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Eliezer Eisenberg
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Eikev Devarim 7:12. Accompanying Departing Guests - מצות הלוית האורח
Our most interesting Halvayas Orchim experience was in the early seventies when we had to go to Philadelphia to see Doctor Ascovitz. We stopped by Rav Shmuel Kamenetzki's house to say hello - our grandfather and his father were contemporaries in Kelm and re...
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Chanuka. Is Olive Oil a Hiddur?
From the Gemara it is clear as day that there is no hiddur in using olive oil. But there apparently is a strong non-Gemara component to the minhag. The Gemara in Shabbos 23a makes it clear that the only benefit of olive oil is its clear and beautiful flame....
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Chanuka: Lighting in Shul with a Bracha Before Shkia.
The Rashba holds that in general you can light after Plag. He says that if you're yotzei erev Shabbos, then the zman applies all week.  The Gaon seems to pasken like that, and the Mishna Berura says you can rely on this and even make a bracha. The Aruch HaS...
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Chanuka: Haragil b'ner and Mitzva Anashim Milumada.
The Sfas Emes on Chanuka brings from a pshat from the Chidushei HaRi'm on this Medrash in Bechukosai (M'R 35:1) אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ (ויקרא כו, ג), הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (תהלים קיט, נט): חִשַּׁבְתִּי דְרָכָי וָאָשִׁיבָה רַגְלַי אֶל עֵדֹתֶיךָ, אָמַר דָּוִד...
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Vayishlach. What Does a Bracha or a Promise from the Ribono shel Olam Mean? Reb Doniel, Reb Moshe, and Reb Chaim Kamil.
Here are three very very different ideas about what a Bracha from the Ribono shel Olam means. The first is from Reb Doniel Movshovitz, head of the Talmud Torah in Kelm. The second is from Reb Moshe. The third is from Reb Chaim Kamil, Rosh Yeshiva of Ofakim....
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Toldos and Chanuka. A Guest from HaRav Avraham Bukspan
 Rabbi Bukspan is the mechaber of a wonderful Sefer from Feldheim, " Classics and Beyond.  Parsha Pearls ." It is a very different and modern style of writing, anthology and analysis, perfect for the American ben Torah. ויותר יעקב. שכח פכים קטנים וחזר עליהם...
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The Cost of Rejecting a Ger. Timna.
The original version of this was posted in '06.  After extensive alterations and additions this needed to be posted anew. In Sanhedrin 99b the Gemara explains that Timna went to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’akov and asked that they accept her as a convert to J...
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Toldos. Rav Rudderman and Rav Shmuel Birnbaum.
This story was said by Rabbi Bussel, from Reb Avrohom Birnbaum, from his father Reb Shmuel. Reb Shmuel once met Rav Rudderman and he asked him for a bracha. Rav Rudderman asked him, why did the vision of the Sulam and the Ribono shel Olam's bracha take plac...
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Vayeitzei. Interesting Consequences of Dinah's Gender Change.
This is an introductory question which will lead us to two fascinating observations about Dinah's gender change. How many Shevatim come from Rachel, and how many from Leah. The answer, of course, is two from Rachel and six from Leah. A more correct answer i...
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Toldos, Breishis 27:46. Kibbud Av and Shiduchim.
Rivka told Yitzchak to stay away from the local women - she said they disgusted her to death. Any decent child would take such strong words from a parent to heart. But Rav Sternbuch finds that Rivka's choice of words echo the opinion of the Gaon and the Net...
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