Monday, February 29, 2016

Susie Fishbein Has Released the Final Installment in the Kosher By Design Series! Nachum Hosted Susie to Get the Details.

Nachum welcomed renowned chef and cookbook author Susie Fishbein to this morning’s JM in the AM to highlight the latest and final installment in the Kosher By Design series: “Kosher By Design Brings It Home.” From the Artscroll website: “In this final installment in her bestselling Kosher by Design cookbook series, Susie Fishbein presents fresh new recipes culled from her 15-year culinary journey. Along with many poignant stories gleaned from her cooking demos, Susie also shares tantalizingly delicious recipes learned from the great chefs she encountered in Italy, France, Mexico, Israel, and across North America. This stunning cookbook offers a magnificent full-color photo to accompany each of the 113 cross-cultural recipes. It is seasoned with entertaining anecdotes and finely spiced recipes such as: Coconut Lime Pargiyot Skewers, Tuna Ceviche Tostados, Moroccan Harira Soup, Herbed Halibut & White Beans, Mujadara, Korean Short Ribs, and Tuscan Square Roast. Kosher by Design Brings It Home is Susie’s superlative conclusion to the cookbooks that elevated kosher cooking to world-class taste and presentation. You will find appealing options for everyday as well as special occasion cooking, including a cornucopia of delicious desserts, such as the updated classic, New Fishbein Brownies, and the tantalizing new combination, Halvah Baklava.”

Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah, sharing OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. Can one make a 10 lb. dough and divide it in half and give half to a friend so that she too can take challah with a beracha? (subscriber’s question) A. In theory, it is true that if one has in mind that they are taking challah on only half the dough, the second half would remain tevel (still require hafrashas challah) and one would make a beracha when they separate challah on the second half. However, Rav Schachter explained that one is not permitted to do this. Excluding the second half of the dough, is goreim a beracha she’aino tzricha (causes an unnecessary beracha to be recited), which is forbidden. Even if a dough is 10 lbs., twice the size that is necessary for hafrashas challah, still only one kezayis is separated as challah, as per Rema (Yoreh De’ah 322:5).

Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah, disposal OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. How should I dispose of the challah that I separated? A. In the days of the Beis Hamikdash, challah was given to a Kohen who was required to eat it when he was tahor (ritually clean). Since today our challah is tamei (ritually unclean), it is not eaten by the Kohen. Instead, we have a mitzvah to burn it. Because challah may not be eaten, it is like all other non-kosher foods, and should not be placed directly on kosher pans or on the oven surface. If the oven is empty or is being used to bake dry items (such as bread), one may place the challah dough on a separate piece of aluminum foil. If there are foods in the oven that contain liquid, or that are oily, such as meat and poultry, one should wrap the challah dough in aluminum foil. Preferably it should be wrapped in a double layer of foil to prevent tears. The challah should be left in the oven until it is thoroughly burnt. One should flatten the dough as much as possible, so that it will burn more easily.

NAALEH.COM Urgent Tefillos Needed Immediately - Yehuda ben Ayelet

Dear Naaleh Friends, Please say Tehillim chapters 142, 130, and 20 as soon as possible, for the refuah shleima of Yehuda ben Ayelet, a baby in critical condition. May we share only good news, The Naaleh Crew

Sunday, February 28, 2016

[Aneinu] Name Correction - Please Daven

The correct name is Mordechai Leib ben Frieda. Please say tehillim for Mordechai Leon Ben Frieda, father of Chicagoans, who needs a refuah shleima.

[Aneiu] Please Daven

Please say tehillim for Mordechai Leon Ben Frieda, father of Chicagoans, who needs a refuah shleima.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

YWN [Aneinu] Hadassah Hospital Update on Maale Adumim Terror Victim

The spokesman’s office of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on motzei Shabbos reports the man who was critically injured in the Thursday night axe terror attack in Maale Adumim remains in very serious condition. The patient, Tzvika ben Batya, remains in a medically induced coma on a respirator in a neurological ICU following extensive neurosurgery. Shai police report on motzei Shabbos that following the attack, Palestinian workers will be barred from entering the city until Thursday, 23 Adar-I with the exclusion of “essential workers”. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem) - See more at:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

NSN By the Book with Nachum Segal Episode 49: Featuring Dr. Alan Jotkowitz and Yael Unterman

