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Psalm 120 – “I am for Peace, and They are for War”

February 13, 2014, by

The Chapter appears to be divided into three parts, all of which are related in one way or another to the human faculty of speech: Passuk 1, P’sukim 2-4, and P’sukim 5-7. In the first part, David is expressing the awesome power of “Tefila,” Prayer, and also the fact that it is possible for some […]

Tisha B’Av: History and Laws

February 13, 2014, by

Tisha B’Av – The “ninth day” in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak (keep reading below for details and use our […]

11 Cheshvan: Rachel Imeinu Passes Away

February 12, 2014, by

On the eleventh of Cheshvan, while giving birth to her 2nd son, Binyamin, Rachel, the beloved wife of Ya’akov, died, and was buried on the road to Bethlehem. The site of her burial in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, known to us by tradition, is covered by a stone edifice. Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, Israel. For […]

OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webcast 5773 (2013)

March 14, 2013, by

Download the Audio In this extra-special VIDEO, OU Kashruth’s Senior Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchonon, provide practical guidance for the Seder and for Pesach preparations. Tune in as they address such questions as: Is quinoa Kitniyot? Must I check […]

Shabbat Shirah: The Shabbat of Song

February 13, 2013, by

The Shabbat on which the Parsha of Beshalach is read is called Shabbat Shira, because it contains the song sung by Israel after the splitting of the Red Sea. Moshe and the people of Israel sang this song in perfect faith. They sang not because of the impact and impression of the miracles they had […]

Rosh Chodesh Av: What Do We Do?

July 19, 2011, by

Do we say Hallel on Rosh Chodesh Av? Yes, we do. But the question is not a silly one. The festive flavor usually associated with Rosh Chodesh is hardly in evidence. The mishna says: “As Av enters, we diminish joy”. Rosh Chodesh Av is the beginning of the stricter mourning period for the destruction of […]

Yom HaMeyuchas: The Day of Distinction

June 3, 2011, by

The forty-sixth day of the Omer, the Sefirah-Count, is called Yom HaMeyuchas, the Day of Distinction. It is the Second Day of Sivan, the day before the beginning of the Shloshet Yemei Hagbalah, the Three Days of Restraint that Moshe commanded the Jewish People to observe; restraint in approach to Mt. Sinai and restraint from […]

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