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Keeping the Shemittah Spirit – 2015 ISRAEL WINES

Articles of Interest, Kosher alert | March 5th, 2019

By Rabbi Yechezkel Elias To the casual reader, an article on Shemittah appearing at this time would certainly raise eyebrows. Indeed, with the last Shemittah year having concluded in September of 2015, and the next Shemittah year not to dawn upon us until September of 2021, we stand today at a calendrical point about as…

The 5 Blessings On Fragrances

Articles of Interest | February 5th, 2019

You’re in the mall passing the florist and think to yourself, there must be a Bracha for such wonderful smells. Later, you visit the hospital and your feet pull you into the coffee shop just to enjoy the smell. Which Bracha should you make? There are five Brachos on smells. There are many Brachos for…

Of Has Beans & Has Beens

Articles of Interest | February 5th, 2019

Using Coffee for Besamim? As each Shabbos wanes and we prepare to go forth to the new week ahead, we bid Shabbos farewell by dwelling on the great divide between Shabbos and the other weekdays, as well as the divide between all things holy and the mundane, with the recital of Havdala. Though not of…