Thursday, January 28, 2016




CURRENT LIST OF WOUNDED TERROR VICTIMS FOR DAVENING Adina bat Tzufia Michal bat Esther *wounded in Tekoa attack. Odel bat Miriam Natan ben Odel Moshe ben Orli Meir Yitzchak ben Sarah Aharon Moshe Chaim ben Chaya Chana Diver ben Shoshana Ron Shai bat Sigalit Adi ben Rut Niv ben Yardena Moshe ben Daisy Me’or Efraim ben Fortuna Daniela Yuval ben Miriam Yarin ben Rivka Moshe ben Edgach Liat bat Yael Or-El bat Limor Yosef Chaim ben Zahava Naor Shalev ben Rut Elisheva Yom Tov Lipa ben Roiza Yair ben Roizina Samuel Ono ben Antoni Shoshana bat Lulu Moshe ben Bracha Maia bat Ilana Daniel Chaim ben Revital David ben Shoshana Elon Chaim HaCohen ben Rita Yehonatan Amiram ben Miriam Pesach ben Rachel Miriam Hadassah Yarden ben Orli Meital Dikla bat Ninette Gilad ben Meyrav Talhel bat Sigal Sigal bat Jacquline Gal ben Na'ami Yaniv ben Chana Yotam ben Penina David Shlomo ben Rachel Nirit Chana bat Nitza Daniel ben Nano Rachel bat Sarah Daniel HaCohen ben Yedidya Yigal Chaim ben Chofit Ro'ee ben Rachel Yehonatan ben Rut Ruchama Yitzhak David ben Iris Ruchama Gai ben Yocheved Li'ad ben Amira Lidor ben Revital Raz ben Lidiya Mazal bat Shoshana Shma'a Harel Avraham ben Amalia Edena ben Sarah Shaul Chai ben Aviva Rachel bat Sarah Yoram Shmuel ben Yael Suzanne Sultana bat Najma Moshe ben Romia Oshrat bat Yonah Mordechai Aharon ben Leah Miriam May they all have a refuah shelaima -- a full and speedy recovery among all the sick and wounded of Israel.

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Terror Victim

he chareidi man wounded in the late Wed. night stabbing attack in Givat Ze’ev is listed in stable condition followinfg surgery. He remains in a medically induced coma. Please daven for Menachem Mendel ben Chana Yehudit. פרק כ

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

OU TORAH Tu B’Shevat as a Model for Our Lives By Shira Smiles

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THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XV Bo THE TROUBLED ORGANIZATION'S OBLIGATION ON PAYDAY An overview of the Halachos of timely payment of wages.By Rabbi Baruch Meir Levin

Q: As an administrator of a Mosad that is experiencing financial difficulties, I would like to know the extent of my obligation to ensure that the employees are paid on time. A: The following is a summary of the laws of Bal Talin, the prohibition of delaying a worker's wages, as well as some exceptions that apply, and their parameters. Bal Talin obligates an employer to pay his worker within the night following his work for a day laborer, or the day following the work of a night laborer. Once this time has passed, Bal Talin is not further transgressed, but the Rabbinic prohibition of Bal Tash’he applies whenever one tells a creditor to go and return later for his payment. This prohibition however, is more lenient than Bal Talin because it doesn’t apply to one who isn’t paying because he is too preoccupied to do so. The Tashbetz (1,64) writes that if the original agreement was to pay the worker, not on a daily basis, but on a weekly or monthly basis, Bal Talin only applies on the day that the payment is due. The Gemara (Bava Metziah, 111) says that there is no Bal Talin if the worker knew before he started working that his wages would be delayed to the day of the market or to after the employer does his accounting. Bal Tash'he however applies after the anticipated date of payment. R' Elyashiv1 adds that an institution that is notorious for delaying payments is not subject to Bal Talin for this reason. Shevet Halevi (7, 233:1) however says that one should follow the stringent opinion of the Meiri that Bal Tash'he applies right away, even if the worker anticipates delayed payment.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XV Bo TSA BODY SCANNERS RAISE QUESTIONS OF TZNIUS The essence of modesty. By Rabbi Daniel Dombroff

The recent wave of terror that has permeated global society has brought about steady enhancements in airport security. Among those advances is a body scanner that enables the security officer to view passengers through their clothing, in an effort to discover whether they are concealing weapons. This article will discuss the subject from a halachic perspective. The reader is requested to bear in mind that this essay is not intended to be conclusive, but rather to serve as a forum which raises concerns and considerations.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XV Bo To run, or to stay? Should a doctor stay behind during a plague? Should a Rabbi stay during a siege? by: Rabbi Yosef Fund

