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Korach: Hedonists and Ascetics Unite!

A deeper understanding of the multi-faceted, even contradictory arguments coming from Korach’s camp. The parsha sheds light on the terrible nature of argument as well as gives us better understanding of Judaism’s message. Based on a class by Rav Moshe Lichtenstein http://files.nertamid.net/shiurim/Apps/recordings/Kirschner.mp3Podcast: Download

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Laws of Shabbos #81

Tearing toilet paper on Shabbos is prohibited as it is tearing, a violation of koreiah. If one finds oneself in a situation where there are no tissues or cut toilet paper, one may tear toilet paper in an abnormal fashion, such as resting the paper on their leg and tearing it with their elbow. Though there more »

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Sometimes it IS Too Late Parshas Shelach

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Berkley Breathed “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” – Henry David Thoreau There are no shortage of inspiring quotations telling us that no matter what, we can more »

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Laws of Shabbos #80

There is a Biblical prohibition against tearing an item apart – Koreiah. This was done in the Mishkan when curtains would get holes by insects or wear and tear, they would rip the material a little bit larger than the hole so they could sew it up again. This being the prototype of Koreiah it more »

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Laws of Shabbos #79

Tape cannot be used on Shabbos. Similarly, one should not stick a sticker as it is an extension of ‘sewing.’ A sticky tab on a diaper may be used when putting a diaper on. As opposed to an adhesive which one plans on putting on for a limited amount of time which is forbidden, a more »

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Laws of Shabbos #78

Extensions of the prohibition of sewing are gluing, stapling, and the like. Buttoning and zipping, although they too bring two pieces together, are not considered a form of sewing and are allowed on Shabbos. The reason for this distinction is that the two sides or pieces that are brought together when zipped or buttoned are more »

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Laws of Shabbos #77

Included in the prohibition of sewing is the following scenarios: If the stitching of clothing starts to come undone and one were to pull a thread causing the two pieces of fabric to come close again is a form of sewing. The same is true for a loose button – pulling a loose thread that more »

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Laws of Shabbos #76

One of the 39 prohibitions on Shabbos is called Tofer, which means to combine two pieces of material and make them one through sewing. This was done in the Mishkan when they sewed the curtains together. Extensions of this prohibition (tolados) include taping, stapling, gluing or attaching by any other means. The Rema rules that more »

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Our Letter in the Scroll – Yizkor Shavuos

Last Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg was invited to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. He began by stating that if he gets through the speech it would be the first time he actually finished something at Harvard. As many of you know, Zuckerberg, the 32 year-old founder of Facebook and one the richest men in more »

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Enough About Ivanka! Parshas Bamidbar

E-NOUGH!!! If I read one more article, hear one more comment, or receive one more questions about who allowed Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to travel on Air Force One last Shabbos, I will hit the roof. And no, it was not me. A week and a half ago, a short article in Politico cited more »

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