Thursday, June 30, 2016

From Muqata Aneinu Please Daven

9:31pm Current list of names for prayers Yehoshua ben Esther -- wounded in Kiryat Arba attack. Shachar ben Ayelet (IDF officer seriously wounded by bomb attack on Tuesday evening, May 10th) Matan ben Sara (soldier seriously wounded in ramming attack near Dolev) Eden bat Rachel (15 year old girl very seriously wounded in bus bomb attack in Jerusalem) May they all have a refuah shelaima -- a full and speedy recovery among all the sick and wounded of Israel.

OU TORAH Bava Kama Daf 25 Bais Havaad The Daf In Halacha Chosen Mishpat Stories

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OU TORAH Bava Kama Daf 22 Bais Havaad The Daf In Halacha A Car, a Dent, and a Note

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OU TORAH Bava Kama Daf 21 Bais Havaad The Daf In Halacha My Cousin the Squatter

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THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha HAVE A SAFE TRIP Get ready to hit the road this summer with a guide to Hilchos Tefillas HaDerech By: Rabbi Moshe Pinchasi, Posek for the SHC

Whether it is a family trip, camping trip, heading upstate or even touring Eretz Yisroel, many of us plan to hit the road this summer. A recent AAA survey found that nearly 56 percent of U.S. drivers are planning a road trip this summer, taking advantage of the lowest gas prices since 2005. However, the same survey found, that nearly 70 percent of drivers are concerned about the condition of U.S. roads for their trip. “With a record 38 million Americans traveling this past Memorial Day weekend and more expected over the course of the summer, it is important that roads are safe”, said Jill Ingrassia, AAA Managing Director of Government Relations & Traffic Safety Advocacy. “An estimated $170 billion per year in additional funding is still needed to significantly improve America’s crumbling roads and bridges.” While safe roads and safe driving are essential in ensuring our safety this summer season, Chazal give us another tool to help protect us from potential harm: Tefillas HaDerech. This article will examine the various Halachos pertaining to Tefillas HaDerech.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha Pennies on the Dollar Debt settlement in Halacha: can lenders reclaim discounted loans? By: Rav Baruch M. Levine, Dayan at the Bais HaVaad

We all take on too much. Often customers invest in their businesses with the hope that they will be able to advance only to find that the specific venture was not profitable and they are left with a pile of bills. Let us take the example of a customer who had fallen on hard times and had outstanding bills to the tune of 25,000 dollars. One day, he came over to the vendor and said that although he didn’t really have any money to pay, he would somehow scrape together 10,000 dollars to pay him if he agreed to accept it as full payment. Afraid that he would otherwise not get paid at all, he agreed to this settlement. He paid the 10,000 dollars and the vendor signed a letter stating that his bill had been settled in full. A few years later, the customer’s financial situation seems to have improved and the vendor would now like to collect the rest of the outstanding debt. Is there any way one can retract their past agreement to discharge his debt?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha AMBIGUOUS CONTRACTS How much can ambiguity in a contract cost (or benefit) you in Bais Din? By: Rabbi Yosef Greenwald

Diamond Dealers In the diamond business, many deals are conducted based on trust. It may take just a handshake to close a deal worth millions of dollars. However, without a clear contract in hand, what happens when there are ambiguous terms in the agreement? How can these differences of opinion be resolved? For example, Reuven has a supply of diamonds, and Shimon is in the retail diamond business. Shimon looks at the inventory and agrees to buy Reuven’s diamonds. Reuven still wants to display his wares to other buyers, so they write up a contract which obligates Reuven to sell his diamonds to Shimon on a certain date. In the interim, the price of diamonds has gone up. When Shimon arrives to make his purchase, Reuven says that he agreed to sell diamonds, but he is only selling two of them. Shimon argues that the agreement was to sell the entire group of diamonds that was discussed previously. Reuven says that he can decide how many diamonds he wishes to sell, and that he is selling the minimum of two. Who is in the right?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha WAITING AFTER AGED CHEESE Defining modern-day hard cheeses as “aged” By: OU Kosher HALACHA YOMIS

