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  • Matos- Maseye 2017: General Pinchas & The Midianite Women

    Raboyseyee and Ladies: General Pinchas & the Midianite Women Shoin! The ominous three weeks are in full bloom and this coming motzei shabbis as we daven maariv, we will welcome in Choidesh Ov and with it the ‘nine days.’  Bad stuff happens!   And this coming shabbis we will say goodbye to Sefer Bamidbar while listening […]

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    | July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Pinchas 2017

    Mazel tov to our friends Beth and Yehuda Honig and to their extended families upon the birth of a granddaughter born to their children Natalie and Josh Honig. Welcome to the world Miraim Leah Honig.  Mazel tov to Natalie’s parents Dalit and David Wizman and to their extended families. May Natalie and Josh be blessed […]

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    | July 13, 2017 | 1 Comment
  • Koirach 2017 – Cary, NC, Danbury, CT & The RBSO’s Patience

    Raboyseyee and Ladies: Cary, North Carolina, Danbury, CT  &  The RBSO’s Patience Where to begin? With a comment from Jeff which was supposed to be posted last week but was at the last minute left out because the Oisvorfer’s otherwise reliable webmaster posted the review while on the road and forgot? Or, with mazel tov […]

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    | June 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
  • Shelach 2017: Tzitzis (Fringes) & The Hooker

    Raboyseyee and Ladies: Tzitzis (fringes) & the Hooker This week we begin with a comment that arrived too late in the week -just yesterday- from reader Jeff over in North Carolina.  Not too late for its inclusion, ober too late for a proper Oisvorfer response.  Jeff, your comment is response worthy, however, given its late […]

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    | June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Behar Bichukoisai 2017: The Wall

    This past week the Oisvorfer fielded complaints from two readers.  Not about the content of the weekly parsha review; mistama they didn’t read it.  Instead, both friends complained that there were no mazel tov shout-outs these past few weeks. They were correct: there were none to report.  Ober we are back this week with three; […]

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    | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Emor 2017: The Koihen Godol (High Priest) and Images of the Dead!

    Raboyseyee and Ladies:   The Koihen Godol (High Priest) and Images of the Dead!   Long before Warner Wolf, the great sportscaster, became well known -even famous- for his saying of “let’s go to the videotape,” every rebbe the future Oisvorfer had in yeshiva from 1962-1972,  would daily remind him and the other ladigayers (good-for–nothings) […]

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    | May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Achrei Mois – Kedoishim 2017: Familial Relationships

    Raboyseyee and Ladies:   Familial Relationships Long before Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in 1839, and long before the first double header was ever played in 1882 (between Providence and Worcester), our Sages, or was it Ezra Hasoifer (the scribe), first introduced the concept of double headers. Accordingly, this week, just like last, […]

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    | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Tzav 2017 – Was Moishe a Koihen (Priest)?

    With great pleasure, we begin this week with mazel tov wishes to Avigayil Dreifus, the beautiful daughter of Devorah and Uri Dreifus, upon her engagement earlier this week to Menasche Krupka, the son of Chashie and Dr. Moshe Krupka. A big mazel tov to our very dear and close friends of many decades, Rochelle and […]

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    | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • Behar 2014 – Numbers 7 and 49

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: Shoin!  Everyone seems to agree that the number 7 is a lucky number and who knows?Maybe it is. In fact, said the medrish (Vayikra Rabbah 29:9) azoy:  “All sevens are beloved”. Who wouldn’t prefer  seven over  six, if you chap. Even Jewish 7s are, at times,  beloved. Avada you know that the […]

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    | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Vayishlach 2012 – Reuven Did What?

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes:Reuven did what? Nu, before we begin Parshas Vayishlach, let’s quickly chazir (review) some of last week’s highlights. Yankif met his bashert, one of them, at the well. He kissed her, cried, fell in love, worked for seven years to get her, got married, discovered in the morning that he chapped the wrong […]

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    | November 29, 2012 | 1 Comment
  • Noiach 2012 – Everything They Forgot to Teach You in Yeshiva

    This week’s parsha review from the Oisvorfer is being sent a shtikel earlier because it’s longer than usual, contains a boatload (pun intended) of new information about Noiach and his life pre and post Mabul, is informative, humorous, a shtikel sarcastic, and is worth reading over and over. You will be amazed, educated and somewhat […]

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    | October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
  • Devorim 2012 – Double Talk

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: Double talk: Have you ever wondered why Sefer Devorim, which we begin reading this coming Shabbis, is called Deuteronomy? Nu, we’re about to find out. Parshas Devorim which we always read on the Shabbis just before Tisha Be’Av -though this year we’ll be reading it on Tisha Be’av mamish- can easily put […]

