Not So Fast: A Review Of Ta’anis Esther

During the time of Mordechai and Esther , the Jews united on the 13th of Adar to fight and wage war, standing up for their lives. They fasted during...

Elul: Preparing for Greater Things

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Elul has arrived. Rosh Chodesh Elul has special significance in regard to connecting more with Hashem and developing “second chances.” On Rosh Chodesh Elul, Moshe went...

Yeshiva Darchei Aliya, Variety Connection Offer Free Chanukah STEM Projects

  Yeshiva Darchei Aliya (YDA) teams up with Variety Connection to distribute Chanukah projects for children that utilize STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) components to bring Chanukah to life. YDA...

Back to Basics: Is Today Tomorrow?

As we approach the conclusion of the counting of the Omer, it is an opportune time to reflect on the importance of time in our lives, and how the...

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...

The Magnificent Nine Debuts

It will be a party to end all parties, with perhaps more creativity than any single Chanukah event since 8 days worth of oil were created out of 1. First...

Seforim in Review: Yehge Chochma

Reviewed by Rabbi Yair Hoffman The Mesivta of Long Beach stands among the most prestigious Torah institutions in America. For over half of a century, it was led by one...

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...

Halachic Musings: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara in...
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