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  • Havdalah on Coffee

    Gil Student (0)
    Havdalah on Coffee

    I saw an interesting debate mentioned briefly in the most recent issue of the excellent local newsletter, Halachically Speaking...

  • Audio Roundup XVII

    Gil Student (0)
    Audio Roundup XVII

    by Joel RichIf you have any shiur websites to recommend, please let me know! Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky – Hilchos Tefillin:...

  • The Bar Mitzvah Blessing – “Baruch Sheptarani”

    Ari Enkin (0)
    The Bar Mitzvah Blessing – “Baruch Sheptarani”

    By: Rabbi Ari Enkin The “Baruch Sheptarani” blessing which a father recites upon his son reaching Bar Mitzvah...

  • Freedom from Bondage V

    Gil Student (0)
    Freedom from Bondage V

    (Continued from these posts: I, II, III, IV) CHAPTERS EIGHT & NINE: A REMARKABLE HISTORY In these two chapters, Gold...

  • NbN 1st Intl Jblogger Con!

    Gil Student (0)
    NbN 1st Intl Jblogger Con!

    On August 20th, Nefesh B’Nefesh will be sponsoring the First International Jewish Bloggers Convention in Jerusalem...

  • Building on Shabbos

    Gil Student (0)
    Building on Shabbos

    Last month, a controversy erupted in Israel when the newspaper Yated Ne’eman criticized a ruling by R. Avi Gisser,...

  • How Many Children?

    Gil Student (0)
    How Many Children?

    The first mitzvah in the Torah is to have children — “peru u-revu – be fruitful and multiply”. How...

  • Why Do People Become Observant?

    Gil Student (0)
    Why Do People Become Observant?

    A propos the ongoing symposium on why people become Orthodox, R. Shlomo Aviner writes the following theoretical analysis...

  • Occasional Vort V

    Gil Student (0)
    Occasional Vort V

    by Netanel Livni The Midrash BaMidbar Rabba says (21:1): פינחס בן אלעזר בן...

  • Parashah Roundup: Pinchas 5768

    Gil Student (0)
    Parashah Roundup: Pinchas 5768

    by Steve Brizel The Covenant of Peace R. Aharon Lichtenstein suggests that the covenant of peace is a blessing that even...