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Medications on Pesach

  • April 15, 2019

What should one do if their medicine is not listed on the Kosher L’Pesach list? If someone has a potentially life-threatening  condition e.g. hypertension, diabetes, infection, asthma, stroke risk, cancer, psychiatric condition, etc. the Poskim maintain that one must take…

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Must a Metzora become Tahor Immediately?

  • April 8, 2019

An Overview of a Shiur by Rav Moshe Zev Granek on Parshas Metzora (זאת תהיה תורת המצורע והובא אל הכהן (ויקרא יד:א Why does the pasuk say he is brought to the kohen if he may not enter the machaneh?…

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On the Edge: The International Date Line in Halacha

  • April 2, 2019

An Overview of a Shiur by Rav Yosef Greenwald for Parshas Tazria/Parshas HaChodesh (החודש הזה לכם ראש חדשים (שמות יב:א Where is the Date Line located according to halacha? Three basic approaches are offered.  Chazon Ish   6 hours (90 degrees)…

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Karpas and Tumah

  • March 25, 2019

An Overview of a Shiur by Rav Daniel Dumbroff on Parshas Shemini (וכי יותן מים על זרע ונפל מנבלתם עליו טמא הוא לכם (ויקרא יא:לח Netilas Yadayim for fruit dipped in liquid – Chazal required this due to a complex…

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Dressing up on Purim

  • March 5, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Avrohom Yeshaya Cohen Is it permitted for a boy to dress as a girl on Purim or does this violate lo yilbash? The Mahari Mintz allows for two reasons: Purim dress-up is done by…

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Talkin Tech: Using the Nest Thermostat on Shabbos

  • February 26, 2019

By: Rabbi Mordechai Lebhar לא תבערו אש בכל מושבותיכם The Nest is an energy efficient thermostat that senses when people are in the house through cameras and the occupant’s smartphone and then ‘learns’ the occupant’s behavior, too. If the heating…

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Violating Shabbos to Save a Life

  • February 20, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yechiel Biberfield on Parshas Ki Sisa ושמרו בני ישראל את השבת לעשות את השבת לדורותם לברית עולם The Gemara cites eight pesukim, including the pasuk above, to prove that one may violate Shabbos to…

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Taking Center Stage: The Proper Place of the Bimah

  • February 13, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yehoshua Grunwald on Parshas Tetzaveh (ועשית מזבח מקטר קטורת... ונתת אותו לפני הפרכת אשר על ארון העדות (שמות ל:א,ו The Rambam (Tefilla 11:13) rules that we place the bima in the middle of the…

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