Author: Shragi

Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge

by Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalonymous Eiswasser The so-called Ice Bucket Challenge or Nisayon D’li Kerach in halachic terms has brought the machle (illness) ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) to the attention of Jew and gentile alike. This time-honored minhag, referred to as…

Blushing in Yeshiva

Standing in the library at the local community college, a frum friend of mine was struck by the conversation she overheard behind her. “Do you think Stacy’s hot?” One girl asked another. “I think so,” replied the second. “I think…

Yeshiva Ice Water Challenge

The internet is abuzz with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – everyone’s got an opinion on it, everyone knows they can find a way to show off their skills while having cold water dumped on their heads, everyone’s passing on…

Bain Hazmanim Chronicles – Part 4

Rabboisai, I’m sorry I’m late. My dear wife Devoiry responded to my last email to her promptly, as usual, but in between fending off my overzealous chavrusah, dealing with my baalebos chavrusah at night seder who insists on learning “for…

Real Apology for Yochanan Gordon

Yochanan Gordon wrote a a piece on the 5 Towns Jewish Times website as well as on his Times of Israel blog headlined “When Genocide is Permissible” where he put forth arguments for the genocide of Palestinian Arabs. The Times…

The Truth About Heshy’s Whereabouts

My colleague Itche Mayer (aka OFFTHEDWANNAB), in middle of an article dedicated to the Asian singles on his iPhone, mentioned in passing that Heshy’s in Vietnam scratching his balls. I have to apologize to Heshy and his audience because I…

Lessons from a Commuter

I got in line early so I can get a seat toward the front of the bus, because a year of bus commuting has taught me that people board the bus, see all the partially occupied seats and continue rearward…

Bain Hazmanim is in the Air

Dear Devoiry, There’s only three weeks left to the zman and we’re rushing to finish daf daled amud alef. I’m glad you decided to go to your parents’ bungalow till the end of the zman, because what else would you…

8 Reasons I Went OTD

The frum community is so beautiful, so full of chessed; why do people go OTD? There are two approaches to this troubling question in the classic sources. The Rambam maintains that the reason people go OTD is because they believed…

Give One More for the Yeshiva

They didn’t know it then, but one of the people entering the banquet hall that night wouldn’t go home alive. Had they known it though it wouldn’t have changed anything, the world must go on, the yeshiva had a lot…

Yaakov Avinu Had a Dream

One of the surest signs that someone is going off the derech is when they start speaking highly of Martin Luther King. These days with everyone online we’re exposed to liberals and worse; liberal Jews, who still maintain their Jewishness…

2014 Meet Yair Hoffman

The 1950s called and said they want Yair Hoffman back. They were looking into the future and they saw the bullying that this man was undergoing and felt bad. They had never meant to let him loose into the 21st…

Chassidish Feminism

Lately there?s been a lot of chatter about the plight of the poor frum woman, the poor oppressed frum woman, “oy, they have to sit in the back of the bus” “women can’t be rabbis or rabbas or yoatzei halacha”…