Wednesday, December 07, 2022


Bava Metzia 81 and 84

May these words of Torah serve as merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.


This week we learned Bava Metzia 81 and 84. These are some highlights.

Bava Metzia 81: A


Vayeshev: The Empty Hotel Room

Bereishit: 37:24

Krechtz: Pronounced “khrehkhtz” to rhyme with “brechts.” German: krachzen, “to croak,” “to caw.”

As a Verb

  1. To grunt, groan, croak, moan or wheeze in minor pain or

Sephardic Chanukah Lighting in a Yeshiva or University Dormitory

The Gemara in Shabbat states that the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles can be fulfilled on three levels: the basic mitzvah is to light one candle per household, the mehadrin(those who seek to fulfill the mitzvah on a higher level) light one candle per family member, and the mehadrin min hamehadrin(those who


Thanksgiving From a Torah Perspective, Part I

In my personal life and private practice, I am keenly aware of the challenges associated with aging. Research indicates that nearly one in five Americans over the age of 65 struggles with depression and/or anxiety, which can be debilitating and even life-threatening. Variables that can trigger anxiety or depression include social


The Essence of Chanukah

Last Shabbos, the president of our shul, R’ Yossi Goldman, reminded the kehilla that Sunday evening would be December 4, and we would begin reciting V’Tein Tal Umatar in the ma’ariv Shemoneh Esrei.

As R’ Yossi made the announcement, I noticed two Israeli guests who were visiting


A Lesson From the Checkout Counter

With the first snow of the season expected last Shabbos morning, I ventured out to a local supermarket to buy my first bag of salt for the winter last Friday morning. After parking my car and approaching the store, the different brands of salt were lined up outside. While there were four different options to choose from,


The Message Behind the Story

Parshat Vayeshev

Amos, a contemporary of the prophets Yeshayahu, Micha and Hoshea, was a simple shepherd by trade who was called upon by God to deliver words of admonition and warning to the wayward nation of Israel. He begins his words by taking an overview of the sins of Israel’s neighbors,


Should/Could the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz?

Part III of III

The first two installments identified the subject, opinions of authors who had written about the subject earlier, technical subjects such as types of aircraft available, and negotiations with Eichmann. Also discussed were


‘A Great Miracle Took Place Here’: An Israeli-American’s Perspective

Jerusalem—Nes Gadol Haya Po, A Great Miracle Took Place Here.

Like many American-born Jews, for most of my life, these words held no significance for me, other than my subconscious automatically correcting “Nes Gadol Haya Sham,” the sequence of


The Shpielmans Have Arrived Just in Time for Chanukah

Come meet the  Shpielman


Teaneck Family Shares the Chanukah Fun

The Hod family of Teaneck makes sure the entire community can enjoy their festive Chanukah decorations.



Shu”t SMS: Chanukah Cellular Responsa From Rav Aviner

Lighting Chanukah Candles on Motzei Shabbat: How does one light candles on Motzei Shabbat?

Rav Aviner: After Arvit, one returns home, makes havdalah, then lights Chanukah candles and sings “Hanerot Halalu” and “Ma’oz Tzur.”


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