Once upon a time, there was an etrog farm owned and operated by Mr. Louis Lavavsky a/k/a Lou Lav. He started the etrog farm after an investor gave him some “seed” money and he became so obsessed with citrus that he was known as a H”acidic” Jew.
Lou Lav took great pride in harvesting the
This week’s article is about cleaning for Pesach, in response to the people who keep saying that I always run that article too close to Pesach.
It’s never too early to start cleaning. People are always saying, “I wish I’d started cleaning earlier.” No one says, “I wish I’d started
(Courtesy of Tehillim Kollel) Tehillim Kollel, located in Kiryas Joel, Monroe, New York, was founded in 2009 by Rabbi Mordechai Friedman, a great talmid chacham who recognized a spiritual need and sought to fulfill it. The Tehillim Kollel headquarters is the main hub for the entire organization, with full-time employees
I think it was 1995 when Rav Feivel Cohen returned from an Agudah convention upset. He explained to his congregation, of which I was a member, that there was great debate about a so-called tuition crisis. Yes, it was already called a crisis 22 years ago. Communal leaders were struggling over how to reduce the financial burden of
In science class, a sixth grade boy’s eyes locked on the etrog, entranced by the delicate balancing of the pitom. After the class exploration of plant reproduction, the student’s view of this mitzvah was forever changed! Even though he may have looked at an etrog many times, he was now observing through the prism of his wider
Editor’s note: The text below is taken from Rabbi Tully Harcsztark’s recent teshuva drasha to his students at SAR.
Here’s how it happened: I had already been up for over an hour; it’s Sunday morning, had my coffee, read the headlines and had learned for a while. Figured I would
Lavi, Israel—Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) sponsored a portion of the cost for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers to run a race memorializing the IDF’s fallen Druze soldiers.
Thousands of runners and cyclists, families of fallen heroes and active-duty IDF
Jerusalem—Sukkot, one of the three times of the year that the Jewish people are commanded by the Torah to travel to Jerusalem, retains this practice thousands of years later, as tourists and locals alike make their way to and around the capital, seeing the age-old sights, eating the
One very rainy first night of Sukkot, the rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Zion of Brooklyn instructed his (Sephardic) congregation to eat a kezayit of bread in the sukkah despite the rain. This ruling was based on the Rama (Orach Chaim 639:5), who follows the approach of the Rosh, Ran and Tur. Maran Rav Yosef Karo is silent on the