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How do you want your Purim to look?

Are you tired of the same old routine every Purim? Is it just about scrambling for costumes, hurriedly delivering mishloach manot, and overindulging in food and drink? What if this year, you could make your Purim truly special, meaningful, and different? This year, go deeper into the sugyas and halachos of purim with Virtual Halacha Program. Our digital platform provides ...

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Keranot, Parochet, and Aron

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Terumah I find I’ve studied HaKtav VeHaKabbalah at greater length than our other commentators in previous weeks. Terumah gives me a chance to recalibrate a bit. Horns and Extensions The Torah calls the corners of the altar keranot, 27;2, a word that really means horns. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah says the word was expanded from its original ...

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Are Newly Ripe Avocados Muktzeh?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Today, Friday, our avocados are not quite ready to eat. If they become ripe enough on Shabbat, may we eat them then? Answer: Fruit that are so unripe that they are inedible are muktzeh (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 308:31). When Shabbat begins, during bein hashemashot (twilight), several matters of halachic status are set for ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:5

by Joel Rich From Maaseh Harav: In the essay we are discussing, the Rav expresses his disgust at the prevalent preaching to the effect that “observing the mitzvot is good for digestion, sweet sleep, family tranquility and social status.” He had never attempted to interpret the Torah via “the categories of mental health, peace of mind and the like, despite ...

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Bodily Cleanliness for Prayer

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Terumah Let’s stipulate we are all in close enough contact with our inner child to make bathroom jokes, then set aside the temptation. Siman 76 of Orach Chayim discuss the problems with the presence of feces or urine for prayer and how we can alleviate the issues. Manure Is Like Ervah, Except Where It’s Not ...

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Audio Roundup Special: Yichud Hashem

by Joel Rich Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank- Yichud Hashem    Shiur 1 https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/1081484 There’s a constant mitzva of “leida”, to know HKBH is the only necessary existence. Leida may include knowing (TBD), believing, even loving (me-I suppose you know it when you feel it)   shiur 2 https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/1081485 In addition to yedia there’s yichud hashem (“oneness”). His oneness is unlike any ...

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Never Far From the East: Remembering Our Connection to Israel

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The poignant verse “My heart is in the East, and I am at the end of the West” (לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָב) from Rabbi Yehuda Halevi’s poem “Libi B’Mizrach” expresses a deep longing for the Land of Israel. This idea, of constantly remembering and holding onto our connection to Israel, has remained a central theme ...

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How do you want your Purim to look?

Are you tired of the same old routine every Purim? Is it just about scrambling for costumes, hurriedly delivering mishloach manot, and overindulging in food and drink? What if this year, you could make your Purim truly special, meaningful, and different? This year, go deeper into the sugyas and halachos of purim with Virtual Halacha Program. Our digital platform provides ...

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Honoring the Widow’s Cry

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Honoring the Widow’s Cry: Rav Levin’s Example to Uplift the Mother The Torah in Parshas Mishpotim teaches us :”You shall not abuse a widow or an orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry.” When the position of Jerusalem’s Chief Rav became vacant, the leaders ...

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