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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: How Certain Rabbis, Rebbes, Others With Beards & Followers Are Causing Undue & Unnecessary Stress During These Very Stressful Times: an Oisvorfer rant! We begin by wishing a hearty mazel-tov to Rabbi Dovid Libman, he the rebbe –everyone’s rebbe- who taught all three of the Oisvorfer’s boys back in the day, and […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies:   President Trump and the Talmud   Has the President, the proud shver (father-in-law) of a yeshiva graduate, and also a zeydi (grandfather) of Jewish grandchildren been brushing up on halocho (Jewish law)? Will he –in the coming weeks- be relying on concepts widely discussed in the heylige Gemora and elsewhere? That […]

  • Pesach Delayed? Was Pesach ever postponed? When? May it be? Who did it and did he live to talk about it?  How was it received? We shall address these questions below, here we go. Late on Friday the heylige Oisvorfer was copied on an email from chaver Shlomo Gottesman. This particular mail was regarding a […]

  • We begin with extended mazel tov wishes to Chani and Jay Kestenbaum upon the wedding this past Sunday of their youngest and last of their children, Joseph (Yosef) who married Becca Rauch in a very beautiful, moving, and very memorable chuppah and wedding. We’ve all been to dozens –mistama hundreds of weddings and few stick […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies, Disruption and Chaos: A post from the Oisvorfer on a Tuesday morning? What’s pshat? Pshat is the world is in turmoil. Last week the Oisvorfer gave a shtikel plug to a Pesach program scheduled to operate out of Danbury, CT. Whether or not that program will remain open will be decided in the […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies, Two mazel tov shout outs on upcoming simchas by close friends, here we go. Mazel tov to Joseph -now Yosef- Kestenbaum, son of our good friends Chani and Jay Kestenbam upon his upcoming aufruf this shabbis and wedding this coming Tuesday, to Rebecca Rauch (aka: Becca), she the beautiful daughter of Suzi […]

  • Verbal Arousal & Remembering to Forget It’s not what you think, chazerim that you are! This shabbis, in addition to reading the parsha –virtually all about the clothing and vestments worn by the koihanim and the koihen Godol (high priest) during their service, we will –to  commemorate Parshas Zochor- also be remembering to eradicate the […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies Jews, Synagogues, and FaceTime Jewish people, especially those who go to shul daily,  or at least on shabbis, must know -within a few feet- just where the nearest shul is located. When considering a new neighborhood, shul attending Jews drive to a desired shul, set their odometers to zero, and begin driving […]

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Mishpotim 2020 – The Perks of Jewish Slavery

We begin this week’s review with a very big and exciting mazel tov to our friends Bonnie and Heshie Schertz upon the engagement earlier this week of their beautiful and ebullient daughter Elissa to Adam Kirshner. Mazel tov to the entire extended Schertz and Miller families. A very special mazel tov shout out to Elissa’s […]

Yisroy 2020: Sight, Sound and Synaesthesia

Raboyseyee and Ladies, Sight, Sound and Synaesthesia What the hec is synaesthesia?  We shall find out on page 5. Of late, the Oisvorfer has been studying the parsha in reverse. He starts with the last aliya and moves backwards to the front of the parsha. Why?  To find topics and ideas not previously discussed in […]

Bishalach 2020: Paying It Forward

A big mazel tov to Rebbetzin Nancy, and Rabi Kenneth Hain who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this coming shabbis at Congregation Both Sholom, here in Lawrence, N.Y. A big kiddush to follow a much-anticipated great lookback and speech. The Oisvorfer and eishes chayil can fill many paragraphs -maybe even pages- with warm […]

Boi 2020 – Passover Observance In The Year 2048

Four mazel tov shout outs this week, let’s begin with Michelle.   A big mazel tov to Michelle Charnoff, she the very talented and brilliantly funny daughter of our good friends Ashley and Judah Charnoff, upon her very recent engagement to Brian Polay, he the son of Cheri and Gary Polay of Wayne, New Jersey. […]

Vo’eiro 2020: The Snake & The Staff

One shout out this week but a big one: mazel tov wishes to Mordechai Abittan, he the son of our friends Rachel and Abe Abittan, who will be getting married this coming Sunday at the Rockleigh Country Club, to Deena Hochbaum, she the beautiful daughter of Lisa and Peretz Hochbaum.  A word to those attending: […]

Shemois 2020 – On The Other Hand

Raboyseyee and Ladies, Mazel tov again to Gabriel Leifer upon his most amazing wedding this past Sunday and what a wedding it was, to his beautiful kallah, Avigail Hackel, she the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shlomo Hackel. Mazel tov to Gabriel’s parents, our friends, Astrid and Mordecai Leifer (Mord), and to the entire extended Liefer […]

Vayichi 2020 – Mummification & Embalmment

Raboyseyee and Ladies, We begin this week’s review with big mazel tov wishes to our dear friend and superwoman Rochelle Rohde, upon the marriage this past Wednesday evening of her beautiful daughter Talya Alexandra to Uriel Hassan. And what a wedding it was! Mazel tov to Talia’s siblings and their spouses, to her uncles, aunts, […]

Vayigash 2020: The City of Goshen

Raboyseyee and Ladies, We begin with mazel tov wishes to friends of many decades, Shaindy and Mark Mandelbaum of Los Angeles, CA upon the engagement of their daughter Jenny to Dov Ocken of Baltimore, MD.  May Jenny and Dov merit to enjoy many decades of blissful marriage. Mazel tov to both extended families. A special […]

Miketz – Chanukah 2019: Ah Lichtiger Chanukah

Raboyseyee and Ladies, We begin the special Shabbis Chanukah edition with another mazel tov shoutout to Ziona Isaacs who married Norman Greenberg this past Sunday evening.   Mazel tov to our friends Doba and Kalman Isaacs and their extended family.  Mazel tov as well to the extended Greenberg family, who had the merit of having grandfathers […]

Vayeshev 2019: Our Lineage

After a no shout-out review last week (people commented and were not happy), we are delighted to announce the arrival of a baby girl   born to Talia & Gabi Stone, Talia being the daughter of  our good friends Judith and Shlomo Gottesman.  Mazel tov to the very excited parents and grandparents.  Welcome to the world   […]