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Bassie’s Book of Books

Bassie is an avid reader, our bookworm. In preparation for her Bas-Mitzvah, and as her Bas-Mitzvah learning project, we discussed and studied and then prepared with Bassie this “Book of Books” exploring some of the Jewish books of our home/Shabbos … Read the rest

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Two Chassidic Book Stories from Russia

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

In honor of my granddaughter Bassie’s Bas-Mitzvah theme focusing on books and her “Book of Books” project, I’d like to share two stories about Chassidim and books from the period after the Russian revolution, during that … Read the rest

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Two Roles of Witnesses

First a little Talmud on the role of witnesses:

In a commentary on the Talmud, the Rebbe speaks of two types of witnesses: Adei Kiyum (establishment witnesses) and Adei Birur (verification witnesses). Basically, Halachic witnesses play two roles: (1) For … Read the rest

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Four Shoftim Messages for Start of College

The start of the new year at college always falls around one of these Devarim (Deuteronomy) Torah portions, this year in Parshat Shoftim. We ought to always look to Torah for guidance in our daily lives, especially as the Alter … Read the rest

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Heichaltzu – A Word Association

What does the biblical word “Heichaltzu” mean to you? Most people won’t be familiar with it, as it isn’t a common Hebrew word, but those who do will usually connect it with military preparedness, arming oneself for war, or perhaps general … Read the rest

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Whole Milk & Skim & the Shabbos House Approach

THE MILK RESCUE OPERATION

One hot summer Friday we get a call that the refrigerator system broke down on a large tractor-trailer truck laden with Kosher Chalav-Yisrael (a super-Kosher dairy tradition that we observe) milk and they have to get rid of … Read the rest

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The Three Weeks

Each summer, usually in July, there’s a period called “The Three Weeks” observed as a time of semi-mourning between the fast-days of the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av. For those observant of these traditions, there are no weddings, concerts … Read the rest

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The Watercycle and Graduation

For some reason this week I’ve been researching the water-cycle. And I realized something about Graduation: 

The water-cycle is this amazing journey of water through alternating stages of solid, liquid and gas, from evaporation to condensation, and back again to … Read the rest

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Rabbi Shimon and the case of the Two Gardens

This year (5777 / 2016-7) our Sunday Talmud studied “HaBayit v’Aliyah” the tenth chapter of Bava Metziah, once a week after prayers at the Minyan Brunch.

The last Mishna in “HaBayit v’Aliyah” the 10th chapter (all about upstairs and downstairs apartments) … Read the rest

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Cholent Messages for Raising Children

In honor of Cholent Cookoff 2017 at Shabbos House, I (Mendel) asked the crowd for messages they could think of that can be learned from Cholent (that slow-cooked traditional hot dish for Shabbos Day Lunch) applied to raising children – Read the rest

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