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016 Q. The OU certifies crackers and popcorn with parmesan seasoning. Since parmesan is a hard cheese that requires one who ate it to wait six hours before eating meat, do I similarly need to wait six hours after eating these snacks, before eating meat? A.If the seasoning is primarily made from parmesan cheese, then one should wait six hours (or whatever one’s custom is). However, cheese seasonings are often made with enzyme modified cheese (EMC) which is mixed and essentially diluted with other bulkier ingredients, such as whey or blander cheese powders. In volume, the other ingredients constitute the majority of the seasoning. Yad Yehuda (Y.D. 89, 30) writes that a hard cheese which is blended into another food and softened through cooking does not necessitate waiting six hours. Similarly, in the case of enzyme modified cheese, Rav Schachter explained that since it is actually a soft cheese (albeit with a very strong flavor), once it is diluted to become a fraction of the seasoning, one would not have to wait after eating.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha PROscribed Parking Is one allowed to park on a church’s parking lot? by: HaRav Chaim Weg, Shlit"a

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THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVII Beha'alosecha TALKING ABOUT mOSHE The details of the story of Miriam in Halacha and Hashkafa by: Rav Avrohom Y. Cohen

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NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH Experiencing Escape By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

After Bnei Yisroel received the Torah, they journeyed from Har Sinai for three days. Their entry into Eretz Yisroel appears imminent. But here the Torah interrupts the journey with a short passage bracketed by two inverted letter “nun”s. The inserted passage refers to the Holy Ark traveling and rising to destroy the enemies of Hashem, and then returning to rest among the myriads of Bnei Yisroel. Our sages ask why the Torah interrupts the narrative with these verses? What can we read between the lines and between the inverted “nun”s? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein .

NAALEH.COM Parshat Behaalotcha: Aharon's Unique Mission By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

Rabbi Reichman discusses Aharon and Hashem's interchange, in this week's Parsha, regarding his service in the Mishkan, based on the Shem Mishmuel's understanding of the essence of a Kohen's role among the Jewish People. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Behaalotcha 5776

Toronto Torah for Behaalotcha 5776 includes articles on the parshah, the Orthodox Forum on Conversion, Intermarriage and Jewish Identity, hasagat gvul, the Ketzot haChoshen, the founding of Alon Shevut and more!

OU TORAH Behaaloscha 5776 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Important Tests Thursday

A Chicagoan, Yisroel Yehuda ben Dena Sara will be having some critical tests tomorrow, Thursday. Please daven that all go well, and he should have a refuah sheleima and live a long, healthy life!

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Now

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Reuven ben Younes who is having serious surgery right now..


Somehow, things start to go very wrong for Moshe and the Jewish people regarding their sojourn in the desert of Sinai, on their way to the Promised Land of Israel. The defection of Yitro, though for honorable and seemingly noble reasons, weakens the resolution of the rest of Israel to somehow enter and conquer their God-given homeland.


My beloved friend and study partner from my yeshiva days in Chicago, Rabbi Chaim Zelig Fasman, passed away recently. I was really brought up very short and greatly distressed at learning of his passing. Even though seventy years and the space of great continents separated us, one never forgets or is really distant from one’s learning partner – we studied together on a daily basis for nine years during our yeshiva days.

OU TORAH From Despair to Hope Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

There have been times when one passage in today’s parsha was for me little less than life-saving. No leadership position is easy. Leading Jews is harder still. And spiritual leadership can be hardest of them all. Leaders have a public face that is usually calm, upbeat, optimistic and relaxed. But behind the fa├žade we can all experience storms of emotion as we realise how deep are the divisions between people, how intractable are the problems we face, and how thin the ice on which we stand. Perhaps we all experience such moments at some point in our lives, when we know where we are and where we want to be, but simply cannot see a route from here to there. That is the prelude to despair.

RAV KOOK ON BeHa'alotecha Part 2: Great Dreams

Unlike the unique clarity of Moses’ prophecy, ordinary prophecy is communicated through the medium of visions and dreams: “If someone among you experiences Divine prophecy, I will make Myself known to him in a vision; I will speak to him in a dream.” (Num. 12:6)

RAV KOOK ON Beha'alotecha Part 1: The Seven Lamps of the Menorah

“Speak to Aaron and tell him, ‘When you light the lamps, the seven lamps should shine towards the center of the Menorah.'” (Num. 8:2) Menorah Why does the Torah emphasize this particular detail — that the seven lamps should face the center of the Menorah? Why not begin with the overall mitzvah — to light the Menorah each evening? Also, what is the significance of the Menorah’s seven branches?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso WEDDING WISHES Who is entitled to choose the Mesader Kiddushin?