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NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH Loyal Legion By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

“Forward, march!” The general gives the order and the troops obey. In this parsha, Bnei Yisroel get a new designation and name. They are called tzivos, legions, first, “On that very day the legions of Hashem left the land of Egypt,” and later, “On that very day Hashem took Bnei Yisroel out of the land of Egypt in their legions.” What is the significance of this new designation, and how does the first designation of “the legions of Hashem” differ from the more general legions? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Bo: Freedom from Slave Mentality By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this shiur (Torah class) on this week's parsha, Parshat Bo, Rabbi Reichman uses the interpretation of the Shem Mishmuel to expound on both our physical and spiritual freedom from Egypt. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Bo: Hardening Pharoh's Heart By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In discussing this week's parsha, Parshat Bo, Rabbi Reichman uses the commentary of the Shem Mishmuel to explain the puzzling traditional interpretation that G-d took away Pharaoh's free will. Available online in streaming video or download in mp3 and ipod video format

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Bo 5776

Toronto Torah for Bo 5776 includes articles on the parshah, the Korban Chagigah, Rabbi Baruch haLevi Epstein's Safah laNe'emanim, the Pri Megadim, Israel's state emblem and more

OU TORAH Bo 5776 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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As the drama of the Exodus from Egypt draws nearer its climax in this week’s Torah reading, one cannot help but be struck by the stubbornness of Pharaoh in the face of all of the plagues visited upon him and his nation. His advisers had long before told him that all was lost and that he should cut his losses quickly by freeing the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery. This seemingly wise and rational counsel was rejected by Pharaoh out of hand.


I wrote an article last week about the strange Holocaust deniers who exist in the world, inside and outside of our Jewish camp and even in our religious world. The motives that drive such people are diverse and often perverse. They range from the smugness of knowing what God’s plans are and the assurance that those plans must somehow conform to one’s own preconceived assessment as to how things should be, to the self-hatred of those who suffer from the “misfortune” of being born Jewish.

The Spiritual Child By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The American writer Bruce Feiler recently published a best-selling book entitled The Secrets of Happy Families.[1] It’s an engaging work that uses research largely drawn from fields like team building, problem solving and conflict resolution, showing how management techniques can be used at home also to help make families cohesive units that make space for personal growth.

RAV KOOK ON Bo Part 3: Two New Years - Nisan and Tishrei

The first mitzvah given to the Jewish people was to establish their own calendar. The Jewish calendar, based on the lunar cycle, starts with the month of Nisan in the spring, when the Israelites left Egypt. “This month will be for you the head month, the first of the months of the year.” (Ex. 12:2) There is, however, another start of the Jewish year — Rosh Hashanah, on the first of Tishrei in the fall. So when is the true New Year, Tishrei or Nisan? Also: why is the Jewish calendar based on the cycles of the moon, while the non-Jewish Gregorian calendar is based on the 365-day cycle of the sun?

RAV KOOK ON Part 2 Bo: Donkey-Holiness

Immediately before leaving Egypt, the Israelites were commanded to commemorate the final plague of makkat bechorot, the death of the firstborn, by consecrating their firstborn, saying: “When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us leave, God killed all the firstborns in Egypt, both man and beast. I therefore offer to God all male firstling animals, and redeem all the firstborns of my sons.” (Ex. 13:15) This mitzvah applies not only to firstborn babies, but also to kosher animals, and — surprisingly — to firstborn donkeys: “Every firstling donkey must be redeemed with a sheep” (Ex. 13:13). Why are firstborn donkeys also included in this mitzvah? This is even more surprising when we consider that some non-kosher animals, such as camels and pigs, have only one sign of impurity. Donkeys, however, exhibit both signs of impurity — they are not ruminants, nor do they have cloven hooves. The Zohar teaches that the donkey is “avi avot ha-tumah,” the ultimate source of impurity. In addition, the Maharal of Prague noted that the Hebrew word for ‘donkey’ (chamor) shares the same root as the word for ‘material’ (chomer). The donkey, he explained, is a symbol of materialism and crassness. So why did God bestow the special holiness of bechor on this ignoble creature?

RAV KOOK ON Bo Part 1:The Exodus and Tefillin

The Torah commands us to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt by wearing tefillin (phylacteries) on the arm and head. “These words will be for a sign on your arm and a reminder between your eyes, so that God’s Torah will be in your mouth; for God brought you out of Egypt with a strong arm.” (Ex. 13:9) What is the connection between tefillin and the Exodus? How does wearing tefillin ensure that the Torah will be ‘in our mouths’?

