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Simchas Torah 2011

“Moshe emes v’soraso emes” — “Moses is truthful and his Torah is truthful” Many people will be singing these words over and over (and over and over) this Thursday evening, which is why it’s of great concern when an apparently…

Succos 2011

“Achas sha’alti me’es Hashem osa avakesh shivti b’veis Hashem kol y’mei chayai lachazos b’noam Hashem u’levaker b’hechalo,” “One thing I asked of God — it is this that I seek: to dwell in the house of God all the days…

Shidduch Business

Guest post by Daniel Mainzer “There’s no business like Shoah business.” That was true for the past 60 years but times they are a changin’. Unemployment is high and desperation even higher, unemployed and over-caffeinated. Shidduch crisis or shidduch business?

Dvar Torah Ki Savo: 22/8

The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius can be approximated in the form of a fraction as 22/7, although it is more commonly expressed in decimal form. According to the talmud, 22/8 is the fraction that…

Dvar Torah Shoftim: (Mis)Direction

We find in this week’s parsha one of the most  poorly understood verses in the entire Torah.  In fact, it’s so misunderstood that it makes heretics smile with satisfaction and the people who watch the heretics smile wonder why they…

Gadolatry in Orthodox Jewish discourse

By Rabbi Josh Yuter I first heard the term “gadolatry” attributed to the late professor Arthur Hertzberg. A portmanteau of “gadol” and “idolatry,” the word “gadolatry” refers to a perceived phenomenon in Orthodox Judaism where select rabbinic leaders are treated…

Dvar Torah Pinchas: Warning (Spoilers)

What exactly did Moses receive on Sinai? Some, like R’ Akiva, advance a maximalist approach and claim that Moses received everything, while others, like R’ Ishmael, advance a minimalist approach and assert that Moses received merely general categories of the…

Same Sects Marriage

Someone sent this to me – they found it on Shadchan-Shadchan, but I’ve seen it before and one of the commen ts backs me up on that. NEW YORK – In an unusual display of unity, leaders of five Chasidic…

5 Not-So-Kosher Yeshivish Jokes

Tales from the yeshiva: By Avi Stavsky Shimi”s parents were discussing his future, now that he finished yeshiva. “Maybe we should send him to college for a while?” says his mother. “He needs to learn something of the outside world.…

Dvar Torah Naso: Hearing Voices

This week’s parsha concludes with a statement about Moses’ communicatory habits with God — apparently, after the construction (or at least the dedication) of the Tabernacle, the vast majority of communication would occur only at the Tabernacle.

Fine you’re a matchmaker!

Fine, You’re a Matchmaker by Anshel M. My. G-d.  What have I gotten myself into? Nervous as you can possibly imagine, I called this shadchan (“she is NOT a shadchan”) on the insistence of my friend’s mother (“Oh please, don’t…

Where is the Achdus?

Author wished to remain anonymous: How many electricians does it take to screw in a light bulb?  That’s an old joke, yet when we think of the kashrus industry, it has certain parallels.  Let’s examine the kashrus hashgocha industry in…