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Elo-ah
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Most of us don’t pronounce one of the names of God, correctly. It’s not “Eloha.” It’s “Elo-ah,” or if you want to be even more precise, it’s “Elo-wah.” It’s that simple. I know. I might have just made some readers realize that they have gone ten, twenty, or thirty years pronouncing God’s name incorrectly. Maybe […]
Gum: Should a Blessing Be Recited?
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There is a difference of opinion on whether a blessing must be recited before chewing gum. Actually, it seems to be somewhat obvious that a blessing should be recited, as it says in Shulchan Aruch, “One recites shehakol on sugar, and shehakol is also recited when sucking sweet sticks.”[1] It appears that gum fits nicely […]
The End of the Shmita Year: An Opportunity to Begin Again
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The desire to live in the Land of Israel is multifaceted. For some of us, it is mainly an outgrowth of our awareness and desire to connect to this land’s history, while for others the excitement of building Israel’s future is the strongest bond. ——————————- Every week, as Shabbat comes to a close, we mark […]
Pruzbol – Ask the Rabbi
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I have a friend who owes me 1,000 dollars.  He told me that once Rosh Hashanah comes, he will not have to pay me back.  Is that true? To answer we have to start from the beginning.  The Torah says in Devarim (Chapter 15, verses 1-2) “at the end of seven years…every creditor should release […]
OU Kosher’s Primer For the Shemittah Year
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“The laws governing the shemittah year were designed to strengthen the Jewish people’s trust in Hashem and to serve as a reminder that as important as our efforts are, ultimately everything comes from above.  It is an opportunity, every seven years, to witness the manifestation of Hashem’s presence in the world.” As we are little […]