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member, Yehuda Leib ben Fruma, who is having back surgery this Wednesday a.m., bezras HaShem! פרק כ

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

[Aneinu] BDE Shlomit Kreigman HY"D

7:41 am Shlomit Kreigman HY"D - Shlomit bat Na'ama Rivka Shlomit Kreigman (24) HY"D has died from her wounds from the terror attack in Beit Horon according to Hadassah hospital. She was brought into the hospital in critical condition and died on Tuesday morning. Shlomit was from the community of Shadmot Michola in the Bikat HaYarden and for the past year, Shlomit was living with her grandparents' home in Beit Horon. She was previously the head counselor/manager ("Komanarit") for Beit Horon's Bnei Akiva branch while she was serving in Sherut Leumi (National Service). Shlomit's grandparents were among the founders of Beit Horon.

Monday, January 25, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Terror Victims

Please daven for Adina bas Tzofia and Shlomit bat Na'ama Rivka who were injured in today's terror attack in Beit Choron.

CCHF [Aneinu] Fwd: Tonight! Special Tehillim Teleconference for Rav Yisroel Belsky shlita

From: editorial Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 Subject: Tonight! Special Tehillim Teleconference for Rav Yisroel Belsky shlita Please join us tonight, Monday, January 25, at 10:45 pm EST(9:45 PM Chicago time)for a special Tehillim Teleconference on behalf of the Rosh Yeshiva of Torah V'Daas HaRav Yisroel Belsky, shlita, Chaim Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel for a Refuah Shleima b’korov Call the Chazak Inspiration Line: 718-258-2008 press menu option 9 selection 1 Please pass this email on to your family and friends Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation

Happy Tu B’Shvat from NSN! Check Out the Annual JM in the AM Tu B’Shvat Celebration with Nachum Segal and Meir Weingarten

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

JI and JMR New Single – GAD ELBAZ & NISSIM – Hashem Melech 2.0

In an exuberant explosion of music, Israeli legend Gad Elbaz joins forces with rapper Nissim Black as the two take to the streets of New York City proclaiming Hashem’s eternal majesty. GAD ELBAZ & NISSIM – Hashem Melech 2.0 Lyrics By — Prayer, Nissim Black, Moshe Friedman Music Producers — Robot Jox, Elan Cohen Additional Music — Gad Elbaz Mixing Engineer — Oren Emanuel Production: ZOAB Entertainment Produced and Directed by: Daniel Finkelman The iconic song Hashem Melech is the fourth single of the highly anticipated “Hava Nagila” album slated for release in March 2016. Hashem Melech 2.0 is actually a cover of a song originally recorded by famed Arab singer Cheb Khaled, an irony that is not lost upon Nissim, who left a successful music career to convert to Orthodox Judaism. Nissim plans to move to Israel shortly with his wife and four children. Directed and Produced by Daniel Finkelman, Hashem Melech is packed with breathtaking power set amid stunning backdrops. Elbaz and Nissim deliver their message dancing joyously through city streets and on Manhattan rooftops, exhorting listeners to ready themselves for the coming of Moshiach. Look for more of Elbaz and Nissim as they join forces for a mega-Purim concert to be held at Brooklyn College on March 20th, 2016. Hashem Melech 2.0 is a driving-force behind a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with and Aish HaTorah for the seven children and wife of recent terrorist victim Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, who was tragically killed by a terrorist on December 23, 2015.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Baby

From Israel: I just received an email about this baby TINOK BEN CHANA BAS RIVKA who suffered some sort of accident on the way to the bris and has internal bleeding in his head. Please daven and say tehillim for him so that he can recuperate and have his bris.

CCHF [Aneinu] Tonight! Special Tehillim Teleconference for Rav Yisroel Belsky shlita

Please join us tonight, Thursday, January 21, at 10:45 pm EST (9:45 pm chicago time)for a special Tehillim Teleconference on behalf of the Rosh Yeshiva of Torah V'Daas HaRav Yisroel Belsky, shlita, Chaim Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel for a Refuah Shleima b’korov Call the Chazak Inspiration Line: 718-258-2008 press menu option 9 selection 1 Please pass this email on to your family and friends Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation

OU TORAH Mishnah Brurah Iyun Chaburah(Dirshu) Learning in a Proper Environment By Rabbi Ephraim Glatt, JD

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

OU TORAH Yerushalmi – Berachos 65 By Rabbi Yosef Grossman

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[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery This Morning

Rabbi Chanoch Friedman, Chanoch Aryeh ben Zlata Golda, will be in surgery until approximately 12:00 p.m. Chicago time. Please daven for him to have a refuah shlema.

