Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shvat A few days ago was Tu B’Shvat, which chazal call Rosh Hashana La’ilan, the new year for trees, or “the tree”. It marks the dividing line between one year and the other regarding Trumos and Mayseros, and the like. There is a popular song that we sing on Tu Be’Shvat, Ilan Ilan, whose…

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Reb Shlomo Veingrad

Reb Shlomo Veingrad In this article I want to share my admiration for Reb Shlomo Veingrad and his commitment to Torah learning and Jewish Beliefs. Also, I will focus on the importance of  Torah learning as well as the difficulty sometimes to keep up Torah learning. And then of course Reb Shlomo’s question: Would he…

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New Jewish Blog by Boruch Rappaport

New Jewish Blog by Boruch Rappaport Today we are announcing the new Jewish Blog by Boruch Rappaport. New Jewish Blog by Boruch Rappaport The new Jewish Blog by Boruch Rappaport – or Boruch Rappaport Jewish Chronicle – will focus on the following categories: Jewish Jewish Beliefs Jewish Bible Jewish Holidays Jewish Religion Judaica. We hope…

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Parshas Shemos

Parshas Shemos I went to a Kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Shemos, and I heard a nice idea about Jewish Beliefs from the Rabbi that hosted the Kiddush. Now, Chazal (Our Sages) tell us that we should tell over words of Torah in the name of him who said it, but not everyone appreciates his name being mentioned…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year? The news media reports that mankind has started to celebrate the incoming 2010 with rejoicing and the traditional fireworks and wishing one another “Happy New Year”. Here it is another six hours away as I write this, and in New York it is still the morning of the 31st. Searching for Jewish…

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Pidyon Haben

Pidyon Haben A couple of weeks ago I was the Kohen at the Pidyon Haben of my nephew. I wish to share with my readers the main point of the drasha that I said over. Pidyon Haben: The Basic Halachos The Tur when he opens up the subject of Pidyon Haben in YD 305, he…

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Chanuka

Chanuka I wish to present one small tidbit about these days of Chanuka, some spell it Chanukah, or Hanuka. The Gemora on Chanuka The gemora on Chanuka in Meseches Shabbos reads, “Mitvas Chanuka Nair Eish U’Baiso …”. The basic Mitzva of lighting Chanuka lights is to light one candle each night, and that candle covers…

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Shabbos HaGadol

Table Of Contents of my Passover Articles The Haftorah For Shabbos HaGadol, Serving G-d and Not Serving Yourself Why We Need The Symbols Of Slavery Also on the Table The Second Half Of Maggid Starting With “Metchila Ovday…” The Seder Night As the Vehicle of Passing Over the Tradition to the Children and Grandchildren A…

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Kosher Tefillin

Kosher Tefillin There are many details which are necessary that the Tefillin be Kosher Tefillin. Parshas and Batim Over-simplified, Kosher Tefillin is built from two parts, the inside, (the “parshas”, the scrolls), and the outside, (the “batim”, the leather compartments, including the “retzuos”, the straps). In order for the Tefillin to be Kosher, everything must…

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A Chassidic Rebbe

A Chassidic Rebbe Many years ago a well known Talmid Chacham and author came to speak to us in Kollel. I am sure that you have heard of him, but not everyone appreciates having his name mentioned on the internet. In his talk he told us a story: One day one of the Chassidic Rebbes…

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You Shall Tell Your Son on Pesach

Table Of Contents of my Passover Articles The Haftorah For Shabbos HaGadol, Serving G-d and Not Serving Yourself Why We Need The Symbols Of Slavery Also on the Table The Second Half Of Maggid Starting With “Metchila Ovday…” The Seder Night As the Vehicle of Passing Over the Tradition to the Children and Grandchildren A…

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