Monday, March 27, 2023


Weekly Roundup: Gittin 61-67

The learning is dedicated le’iluy nishmas Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel Dovid Balk a”h


This week we learned Gittin 61-67. The following are some highlights from the topics the daf dealt with.



Tetzaveh: The Hat

Shemot 28:39

The hat looked something like a French beret, but it was puffier, like a slouchy beret. Perhaps it was a cross between a beret and a chef’s hat. It looked like something Rembrandt might have worn in one of his late self-portraits. Beatrice assumed that on some level Ralph thought it was


A Dayan and Rosh Yeshiva—Rav Shlomo Shushan Shlita’s Inspiring Message to Shaarei Orah

It is the dream of every outstanding talmid at a Yeshivat Hesder to be either the rosh yeshiva of a Yeshivat Hesder or a dayan on a beit din rabbani,official rabbinic court of the State of Israel. Rav Shlomo Shushan—our guest this past Shabbat Parashat Terumah at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic congregation of


Gift from Above

While standing and davening at the Kotel Hama’aravi last week I was reminded of the following anecdote I had once heard:

An elderly man was attending an NFL game one Sunday afternoon with his family. In the middle of the game, the man suddenly stood up and began screaming at the top of his lungs,


Scholar, Hero, Benefactor: How to Be Heroic


In the first segment of this series, we wrote about the scholar, the person who learns from everyone. We discussed the need to stoke the passion of curiosity that every child has through engaging and challenging learning opportunities.


Celebrating the Life of Jewish Etiquette Expert Helen Latner z”l

Helen Latner, known to worldwide audiences as author of “The Book of Modern Jewish Etiquette,” “Your Jewish Wedding,” “The Everything Jewish Wedding Book” and many more, passed away earlier this month in Massachusetts, at the age of 97. While she was known for her charisma, energy and varied interests, one of


Rabbi Avi Kilimnick Releases Debut Album

For some people, music is just something that they listen to, a well-ordered assortment of pleasant notes that play in the background during scattered moments of their lives.

Rabbi Avi Kilimnick, of Congregation Beth Shalom in Rochester, New York, is not one of those people.


Super Bowl Sickness

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching a medical segment on one of the morning news shows. The lovely female doctor (though her gender really isn’t relevant) was speaking about flu season. She was saying how it is in full swing, make sure you got the vaccine, blah, blah. Apparently, the flu has hit more young adults than it has young


Emergency Sheva Brachos

This article might sound a little snippy, but that’s because I just put together a sheva brachos in four hours.

My wife and I are not normally this “last minute.” In fact, we offered the chosson (my wife’s brother) a sheva brachos the minute he got engaged.


Inbal Hotel Unveils Contemporary, Fresh Decor

Anyone looking to visit Jerusalem and who thinks they know the Inbal should check again, according to Alex Herman, the Inbal’s VP of Sales & Marketing. As Alex explained ably to me after a recent trip to the US, the Inbal Hotel, one of Jerusalem’s finest hotels, has recently gone through a complete renovation


Mr. America and Barbie: Distortions in Personal Finance

Apparently it’s not that hard to accumulate a million dollars for retirement. For example:

“If a 25-year-old, pack-per-day smoker quits smoking and puts the money he saves into savings, he can rather easily build $1 million by retirement. All he needs to do is save his money in an IRA and


Lessons from David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix’s Estate Plans

Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie were two of the greatest rock legends who ever lived. We know a lot about them and the music they created while they were alive. However, most of us do not know what happened to their estates after they passed. Let’s take a deeper dive into their estate plans and learn the lessons of these

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