Rabbi Yaakov Luban

Rabbi Yaakov Luban

Keeping Up with the Joneses and Eating Matzah

February 25, 2014, by

I’ve been trying to locate the Joneses. I know they live in our communities, somewhere, and they are causing much grief. Individuals have confided in me, of late, that they are under enormous pressure to keep up with the Joneses. People are remodeling their kitchens, buying expensive cars, hosting fancy smachot – and falling into […]

The Grand Slam

February 13, 2014, by

Until the dream occurred, Jack Stein didn’t get the message, nor did he connect the dots. Sometimes it’s like that, you know. A person can miss the point, even when it stares him right in the face. It was true that Jack had a difficult life. He struggled to earn a living and was always […]

The Heavenly Call

February 13, 2014, by

First, A Disclaimer The following story describes the irreverent behavior of a group of worshipers in a shul. The author wishes to make it clear that this is not an accurate representation of what actually occurs in most synagogues. Rather, it is a verbal caricature of sorts, which exaggerates certain patterns of human behavior for […]

The Pendulum

February 13, 2014, by

The following manuscript was accidentally discovered in a dusty chest in the attic of an old abandoned building. It is not known how it came to be placed there. We present this document because it is of vital interest to the Jewish community. Isaac Streicher’s Manuscript I, Isaac Streicher, hereby record the eerie conversation that […]

Bread-Buying and Pasta-Purchasing Post-Pesach: Problem or Permitted?

March 18, 2008, by

Everyone knows that bread is a strict no-no during Pesach. But what about after Pesach–no problem, right? Wrong! Join Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth, for a thorough and lucid discussion of the issue of Chometz SheAvar Alav HaPesach. When exactly is chometz prohibited, even after Pesach? Does ownership of the chometz […]

Articles for Elul by Rabbi Yaakov Luban

September 19, 2006, by

Short stories for the Days of Awe The Pendulum An E-Mail from Hashem A Story for the Days of Awe Changing Perspectives The Grand Slam If you received e-mail from an angel, would you heed… The Heavenly Call The Merry – Go – Round

A Story for the Days of Awe

September 20, 2004, by

About 100 years ago, the Chofetz Chaim suggested that motion pictures were invented to help man visualize Divine judgment. We will all give an accounting for our actions after seeing a “movie” of our past misdeeds. Today, with the advent of computer technology, we can find further insight into spiritual realities that we cannot see […]