On this edition of By the Book, sponsored by Koren Publishers, Nachum Segal interviewed Dr. Alan Jotkowitz and Yael Unterman about their contributions to the fascinating new book, “Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity.” From the Koren website: Even as the twentieth century will be remembered for the West’s loss of faith, Jewish Orthodoxy itself experienced in that very time a golden age of leaders and teachers who sought to bridge the world of Torah and that of the West. Some of these Torah figures were deeply impacted by an academic field, such as philosophy or literature. Others developed a Torah-based perspective on developments within the West, such as the rise of Zionism, democracy, or biotechnology. Still others reflected on the very nature of religious knowledge itself. The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University invited twenty-first century thinkers to paint an intellectual portraits of these luminaries, illustrating how each figure bridged the worlds of Torah and the West in a unique way. The essays would thereby serve to inspire Orthodox Jews and all intellectually engaged individuals of faith to learn from their lives, and to have the courage to bridge these worlds as well. Great thinkers examined include Rabbi Yehuda Amital, Rabbi Yitzchak Herzog, Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Dr. Isadore Twersky. With essays by contemporary thinkers Rabbi Shalom Carmy, Dr. Carmi Horowitz, Dr. Alan Jotkowitz, Dr. Yehudah Mirsky, Dr. Daniel Rynhold, Dr. David Shatz, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Yael Unterman, Rabbi Itamar Warhaftig, Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, and Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier.

NSN By the Book with Nachum Segal Episode 48: Featuring Cantor Shimon Craimer

On this edition of By the Book, sponsored by Koren Publishers, Nachum Segal interviewed Cantor Shimon Craimer about the new “Koren Zimrat Ha’Aretz Birkon with Musical CD by World Renowned Cantor Shimon Craimer ” From the Koren website: The Koren Zimrat Ha’Aretz Birkon features: • Introduction & Translation by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks • Shabbat Blessings, Birkat HaMazon & popular Shabbat Zemirot • Award-Winning Color Photos of Israel’s Natural Beauty • Music CD with elegant melodies of acclaimed soloist Shimon Craimer.

Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Vayikra IS AT KESHER STAM

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic commentary on Chumash, and, until now, the only way to study the Rav’s interpretation and analysis of Chumash was to search for pertinent material by wading through the Rav’s published essays and other writings and hard-to-find audio tapes of his lectures and shiurim. With the publication of Chumash Mesoras HaRav, for the first time the Rav’s teachings have been collected together and organized according the verses of the Torah upon which they expound. Edited with great skill by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, this groundbreaking Chumash, collects and adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a published commentary on Sefer Vayikra that reflects his intellectual breadth and depth, his exegetical creativity, and the timelessness of his insights. Dr. Lustiger performed the Herculean task of compiling the English commentary from already published sources, unpublished manuscripts, transcripts of relevant tapes, notes, and reliable reports of the Rav’s thoughts. Complete with the Hebrew text with vocalization and cantillation signs, an English translation of the Torah text, Rashi’s commentary, and an eloquent and original Torah commentary, the Chumash Mesoras HaRav is perfect for synagogue, home, and school use. The Rav’s teachings on the Chumash have never been more easily accessible, and readers will welcome this monumental work with the same enthusiasm with which they have welcomed and embraced the Mesorat HaRav Haggadah, Kinot, and Siddur. This commentary provides entrée to the Rav’s writings like never before and encourages readers to explore the Rav’s extensive library of published works.Click here to view the complete commentary on Parashas Vayikra!

Letters of the Chofetz Chaim 2 Vol. Set IS AT KESHER STAM

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The Schottenstein Ed. Mishnah Elucidated Gryfe Ed Seder Nezikin Volume 2 Tractates: Bava Basra, Sanhedrin, Makkos and Shevuos IS AT KESHER STAM

The Schottenstein Edition Talmud created a revolution in Gemara study. Now, the breakthrough format is available for the Mishnah as well. Ideal for: Mishnah learning for yahrzeits and sheloshim Students or parents helping their children with homework Beginners new to Mishnah study Anyone looking to review basic Mishnah The Schottenstein Edition of the Mishnah Elucidated features: Full vowelized Hebrew text of the Mishnah, and full text of "the Rav's" (Rabbeinu Ovadiah of Bertinoro) classic Mishnah commentary. Phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation, following the Schottenstein Edition Talmud format, based on the interpretation of Rabbeinu Ovadiah of Bertinoro, adds words and phrases to make the Mishnah text read smoothly and clearly. Notes to clarify and explain the Mishnah further by drawing on the Gemara or other classic Mishnah commentaries. General introductions to each masechta discuss many important concepts. Many detailed diagrams and illustrations.Print discount here.

OU TORAH Mishnah Brurah Iyun Chaburah(DIRSHU) Don’t Jump the Gun! Early Shemona Esrei Errors By Rabbi Ephraim Glatt, JD

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Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah, liquid batter OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. Do liquid batters such as cake batters require hafrashas challah? Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 329:2) writes that liquid batters also require hafrashas challah, provided that they contain the amount of flour for which one takes challah. However, according to Rabbeinu Tam, challah can only be taken after the batter has been baked. Therefore, one should first bake the cake and then cut off a small piece for hafrashas challah. Alternatively, one can pour off a small amount of batter into a cupcake tin, and bake it alongside the cake. After the cakes are removed from the oven, one should take the cupcake out of the tin and place it on top of the pan of cake and cover them with a towel. Then one should declare the cupcake challah. However, some will not make a beracha on hafrashas challah on cake in deference to the opinion of Aruch Hashulchan (329:15).