Mazel tov! After weeks of sleepless nights and an inordinate amount of phone calls, Ari, the “best boy” in his Yeshiva, and Leah, the “biggest Baalas Chesed” in her community, have decided to get engaged. Now, after exchanging gifts and choosing a wedding date, hall, photographer, band, florist, printer, and of course – color scheme, they are ready for the truly important question: Who will be Mesader Kiddushin (officiate) at the wedding? The Kallah comes from an illustrious family, and her maternal grandfather is a well-known Rav, while the Chassan learns in a prestigious Yeshiva and his Rosh Yeshivah is also a Talmid Chacham of note. So who gets to choose? In fact, this question has been a topic of discussion – and debate – for many, many years.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso CHILD CUSTODY IN HALACHA Messy divorces often center around child-custody battles. What is the directive of Halacha in these situations? By: Rabbi Yitzchok Grossman

Questions of child custody – who is awarded the custody of children upon the dissolution of a marriage due to death, divorce or separation – occupy an odd place in the halachos of Even Ha'Ezer. While these questions are today among the most crucial, and often most hotly contested, points of dispute between the former spouses and / or their families, there is remarkably little Gemara on point, and exactly one seif in the Shulchan Aruch on the topic.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso LETTERS OF UNDERSTANDING Making or breaking a binding letter of understanding By: Rabbi Yehoshua Wolfe, Dayan, Bais HaVaad

Businesses cannot run without a sense of certainty that deals or agreements between parties will not be suddenly aborted or changed. To secure this, businesses often rely on a letter of understanding, also known as a letter of intent, which is a formal text, commonly used to confirm the details of a verbal agreement. Drafting a letter of understanding can be a real asset in various transactions such as purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, lease agreements, and more. What is the Halacha when the two parties do not agree on the letter of understanding? Can the terms of the letter be enforced?

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso Cholov Yisrael in Modern Times Applications of the prohibition of Cholov Yisroel in the modern dairy industry By: OU Kosher HALACHA YOMIS

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis This column is dedicated in memory of: Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Reb Dov HaLevi Belsky, zt'l Senior OU Kosher Halachic Consultant from 1987-2016 Q: I only consume Cholov Yisroel products, but I have heard that butter is acceptable even if it is not made from Cholov Yisroel milk. May I purchase non-Cholov Yisroel butter? A: Whether butter from unsupervised milk is permitted is the subject of a machlokes amongst the Geonim and Rishonim (see Rambam Hil. Ma’achalos Asuros 3:16, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 115:3). The Rambam and Shulchan Aruch permit such butter, in the absence of any preexisting custom to prohibit it, because milk from non-kosher animal species cannot be churned into butter. Hence, we are certain that butter comes from kosher milk, and there is no need for the milk to be supervised. However, in our contemporary era, butter often contains starter distillate, a dairy flavor produced from the condensate of fermented milk, which is added to butter to enhance its taste. According to Rav Belsky, zt”l, butter that contains starter distillate (often included on the butter’s ingredient panel under the general category of “natural flavor”) does not have the above leniency, as the heter applies only to butter churned from pure cream and not to butter that contains other dairy additives.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso KOSHERING UTENSILS A practical guide to the Halachos of koshering pots, pans and other utensils by: Rabbi Chaim Weg

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THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5776 Issue XXXVI Nasso TAKING A CENSUS AND TAKING STOCK Counting the Jewish people and counting one’s possessions by: Rabbi Dov Bressler

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NAALEH.COM Parshat Nasso: Fighting Evil By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this Torah class on Parshat Nasso, Rabbi Hershel Reichman uses a Chassidic approach based on the Shem MiSHmuel,to explain the differences of service of G-d among the sons of Levi.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Naso 5776

Toronto Torah for Naso 5776 includes articles on the parshah, Rabbi Yisrael Lipschitz (Tiferet Yisrael), the First Crusade and more.

OU TORAH Naso 5776 Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Tomorrow

Please daven for Chicagoan, Leah bas Joan who will be having serious surgery tomorrow, Thursday.


