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Jewish Holidays

Apple (iOS 11), Dipped in Honey

July 31, 2018, by

Last night I received a prompt on my iPad, asking me to approve a software update to iOS 11. I was in the middle of something, so I clicked on “Later” and then “Install Tonight.” I finished up whatever else I was working on, and went to sleep, counting on the update to occur overnight.. […]

The Shofar Communicates a Message

February 13, 2018, by

After the Torah is read and returned to its place, the congregation is seated. One person stands and recites the blessing:  Blessed are You, Hashem, L-rd of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.  (Maimonides, Mishne Torah, Hilchot Shofar, Lulav, v’Sucah 3:10) The […]

A Diamond with a Flaw

September 18, 2017, by

“You shall place both stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod, remembrance stones for the Children of Israel.” Shemot 28:12 Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim. Included in these was the ephod, a piece of clothing similar to an apron, with two […]

What is the State of God in Our World?

September 18, 2017, by

Harav Amital zt”l would always speak on first day of Rosh Hashana about the presence of God in the modern world and whether it had been a good year or a bad year for His presence. This shiur is in his memory. May we all have a ketiva v’chatima tova. This shiur is reposted with […]

Assessment and Accountability

September 15, 2017, by

The mishna says we pass before Hashem (in judgement) like “bnei maron.” The Gemara gives three explanations of this phrase. Why do we need three different metaphors to explain the same idea?  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             One of the most striking images in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy is […]

Expanding Our Horizons

September 14, 2017, by

This article was written for The Jewish Press, September 19, 2017 edition. Reprinted with permission. In this essay, I hope to introduce to a fresh perspective on the Festival of Rosh Hashanah. In order to do so, I ask you to join me in a simple thought experiment. Imagine that Rosh Hashanah began in a […]

An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

September 14, 2017, by

This year’s holiday season is fast approaching and we will be given the opportunity to perform the rabbinic edict of Eruv Tavshilin three separate times; before the start of Rosh Hashanah (September 20th), before the first days of Sukkot (October 4th) and before the start of Shmini Atzeret (October 11th). What is the reason for Eruv Tavshilin? When the second day of Yom Tov […]

OU Kosher Q & A For Rosh Hashana

September 14, 2017, by

OU Kosher presents popular Q&As in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Additional questions can be asked by contacting the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) or by submitting them to kosherq@ou.org.  Alternatively, CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher expert on http://www.oukosher.org via the chat icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. THIS YOM TOV SEASON (5778) WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ABLE TO […]