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ywn Aneinu Tehillim – HaGaon HaRav Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, Rosh Yeshiva In Ponevez, In Critical Condition

Doctors in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital on Wednesday reported a severe deterioration in the condition of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz Shlita, a Rosh Yeshiva in Ponavezh in Bnei Brak. The Rosh Yeshiva has been placed on a respirator and is in need of Rachmei Shomayim. The next 2 days are critical. May we hear besoros tovos. The tzibur is asked to be mispallel for Chaim Shlomo ben Tzeita Leah bsoch sha’ar cholei yisroel. (YWN World Headquarters)

[Aneinu] Update on Sarah bas Dina (Kallah from the bus crash)

Sarah bas Dina, has fever and an infection, please redouble your davening and tehillim efforts for her! Here's the link if you want to do it online. Thanks. So far 21 books of tehillim have been recited from this link

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Testing Today

Please daven for Shelly bas Rona who is having serious testing done today.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XX Tetzaveh THE ZIKA VIRUS TRAVEL ADVISORY Is it halachically permitted to travel to locales with communicable diseases? By: Rabbi Yosef Fund

The most recent outbreak of the Zika virus began in April 2015 in Brazil, and subsequently spread to other countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The virus has been linked to many cases of severe birth defects, including microcephaly and Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS). Recently, World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged pregnant women against travel to about two dozen countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing. Does the Torah allow a person travel to a country which has been infected by the virus? Are there any prohibitions against potentially endangering an unborn child?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XX Tetzaveh WHO IS ENTITLED TO THE MALPRACTICE BENEFIT OF A MARRIED WOMAN? Settled claims as they relate to inheritance. By Rav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad L’inyonei Mishpot, Lakewood

In a very unfortunate situation, a woman was admitted to the hospital to undergo a medical procedure. The procedure was performed unsuccessfully, and the woman passed away. After a few months, the husband hired a lawyer to sue the hospital for medical malpractice. The hospital wanted to settle with the husband and offered him $800,000, of which roughly $300,000 would go directly to the lawyer and the remaining $500,000 to the husband. The husband did not have the greatest of relationships with his children, and except for the lawyer’s portion, intended to keep the entire sum to himself. Now the father was asking them to sign off on a release that the hospital was requiring in order to settle with the father. The children felt that they were entitled to a portion, or all of the payment, and inquired from Bais Din what would be the halachic ruling in this case. They did not wish to cause conflict with their father if they didn't have a halachic right. They wanted to know if they had a right al pi halacha. Who should receive these monies?

Bais Havaad Halacha Journal Volume 5776 Issue XX Tetzaveh AUDIO: MAY A KOHEN ENTER A HOSPITAL?

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NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH Revealing The Revealed Parshat Tesaveh 5776 By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

As Parshat Tezaveh continues with instructions for building the Mishkan, Hashem links the Tabernacle not only with dwelling among Bnei Yisroel and the sanctity that would generate, but also with Bnei Yisroel knowing that it was Hashem Who took us out of Egypt to be our God. Two very logical questions arise, as proposed by Rabbi Lugassi in B’Yam Derech: First, we know that Hashem’s presence is everywhere. How can it be “contained” within the structure of the Mishkan? Second, Now that we no longer have a Mishkan or its successor, the Beit Hamikdosh, how can we continue to feel God’s presence among us? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein .

NAALEH.COM Parshat Tetzavah: Losing the Self By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In discussing Parshat Tetzaveh, Rabbi Reichman analyzes the making of the Menorah in the Mishkan and provides insight into our ultimate relationship with G-d.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Tetzaveh: Spiritual Clothing By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this shiur (Torah class) on Parshat Tetzaveh, Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses the clothing of the Kohen Gadol. The Shem MiShmuel explains the significance of these unique garments. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Tetzaveh 5776

Toronto Torah for Tetzaveh 5776 includes articles on the parshah, Rabbi David Fohrman on Gan Eden, bringing trees into synagogues, the Avnei Nezer, the end of the first Gulf War and more

OU TORAH Tetzaveh 5776 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Almost the entire Torah reading of this week concerns itself in great detail with the garments of Aharon and his descendants as they performed their duties first in the Mishkan/Tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. The obvious question is why should the Torah devote so much space and detail to such a technical matter. Of what major significance is what those garments looked like and of what materials they were manufactured?


I rarely if ever write about politicians. Politics always dominates the news because it is at one and the same time very personal and nevertheless very consequential nationally and internationally. But it is a pretty vicious sport, so my pacifist nature overrules my otherwise inquisitive nature. But there is a phenomenon in the American political scene that I feel is worthy of my commenting on it.

