mirrer mashgiach, Reb Yerucham Levovitz. A masmid more shy by nature,


Don’t Worry; Be Happy

We are now celebrating Rosh Chodesh, the new month of Adar. This year is a leap year. We get to celebrate two months of Adar. There is a principle mentioned in the Talmud of “Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha” (Taanit 29). Translated, this means that when Adar begins, we multiply our feelings of joy and happiness. We don’t really do


Torah Web Presents Rav Yaakov Neuburger and Rav Aryeh Lebowitz: ‘Where Are We Failing Our Children?’

Questions regarding the responsibilities parents have to their children was a recent topic at a pair of lectures at Congregation Beth Abraham, in Bergenfield, on February 20.

Torah Web, which offers audio and video divrei Torah focused on contemporary issues to worldwide audiences,


Bnai Yeshurun and Beth Aaron Host Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha

For Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, February 20 marked the entry into their second cycle of Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha that they began 6½ years ago. For Congregation Beth Aaron, February 20 marked their first foray into the learning program that has already completed two cycles in 14 years. These two shuls are the first in


Culmination of Dirshu Worldwide Siyumim at Melava Malka Siyum on Seder Moed This Motzei Shabbos in Stamford

Leading gedolei Yisroel to address siyum that is open to the public.

A Dirshu convention is unique. It is perhaps the only convention where the tzad hashaveh, the common denominator, of every participant is Torah: the Torah that they learn and review every day and the


Personalizing Religion

God is a creator and Man His creature. What happens when man tries to imitate his God and transform himself into a creator? In many religions the usurping of creative ability from God is blasphemous or disrespectful to divine supremacy. For example, in Greek mythology, man illegally snatched creativity from his gods; Prometheus


Using Half a Shekel for the Good

I can’t get enough of my twin grandsons! These 2-year olds are so cute and lively! Over Shabbos they were opening up cabinets and emptying them out. Salt shakers were a real favorite; what fun shaking out the salt all over the floor! Baruch Hashem, our whole family keeps a sharp eye on them to reduce the cleanup. Part of growing

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