The Obligation to Eat Bread on Shabbat, and the Guidelines for One Who Forgot to Add “Reseh” in Birkat Hamazon on Shabbat

Rav Abraham Palachi (son of the famous Rav Haim Palachi of Izmir, Turkey) was once asked why the Sages did not enact a Beracha to be recited before eating bread on Shabbat.  On Pesah, for example, when we have an obligation eat Masa, we recite the Beracha “Asher Kideshanu Be’misvotav Ve’sivanu Al Achilat Masa” before […]

How To Make Synagogues Holy

By Rabbi Yaacov Haber An American industrialist once came to visit the Chofetz Chaim of blessed memory. The Chofetz Chaim proudly gave the man a personal tour of his Yeshiva and asked him if he too would like to be a partner in the building of Torah. The man looked at the saintly Rabbi. He […]

Rambam’s Principles of Health: Vinegar

Rambam mentions the benefit of eating vinegar in the summer. During the hard gleaning work in the heat of the sun Boaz tells Ruth: “dip your pita in vinegar”. Both Rashi and Eben Ezra explain that vinegar helps alleviate heat. Vinegar is an important healing food in Chinese medicine. It enters the liver and stomach […]

Thank You For A Wonderful Shabbat!

Thank you to all of you for a wonderful Shabbat.  It was a wonderful feeling and full of happiness, even though it was so crowded we overflowed into the yard!   Thank you to  those that arranged the housing for our guests that travelled to join us and a special thank you those that helped organize  the special Kiddush.  Chazak […]

Rambam’s Principles of Health: Cooling and Warming Foods

 A person whose flesh is hot should not eat meat and honey and should not drink wine, as the king Salomon said in an allegory, “it is not good to eat much honey.” He should drink water from endive (chicory) even if it is bitter, as he should drink and eat the way of healing […]

KASHRUTH ALERT

Brand: Cinquina Product: Artichokes, Bruschetta Topping, Pesto Genovese, Sundried Tomatoes, Capers, Capers with Stem. Company: Cinquina S.R.L – Lanciano, Italy Issue: These products mistakenly bear an unauthorized OU symbol and are not kosher. They are being withdrawn from the marketplace. Consumers spotting these products are requested to contact the Orthodox Union at 212-613-8241 or via […]

Celebrate Special Days with Us!

We all have special dates on our calendars, but we’re never quite sure what to do about them, so… What better way to mark that date, than by sponsoring a Kiddush at the Shul and celebrate with family and friends.  We’d really like to see EVERY Shabbat filled, pick at least one of the dates […]

Rambam’s Principles

Rambam cautions us against drinking water within the meal except a little mixed with wine.  All Asian medical systems advise against drinking during meals. While they do drink tea prior to a meal, the size of a Chinese teacup is miniscule. Drinking water during a meal dilutes digestive and juices necessary for proper digestion. It causes […]

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