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Now

Please daven for Esther Toba bes Elka Golda who is having a 2-hour delicate eye operation this morning at 8am. Please daven that Hashem guides the doctors’ hands for a completely successful surgery and that there are no complications in the recovery. Thank you

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Tonight

Please daven for Yosef Yizchok ben Sara Chana who is having surgery tonight ,Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for the mother  of an Aneinu member, Chaya bas Brayna, who is having surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, early morning--that it should be successful and a quick and complete recovery.

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Wednesday 1:30 PM

Please daven for my sister, Pesha bas Leah, who is having an MRI tomorrow, Wednesday at 1:30 PM. Please daven that she should hear besoros tovos and have a refuah shlema. Thank you, Chaya Miriam

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Chanoch Aryeh ben Zlata Golda

Everyone is asked to please daven for Chanoch Aryeh ben Zlata Golda, HaRav Chanoch Friedman, Rosh Kollel of Kollel Bais Yechiel and Dayan in Har Nof , who will be undergoing major cardiac surgery this Wednesday at noon in Israel. May we be zoche to hear b'soros tovos.

Monday, January 18, 2016

YWN [Aneinu] TEHILLIM – Hagaon HaRav Aaron Chodosh, Mashgiach in Mir Yerushalayim Hospitalized

The Mashgiach of the Mir Yerushalayim, Hagaon HaRav Aaron Chodosh Shlita, was taken to the hospital on Monday night after not felling well. Hatzoloh and Magen David Adom were called to the home of the Mashgiach in the Bais Yisroel neighborhood of Yerushalayim, after the Mashgiach complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. It appears he began feeling ill moments after learning that one of the Roshei Yeshiva of the Mir, Hagon HaRav Refoel Shmulevitz was Niftar. Ads By Artscroll: Click Here! He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where he is undergoing tests. It is unknown if the Mashgiach will be able to attend the Levaya, which is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 11:30 at the Mir Yerushalayim. Please be Mispallel for Aaron Dovid Ben Tzivya. (Chaim Shapiro – YWN) - See more at:

YWN [Aneinu] Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: HaGaon HaRav Refoel Shmuelevitz ZATZAL, One Of The Roshei Yeshiva In Mir Yerushalayim

YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of HaGaon HaRav Refoel Shmuelevitz ZT”L, 78, one of the Mir Yerushalayim Roshei Yeshiva. Earlier today, a false notification was made by officials in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Yerushalayim. Tefillos intensified at Batei Midrashim around the world, until his Petira just a few moments ago. The Torah giant was rushed to the hospital a number of days ago after his condition deteriorated. Rav Refoel Shmulevitz was diagnosed with ALS approximately four years ago, and was given two to four years to live. He lost the ability to talk clearly and was confined to a wheelchair. Not long after, YWN reported that a new experimental treatment for MS (multiple sclerosis) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) was giving Rav Rafael Shmulevitz hope. The rav’s family was summoned to his bedside on Monday morning 8 Shevat as his condition took a turn for the worse. Rav Refoel was born in 1937 in Poland to his parents a son of Hagon HaRav Chaim Shmulevitz ZATZAL, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim and his mother Rebbitzen Chana Leah (Finkel). She was the daughter of Hagon HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, who was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Mir. He was a grandson of the Alter of Nevardok and the Alter of Slabodka. In 1962, Rav Refoel married the daughter of Hagon HaRav Avrohom Farbshtein, the Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron. He initially served as a R”M in Chevron Yeshiva, until his father was Niftar, at which point he served as one of the Roshei Yeshiva in the Mir. Rav Refoel was one of the most brilliant Torah minds of the generation. His sons are Rav Yaakov, a Rosh Yeshiva in the Mir, Rav Bentzion, Rav Eliezer, Rav Nosson Tzvi and Rav Yechezkel. His daughters are married to Rav Avrohom Segal, Rav Yosef Pines, Rav Shmuel Wolf, Rav Avrohom Shapira. His brothers are Hagon HaRav Avrohom Tzvi, and Hagon HaRav Meir. His brothers in law are Hagon HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi and Hagon HaRav Yisroel Meir Weiss. The Levaya is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 11:30AM at the Mir Yerushalayim. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem) - See more at:

YWN Tefilos Continue Around the World for Two Torah Giants from Eretz Yisroel [9:15AM ET]

