Saturday, October 21, 2017


Citrus Saga

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

Pesach Cleaning! (You’re Welcome)

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

Yachad Visits Six Flags

Yachad went to Six Flags Great Adventure theme park on Chol Hamoed Sukkot. Thank you to all of the dedicated Yachad staff for making the day so much fun for everyone. All of the Yachad participants enjoyed an incredible day.


What Is Tehillim Kollel?

(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

Is There A Tuition Crisis?

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

Sanhedrin 75

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.

This week we learned Sanhedrin 75. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 75: What Is The Punishment For the Disloyal Daughter of A

Making the Invisible Visible

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

Character Ambition

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

FIDF Sponsors Soldiers in Race Memorializing IDF’s Fallen Druze

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

Hadran Alach: The Kollel Chatzos Year in Review

Ten Dayanim in five locations:

Bais Hora’ah Kollel Chatzos resounds with shaylos, all night long.

The hours are from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m.

The shaylos are answered by dayanim learning at

Sukkot Site-Hopping in Jerusalem

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

Raining the First Night of Sukkot? It Depends If You Are Sephardic or Ashkenazic

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