Life

A Once in a Lifetime Experience

September 13, 2011, by

No one ever forgets their wedding day. It’s one of those moments that young girls dream about all their lives. For me, it was even more memorable, because I got married during Hurricane Irene. February 14, 2011. My then boyfriend, Yacov Farkas, proposed to me at the top of Rockefeller Center. It was a wonderful

Billable Hours – How Do We Spend Our Time?

September 13, 2011, by

Ask anyone who has had professional contact with an attorney and you will hear about the concept of ‘billable hours’. In lawyer parlance, any time spent on behalf of a client, be it on the phone, in an email, doing research, writing a motion or appearing in court (just to name the basics) is billed

The Lonely Man of Faith

September 13, 2011, by

Lonely Man of Faith is a recent documentary film on the life and legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the intellectual leader of Modern Orthodox Judaism in 20th Century America. Throughout his life, in Europe, New York and Boston, he struggled to forge a path between Jewish tradition and the modern age, an ordeal that

Jewish Optimism

September 13, 2011, by

Doom and gloom! That is how the Jewish cynic views the authentic Jewish life. Confining. Legalistic. Obligatory. A downer! So many somber remembrances. So many burdens and obligations. Praying three times a day. Fasts. Study. Moral teachings to learn. The self to improve. “Why can’t I just be accepted for what I am,” asks the

Slice of Life: Honey

September 13, 2011, by

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Masechet Chullin 75a-81b

September 8, 2011, 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. Hullin 75a-b – A living, breathing, partially slaughtered animal As we learned on yesterday’s daf (=page),

Ki Teitzei – Confusing the Accuser – part two

September 8, 2011, by

Last week we pointed out that Chazal and the Rishonim explain quite a number of shofar customs based on the principle of “confusing the Satan”, the accuser. One approach we presented was to explain that by blowing the shofar earlier (already in Elul), more times (standing and sitting) and in more ways (various kinds of

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