Tefilos continue around the world for HaGaon HaRav Refoel Shmuelevitz Shlita, one of the Mir Yerushalayim Roshei Yeshiva. Earlier in the week YWN reported that the Rosh Yeshiva was in need of Tefillos. Tefilos are also continuing for HaGaon HaRav Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz Shlita, one of the Roshei Yeshiva of Ponevezh who is in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Regarding Rav Shmuelevitz, his family was at his bedside in Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Monday morning 8 Shevat as his condition remain serious. Ads By Artscroll: Click Here! B’chasdei Hashem there is a reported change for the better in the condition of Rav Leibowitz, who fell in his home a month ago and was in very serious condition with intracranial bleeding. The tzibur is asked to be mispallel for these two Torah giants; Chaim Shlomo ben Tzeita Leah and Refoel ben Chana Miriam bsoch sha’ar cholei yisrael. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem) - See more at:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

[Aneinu] Parshas HaMon Tuesday

From Debbie in Israel: IY"H it is customary to say the Parshas HaMon on the Tuesday before Parsha Beshalach (this coming Shabbos) (i.e., the tefilla for parnassa). I've attached an interlinear version (w/English) of the tefilla (if you print it, it's genizah and must be disposed accordingly), and also a link to a very good article that appeared 4 years ago in Matzav with a drash from Rav Yissocher Frand. If you only want the Hebrew here's a link to a website for that: I want to thank one of our daveners for being so kind as to remind me about this! So, thank you very much! --

YWN TEHILLIM – Hagaon HaRav Refoel Shmulevitz [Rosh Yeshiva Mir Yerushalayim] Hospitalized

Hagaon HaRav Refoel Shmuelevitz Shlita, one of the Roshei Yeshiva in Mir Yerushalayim was rushed to the hospital on Sunday afternoon. Rav Refoel Shmulevitz was diagnosed with ALS approximately four years ago, and was given two to four years to live. He lost the ability to talk clearly and was confined to a wheelchair. Not long after, YWN reported that a new experimental treatment for MS (multiple sclerosis) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) was giving Rav Rafael Shmulevitz hope. The story went viral on media outlets worldwide, and Rav Shmulevitz was interviewed on Israeli TV – and shown walking around (see video below). Ads By Artscroll: Click Here! Unfortunately, his condition has deteriorated, and Tehillim was being recited in the Mir Yerushalayim Bais Medrash on Sunday. Rav Refoel is a son of Hagon HaRav Chaim Shmulevitz ZATZAL, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim. He is well-known as one of the most brilliant Torah minds of the generation. Rav Refoel is one of the few individuals tasked with reviewing the monumental Encyclopedia Talmudis, whose volumes do not go to print without his review and approval. Please say Tehillim for Refoel ben Chana Miriam. (Dov Gefen – YWN) - See more at:

[Aneinu] Please say Tehillim - Struck by car in NJ

Please say Tehillim for Rochel Baila bas Gittel, who was hit by a car on Shabbos in Highland Park, NJ in front of the Agudah shul. Tragically, her 6 year old daughter was killed.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

[Aneinu] Baruch Dayan HaEmes - Devorah bas Shoshana Rus a"h

TRAGEDY IN PASSAIC: Body of Devorah Stubin a”h Found January 16, 2016 7:04 pm devorah stubin[Update below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Devorah Stubin a”h, who had been missing since last week. Police found Devorah’s car in the Passaic River in Wallington, NJ. Hundreds of Yidden gathered today, on Shabbos, in Maywood, New Jersey, to help search for the missing 22-year-old from Passaic. Despite the fact that it was Shabbos, the volunteers – including members of Hatzolah, Chaverim and Shomrim – were instructed to do anything necessary, as it was deemed a situation of pikuach nefesh. Devorah was last seen in Maywood Township late Thursday night after she left home to pick up her brother. She was driving a gray Mitsubishi Galant with New Jersey license plate number K40FPH, and police confirm that they discovered the car today in the Passaic River. The exact nature of what occurred is not yet clear. A Hatzolah member tells that the vehicle was found at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Police say that Devorah had been stopped by a police officer on East Central Avenue for driving without her headlights on. After she told the officer she was lost, the officer gave her directions and followed her up the hill where she was last seen making a right on Summit Street. The police checked her EZ-Pass, which had not been used. Sheriff Michael Saudino, of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, said that she also had not used her credit card or her ATM card. Officials knew something was amiss. Today, the heroic work of the Hatzolah, Chaverim and Shomrim volunteers led to the discovery of the car. The petirah of Devorah has plunged the greater frum community into mourning. Levayah details will be provided once they are finalized. Umachah Hashem dimah me’al kol ponim. Chai Lifeline’s bereavement department, Project Chai, has multiple staff members available to help and guide. They can be reached at 855.3.Crisis. UPDATE: The following is based on a conversation with Yossi Margereten, coordinator of Monsey Chaverim: “Devorah left her house Thursday night to pick up a brother from yeshiva. After a while, her brother saw that she isn’t coming. Her mother called her. She was crying and said that she is lost and a cop stopped her because her headlights were off. The mother said that she will go pick up her brother and instructed her to use her GPS to get home. After a while, her mother called again and the phone was shut. “Passaic Hatzolah called Monsey Chaverim on Friday afternoon and said that they never had such a search and they need help. Chaverim mobilized units and spent the entire Shabbos searching alongside Passaic Hatzolah and Shomrim from Boro Park and Williamsburg along with many members of Lakewood Chaverim. “At around 3:45 Shabbos afternoon, a few Monsey members called in that they see a broken gate next to the river. Police were dispatched right away and confirmed that the car in there. They pulled out the car already and identified the body, and prepared it for transfer to the Passaic Chevrah Kadishah. There are cameras on the property that are being reviewed.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