OU TORAH and CHABAD.ORG Inspiration and Perspiration By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Beethoven rose each morning at dawn and made himself coffee. He was fastidious about this: each cup had to be made with exactly sixty beans, which he counted out each time. He would then sit at his desk and compose until 2:00 or 3:00 PM. Subsequently he would go for a long walk, taking with him a pencil and some sheets of music paper to record any ideas that came to him on the way. Each night after supper he would have a beer, smoke a pipe, and go to bed early, 10:00 PM at the latest.

RAV KOOK ON Tetzaveh Part 2: Clothes of Dignity and Beauty

“Make sacred clothes for your brother Aaron, for dignity and beauty.... They will be used to consecrate him and make him a priest to Me.” (Ex. 28:2-3) Why Do We Wear Clothes?

RAV KOOK ON Tetzaveh Part 1: The High Priest's Clothes and the Convert

The Talmud (Shabbat 31a) tells the story of three Gentiles who wished to convert. In each case, they were initially rejected by the scholar Shamai, known for his strictness, but they were later accepted and converted by the famously modest Hillel.

OU TORAH ONE+ONE Ruth By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. רֹאֶיךָ אֵלֶיךָ יַשְׁגִּיחוּ אֵלֶיךָ יִתְבּוֹנָנוּ הֲזֶה הָאִישׁ מַרְגִּיז הָאָרֶץ מַרְעִישׁ מַמְלָכוֹת They who see you will look upon you, they will gaze earnestly at you (saying), ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms?’ – Isaiah 14:16 The verse for the name Ruth comes not from the Book of Ruth but from the Book of Isaiah – and it references the Book of Daniel! The Abarbanel explains that this verse refers to the incident in Daniel chapter 4, in which Nebuchadnezzar took leave of his senses and lived like an animal for seven years. Isaiah predicted that the mighty Nebuchadnezzar would be humbled so that no one would recognize him as the monarch who had once terrorized the world.

YWN Eliav Gellman (30) HY’D, Father Of Two, Killed By IDF Fire During Palestinian Terror Attack At Gush Junction

30-year-old Eliav Gellman HY’D, is the latest victim of Palestinian terror. Eliav, who is a resident of Karmei Tzur, and an IDF reserve duty Captain, was R”L killed by errant IDF gunfire during a Palestinian stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction on Wednesday. According to an initial investigation, Elieav was apparently attacked and stabbed by Palestinian terrorist Mamduh Amro. IDF forces at the scene fired multiple shots at the terrorist in order to neutralize the terrorist, but tragically struck Eliav. Ads By Artscroll: Click Here! Following the attack he was rushed in critical condition to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where doctors tried to save his life. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Levaya details to be announced. Boruch Dayan HaEmmes… (YWN World Headquarters – NYC) - See more at:

Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah, store bought dough OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. I sometimes buy several bags of pizza dough from the supermarket, and bake them together. Do I need to take challah? A. Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 330:1) writes that the dough of a non-Jew is exempt from the mitzvah of hafrashas challah. This is true, even if the dough is later given to a Jew who bakes it into bread. If the dough was made by a Jewish owned company that is certified by the OU, you can be assured that the OU arranged for challah to be taken.

Jewish press Israeli Critically Wounded in Terror Attack at Gush Etzion Junction By Hana Levi Julian

An Arab terrorist attacked an Israeli, around 12:20 PM on Wednesday, at the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea, about 15 minutes south of Jerusalem. The terrorist attempted to stab one Israeli at a hitchhiking post. The Israeli managed to pull out his pistol to defend himself. The terrorist was neutralized by IDF gunfire. The terrorist is listed in moderate condition and was evacuated to the hospital. It now appears that the intended Israeli victim was shot by friendly fire from the IDF soldiers neutralizing the terrorist. The victim was treated by medics before being evacuated in critical condition to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center with a chest wound. His name for your prayers is: Eliav ben Sara Rachel.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah- whole wheat OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. If I normally only make a beracha when I make a dough with 5 pounds of flour, is the amount the same when I use whole wheat flour (which includes the bran)? A. Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 324:3) writes that bran counts towards the amount needed for challah, provided that the bran was not first removed. However, if the bran was sifted out, even if afterwards it is recombined, it can no longer be counted. In some mills, when they make whole wheat flour, the bran is not separated. However, in other mills, the bran is sifted out and then metered back in and would not count for the measurement of challah. What makes this more confusing, is that some mills employ both systems, and the two methods create identical products. Since the bran constitutes approximately 14% of the kernel weight, because of the uncertainty as to whether the bran was removed, if you intend to say a beracha, you should add 14% more flour. So instead of using 5 pounds of flour, you should use about 5.7 lbs.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for the sister of an Aneinu member, Atara Bat Elka,  who will be having heart surgery on February 29, 2016. 

