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    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
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    Chizuk #5 – The Power of Community

    As we begin our new week almost two weeks since Sandy paid us an unwelcome visit, I can see a crack of light in the tunnel of murky deluge that enveloped us.  More homes have had power restored, gasoline has begun to flow in more liberal quantities, the weather has gotten warmer, and we are now slowly […]

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    | November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
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    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
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    Hoishana Rabba 2012 – Execution Delayed

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: Execution Delayed: We’re in the home stretch of Yomim Toivim (Holidays) and by the time we return to our regular schedules this coming Wednesday (Tuesday for those living and most  spending Succois in Israel), many of you will have, during the holy month of Tishray, which contains four Jewish holidays, consumed an […]

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    | October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
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    Succois 2012 – The Succah Economy

    Word has reached the Oisvorfer that our chaverim Bonnie and Heshie Schertz get a Mazel Tov. While we were marking the heylige Shabbis here in the United States, over in Yerusholayim, Sam Schertz, their son, became engaged to Dani, daughter of Michelle & Eli Salig.  Grada we know Sam his entire life and share in […]

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    | September 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
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    Yom Kippur 2012 – Of Money and Forgiveness

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: Of Money and Forgiveness: Though the Oisvorfer provided his many followers with a form of Mechila (forgiveness) Release  in 2011,  it’s back for 2012: hey, didn’t you piss off new people this past year? Didn’t you speak loshoin horo (ill) of and about those you can’t stand, those who can’t stand you, […]

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    | September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
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    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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    Chaya Soro 2011 – First Shidduch

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: She was how old? What a difference a week makes. Just last shabbis, Avrohom Oveenu was 99 years old, childless and recovering from surgery.  And wasn’t it just last week (17:17) when Avrohom uttered:  “Will there be born [a child] to one a hundred-years-old?!” A few  Malochim  predicted he would yet be a […]

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    | November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
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    Lech Lecha 2011

    Raboyseyee and Raboyseyettes: OMG it’s already November which taka reminds me that it’s almost that time of year when we start seeing advertisements for various Pesach programs. Ober (but) how can we think about Pesach when we need to plan winter vacation first? Oy vey; life in golus is mamish shver (difficult). Nu, one of […]

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    | November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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    Raboyseyee: My how time flies, even as a slave.  Nu, it’s but one shabbis later and it’s year 210 since the shibud (slavery) began (according to most). Late December is takeh the season for pardons and the RBSO has decided to review His original decree.  Originally set for 400 years, Moishe has been selected to […]

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    | December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments
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    Raboyseyee: Nu- one sefer down, four to go until Simchas Toirah and we start again. Sefer Bereishis covered 2,000 years in 50 chapters. Sefer Shemois covers less than 200 years in 40 chapters. The majority of Sefer Shemois covers just a few years, the first 16 chapters deal with slavery and freedom, let’s begin. Zicher […]

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    | December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments
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    Raboyseyee: Before we get to this week’s dizzying Parsha let’s quickly chazer (review) last week’s emotionally charged  parsha of Vayigash where we learned that Yoisef  exposed himself (literally as well) to his brothers, reconciled and also had an emotional reunion with his tata Yankiff and they all lived happily after, at least for a while.  […]

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    | December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
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    We begin this week with a  very hearty mazel tov once again to our friends Yonina and Ephraim Stern, this time upon the bris this past Wednesday of their grandson -Shmuel Yeshayahu- born a few weeks back, along with his twin sister Sarah, to their children Ayelet and Dovi Fink.  Mazel tov to both extended […]

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    SPECIAL EDITION: COMMENTS FROM READERS + PARSHAS V’ZOIS HABROCHO Raboyseyee and Ladies: We begin with Happy Anniversary (third) wishes, this past Thursday, October 20th, from the Oisvorfer and eishes chayil to our children Ariella and Zachary Grossman.  May they continue to enjoy only marital bliss. A special shout out to the Oisvorfer’s chaver and yidid […]

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    Raboyseyee and Ladies: The Oisvorfer is working on a special edition which will be out this coming Sunday, on time mamish to print and read in shul over Yom Tov. In many cases, it will be more enlightening and entertaining that any recycled sermon your local rabbi might be delivering. Speaking of recycling, here then […]

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    Shoin: It was the Oisvorfer’s intention to write a mamish brand new review for the upcoming Yom Tov of Sukkis. At the very last minute, because the Oisvorfer is mamish oisgimatted (wiped out) from building the Sukkah this morning, it was decided to recycle a Sukkis piece written way back in 2012. Why davka 2012? […]