[Aneinu] B"H! Libby Found!

B"H the missing 22 year old girl from Kew Gardens Hills, Libby bas Hadassah, has been found and is now safe and in the hands of family and friends. --

[Aneinu] Please daven for Devorah bas Shoshana Rus - missing 23 yr. old

Please daven for Devorah bas Shoshana Rus who is missing. Tehillim below. A 23-year-old girl from Passaic, NJ is missing, and her family is asking the communities assistance in locating her. Devorah Stubin was last seen at 8:45 PM, Thursday night. She is wearing a black sweater and skirt, pink wool coat, rainbow sneakers, and gold-rim glasses. he is 5 foot 2 inches in height, and weighs 110 pounds. She has dark brown hair. She was last seen when stopped by police in Maywood, NJ and stated she was lost. The officer reportedly gave her directions to get back on the Garden State Parkway. The car she is driving is a 1998 silver Mitsubishi Galant, with NJ Pate number K4O FPH. Identifying marks on Vehicle: Antenna taped with orange strip and grey tape. Sunroof has peeling duct tape around window. She has never before been missing. If you have any information, please call Hatzolah at 973‐472‐1002 Passaic Police Department at 973‐365‐3900.

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Liba bas Hadassa - Missing 22 yr. Old Woman

Please daven for Liba bas Hadassa. Tehillim below URGENT. A frum 22 year old woman was reportedly missing early Thursday afternoon. The woman is from the Kew Garden Hills area and is missing since Monday -1/11/16. Her name is Libi Benzvi. The public is asked to daven for Liba bas Haddasah. The police have been notified and are conducting a search. A group of organizations along with the police and Hatzolah will meet in a little while to try and determine the best and smartest plan of action. If you have any information, please call 347.684.1155 The use of social media has been found to be extremely helpful in locating missing persons and all are encouraged to share info regarding sightings or encounters.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

OU TORAH Mishnah Brurah Iyun Chaburah(DIRSHU) Praying in Pajamas By Rabbi Ephraim Glatt, JD

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OU TORAH Melachim Aleph 16 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI (DIRSHU) MB 110b: Presence of Excrement and Reading Shema (76:7-8) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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OU TORAH HaShoneh Halachos 2: Mishneh Torah By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

188. People of Indeterminate Gender

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XIV Va'eira MAGIC SHOWS: ARE THEY PERMITTED? Does it make a difference if the magician is a Jew or a non-Jew? By Rabbi Daniel Neustadt

In this week’s parsha the Torah records the first seven makos that befell the Egyptians. The Torah tells us that during the first two makos Paaroh called in his magicians to replicate the makos and so they did. The Torah (Vayikra 18:3) says “Do not perform the practices of the land of Egypt in which you dwelled.” The Midrash Raba (see Matanos Kehuna) explains that the Torah is specifically referring to the evils of adultery and magic which were extremely common in Egypt. The Rambam in Sefer Hamitvos (neg. 32) explains that the Torah prohibits magic because with it one can fool people into believing in things that don’t exist. This is exactly what the magicians of Paroh were essentially doing, and this is what Hashem wants us to keep away from. We must not get carried away with such evil.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XIV Va'eira HOW TO AVOID CONFUSION IN AGREEMENTS The Letter of Understanding. By Rabbi Yehoshua Wolfe