The role of the Levites in Jewish life was a very important one, even though it was not always completely delineated and defined. The essential task of the Levites was to serve as the caretakers in charge of the maintenance of the holy Temple. The Talmud called them "the gatekeepers.” They were, so to speak, the maintenance staff of the Temple, assisting the priests in their tasks, though not actually performing the rituals of sacrifice and incense that made up the Temple service.


No matter what official calendars may say, there is no question that the summer has arrived here in Israel. We have had quite a number of hot spells already and there will undoubtedly be many more over the coming months. Summer generally has become synonymous with leisure, vacations, trips and a more relaxed view of life.

OU TORAH The Blessing of Love Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

At 176 verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that has had the greatest impact over the course of history, is very short indeed and is known by almost every Jew, namely the priestly blessings: The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘Thus shall you bless the Israelites. Say to them: May Lord bless you and protect you; May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ Let them set My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Num. 6:23-27) This is among the oldest of all prayer texts. It was used by the priests in the Temple. It is said today by the cohanim in the reader’s repetition of the Amidah, in Israel every day, in most of the Diaspora only on festivals. It is used by parents as they bless their children on Friday night. It is often said to the bride and groom under the chuppah. It is the simplest and most beautiful of all blessings. It also appears in the oldest of all biblical texts that have physically survived to today. In 1979 the archeologist Gabriel Barkay was examining ancient burial caves at Ketef Hinnom, outside the walls of Jerusalem in the area now occupied by the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. A thirteen-year-old boy who was assisting Barkay discovered that beneath the floor of one of the caves was a hidden chamber. There the group discovered almost one thousand ancient artefacts including two tiny silver scrolls no more than an inch long.

RAV KOOK ON Naso Part 2: Three Priestly Blessings

Birkat Cohanim Aaron and his descendants, the kohanim, were commanded to bless the Jewish people with three special blessings: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying: This is how you must bless the Israelites. Say to them: • May God bless you and watch over you. • May God’s Presence enlighten you and bestow grace to you. • May God lift His face toward you and grant you peace.” (Num. 6:23-26) The third blessing in particular needs clarification. What does it mean that God will “lift His face toward you"?

RAV KOOK ON Naso Part 1 : Tithes and the Sotah

The Suspected Adulteress The first ten chapters of the book of Numbers discuss the organization of the Israelites in the desert. The census, the placement of camps according to tribe, the duties of the Levites, the dedication of the Tabernacle, the inauguration of the Levites - all of these topics pertain to the preparatory arrangements needed to organize the journey of millions in the wilderness.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Tommorow (Tuesday)

Please daaven for my father, Baruch ben Fenya, who is having a serious eye surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Please ask Hashem that both his eye sight and his health be good. Elisheva Vladimirskiy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven

Dear Naaleh Friends, CHAYA RAIZEL BAS DENA, a 31 year old mother of twins, is critically ill and is in great need of our Tefilos and Tehillim.  We must surely tear down the Heavens and beg for Hashem's Rachamim. Please click on the link below and say Tehillim for a zechus for a refuah shelaimah for Raizel bas Dena. There is an opportunity to recite multiple perakim daily.  Please email if you have any questions about this link. Please forward to everyone you know and ask them to please forward to everyone they know. Thank you.

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for a Chicagoan,  Devorah Shoshana bas Menucha Leah, who is going into a delicate surgery in a short while. she and all of cholei yisroel should have a refuah shleima bimheira.

Monday, June 20, 2016

[Aneinu] Please Daven

Please daven for the mother of a Chicagoan, Shana (like Shana Tova) bat Rochel

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Schottenstein Ed. Mishnah Elucidated Gryfe Ed Seder Nezikin Volume 3 Tractates: Eduyos, Avodah Zarah, Avos and Horayos 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.(From Artscroll)I baruch HASHEM was able to finish a few seders for yortzeits and sheloshims.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Aneinu Please Daven

Dear Friends, RAIZEL BAS DENA, a 31 year old mother of twins, is very ill and is in great need of our Tefillos and Tehillim. We must surely tear down the Heavens and beg for Hashem's Rachamim. Please click on the corrected link below and help complete Tehillim and/or to take on a specific mitzvah. If you can also please forward this link to people you know and ask them to forward it, it would be greatly appreciated.