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Dr David Pelcovitz on Your Child’s Uniqueness – mp3

Dr David Pelcovitz on Your Child’s Uniqueness can be downloaded here.

Rabbi Moshe Gordon on Pesach

The Haggadah relates that: In every generation a person is obligated to regard himself as if he had come out of Mitzrayim, as it is says: “You shall tell your child on that day, it is because of this that Hashem did for me when I left Mitzrayim.” In this mp3, Rabbi Moshe Gordon explores […]

Free Teleconference: Halacha & Harmony: Improving the Relationships within your Home

Halacha & Harmony: Improving the Relationships within your Home Rav Doniel Neustadt, Rosh Av Beis Din, Vaad HaRabbonim of Greater Detroit Date: Wednesday, March 28th Time: 9:30 to 10:00 pm. Call Number: 712-432-1001 Access Code: 474 399 673# In this Teleconference you will learn about the following topics: 1. Children in shul 2. Pesach Chumros […]

The Making of a Pesach Seder

Chapter 1 The Great Pesach Divide I don’t think there are many days in the year that can cause greater strife in BT-Familial relations than Pesach. I think the reason for that is twofold. First, Pesach is a holiday that involves a high level of kashrus scrutiny. Second, many non-religious people take Pesach seriously on […]

A Letter to My Brother – Explaining Some Lifestyle Choices

This is the email I sent to my secular brother because he keeps asking me questions about my 21 year old son’s future. We live in Australia and he lives in America where I am from originally. It can be very challenging for BT’s to explain their lifestyle choices to the secular relatives. Even after […]

Shul Fees – Avoiding Taxation Without Representation

A new post on ShulPolitics.com: Shul Fees – Avoiding Taxation Without Representation.

Vayikra, Shnayim Mikra, Learning Chumash

The Gemara says in Brachos(8a – 8b) says: “A person should always complete his [study of the parsha] with the congregation – [by studying] shnayim mikra v’echad targum. Anyone who does this will have long days and years.” This obligation is codified in the halacha (Rambam Hilchos Tefilla 13,25; Shulchan Aruch O.C. 285,1). The Ramchal […]

The Blinking Light of Bitachon

The blinking message light on the telephone tortured me all of Shabbos day. My overly active writer’s imagination sent me over the edge into an emotional abyss that is entirely incompatible with a peaceful Shabbos. Never, never, never, look at caller ID when the phone rings on Shabbos and you can’t answer the phone. I […]

Shortening Shabbos Davening

A new post on ShulPolitics.com: Shortening Shabbos Davening

Retreats for BT Families

There is a newly formed division of Ohr Somayach in Monsey led by Rabbi and Mrs Naftali Reich that is conducting year round weekend retreats for BT families at their gorgeous five star Beit Shvidler retreat center There will be an inspiring Pre Pesach weekend family retreat on March 24th at the Center and we […]

Of Slugs, Racquetball and Shabbat

When people become observant, they often face certain delicate situations in the workplace, from struggling to find kosher food at meetings to having to leave early on Friday afternoons in the winter to be home for Shabbat. But for a division president of a $1.5 billion retailer, becoming frum led to its own set of […]

Teaching Tznius

By Chaya Houpt Originally posted on Chaya’s blog – All Victories Last week, I dropped off three little Queen Esthers at gan. The holiday of Purim fell on Friday in Jerusalem this year, but this was the day the kids wore their costumes to school. Y.B. and A.N. and their friend Y entered their classroom […]

Fisking Uncle Moishy

Fisking is blogosphere slang describing a point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay…A Fisking is characteristically an incisive and fierce point-by-point rebuttal, and the aim is generally to weaken the target’s credibility rather than seek common ground. This article was partially inspired by Fisking Aunt Mary. […]

The 60 Second Guide to Purim

The Essence of Purim Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato writes in “The Way of G-d”: “The significance of Chanukah and Purim is to bring forth the particular Light that shone at the time of their original miracles as a result of the rectification that they accomplished. …Purim involved Israel being saved from destruction during the Babylonian […]

Social Kosher Cookery

One of the best kosher cooking sites we’ve seen is Culinary Kosher. It’s a social recipe site with lots of sharing. A recent post aggregated 19 Purim Seudah Appetizers Choices. Here’s the blurb: With Purim (See our Purim Recipes & More page) right around the corner everybody has Purim Seudah on their mind. A great […]

Reversing the Slow Death of the Aging Shul

A new post on ShulPolitics.com: Reversing the Slow Death of the Aging Shul

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