Halacha Yomis - Hafrashas challah guidelines OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Q. What is the size of dough that requires hafrashas challah? A. Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 324:1) writes that the mitzvah of hafrashas challah depends exclusively on the volume of flour. If a Jew makes dough from one or more of the five grains (wheat, barley, spelt, oats, rye) that contains the volume of 43.2 beitzim (eggs) of flour then challah must be taken. However, there is a wide ranging dispute as to how to measure the volume of an egg. Since, the ratio of volume to weight for flour is known; it is more common to state the amount of flour that will require hafrashas challah in pounds. From slightly more than half a 5 lb. bag of flour, until slightly less than a full bag of flour, challah should be taken without a beracha On a full 5 lb. bag of flour, challah should be taken with a beracha.

Halacha Yomis - fleishig onion, pareve food processor OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

I cut an onion with a fleishig knife and then accidentally put the onion into my pareve food processor. Is my food processor still pareve, or does it need to be kashered? There is a disagreement among poskim as to the status of this food processor. The Magen Avrohom (451:31) writes that if one cut a spicy food, such as ginger, with a fleishig knife, and then crushed the ginger in a grinder, the grinder would become fleishig. Subsequent spicy foods that are put in the grinder will become fleishig as well. However, the Even Ha’ozer (Y.D. 96:3) disagrees, and shows that most poskim hold that the food processor remains pareve. The accepted position is that the food processor remains pareve, however it is considered praiseworthy to kasher the blade of the food processor.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

[Aneinu] The Sperling Family needs our help, please!

BS"D The Sperling family is completely focused on their daughter Sarah bas Dina's complex medical condition and IY"H her recovery from the terrible #402 bus crash Sunday, February 14, 2016. At this time, they are confronted by many financial challenges, including IY"H her upcoming wedding scheduled for March 9, 2016 (which Rav Kanievsky Shlita paskened not to change). Besides caring for their children (including one special needs child), they now face many previously unexpected costs and are in need of major financial assistance. Some of the mounting expenses now include: • Daily commute from Jerusalem to Asaf Haroeh Medical Center (a 114 km/71 mile round-trip) • Psychological support and treatment for their other daughter, also injured in the bus accident • Babysitting for their special needs child, as both parents spend each day at the hospital • Legal fees for filing claims (Please note that the major claim may only be filed at the end of the period of Rehabilitation for Sarah, which has not begun yet because she is still in the acute phase of treatment.) • Long-term commuting expenses to the rehabilitation facility, which will likely be either Tel HaShomer or Beit Levenshtein, both located in the Tel Aviv area We are trying to raise $50,000 to reduce the burden on the Sperlings. Your generous donation will go a long way towards easing the stress and pressure on this wonderful family and will help them focus on Sarah's recovery and her wedding! There are several ways you can make your tax-deductible donation: • Online, via Paypal or credit card, at: Note: On the final payment page, which reads "Please Review Your Donation," please click on "Add Special Instructions to the Seller," which appears right below the words "American Friends of Nimla Tal". In that field, please write: "For Sperling Family." • Via wire transfer: American Friends of Nimla Tal Inc. Account number: 559 003111 Eastern Savings Bank Routing number: 252070639 Pikesville Branch 1417 Reisterstown Road 21208-9933 Please include a notation: For Sperling Family • Via check: American Friends of Nimla Tal, Inc. (IRS Number 52-2050166) c/o Fishkind 3215 Shelburne Road Baltimore, MD 21208 Please note Sperling Family on your check. Or, you can go to: and give through that website! all the best, debby

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ywn BDE: 21-Year-Old Terror Victim Stabbed In Rami Levi Supermarket Has Been Niftar

One of the victims stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in the Rami Levy Supermarket attack on Thursday afternoon , has R”L died of his injuries. The name of the 21-year-old male victim has not been released by hospital officials. As YWN reported earlier, two shoppers in the supermarket were stabbed by two Palestinian terrorists. They were neutralized by an armed man inside the store The 21-year-old victim was rushed to Sha’arei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where doctors desperately tried saving the mans life. Unfortunately, he was just Niftar. The second victim, a 36-year-old victim remains in moderate condition. As YWN reported, he is a member of the Community Council. His name for Tehillim is Avi ben Chemda Avital

YWN TEHILLIM – Two Victims In Rami Levi Supermarket Stabbing Attack

The Shomron community of Tel Tzion reports one of the victims of Thursday’s stabbing attack is a member of the community council. His name is Avi ben Chemda Avital. Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital reports a 36-year-old make is in moderate condition, alert and conscious, having sustained stab wounds to his upper body. Ads By Artscroll: Click Here! The second victim, 21, is in Shaare Zedek Hospital, reportedly in serious condition. His name is Tuvia Yanai ben Orli. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

Halacha Yomis - fleishig onion, pareve food processor OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

cut an onion with a fleishig knife and then accidentally put the onion into my pareve food processor. Is my food processor still pareve, or does it need to be kashered? There is a disagreement among poskim as to the status of this food processor. The Magen Avrohom (451:31) writes that if one cut a spicy food, such as ginger, with a fleishig knife, and then crushed the ginger in a grinder, the grinder would become fleishig. Subsequent spicy foods that are put in the grinder will become fleishig as well. However, the Even Ha’ozer (Y.D. 96:3) disagrees, and shows that most poskim hold that the food processor remains pareve. The accepted position is that the food processor remains pareve, however it is considered praiseworthy to kasher the blade of the food processor.

