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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 & Ladies, Hold the Honey, Pass the Salt:   We all love salt. Who doesn’t?  In certain countries, going back centuries, treaties were signed and covenants were entered into by breaking bread dipped into salt. Even in our times, in Russia and other countries, bread and salt are offered as gifts to guests. Salt […]

  • 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 […]

  • Raboyseyee & Ladies, The Most Successful Building Campaign, Ever!   Kimat all of us belong to at least one shul, many hold multiple memberships. Belonging to a shul is typically not free; punk farkert (just the opposite), it’s quite expensive. Shuls always need money. Why? Azoy iz iz (it’s just how it is). From time […]

  • 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 […]

  • Raboyseyee & Ladies, The Koihen’s (Priest’s) Vestments & Death Amanda Mehl’s Fashion Show “Clothing makes the man,” so goes the old cliche. Of course we all know that clothing makes some men bankrupt as their wives shop uncontrollably. “Keep your pants on” is yet another well known cliche and is used when telling someone to […]

  • Raboyseyee & Ladies, Raiders of the Holy Ark, Hemorrhoids, and Mice What are hemorrhoids and mice doing in our parsha which is dedicated entirely to the building plans of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) which was to be erected in the Midbar and which contained, among other items, the holy Oroin (Ark)? We shall soon find out […]

  •   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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

Boi 2019 – Chain Migration: Circa 2448

Raboyseyee & Ladies,   Chain Migration: Circa 2448   Chain migration is a term used by scholars to refer to the social process by which migrants from a particular town follow others from that town to a particular destination. The destination may be in another country, or a new location within the same country. Welcome […]

Vo’eiro 2019: Blood, Water & Wealth

Raboyseyee and Ladies,   Blood, Water & Wealth:   According to the great and reliable Achroin Wikipedia, vessels to bottle and transport water were part of the earliest human civilizations. In the United States, the popularity of bottles water declined in the early 20th century, when the advent of chlorination reduced public concerns about water-borne […]

Shemois 2018: Kissing Permitted

Raboyseyee & Ladies,   Kissing Permitted   Last week, we pulled down the curtain on Sefer Bereishis (the Book of Genesis). We said goodbye and au revoir -until next year- to our ovois and emohois:  Avrohom, Yitzchok and Yaakov and their wives Soro, Rivka, Rochel, Leah, Bilha and Zilpa. Nu, speaking of Bilha and Zilpa, […]

Vayichi 2018: Playing Favorites

Raboyseyee & Ladies,   Playing Favorites   This shabbis, as we read parshas Vayichi, with which we will close out Sefer Bereishis (Book of Genesis), we will learn of yet another case, perhaps two, of favoritism on display by our forefathers. Playing favorites seems to one of the central themes of Bereishis. Why? Ver veyst? […]

Vayigash 2018: Yaakov the Lumberjack and Avrohom the Arboriculturist

In the past nine years, only one time did the Oisvorfer begin a parsha review with the news of someone’s passing. Ober, over Chanukah when the lights of the menora were kindled nightly, one bright light was extinguished, the world lost a giant of a man. A man who accomplished more in one lifetime than […]

Miketz 2018 – Potiphar & Mrs Potiphar: Sexual Predators

Raboyseyee and Ladies   Potiphar & Mrs Potiphar: Sexual Predators Ershtens: ah lichtigen (bright) Chanuka to all. My, how time flies when we’re having fun learning the heylige Toirah hakidoisha (the holy Toirah).  Last week: In a massive conspiracy, 10 brothers plotted the murder of Yoisef, their father’s favorite son. Ober tzadikim that they were […]

Vayeshev 2018: Yaakov’s Daughters

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Yaakov’s Daughters   While everyone knows that Yaakov (Jacob) sired 12 boys and one daughter by the name of Dina who got into all sorts of trouble in last week’s parsha (raped and more by the chazir Shechem who was eventually killed by Shimon and Levi with their bar mitzvah swords), did […]

Vayishlach 2018 – Bilha & Zilpa: Rejected!

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Bilha & Zilpa: Rejected!   There is a custom in many homes for the father -before kiddish is recited on Friday evenings- to bentch (bless) his children. This is accomplished when the father places both hands on each child (individually) and then, for his boys, he recites the words found in the […]

Vayetzei 2018: Our Forefathers & Their Beautiful Wives

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Our Forefathers & Their Beautiful Wives Last week: Yaakov -not yet Ovenu- successfully purchased the bichoiro (birthright) from his elter brider Eisav (older brother), and had- with his mother’s help as a co-conspirator- outwitted his brother once again by duping his elderly and semi blind father Yitzchok, into giving him the brochis […]