Update on the OU Offices in New York

November 1, 2012, by

Despite a lack of available heat and phone service due to Hurricane Sandy, the Orthodox Union’s offices, commencing on Friday, November 9, the OU will return to standard business hours, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST) and Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 PM (EST).  Staff are requested to dress accordingly and bring

Columbus Sets Sail

July 19, 2011, by

At Graeter’s Ice Cream Store in Columbus, Ohio, thirty Jewish teens sit together, laughing, joking and hanging out while discussing Torah. They come from many different backgrounds, ranging from students at Columbus Torah Academy (CTA), who are proud to be a part of NCSY, to participants of other youth groups and unaffiliated public school students.

Behar: Doing Business with a Fellow Jew

May 11, 2011, by

Last week we discussed the mandate to strive to do business with a Torah scholar, which the Rambam states is a fulfillment of the Torah commandment to cleave to talmidei chachamim. There is also a mitzva based on a Torah verse to give preference to a Jew over a non-Jew. Let us examine the lessons

Vayikra: Paying Workers on Time – Part 2

March 10, 2011, by

Last week we discussed the immense importance of paying workers on time; there are three distinct Torah commandments which are solely devoted to this requirement. The Torah explains, “Give him payment the same day, don’t let the sun set on it; for he is poor, and he bears his soul for it” (Devarim 24:15). While

Asking For the Impossible

February 16, 2011, by

WOULDN’T YOU AGREE that it is somewhat presumptuous for a mortal to ask of G-d to see His glory? Well, Moshe did just that when he asked: hareini na et kevodecha – “Please let me have a vision of Your glory,” or as Saadia Gaon translates, “Let me comprehend Your unique nature.” The Zohar expresses

Masechet Bava Metzia 13a-19b

May 7, 2009, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Bava Metzia 13a-b Beginning with the Mishnah on yesterday’s daf (12b), the focus in our perek

Vayeitzei: Bathing on Shabbat

December 4, 2008, by

Bathing on Shabbat Going to the Mikveh Bathing in hot water on Shabbat is forbidden, lest people come to heat the bathwater. However, bathing in cold water is permissible (though it is restricted by custom – see MB 326:21). Even so, the Shulchan Arukh specifically tells us that immersing in a mikveh for purification is

Anchovies (flavor) in Meat Sauce

January 13, 2006, by

I would try 1 or 2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard with a touch of Soy sauce. I think that if you’re going to use it specifically with meat, Anchovies are out! Unless you are going to use it on a salad which will be served prior to eating meat. However, check with your Rav since

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