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Double Story In Honor Of The First DailyVort

When the Rogatchover Gaon and the Ohr Samei’ach once met at a simcha, one of them asked the other a question in learning.  The other excitedly responded by just mentioning (for example), Shabbos 45b.  The reply was short in coming, but what about the Rambam Halacha…  This went on for a long time as they [...]

Parshas Behar – Bechukosai

This has been a tremendous nisayon for our entire family, every single day. We are so grateful to all of you for all you have done and what we have accomplished in this fight for our father’s life. There is one last legal mechanism that can free our beloved father and reunite our family. It [...]

The Weekly Vort – Parshas Shemini

Parshas Shemini: Heart Talk By: Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann This week, besides the regular Torah reading, we also read Parshas Para Adumah – the laws of the Red Heifer whose ashes were sprinkled on anyone who had become defiled by exposure to a dead body. Parshas Para begins: And Hashem spoke to Moshe and Aaron, saying, [...]

Special Daily Vort: Rosh Chodesh Nissan – Halachos As We Enter The Month of Nissan

The Month Of Nissan:   1. Neither “Tachanun” (1) nor “Tziduk HaDin” (2) is recited throughout the entire month of Nissan (3). Similarly, “Tzidkos’cho Tzedek” is not recited in the afternoon service on Shabbos. Every day, from Rosh Chodesh Nissan onward, it is customary to read the paragraph in the Torah [Numbers, Chapter 7,] which [...]

Parshas Vayikra

Parshas Vayikra: And He called (Vayikra) to Moshe . . . (Vayikra 1:1) By: Rabbi Pinchas Winston AND HE CALLED TO MOSHE: A “calling” preceded all sayings and commands. It is an expression of love, an expression that the Ministering Angels use, as it said, “One called to the other” (Yeshayahu 6:3). However, to the [...]

Parshas Vayakhel – Pekudei: Accountability

Parshas Vayakhel – Pekudei: Accountability By: Rabbi Berel Wein The book of Shemot concludes with a key message for Jews – accountability. The Torah records for us how the Mishkan was actually built and then it records for us a detailed accounting of how the donations for its building were actually spent and accounted for. [...]

Weekly Vort For Parshas Ki Sisa: Shabbat Precedes the Building of the Mishkan,Did Moshe Not Believe What Hashem Told Him? And More

Parshas Ki Sisa: Shabbat Precedes the Building of the Mishkan By:Rabbi Berel Wein The Torah reading of this week is naturally dominated by the description of the tragedy of the Golden Calf and its consequences. But the story of the Golden Calf in the parsha is preceded by teachings regarding the sanctity of the Shabat. [...]

Today Is Shushan Purim – What Is Shushan Purim?

Purim is different from all other Jewish holidays in at least one very interesting aspect. Purim is observed in some places exclusively on the 14th of Adar and in others, exclusively on the 15th (Shushan Purim). The observance of Purim was thus originally ordained by the Sages: “To observe these days of Purim in their [...]

The Daily Vort Presents Purim Halachas

1) The Talmud (Taanis 29a-b) tells us “Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha- when the month of Adar arrives we increase our joy” as it says in Megilas Esther (9:22) “V’HaChodesh Asher NehePach M’Yagon L’Simcha…The month (Adar) that was turned from sadness to happiness” 2) If one has a court case with a non-Jew, it is a [...]

Exclusive Daily Vort – To Drink Or Not To Drink?

We all wonder: Why does Hashem permit, nay encourage, us to get drunk on Purim? It seems to be such an unholy, un-Jewish practice. Is all the fun and frolic with alcohol just Judaism’s version of a college frat party?! The Daily Vort presents two famous Rabbanim who write about drinking on Purim. The Daily Vort [...]