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Emunah and Good Luck Charms
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A generation ago, bingo games were serious fundraisers for Torah institutions. Most Yeshivas ran them, and as the staff at the game could only be volunteers, many a yeshiva bachur found himself “volunteering” to work the game. Every game had its version of Sadie—an older woman in her housecoat, sitting at the end of the […]
57. The Narrative Portions of the Torah
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If there’s one thing in the Torah that has been misunderstood, the Rambam tells us, it’s the narrative portions. These sections contain profound wisdom, yet many people consider them to be without value. [III, 50] After all, what possible use could we have for such things as the names of Noah’s descendants and the lands […]
Tzarich Iyun: Using Horseradish for Maror
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Misconception: Horseradish (chrain) is the preferred item to use to fulfill the mitzvah of eating maror at the Seder. Fact: Among Ashkenazim, horseradish is widely used for maror. While horseradish often appears as the translation for tamcha, one of the vegetables listed in the Mishnah that may be used for maror, the translation is probably […]