Parshah Potpourri

True Greatness

Vayehi ba’yamim ha’heim vayigdal Moshe (Shemos 2:11) Many people claim that their goal in life is to achieve greatness, to become an adam gadol (great person). However, questioning them as…

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Table Talk


“But as much as they would afflict it, so it would increase and so it would spread out…” (Shemot 1:12) The Pharaoh of Egypt was faced with a political dilemma.…

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The Culinary Connoisseur

Going Bowling

No, this hasn’t become a sports column. We’re talking about another fascinating food trend — bowls! While this piece of crockery has been around since the beginning of time, it…

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Fat-Free Is Out; Gluten-Free Is In

What to look for on the label (Bloomberg) – For years, health advocates have urged the public to read the ingredients and ignore the marketing. For years, consumers have ignored…

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Herring Aid

Today, kinderlach, we’re going to start with a Yiddish folk song. Like many Yiddish folk songs, it’s part tradition — celebrating Shabbos — and part class struggle. And all irony.…

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This Day in History

This Day In History 20Teves/January 18

In 5243/1482, in Soncino, Italy, the first printed volume of the Talmud Bavli, Maseches Brachos, was published. Yahrtzeiten 4965/1204, Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon (Rambam) 5674/1914, Harav Simchah Yissachar Ber Halberstam…

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