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My father, who grew up orthodox in Brooklyn during the depression era, went to public school for High School. He told me that although there were a few Yeshivas, and most of the children went to Public School in that period. He had a Hebrew tutor in the afternoon, yet he told me that many did not. Although there were some Yeshivos (Chaim Berlin, Torah ...


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The one high school Yeshiva in North America for the deaf is Yeshivas Nefesh Dovid (http://www.nefeshdovid.com/) located in Toronto. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Kakon, himself is deaf and got his S'micha from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD.


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I once heard a rabbi speak about this (but, sadly, I don't remember who), and he talked about contrasting Halloween with Purim. Both involve dressing up in costumes and socializing -- but on Purim we go around and give gifts, while Halloween is about taking. He made this a teaching moment with his kids about mussar (right behavior), and tied it in with the ...


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Aruch Hashulchan 496:5 says that it is forbidden for a Ben Eretz Yisrael to eat Chometz in Chutz L'Aretz on Acharon Shel Pesach. ויש מי שאומר דבן ארץ ישראל הבא לחוץ לארץ – אסור לו לאכול חמץ באחרון של פסח בכל עניין, אפילו דעתו לחזור. ונכון הוא, דזה גריע ממלאכה.‏


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There was in minhag in the Alt-Neu Shul in Prague of saying Mizmor Shir L'Yom Ha Shabbat twice on Friday evenings. This psalm (Song for the Sabbath Day) is usually recited toward the end of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Traditionally, reciting this psalm was the point when the worshiper began to observe the restrictions of Shabbat. This created a conflict ...


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The Talmud talks about having shushbinin -- close friends -- escort the bride and groom, to the point that someone who was shushbin at your wedding can't testify in court about you, as the personal connection is too tight. What is still found today is having one good friend (each) serve as "honor escort", (shomer) for the bride/groom: for a day or two ...


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Maybe what you're looking for is a way to communicate the idea in Deut 18:9-15... that the Israelites should be different from the other nations and stay away from magical/idolatrous obsessions or attempts at power that bypass God. In the spiritual realm Jews have only one, very special, relationship. Even so, God would give a better replacement for those ...


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http://www.shemayisrael.com/publicat/hazon/tzedaka/beliefinone.htm The belief of our people in the Redeeming One inspired other oppressed people to have faith in eventual salvation. For example, Rabbi Hirsch mentions that this faith in eventual salvation gave “hope to the black slave in the plantation” (The Hirsch Haggadah, page 265). Rabbi Hirsch ...


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The Rambam (Kilayim 1:3) and the Shulchan Aruch (YD 297:2) explicitly rule that the issue of Kilaei Zeraim (planting mixtures of edible seeds (except grapes)) only applies in the Land of Israel and a Jew can even plant his own mixtures outside of Israel on purpose.


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You can contact: The Catskills Institute c/o Phil Brown Department of Sociology Brown University, Box 1916 Providence, RI 02912 401-863-2367 They should be able to assist you. Regarding Tupper Lake. They are open in July & August. You can contact: Janet Chapman @ 518-359-9594.


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I have a book here that lists the Hebrew-calendar dates for starting "v'sen tal umatar" for the years 5750 through 5851. Counting, I see that in 26 of those 102 years (25%) Chanuka starts before that date. (And in two of the years they start the same night: 5787 and 5833.)


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What has worked for me is the following. 1 - Hanging up signs in a few local Shuls saying that I am looking for a Chavrusa during the following hours to learn the following type of learning, with my phone number. 2 - Asking neighbors if they are looking to learn with someone. 3 - Asking my Rabbi if he can suggest anyone. Hatzlacha upon your quest.


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However Vayikra Rabba 19:6 states that the curse was revoked and Zerubavel was part of the line of King David. I go into detail on this answer at which kings must Moshiach descend from?. Among other sources (besides Vayikra Raba) I point to the Abarbanel and Metzudas Dovid in Chagai and Zecharya as well as several possible lists of descendants into ...


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Taame Haminhagim 577 answers (in my own loose translation): … because we shouldn't be so strict about it, since it's nothing but a remembrance to what was done when we had the bes hamikdash. Another [reason] is that if we count one day ahead then we'll reach number 49 on Shavuos, which we'll therefore come to treat lightly. (Avudraham.) He ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe says that it is possible that Yom Tov Sheni will continue to be celebrated because it has been done for so many generations. Even though the calendar will be replaced with the Sanhedrin declaring the month based on testimoney, it will still not be technically necessary to keep two days anywhere, as everyone will know right away when the ...


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Ba'al Hameor and Ravad (both at the end of Pesachim) assume that the communities counted only one day, starting from the first day of Yom Tov. Whether or not they did this with a beracha would probably depend on whether or not you make a bracha on a mitzvah done out of doubt (Rambam to Milah 3:6 says no and the Ravad there argues; Ran Shabbos 23a agrees with ...


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It's generally accepted that traditional pronunciation schemes for Hebrew are always halachically acceptable. The basic mekor for this is that the Gemara (e.g. Megillah 24b, brought down by the Shulchan Aruch) implies that there are halachic problems with pronouncing ayin as aleph. Numerous mefarshim qualify that this does not apply in a place where the ...


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 668:1 rules that in chutz l'aretz one is required to eat in the sukkah, but that one does not make the beracha of lasheiv basukkah. The Kaf HaHayyim 668:8 rules that this applies to all eating (not just the seudot), but that someone who is machmir to not eat fruit outside the sukkah on Sukkot can be meikil on Shemini Atzeret. The ...


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You could try to construe something odd and theoretical in which the question would come up [e.g. you have a commercial bakery in the middle of nowhere], but practically in the case you describe -- you could build a 20-foot brick wall surrounding your pizza store, but it's in a Jewish neighborhood (as kosher restaurants are), so there will be the smells, ...


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There were certain intestines that were taken off the market by the F.D.A. along with animal feet. After reappearing on the market when regulations were laxed, the new generation simply had no interest. Especially if they are expensive and no longer on the taste pallet of your average person. As far as Rocky Mountain Oysters, all parts from the hind ...


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One may not reuse the Zeroa if it was cooked on Yom Tov since it is forbidden to cook on one day of a festival in order to eat the food on the second day or on a weekday. The Zeroa should be eaten by day since we do not eat roasted meat on the nights of Pesach. However if it was cooked prior to Yom Tov to the best of my knowledge there is no issue using the ...


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The Bais Yosef at the end of OC:128 brings a Maharil who discusses it having stopped. He lived 1365-1427, so it's been stopped at least since then.


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Take a look at http://yagdiltorah.org/chavrusa. I don't know how active it is, but you can take a look there.


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This site can help chavrusa match http://www.chavrusamatch.com/


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Maaser on income is based on Bereishis 28:22 וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר תִּתֶּן לִי עַשֵּׂר אֲעַשְּׂרֶנּוּ לָךְ And everything that You give me, I will surely tithe [lit. take a tenth] to You. This implies that one should/must give a tenth of one's income, regardless of whether it was earned through agriculture or not. However, there is no verse stating or ...



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