OU TORAH Pre-Davening Showers By Rabbi Ephraim Glatt, JD

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[Aneinu] Please Say Tehillim - Surgery this morning

Please say Tehillim for Shlomo Ben Aviva Rivka, a young boy having surgery this morning.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Halacha Yomis - How fleishig are my onions? OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

I ate a salad that contained onions that were cut with a fleishig knife. Must I now wait 6 hours before eating dairy? In this case, one need not wait 6 hours. Rabbi Akiva Eiger (Y.D. 89:Shach 19) explains that even if one drank vinegar that had been cooked in a fleishig pot, one would not need to wait 6 hours after drinking this vinegar. Although vinegar is a sharp food that absorbs the full taste of the meat from the pot, still it is not quite the same as eating meat itself. The same holds true for the onions. Although they must be treated as fleishigs, but in this one regard, it is more lenient. There is no need to wait 6 hours after eating these onions.

Bais Havaad Halacha Journal Volume 5776 Issue XIX TerumahMEDICINE BEYOND THEIR MEANS by: Rabbi Gershon Meltzer

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Bais Havaad Halacha Journal Volume 5776 Issue XIX Terumah CHARGE FOR THE CURE by: Rabbi Ariel Ovadia

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Bais Havaad Halacha Journal Volume 5776 Issue XIX Terumah AUDIO: COMMITMENTS OF THE HEART by: Rav Shlomo Cohen

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NAALEH.COM YU TORAH Tribute To The Tachash By: Mrs, Shira Smiles

Parshat Terumah contains the beautiful verse that reveals Hashem’s love for us. He tells us, “Make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” The parsha then continues with detailed instructions on how to build the structure and all the vessels necessary for the services to be conducted therein. Obviously, something of this symbolic significance must be invested with much thought and meaning in every piece of material and in every inch of its structure. It is with this in mind that we will focus on one element of the Mishkan, of the sanctuary Bnei Yisroel were to build. Click here Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.

NAALEH.COM Parshat Terumah: The Mishkan By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In his shiur on Parshat Terumah, Rabbi Reichman discusses the concept of the Mishkan as the physical representative of our connection to the One Above.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Terumah 5776

Toronto Torah for Terumah 5776 includes articles on the parshah, Dr. Cyril Domb's "Maaser Kesafim", the mitzvah of appointing judges, the Pri Chadash, changing communal minhagim, and the passing of Rav Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht zt"l

OU TORAH Terumah 5776 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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CHABAD.ORG The Benefit of Sacrifice Life Lessons from Parshat Terumah By Yehoshua B. Gordon

Following revelation at Sinai, the Jewish people were instructed to contribute and construct the Divine Sanctuary. What does it mean to make a home for G-d?


There is traditional opinion in the works of the commentators to Torah that the construction of the Mishkan/Tabernacle was a form of atonement for the sin of the Jewish people in erecting and worshipping the Golden Calf. So to speak, gold atones for gold. Gold well spent on holiness and goodness atones for gold badly misspent on idolatry and wanton behavior.


Recently, the Secretary General of the United Nations commented, at last, on all of the terrorism against Israeli citizens perpetrated by many Palestinians. In essence, he said that the Israelis had it coming to them since they have been unable to satisfy all of the outrageous demands of the Palestinians that would automatically bring peace and light to our troubled land.

OU TORAH The Gift of Giving By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

t was the first Israelite house of worship, the first home Jews made for God. But the very idea is fraught with paradox, even contradiction. How can you build a house for God? He is bigger than anything we can imagine, let alone build. King Solomon made this point when he inaugurated another house of God, the First Temple: “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain You. How much less this house I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27). So did Isaiah in the name of God himself: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What house can you build for me? Where will my resting place be? (Is. 66:1). Not only does it seem impossible to build a home for God. It should be unnecessary. The God of everywhere can be accessed anywhere, as readily in the deepest pit as on the highest mountain, in a city slum as in a palace lined with marble and gold.

RAV KOOK ON Terumah Part 2: The Tachash and the Erev Rav

The Talmud gives an account of the enigmatic Tachash, a mysterious creature whose beautiful multicolored hide was used as a covering for the Tabernacle: “The Tachash that lived in the time of Moses was a unique species. The Sages could not determine whether it was domesticated or wild. It only appeared at that time for Moses, who used it for the Tabernacle. Then it vanished.” (Shabbat 28b) What is the significance of this unique animal? What was its special connection to Moses, that it made its appearance only during his lifetime? And why did Moses incorporate the colorful Tachash in the Tabernacle, albeit only for its outermost covering?