A letter of understanding is a formal text, commonly used to confirm the details of a verbal agreement. The letter of understanding, also known as a letter of intent, can be used in asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, lease agreements, and other cases. What is the halacha when the two parties do not agree on the letter of understanding? Can the terms of the letter be enforced? In one case, Reuvain verbally contracted to lease a house to Shimon, in exchange for a sum of money. Reuvain and Shimon also casually agreed upon terms dealing with common landlord-tenant issues. The terms of their verbal agreement were never put into writing. After consulting with professional legal counsel, Shimon sent a letter of understanding in good faith to Reuvain. The letter laid out all of the terms that they had verbally agreed upon. The conclusion of the letter stated that if Reuvain did not respond to the letter prior to the commencement of the lease, it would be assumed that Reuvain consents to all of the terms in the letter of understanding. Reuvain received the letter, and he did not respond. During the course of Shimon’s tenancy, a disagreement arose between the two parties. Reuvain claimed that he was not obligated to shovel snow, as per the terms of their agreement. Shimon disagreed, and argued that the letter of understanding explicitly placed this responsibility on Reuvain. If Reuvain failed to reply to the letter of understanding, does this mean that he automatically consented to it, and is therefore, bound to its terms? Can Shimon use the letter of understanding against Reuvain in bais din?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XIV Va'eira GUN CONTROL: WHERE DO WE STAND? How carrying a weapon is regarded by Chazal. By Rabbi Micha Cohn

In the aftermath of the horrific San Bernardino shooting, proponents of stricter gun control laws have once again made their case. They reason that restricting the sale of various guns and ammunition, and expanding background checks make it more difficult for a deranged individual or terrorist to harm others. They sight statistics that demonstrate a correlation between homicide and the strictness of gun laws in various countries.

NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH Diversion And Defensiveness By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

When Moshe and Aharon first approached Bnei Yisroel and told them that Hashem had remembered them, had seen their suffering, and was going to redeem them from Egypt, the elders and Bnei Yisroel believed that this would come to pass. Just a short time later, Moshe transmits a fuller message of the process of salvation that Hashem has outlined for them. Yet now, Bnei Yisroel “did not heed Mosher because of shortness of breath and hard work.” What has changed to cause this change of heart? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Vayeira: Overflowing Reward By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this shiur (Torah Class) Rabbi Reichman discussing this week's parsha, Parshat Vayeira, in accordance with the interpretation of Chassidut using the Shem MiShmuel. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Vayeira: Two Paths of Serving G-d By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this Torah shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses Parshat Vayeira using the commentary of the Shem MiShmuel. Parshat Vayeira teaches us the differences between service of kindness and service of justice, as well as the need for both of them in our service of Hashem. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for downloading in mp3 and ipod video formats.

OU TORAH Vaeira 5776 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Vaera 5776

Toronto Torah for Vaera 5776 includes articles on the parshah, eating chametz on Erev Pesach, Rabbi J. David Bleich's Contemporary Halakhic Problems, the Avnei Yashfeh and more!

RABBI WEIN ON Vaeira 5776

The comparison of the complaint of Moshe to God about His lack of compassion regarding the enslaved and persecuted Jews in Egypt, to the more sanguine acceptance of God’s will by the patriarchs of Israel of an earlier generation is somewhat puzzling. Moshe’s complaint is really a cry of anguish and pain over the desperate situation of the Jews in Egyptian bondage rather than a statement of disbelief or denial of God’s intent to deliver the Jews from their bondage. So, why is the implied criticism of Moshe justified and the subject of much discussion in the Talmud, Midrash and Rashi?


I rarely if ever comment or disagree with pronouncements or public statements of other rabbis. These are people who are driven to publicity and even sensationalism and I never feel inclined to spoil their fun. However, every so often there comes along a rabbinic pronouncement so outrageous and damaging that even my reticent nature forces me to respond.


The fact that the current Torah readings concentrate on the life and career of Moshe as being the all-time supreme leader of the Jewish people, and through them of civilization generally, caused me to give some thought to the trait of leadership. We always think of leadership as a positive trait. Yet, some of the most charismatic and successful leaders of nations and empires have been very bad people who have led their people to ruinous disaster.

CHABAD.ORG and OU TORAH Spirits in a Material World By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Torah sometimes says something of fundamental importance in what seems like a minor and incidental comment. There is a fine example of this near the beginning of today’s Parshah. Last week, we read of how Moses was sent by G‑d to lead the Israelites to freedom, and how his initial efforts met with failure. Not only did Pharaoh not agree to let the people go; he made the working conditions of the Israelites even worse. They The people did not listen to Moseshad to make the same number of bricks as before, but now they had to gather their own straw. The people complained to Pharaoh, then they complained to Moses, then Moses complained to G‑d. “Why have You brought trouble to this people? Why did You send me?”


