Inviting a Non-Observant Jew to a Simha or to One’s Home on Shabbat

Is it permissible to invite non-observant friends and relatives to a family Simha, such as a wedding?  In many cases, it can be assumed that the non-observant guest will eat without washing Netilat Yadayim and without reciting Berachot or Birkat Hamazon.  Seemingly, then, by inviting him to the affair, the host is causing him to […]


 Original Kashkaval Sheep’s Cheese (made in Bulgaria) Original Kashkaval Sheep’s Cheese (made in Bulgaria) Brand:   Original Product:   Kashkaval Sheep’s Cheese Company:   Corfu Foods Inc., Bensenville, IL Issue:   This product is NOT certified by the OU, and bears an unauthorized OU-D. The product is being withdrawn from the market.Consumers spotting this product […]

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 […]

Bringing the Schina Into Our Homes: A Virtual Shiur Series For Women

Mrs. Gila Levitt is pleased to open registration for her third teleconference in North America, starting the week of June 13, 2010.  The 5 weekly classes will be available as recordings over the phone or downloaded over email.  Each class is uploaded on Motzai Shabbos. The below article was written by a past participant, who took the […]

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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 […]


All are invited to a Hazkarah on Tuesday June 1, 2010 sponsored by Shmuel Raimi in the memory of his father Chaim Ben Rami.   Aaravit begins at 8:00p.m.  Refreshments will be served thereafter.  Please join us.