Being a Man Jewishly By Debra B. Darvick
"Mom!" my son calls to me from his room. "C'mere! Look at my six pack!"..."Huh?" I think as I climb the stairs. I'm sure he isn't boasting about beer. What else comes in six? Batteries? Egg rolls? Fresh eggs? Read
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Intermarriage Between Non-Jew and Who? By Miriam Meir
The boys were asked to leave the room. The Hebrew Academy girls were to have a special lecture...I doubt that this 'special lecture' passed any parent's committee, and I doubt any of the girls discussed the lecture with their parents afterwards... Read
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From the Archives - Slideshow
Lag B’Omer in Meron By Eliyahu Alpern
Lag B'Omer in Meron, the Grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (RaShB"I), Tanah and author of the Zohar, one of the main books of Kabbalah. Why Meron? Lag B'Omer is the anniversary of the death of the Rashbi (Hilulah). The Hilulot of Tzadikim are days of great celebration, and this is one of the greatest. View photos »
New York, New York… By Lisa Alcalay Klug
Each Passover, masses of New Yorkers experience their annual exodus from the city for warmer climes. But countless others pour into town to spend sedarim with friends and relatives. Whether your visit comes during Pesach, before or after... Read entire article »
Parashat Emor - Aliyah and a “Kingdom of Kohanim”
What would you say if passengers on a sinking ship, listing in the water, refused to climb onto the life rafts because the captain did not say "please"? Read entire article »
The Power of Joy By Rabbi Yikhat Rozen, Merkaz Neria, Kiryat Malachi A Lesson For the Children - Anybody who did not attend the wedding of Yosef and Rachel has absolutely no idea what true happiness is... Read entire article »
Sixty Years Since Breaking Out from Acco Prison By Zev Wallack Land of My Birth - On the fourteenth of Iyar 5707 (May 4, 1947), the members of the Etzel performed a more daring and sophisticated act than had ever been attempted against the British rulers of the land... Read entire article »
Q. 3 people share it in Israel; 5 people abroad. This Shabbat, 4 people share it all over the world. What is it?
Last Week's Answer
Q. "To do a less than thorough or complete job; to do something poorly or take short cuts"
That defines a term that also defines two prohibitions in this week's readings.
What is the term and what are the two prohibitions? A. the term is "to cut corners"
1. we may not cut the corner of a field - PE'AH
2. We may not cut the corner of our beard, i.e. shave with a razor
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
Phil Chernofsky is the educational director
of the OU Israel Center and the editor of Torah Tidbits,
the Center's weekly Torah publication distributed throughout