RAV KOOK ON Terumah Part 1 : Tachash Skins in the Tabernacle

The uppermost covering of the Mishkan, the mobile Tabernacle of the desert, was made from the colorful skins of the Tachash. The exact nature of this unusual animal is not clear. The Sages (Shabbat 28b) were not even sure whether the Tachash was a kosher animal. According to Rabbi Meir, it was a unique, multi-colored creature, with a single horn in its forehead. After the Tachash made its appearance in the time of Moses, it disappeared from sight. How could the holy Tabernacle be constructed from an impure animal? What purpose would this serve?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Stroke

Please daven for Bella bas Basya Batsheva. She had a stroke and is still in the hospital. She has completely lost her speech, and some function of the right arm, but with Hashem's help can rehabilitate in a rehab. Please daven for a refua sheleima for her.

Halacha Yomis - Onions and Knives OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

I cut a raw onion with a fleishig knife, but the knife was clean and had previously not been used for several days. Can I eat this onion with dairy or cook it in a dairy pot? No. Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 96:1) explains that foods that have a sharp taste, such as raw onions, absorb more easily than other foods. The pressure of the knife combined with the sharp flavor of the onion causes the onion to absorb the meat flavor that is present in the knife. This is true even if the knife appears clean and had not been used in many days. Therefore, one may not eat this onion with dairy, nor may they cook the onion in a dairy pot. Moreover, if one did cook the onion in a dairy pot, a shailah should be asked as to whether the pot requires kashering.

Monday, February 15, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Procedure Tuesday Morning

Please daven for the father in law of an Aneinu member, David HaLevi Ben Craindel, who is having a complicated procedure tomorrow morning.

OU TORAH Chana By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. חֲנֹךְ לַנַּעַר עַל פִּי דַרְכּוֹ גַּם כִּי יַזְקִין לֹא יָסוּר מִמֶּנָּה Teach a child in the manner appropriate to him and even when he grows old he will not deviate from it. – Proverbs 22:6 This is an extremely appropriate verse for the name Chana, seeing how hard the Biblical Chana prayed for a child and was rewarded with the great Judge Shmuel (Samuel), who is equated with Moshe and Aharon. The Metzudas Dovid explains that this verse means to train a child in the service of G-d in an age-appropriate manner. What’s appropriate for a 13-year-old may not be appropriate for a five-year-old, and vice versa. If a child is given the right level of instruction at each stage of development, he will retain it throughout a lifetime.

[Aneinu] {Be'er Mayim Chaim} daven for injured victims of yesterday's 402 bus crash in Israel

I was told that according to the mother the name was never changed. Please continue to daven for Sarah bas Dina. Dear Daveners: Below is the urgent request for Sarah and after that the names of others who were injured in yesterday's crash. Please daven and say tehillim for SARAH BAS DINA, a young lady from Neve Yaakov who is in CRITICAL condition from yesterday's 402 bus crash. The information which is written in this email I received from her mother, and she gave me permission to pass it on to you. Her mom is asking everyone who can to PLEASE daven and say tehillim for her. Sarah had undergone 10 hours of surgery to repair a crushed foot, severed hand and other injuries. They had to give her blood thinners when they re-attached the hand which caused even worse blood loss, a precipitous drop in her blood pressure and she has a fever. PLEASE, use the link below to say tehillim for her and keep her in mind in your davening as well as when you sayאשר יצר Her wedding is scheduled for two weeks from now.

[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed - Meningitis

Please daven for a young man, the husband of a former Chicagoan, Yosef Yerachmiel ben Chaya who is in ICU and has been diagnosed with meningitis.

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Rabbi Goldzweig shlita - Surgery 10:00 AM

Please daven for Rabbi Goldzweig shlita, Chaim Tzvi ben Malka, who is having another surgery this morning at 10:00 AM Chicago time.

Halacha Yomis - Onions and Insects OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Do onions need to be checked for insects? Onions are usually clean. However, there are infrequent instances where infestation occurs. In those cases, infestation primarily occurs at the tips of the onion, or in its outer layers. The extent of insect infestation throughout the onion will depend upon the softness of the core. Therefore, it is advisable to cut off the onion tips. Peel off any loose skin or any loose layers of onion. Check that the rest of the onion is firm. Wash onion thoroughly. During the summer months it is recommended to peel off an extra layer.

