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Divrei Chaim: Yosef's wagons

Divrei Chaim: Yosef's wagons: " Ani Yosef achichem asher machartem osi.... " (45:4) "I am your brother Yosef whom you sold into slavery..." The Ohr haChaim says a fan...

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The mitzvah of preparing for Shabbos

Divrei Chaim: the mitzvah of preparing for Shabbos: On hebrewbooks.org I found a sefer call Oros Shabbos by R' Shlomo Wahrman that I am enjoying immensely. I remember years ago R' Wahrman's ...

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Zos Chanukah

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/zos-chanukah# and also see http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/zos-chanukah.html

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Off on the 26th? Here are some options

From ice skating to museums that feature art and New York history, including some really old Torah scrolls.
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/planning-for-next-week
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/more-for-monday
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/yet-another-option-for-monday-entertainment-this-week

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Ever wonder about Jews and Chinese food?

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A couple of academics did and wrote a paper on the phenomenon of New York Jews who love to eat Chinese food with over 2 pages of notes on it that first appeared in the  early 90s.. They identify 3 key themes identified in http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/new-york-jews-and-chinese-food

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Divrei Chaim: girsa d'yankusa

Divrei Chaim: girsa d'yankusa: Abayei said (Shabbos 21b) that he wished he had learned the din of kavsa ain zakuk lah earlier in life and not only in his later years. As...

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Activities for Monday and Tuesday

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/planning-for-next-week
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Divrei Chaim: the nes of Chanukah

Divrei Chaim: the nes of Chanukah: In his Moadim u'Zmanim (7:60), Rav Shternbruch asks why we commemorate the Chanukah miracle of finding the oil and lighting menorah with hal...

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Chanukah: the holiday of progress

Two years ago I posted about the ramifications of ches neros vehalacha kebeis Hillel http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html

Hillel and Shamai had different views about the order in which Chanukah candles should be lit. Beis Shamai’s view was that the candles should parallel the cows offered during Sukkos, which began with the full number but went down one each day. As we know, we follow the opinion of Beis Hillel, which is to begin with one and add on a candle each successive night. 
The way we light, we progress forward to build up to greater and greater light. That's true progress. We tend to think of progress in terms of technological or material advances. But the real progress one is to make through life is to bring out more light -- not more stuff, but the intangible flame of Torah. 



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Say a little and do a lot

Divrei Chaim: emor me'at v'aseh harbeh: R' Nachman opens his famous "azamra" torah (Likutei Moharan 282, link) by explaining the pasuk, " V'od me'at v'ain rasha,v'hisbonanta al me...

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Do you have your own list?

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See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/8-great-things-about-chanukah

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Chanukah post roundup

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http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/reflections-on-polishing-a-menorah
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/for-chanukah-cooking-tips-and-recipes-latkes
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/chanukah-latke-ditty
http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/credit-to-the-women-on-the-festival-of-lights-and-the-new-moon

In addition to latkes and sufganiyot (and don't forget the chocolate gelt) it is traditional to serve dairy dishes on Chanukah to remember the heroism of Yehudith who killed the enemy's general rather like Yael did (see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/12/scrying-in-scripture.html), though she used a sword rather than a tent peg. For inspiration for dairy ideas beyond the sour cream for the latkes, see http://kallahmagazine.com/home%20front.htm

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Does your voice reveal more than what you say?

It is said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. But some say that your voice tells quite a bit more about you than you think. Here's a blog I wrote on the use of Layered Voice Analysis  


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Among the things you can do for free in NYC is ice skate

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/free-skating-nyc
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Something new in Queens

Here are two reasons to visit the New York Hall of Science within the next 6 weeks. One is to go to an attraction where you will not be assailed by holiday themes. The other is that the exhibit, "Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think"  is only there through January 15th. 
Continue reading on Examiner.comThinking about thinking at the New York Hall of Science - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.comhttp://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/thinking-about-thinking-at-the-new-york-hall-of-science-review-1#ixzz1fhQgHV2e


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Scrying in Scripture

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Now there's a word that doesn't come up everyday. You don't have to Google it. I'll provide the Webster online definition right here:
"Scrying (also called crystal gazing, crystal seeing, seeing, or peeping) is a magic practice that involves seeing things supernaturally in a medium, usually for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The media used are most commonly reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future."

Like other practices of divination, scrying would come under the general order of black magic and necromancy that is forbidden by the Torah. But we see that some people did use these means. According to some views, the reason Rachel stole her father's Teraphim was because they could be used for divination, and she wished to prevent him from using them to find out where Yaakov had gone …

revisiting a post for the parsha

see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/05/different-reading-of-david-and.html

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