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    Raboyseyee and Ladies: Michila (Forgiveness) Request Form- Yom Kippur 2016 We begin with some good news: If you are reading this pre Yom Kippur short review, you are still alive. The RBSO has decided over Rosh Hashono, to give you a second chance to straighten out. By definition that means, or so we are told, […]

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    Raboyseyee and Ladies: Vayelech- Shabbis Shuva Combo Can we ever overpower the yetzer horo? After much discussion, the heylige Gemora (Rosh Hashono) concludes that we are to hear 200 or so shofar blasts over Rosh Hashono. The set we blow just before Musif is known as the ‘sitting blasts,’ those blown during the Amida, are […]

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    Raboyseyee and Ladies: Standing Firm: Atem Nitzovim Hayoim Kulchem (you are all standing firmly today). These are the opening words of this week’s parsha of Netzovim, the last shabbis of the year. From comments received regarding the letter to the editor of the YATED NE’EMAN from a reader overly concerned with peek chapping, if you […]

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    Lots of simchas by friends and even family; here we go. A second shout out and mazel tov to Ronie and Meyer Jeger upon the wedding this past Sunday of their son Yaakov to Ayala Mendlowitz. A big and heartfelt mazel tov to Miriam and Yitzchok Tessler upon the wedding this past Tuesday evening of […]

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Ki Say Tzey 2016 – Attention Spans

A number of mazel tov shout outs; here we go! Mazel tov to our friends Sharon and Jeffrey Frieling upon the wedding this past Sunday  of their son Benjie to Dena Katz, she the daughter of Susan and Alan Katz. Benjie, who made aliya a few years back, will soon be on his way back […]


Shoiftim 2016 – War Games

We begin this week with a very hearty mazel tov to Rabbi Gedaliah and Yehudis Oppen – he the Hebrew studies Principal at HAFTR High School, she and he, longtime friends of the Oisvorfer’s mishpocho – upon the wedding last week of their beautiful daughter Sorah to Yehuda Coriat – he the son of Rivka […]


Re’ay 2016

We begin with a PSA.  Every year this time, the Oisvorfer gets a call and a follow up email enclosing a flier inviting all living and in driving distance of the five towns to come out on Labor Day in support of AVIGDOR’S HELPING HAND. This excellent organization runs without any administrative costs and provides […]

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Eikev 2016 – Legal Bribery

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Legal Bribery: We begin with good news: Because the Oisvorfer has been fighting an infection and has in general not been feeling well this week, he decided on Wednesday not to write a new review. Instead, he was set to chas vsholom (heaven forbid) repeat a posting from 2014, or earlier.  Ober, […]


Voeschanan 2016 – Anniversary Edition

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Siman Tov and Mazel tov……We begin with very exciting and most propitious Tu Bu’Ov and Shabbis Nachamu news: Erica Levitan, she the beautiful and very talented daughter of our long time and close friends Brenda and Larry Levitan, is engaged to Sam Grossman (not related).  A big big Mazel tov to Erica […]


Devorim 2016

Raboyseyee and Ladies: All new for 2016! Who Cured Moishe’s Speech Impediment? Nu, before we answer that question, the time has come to begin book number five, the Sefer of Devorim which of course begins with parshas Devorim. When parshas Devorim is read, Tisha Be’ov, efsher the saddest day in our entire calendar, is not […]


Matos – Masseye 2016: The First Draft Dodgers

Raboyseyee and Ladies: WARNING: This week’s parsha review, has been plagiarized, kimat in its entirety, from a review written in 2012. For full disclosure purposes, both were written by the heylige Oisvorfer. The First Draft Dodgers It’s summer time. The major networks are airing reruns of past episodes. And this week, for the first time […]


Pinchas 2016 – Dead or Alive?

Raboyseyee and Ladies Dead and Alive? Though long dead, this week, we will once again say hello to Nodov & Avihu, Doson & Avirom, Eyr & Oinon, even Serach Bas Asher. A few have been dead for weeks, others, a few parshas and decades back. Serach might still be alive today, ver veyst. A few […]


Bolok 2016 – Help Wanted

We typically do not begin with, or ever mention, passings among our friends and their families. Ober this week we make an exception and note with great sorrow the passing of Mr. Don Kirshner, father of our dear friend and neighbor Terri Herenstein. The Oisvorfer first met Mr. Kirshner, OBM, and Terri, then mamish still […]


Chukas 2016 – The Kiss of Death

Raboyseyee and Ladies The Kiss of Death: Did the RBSO kiss Miriam? Say it’s not so, ober let’s find out. Last week, we met the maybe mythical Mrs. Oin ben Peles and discussed how this virtuous woman seemingly saved the life of her husband. We also met Mrs. Koirach who seemingly sent hers to his […]