Thursday, October 06, 2022


Post-Purim Weight Loss Insights

Believe it or not, the secret of weight loss can be found in Megillat Esther, especially in light of an insightful thought from Hazal.

The Gemara (Hullin 139b) compares Haman’s persecution of the Jews to Adam and Havah’s eating from the Eitz HaDa’at. While these two Aveirot seem at first glance to


Nadav, Avihu and the Banana Peel

Shemini 5776

It was the indignity of the whole thing that really got to him.

It was not the first bone in his body that David had broken. When he was ten years old he fell from his bicycle and fractured his left radius bone. When he was fifteen he broke the third


Weekly Roundup: Kiddushin 15-21

This week we learned Kiddushin 15-21. Here are some highlights from the topics discussed. May the learning serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.

Kiddushin 15

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Rare Ethiopian Torah Scroll Given to National Library

A rare copy of the “Orit,” the Ethiopian Jewish Torah, was delivered last week to the National Library of Israel in a festive ceremony full of singing and dancing.

The scroll, translated from Hebrew to Ge’ez, was written around 400 years ago and used by the spiritual leader of the Jewish


Shemini 5776: Hanging Together

It seems out of proportion. What did Nadav and Avihu do, after all? Was the sin so grave to truly merit a death sentence?

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch suggests the crime was that they felt any compelling reason to offer their own sacrifice at all. On the day of the Tabernacle’s dedication they should


Passaic to Host Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum on Chelek Aleph of Mishnah Berurah

Just over a year ago, Klal Yisrael embarked on a historic journey, a transformative journey of yedias halacha. Over 100,000 Jews from six continents began the journey on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5775 and today, they are at the cusp of finishing the first chelek of Mishnah Berurah.



Chai4ever Brings Adar Joy to Families Impacted by Illness

Seriously ill patients and their families enjoyed an Adar to remember with Chai4ever’s joyous and spirited Purim programming. “Adar can be a time of despair and isolation for families who can’t embrace the joyous spirit of Purim,” explained Sam Zaks, Executive Vice President and Founder of Chai4ever.


Pomegranate Day of Giving to Be Held on April 12

It will be achdus in every sense of the word on Tuesday, April 12, as 23 organizations from all across the globe will unite in a 24-hour group effort to raise money for troubled teens and the institutions that serve them. The quadruple-matched, all or nothing, $2 million campaign, designated as the official “Pomegranate Day of


Day-To-Day Terrorism: Implications of the Current Security Situation

Just a few days ago, I was a witness to terrorism first-hand. I was in an ice cream store in Jerusalem with a few friends and another group of college-aged girls in an enclosed seating section of the store, when an approximately 5-year-old Arab-looking boy slid open the door, dropped a small, white pill inside, shut the door and ran out.


Jew in the City Hosts Orthodox Jewish All-Stars Premiere Party

This past Thursday was Jew in the City’s Fourth Annual Orthodox Jewish All-Stars Premiere Party, which honored an astonishingly accomplished and diverse group of individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their respective fields while maintaining a Torah-observant lifestyle. Hundreds of guests attended the red


I Am a Triathlete, and I Don’t Roll on Shabbos

In 2007, I started on a journey that would become my own personal blend of triathlon and Orthodox Judaism.

Everyone knows Orthodox Jews don’t eat pork or shellfish.

Well if they didn’t, they do now.


Chazaq Big Event Draws Big Names in Torah, Politics, Entertainment

Queens College’s Colden Auditorium was filled to capacity for the second year running as local Jewish outreach organization Chazaq held its 4 thAnnual Big Event. Living up to its name, everything about the event was “big,” from the size of the audience (over 2,000 in attendance), to the high-profile personalities

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