Purim: Appreciating Our Lives

By Rav Aryeh Zev Ginzberg When I asked the senior class at a local yeshiva high school what was their most difficult question about Purim, one of the boys raised...

Chametz for Sale

There is a well-known and widely used technique to free oneself from violating the prohibition of owning chametz on Pesach — selling one’s chametz to a gentile. Famously, the Vilna...

The Pomegranate: Part I

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute We customarily eat pomegranate seeds on Rosh Hashanah and say: “May it be G-d’s will …. that we be full of good deeds like...

18 Things You Should Know About Simchas Torah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It seems that there are a lot of people that are at a bit of a loss as to what Simchas Torah is all...

Drinking On Purim

By Akiva Lane Megilla 7b says somewhat cryptically: On Purim “One is obligated to drink until he doesn’t know the difference between arur Haman (Haman should be cursed) and baruch...

From The Chassidic Masters: The Four Mysteries of King Solomon

  By R’ Yanki Tauber Three things are wondrous to me, and four I do not know.{1} Despite all the wisdom granted to Solomon . . . he was mystified by the Four Kinds....

Simchas Purim Without The Schnapps

They come to the door collecting for their yeshivos. Should one offer them a drink? Yes—but nothing alcoholic; Snapple does the trick as well. With this in mind, let us...

Lighting The Menorah

In the stores these days, there are myriad varieties of candles and oils to use for Chanukah lights. However, it is clear that the choicest way to fulfill the...

Back to Basics: Our Preoccupation with Chametz

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon The Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt is a defining moment in the birth of our nation, and every part of the Torah’s description of...

Not So Squeaky Clean at the Car Wash

  By Yochanan Gordon Pesach is a universal yom tov. There is a role for everyone in preparation for it. While cleaning is the call of the hour, I have this...
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