Rav Kook once visited a kibbutz, a cooperative agricultural settlement. The rabbi noticed that its members were very meticulous about their work, but not so much about the laws of the Torah. “My sons,” he said to them, “let me tell you a true story.” There was a wise, old man who became ill. As a result of his illness, he forgot all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The doctors told the man, “We are sorry, but nothing can be done to restore your memory. You have no choice but to go back to school and start from scratch.” So the old man enrolled in the local kindergarten and began learning the alef-bet all over again.

[Aneinu] Please Daven

Please daven for a former Chicagoan who is having a minor procedure done at Hadassah Ein Kerem, tomorrow (Thurs.) morning. Please daven that everything goes well & he recovers quickly. Chaim Simcha ben Malka Rochel. Yasher koach!

RAV KOOK ON Va'eira Part 2: God's Name

Why do we find different names for God in the Torah? Different names correspond to the different ways in which God reveals Himself in the world. The Tetragrammaton, the special name composed of the four letters Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey, corresponds to a level of Divine revelation that was concealed before Moses’ time. “I revealed Myself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El Shaddai [God Almighty]. But I was not known to them through My name Y-H-V-H. (Ex. 6:3) What is the significance of these two names of God? Why did only Moses’ generation merit knowledge of the Tetragrammaton? In the same prophetic communication to Moses, God contrasted the Patriarchs’ ties to the Land of Israel with that of their descendants. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were only travelers and foreigners in the Land: “I made My covenant with them, giving them the Land of Canaan, the land of their wanderings, where they lived as foreigners.” (Ex. 6:4) Their descendants, on the other hand, were destined to settle permanently in the Land: “I will give it to you as an eternal inheritance” (Ex. 6:8). Is there some connection between the different names for God and residence in Eretz Yisrael?

RAV KOOK ON Va'eira Part 1: Order in Miracles

Presenting his ‘credentials’ before Pharaoh, Moses threw down his staff before the Egyptian king, and it transformed into a viper. When the magicians of Egypt did the same with their magic, “the staff of Aaron swallowed up their staffs” (Ex. 7:12). The Sages in Shabbat 97a noted that the Torah does not say that Aaron’s snake swallowed up the magicians’ staffs. It says Aaron’s staff did the swallowing. A double miracle, a “miracle within a miracle” occurred. The viper became a staff once again, and only then — as a staff — did it swallow up the other staffs. What is the significance of this double miracle?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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By the Book with Nachum Segal Episode 45: Featuring Daniel Retter

On this edition of By the Book, sponsored by Koren Publishers, Nachum Segal interviewed Daniel Retter about, “HaMafteach – A Complete Index of the Entire Shas at Your Fingertips, All in One Volume, NEW English Edition” From the Koren website: Available in both Hebrew and English editions, HaMafteach® includes approximately 7,700 main entries, 29,000 sub-entries, 45,000 Talmudic sources including mishnayot. HaMafteach® is your key to opening up the Talmud, locating every topic, saying, anecdote, maxim, parable, significant subject matter, law, biblical exegesis, and biblical and Talmudic personality mentioned in Shas. The English edition includes transliteration of Hebrew and Aramaic words and phrases, and a new integrated glossary. HaMafteach® is an ideal gift, as well as an invaluable research tool for rabbis, educators, students, and all those who wish to “swim in the Yam HaTalmud.”

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Rav Leibowitz shlita

BS"D Rav Chaim Shlomo ben Tzaita Leah . . .. doctors have confirmed that the rosh yeshiva (of Ponvezh in Bnei Brak) is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Sheba hospital in Tel Hashomer and that there has been no change in his condition in recent hours. The doctors stressed that Rav Leibowitz is still in extremely critical condition and undergoing antibiotic treatment. The physicians stated that the next 24 hours are “critical.” Tonight, a late-night atzeres tefillah is scheduled to be held at Ponvezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, with the recital of the Shlosh Esrei Middos led by the roshei yeshiva, Rav Gershon Edelstein and Rav Berel Povarsky. 3 days until January 15, 2016 Yeshaya ben Chava. He is the Rav of Rochester, NY and is battling Lukemia. 8 weeks, until March 12, 2016. Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam B’chasdei Hashem HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita was released from Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital on Tuesday morning 2 Shevat. It is reported that immediately upon entering his home, the Posek Hador headed for his shtender to resume his unparalleled Hasmadah and Limud Hatorh. The Posek Hador was admitted for observation on motzei Shabbos and subsequently diagnosed with a respiratory infection which required treatment over a number of days. While Rav Chaim is home he needs to rest and his gabbaim report he will not receive people seeking his Brachos in the coming days.

[Aneinu] Pikuach Nefesh!

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