Saturday, January 28, 2023


Nedarim 88b: Hand in Marriage

One of the primary reasons we care about which Tanna or Amora said what, is as follows. We assume that his opinion, worldview and halachic framework is consistent. Thus, ideas established elsewhere can aid in understanding his position locally. Let’s see how this plays out for Rabbi Meir and for Rabbi Zeira.


Zera Shimshon on Parshas Va’era

וַיְדַבֵּר משֶׁה לִפְנֵי ה' לֵאמֹר הֵן בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא שָׁמְעוּ אֵלַי וְאֵיךְ יִשְׁמָעֵנִי פַרְעֹה וַאֲנִי עֲרַל שְׂפָתָיִם: (שמות ו:יב)

“And Moshe spoke


On Freedom and Independence

Editor’s note: This series is reprinted with permission from “Insights & Attitudes: Torah Essays on Fundamental Halachic and Hashkafic Issues,” a publication of TorahWeb.org. The book contains multiple articles, organized by parsha, by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mayer Twersky.


It Is All Out of Love

In the first verse of this week’s Parsha, Vaera, two different names of Hashem are used. It says, “and Elohim spoke to Moshe and said to him, I am Ad-ni.” In a Rashi in Bereishit, Rashi explains that the different names of Hashem have to do with His attributes. The name Ad-ni is to show Hashem as the God of mercy but the name Elohim


The Value of Being Second

When I first started working at Bottom Line, the publishing company that hired me in 1995, I was given the title of director of alternate media … and alternate media was defined as everything and anything except direct mail.

That meant that I was responsible for exploring any direct-response


אולפן עברית

Learn the words in Hebrew to figure out the joke below:

Bank manager—מְנַהֵל בַּנְק

It’s nothing—זֶה כְּלוּם  

Look at—מַבִּיטִים   


Hakaras Hatov

Reviewing: “Rav Yaakov Bender on Chumash 2,” by Rav Yaakov Bender. ArtScroll Mesorah Publications. 2023. Hardcover. English. 300 pages. ISBN #: 9781422632802.

(Courtesy of ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications) Rabbi Yaakov Bender has taught 10s of 1000s of Jews: His many talmidim,


Family Foundations: Chapter 6

Chapter 5 Summary:Yaffa resents the fact that Ari and his family are leaving her with all the work of getting ready for the party. In the middle of the anniversary party, Larry collapses.

For the space of a heartbeat, the entire family stood in shocked silence; then pandemonium broke loose.


Book review: “The Six Days of Creation: The Garden of Eden, Dinosaurs, and the Missing Billions”

Reviewer:Ben Rothke

I thought of the saying, “Generals always fight the last war,” as I read “The Six Days of Creation: The Garden of Eden, Dinosaurs, and the Missing Billions” (Mosaica Press) by Rabbi Alexander Hool as the idea that people are troubled by problems reconciling


Rami Strosberg: ‘Begin Living the Dream’

Rami Strosberg, 42, made aliyah from White Plains in 2019, after spending a pilot year with his family in Beit Shemesh. He grew up in Schenectady, New York and credits his Zionist ideals to his family, his childhood shul and his school.

Aviva: Where did you daven in White Plains and where did


State of the State Is Strong, Hochul Claims

“After three very difficult, tragic and painful, years I’m proud to say that the State of our State is strong, but we have work to do,” said Governor Kathy Hochul declared last week in front of an audience of approximately 450 onlookers in the New York State Assembly chamber and even more online viewers. The


State Lawmakers Convene for New Legislative Session

The 246th legislative session kicked off on January 4 with the swearing-in of 24 new members in the state Assembly—11 Democrats and 13 Republicans along with 14 new members in the state Senate—six Democrats, all women, and eight Republicans, seven men and one woman.

In the

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