[Aneinu]List of victims from The Muqata

[News Story] 9:43am Prayers for injured in bus tradgedy Following last night's tragic bus accident on the road from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak the families of the injured have asked everyone to please pray for them. Chaya Sara bat Dina (who is fighting for her life) Bracha bat Dina Nurit bat Monique Chaya Avigal bat Alice Esther bat Simcha Menashe ben Naima Simcha Edna bat Jaquline Yosef ben Sarah L'refuah shleimah

Aneinu Name added Urgent! Please Daven

A name has been added to the Kallah who was in the bus crash. It is now Chaya Sara bas Dena.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Aneinu Urgent! Please Daven

Two sisters from neve yaakov who were in bus crash in urgent need of tehilim. One of them is a kalla: Bracha bas dena Sara bas dena (the kalla)

Aneinu Please Daven

Please keep in mind Devorah Chana bas Zlata over the next few days. IyH we should hear bsoros tovos! פרק כ


From Israel: There has been an horrific crash on HWY 1, the 5:40 p.m. 402 bus Departing from Yerushalayim going to Bnei Brak somewhere near Latrun hit a Tractor/Trailer bus with a Crane attached whose driver was an Arab hap apparently parked on the side of the road, but potruding into the lane of traffic. Apparently the bus did not see that it was potruding into the lane, and the entire side of of the bus was "sliced off" in this horrific occurrence.  At least 5 people are dead R"L among them 3 children.  I don't have names, but just daven that HK"B take care of the injured, at least one is in critical condition.  The total numbers of injured are not yet determined. May HK"B help the families who lost relatives in this horrible crash.         Additionally, 2 children were in a car accident on Friday  going to cheder. one child was lightly injured. (4 yr. old).  The 5 yr. old is in serious condition.  Please daven for the next week for Yehuda ben Miriam.  One week until 21-Feb 2016.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Halacha Yomis - Making Sushi on Shabbos OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant (1987-2016)

Is it permissible to make Sushi on Shabbos? Is it muktza? (A subscriber's question) Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 308:32) writes that unsalted raw fish is muktza, because it serves no purpose on Shabbos. However in our days, if one has cuts of raw fish that are edible as sushi, then they are not muktza. However, Rav Belsky, zt”l, questioned whether one may make sushi on Shabbos. The Chayei Adam 39:1 writes that the melacha of boneh (building) applies to food as well, and that attaching foods together to produce a desired picture or shape, is included in this prohibition. Since shaping sushi might be included in this prohibition, Rav Belsky, zt”l, recommended that one should not make sushi on Shabbos with the intent of making a specific design or pattern. Daf Yomi

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NSN That’s Life with Miriam L. Wallach – February 11, 2016

Miriam L. Wallach interviews Joanna Shebson of here for video

NEW FROM OU TORAH Mitzvos HaShkulos – Introduction Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen

Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen teaches Sefer Mitzvos Hashkulos by Rav Shlomo Volbe ztz”l.

Mitokh Ha-Ohel, From Within the Tent: The Shabbat Prayers IS ON AMAZON

Mitokh Ha-Ohel: The Shabbat Prayers, is the fourth volume of the widely praised series that showcases original essays by rabbis and professors from Yeshiva University. The new volume, provides a unique perspective on the words and themes of our Shabbat prayers. Sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press, the fourth installment of Mitokh Ha-Ohel (literally "from within the tent") brings together a diverse range of scholars and rabbinic thinkers, the multi-faceted voices of Yeshiva University, to elucidate and explore the Shabbat siddur from a wide range of approaches, including textual analysis, homiletic exposition, halachic (Jewish law) analysis and academic exploration. "This unique volume endeavors to represent the themes of the Torah obligation motivating Shabbat prayer, namely remembering the Shabbat and its holiness through intense and serious study of its themes and values, as well as bringing many voices together into one house, one tent, to focus on the prayers and the praises of the day," said Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, co-editor of the Mitokh Ha-Ohel series, rosh yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an instructor at the Sy Syms School of Business. "As the prayers we recite on Shabbat are built upon the Chumash, Nevi'im, and Ketuvim; the Mishnah, the Talmud, and the Midrash; history, philosophy, and poetry; foundations and directives of halacha, hashkafah, and minhag; the Yeshiva University family, which comprises experts and specialists in all of these fields, is uniquely positioned to assume this task." While Mitokh Ha-Ohel: The Shabbat Prayers includes essays from returning contributors, quite a few new contributors are featured as well. Like the first three volumes of the series, this 300+-page anthology is co-edited by Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman and Dr. Stuart W. Halpern.Order here.

NSN Jewish Unity Initiative: Nachum Segal presents JM in the AM from Pinah Chamah at Tzomet HaGush, Israel

Nachum Segal and company wrapped up their solidarity mission to Israel with a visit to Pinah Chamah at Tzomet HaGush. Guests to this morning’s show included Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, Rav Shimshon Jacob and students of the Kemach Institute, Meir Kruter, David Ehrlich of Gili’s Goodies, Eve Harrow, host of Rejuvenation with Eve Harow for The Land of Israel Network, Ruthie Gillis, the Honorable Mayor Oded Revivi of Efrat, Yishai Fleisher, Simon Jacob, and a heroic member of the IDF named Ohad. Once again, producer David Fadida came through with some great live music as Nachum and the listeners were treated to the beautiful music of Shlomo Katz.Click here for video.

OU TORAH Yerushalmi – Berachos 66 By Rabbi Yosef Grossman

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