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Tehillim Followup

‍‍ל׳ תשרי תשס״ז - Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Unfortuntely, Sarah Leah's daughter, Daniella Gittel (bas Sarah Leah), is also in need of tehillim.

Tehillim Request

‍‍כ״ז תשרי תשס״ז - Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

I almost never pass on requests for Tehillim, but this is a case that I suspect really needs some assistance. A newly arrived (mid June) woman in Ramat Bet Shemesh just gave birth to her first baby. Baruch Hashem, the baby was born healthy, but there were some complications during the birth, and the mother is now in a coma in bikkur cholim hospital. We just had her and her husband over for a meal about a month ago, and they're truly wonderful people who're just settling down in life (he's 30, she's 27). Please daven for Sarah Leah bat Frummit.

I hope to, be'ezras Hashem, be posting good news soon!

PSA: Spice & Spirit Cookbook and Meshichistim

‍‍י״ב תשרי תשס״ז - Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Just as an FYI

We sometimes make use of the treasury of recipes that is Spice and Spirit of Jewish Cooking. This cookbook is published by Chabad, and contains some nice recipes as well as a very good (for a cookbook!) collection of halachos (although not in accordance with the practice of most of North American Orthodoxy, but that's OK).

I noticed in the introduction that they make reference to the Rebbe shlit"a (needless to say, they don't translate the acronym). This bothered me, but after all, it's a cookbook, and it's probably just an editing leftover from the days when the Rebbe zt"l was still alive.

I recently noticed that in the back, however, they refer to the Rebbe MH"M. MH"M, for those that don't know, are my initials in English, which goes well with my Hebrew name of Menachem Mendel (Tzvi, but we'll ignore the addition). More to the point in this context, MH"M also means "Melech HaMoshiach" in Lubavitch parlance.

Caveat emptor. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, per se. Just be aware.

Notwithstanding any prohibition against TV in general…

‍‍כ״ו אדר ב' תשס״ה - Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

TorahWeb (from YU Roshei Yeshiva) advises us regarding the Pope's funeral. For those who don't want to read at their site:

Regarding the upcoming papal funeral TorahWeb would like to inform the public of the following

In 1963 Rav Soloveitchik zt"l reacted to reports of Jews watching television coverage of President John F. Kennedy's funeral service. At that time the Rov was distressed and stated that, according to Halachah, it is forbidden for a Jew to watch such a religious funeral service.

Zoo Torah – Response Back Up

‍‍י״ב אדר ב' תשס״ה - Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

It's worth noting that R' Nosson Slifkin has put his responses back up at Zoo Torah - The Book Controversy. Last month, in a noble attempt to bring closure to this issue, R' Slifkin took down his responses, lest anyone mis-interpert them. However, after about a month with no evident effort by his accusers (there are my words, not his), he has restored the site. Personally, I'd like to see this concluded, and not just hushed up or swept away, even if he were to win. I think the issues here are too important to have an "out of court" settlement, but I could understand his reasoning last month. Nevertheless, I'm glad to see that he is continuing to fight for what is right. His comments on his reasons are also available.

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