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    | July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments
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  • Raboyseyee and Ladies  Time Limits on Being Angry With Your Friends:   Let’s begin here: last week we discussed grudges and mistaken identity. A number of you contacted, and / or approached the Oisvorfer with heartfelt comments; seemingly, many have their own stories of carrying grudges, of hating people in their hearts and of not […]

  • We begin this week with a refuah shilaymo (full and speedy recovery) shout out to chaver Jeff Rosenberg, dedicated Oisvorfer follower and reader. While riding his bike, Jeff was his hit by a car. Yes he was wearing his helmet and yes, he is on the mend. Chazak! And a shout out to Ben Liechtung, […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies Vomiting and Disgorgement: While the Ma Nishtana –the four questions- were being asked at the sedorim this year, the Oisvorfer was thinking about a fifth: why is it that when one stays home for Pesach, one eats normal sized meals? It’s rare that one asks for a second helping and especially so […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies, Gibrokts, The Fifth Question:   Though we will be celebrating the holiday of Pesach for the 3331st time this year, it was less than 300 years ago –sometime in the 18th century –according to most-  when a number of rebbes decided it was time to stir the Pesach pot by creating controversy […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies, Twitter: Rooted in the Heylige Toirah   Were the founders of Twitter Jewish? Yes and no! According the Achroin Wikipedia, a latter day sage who seems to know everything, true and not, Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams, and was launched in July of that year. […]

  • After missing a slew of mazel tov shout-outs,  the Oisvorfer is “back” with a special mazel tov to our dear friends Dasi and Moti Weitz –nicer and finer people hard to find, upon the marriage this past Sunday of their fabulous son David, to Leelah Paul, she the beautiful daughter of Tziona and Elliot Paul. […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies,   Drinking & Entering:   It’s not what you think, chazerim (swine) that you are. Ober what is illegal drinking and entering? We shall soon find out. Next: everyone of course knows that drinking and driving is quite dangerous. In fact, according to Alcohol.org by the American Addiction Centers, Inc., one is […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies,   Admission: this year’s review of parshas Tzav is a repeat (oy vey, and say it’s not so please) -kimat word for word but updated a bit for 2019-  of what was written and disseminated in 2015. And why is that? Because the heylige Oisvorfer is oisgimattet (wiped out) after writing this […]

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Purim 2019 – How Touching the Royal Scepter Saved the Jews

Raboyseyee & Ladies, How Touching the Royal Scepter Saved the Jews:   What happens when you get a nice Jewish girl like Esther to touch the King’s scepter, if you chap?  We will find out below.   As a youngster, all I knew about Purim was that we need to stomp our feet, shoot our […]

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Raboyseyee & Ladies, Re-gifting & a Good Man by the Name of O’ho’li’ov Oh who? And what’s so special and good about him? Who was he, and why will the Oisvorfer dedicate this week’s parsha review to O’ho’li’ov? Let’s find out.   Though we are all familiar with the heylige Toirah’s central characters, people like […]

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Ki Sisa 2019 – Incense, Evil Thoughts and Repentance

Raboyseyee & Ladies, Incense, Evil Thoughts and Repentance Can the scent and aroma of incense cause one to repent? Does it help purge evil thoughts? Can bad thoughts and behavior, if you chap, be fought by lighting up some incense? We shall explore those questions below.   Welcome to parshas Ki Sisa which, though efsher […]

Tetzaveh 2019: The Koihen’s (Priest’s) Vestments & Death

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Teruma 2019: Raiders of the Holy Ark, Hemorrhoids, and Mice

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Mishpotim 2019: Torah Knowledge vs. Ethical Behavior

  Raboyseyee & Ladies, Torah Knowledge vs. Ethical Behavior   Is it more important to be learned in Toirah which avada includes the heylige Gemora, laws & customs, and much more, or, is it perhaps just as important -maybe more so- to be a mentch (a good person), even at the expense of knowledge? Can […]

Yisroy 2019 – A Few Good Men

Raboyseyee & Ladies, A Few Good Men: Welcome to parshas Yisroy, the parsha which recounts the marriage -albeit, more than a bit shaky at times- between the Yiddin and the RBSO, which took place in the year 2448. In this, our ninth review of Yisroy, let’s focus on an event that took place either before […]

Bishalach 2019 – Paroy: King of Ninvey & The First Jewish Vacation Spot

Raboyseyee & Ladies,   Paroy: King of Ninvey & The First Jewish Vacation Spot   Paroy, king of where? Was Paroy (Pharaoh) the bad and wicked king of Mitzrayim who enslaved and punished the Yiddin for 210 years, also the king of Ninvey? Stay tuned.   Shoin…Last week (Parshas Boi) we read how the RBSO […]