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Rabbi Yaakov Luban

Rabbi Yaakov Luban

The Merry Go Round

August 25, 2015, by

The Malach (angel) sat behind the desk and looked sternly at Sam Stein. “79 times,” said the Malach. Sam had no idea what he meant. “Where in the world am I?” Sam asked with much trepidation. “Am I in heaven now?” “No. In a time warp,” the angel answered tersely. “A time what?” “Time warp,” […]

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 […]

Rosh Hashana is Not Groundhog’s Day

August 31, 2010, by

I have two unique talents. I can close my eyes and fall asleep within 10 seconds, and once asleep, I can sleep through a tornado. These abilities are heaven-sent. Because of my busy schedule, I sleep very little at night. I am able to keep going by sleeping on the train to and from work. […]

The Same Old Story?

September 10, 2009, by

One fateful Rosh Hashana Day, the soul of Gershon Kleinbard stood in an endless line of living souls, each waiting to appear before the Master of the Universe for the moment of judgment and reckoning. Only the great tzaddikim sense this encounter; the vast majority of mankind is oblivious to this occurrence. Nonetheless, in the hidden recesses […]

Falling Through The Cracks

March 23, 2009, by

We all know the expression. We try our hardest and make our best efforts, but in spite of it all, some things just “fall through the cracks”. It happens in our shuls as well. It may be a guest, a parent visiting from Israel, a new family, or even a quiet member who is overlooked. […]

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 Chametz SheAvar Alav HaPesach. When exactly is chametz 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 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

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