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Sukkot FAQs: Building & Eating in the Sukkah

October 7, 2014, by

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers in preparation for Sukkot. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. The questions below were answered by  Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive […]

You Just Never Know…

July 19, 2011, by

adapted for this series from Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s “REACHINGS” Rav Gifter, the great Rosh Yeshiva of the Telz Yeshiva in Cleveland, flew one day, with a number of his students, to a wedding in Baltimore. They had to change planes in some city on the way to Baltimore. While they were waiting at the airport […]

The Love of Brothers

July 19, 2011, by

adapted for this series from Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s “REACHINGS” Short Story: Two brothers lived on two sides of a mountain. One was rich but had no children, one had many children but was very poor. The rich brother thought, I have so much my brother has so little, let me secretly cross the mountain in […]

“I Saw Anne Frank Die”

July 19, 2011, by

At the age of 100, remembering the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp I TURNED 100 YEARS OLD IN APRIL AND HAD A BEAUTIFUL birthday party surrounded by my grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members. I even danced a little. Willard Scott mentioned my name on television. But such a time is also for […]

The Power of Forgiveness: A True Story from the Six-Day War

July 19, 2011, by

adapted for this series from Rabbi Yaacov Haber’s “REACHINGS” A true story from the Six Day War: Many areas of Jerusalem were being shelled, including Mea Shearim, which contained a number of yeshivot. The students of one of these, the famous Mir Yeshiva, just like everyone else, spent their time in a bomb shelter. They […]

The Prophecy Shall Come True

July 19, 2011, by

The Talmud, on the last page of the Makkot tractate (24b) relates a story about Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah, Rabbi Yehoshua, and Rabbi Akiva who were on their way up to Jerusalem. Upon approaching the Temple Mount, the rabbis saw a fox emerging from the location of the Holy of Holies. Rabban Gamliel, […]

“Three of Punishment, Seven of Consolation”

July 19, 2011, by

(Much of the following material was found in “Chazon HaMikra,” by Rav Yissachar Yaakovson, Published by Sinai, Tel Aviv, 5719) Rabbi Avraham ben David of Luneil, the author of “Sefer HaManhig,” writes, “From Parshat Bereshit through the 17th of Tammuz, the Haftarah is chosen to correspond to the Parshah topic by topic; but from there […]

The Connection Between Parshat Devarim and Tisha B’Av

July 19, 2011, by

Parshas Devarim is always read on the Shabbos right before Tisha B’Av. The Biur Halacha (528:4) explains that this is purposefully done in order that Moshe Rabbeinu’s admonition to the Jews coincide with the Tisha B’Av period. One may ask why it is necessary for the specific admonition in Parshas Devarim to be read in […]

Laws and Traditions of the Nine Days

July 19, 2011, by

With Rosh Chodesh Av, the more intense period of mourning for the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, known as The Nine Days, begins. “As Av enters, we diminish our joy”. This statement of the mishna is manifest in many laws & customs observed during the first nine days of the month of Av (Actually it […]

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