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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: Fuzzy Numbers Several weeks and parshas back, as we were making our way through Parshas Chukas, an amazing thing happened: 38 years passed by from one posik to the next. The events described in the beginning of Chukas took place in year two of their sojourns through the midbar (desert). Ober suddenly, […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies: The Tzelofchod Five   Long before the Jackson Five became famous in 1967, a group consisting of the five Jackson kinderlach – Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, the children of Joe Jackson who died mamish in the last two weeks, the heylige Toirah in this week’s parsha of Pinchas, tells us a […]

  • We begin this week with 2 comments.  One, the longer one, from Jeff Rosenberg of Yale Brokerage (call him for most of your insurance needs), a dedicated Oisvorfer follower who comments weekly. The other, as you will read below, from a new reader over in London as the weekly parsha reviews continue to spread all […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies: Why Miriam Died In The Desert They say time flies when you throw a clock out the window and that’s taka emes. And if you recall your days in yeshiva, avada you know that time also flew by when the rebbe gave a class on the heylige Gemora.  Most agree that this […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies: The First Earthquake?   Many years back, while still valgering in yeshiva, the Rebbe tried convincing the future Oisvorfer and a few dozen others that he had a magic shteken (staff) if you chap, which nebech he did.  Ober in reality, magical shtekins appear only in the heylige Toirah:  Moishe Rabaynu had […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies: Spygate in Torah Times & Tzitzis Save the Day This coming Tuesday will correspond to the 29th day of Sivan. What the hec is Sivan and what happened on the 29th day?  Sadly, a number of the Oisvorfer’s readers do not know that the Yiddin mark their holidays, birthdays, and all else, […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies:   Tifilin, Jesus, Trump, & Trumpets   The entire country is busy with Trump.  Some love him, others, not so much. That being stated, this week, we will begin our review of parshas Bihaloischo not with a discussion on Trump. Instead we will learn what the parsha tells us about “trumpets,” two […]

  • Raboyseyee and Ladies:   Priestly Blessings and Dreams   We begin with an admission. This week’s parsha review is a repeat -mamish- of what was disseminated in 2014.  Vus epes a repeat? Shoin, this week the Oisvorfer was busy writing a few speeches for others including one in Yiddish and time ran out on him. […]

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Bamidbar / Shovuois 2018: Seminal Events

Raboyseyee and Ladies, Seminal Events:   Shoin: having recited chazak three times as we ended last week’s parsha, hopefully you’re all stronger and in better shape to take on Sefer Bamidbar and lommer schnel unfangin (let’s quickly begin). The emes is that you’ll need strength just to stay awake because a more boring parsha is […]

Behar Bichukoisai 2018: Torah Sanctioned Loopholes

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Torah Sanctioned Loopholes   First the good news: Behar is a tiny parsha, only 57 pisukim (5th shortest) barely enough time to engage in a decent conversation with your chaver. It ranks 8th in number of mitzvois, not too shabby for a tiny parsha. Behar is the 32nd of 54 parshas and next to last […]

Emor 2018: The Proper Brocho (Blessing) on Matzo

Raboyseyee and Ladies: The Proper Brocho (Blessing) on Matzo Following two consecutive double headers, welcome to Emor, a single parsha we’ll learn this week. Ober settle in: it’s a biggie and chock full of mitzvois, mamish. In fact, just so that you can sit at the shabbis tish and say something intelligent, you should know that […]

Achrei Mois – Kedoishim 2018: Mitzvis We Struggle With

We begin this week with a big and hearty mazel tov to our dear friends Lemor and Murry Englard, who will be celebrating the bar mitzvah of their son Rafi this coming shabbis at the Young Israel of Woodmere.  Mazel tov to Rafi’s siblings Sammy, Leora and Josh Rosenwald – and their daughter Ella,  Rafi’s […]

Tazria – Metzoira 2018

Raboyseyee and Ladies: This week we begin with big mazel tov wishes to our cousins and dear friends, Sharon & Brian Duftler, upon the celebration last shabbis -continued on Sunday– of the bar mitzvah of their son, Boaz Katz Duftler.  As expected Boaz lained his parsha flawlessly.  Mazel tov to siblings Rachel, Aliza, and Mendy Duflter, […]

Shmini 2018: The Rebbe’s Premature Three Steps Backward

Let’s begin with a big mazel tov shout out to Shayna and Ezzi Ungar -nee Gottesman, to the very excited grandparents, Judith and Shlomo Gottesman -very dedicated friends, to Chaya and Dovi Ungar, to great grandmother, Mrs. Blanche Lerer, to Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe and Sondra Gottesman, and to all siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and […]

Pesach 2018: Of Wooden Spoons, Feathers & Hide & Go Seek

Raboyseyee and Ladies:   Of Wooden Spoons, Feathers & Hide & Go Seek:   Were someone to -on any other night of the year- invite you over to their house and tell you in advance that you’d be playing a game of hide and go seek in the dark with a wooden spoon, a candle, […]

Tzav 2018: Time To Sell Your Chomatze

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Time To Sell Your Chomatze   This week we begin with an admission: The Oisvorfer’s review of Parshas Tzav is a repeat -with a few edits and one or two new thoughts- of what was written in 2015. And why is that? Because he is busy, as are many a rabbi this […]

Vayikra 2018: Maimonides vs. Nachmanides

Raboyseyee and Ladies: Maimonides vs. Nachmanides: Read All About It   This week we begin with a comment received from Dennis Laurie over in Garden Grove, CA:   Great summary! I am reading Torah this Shabbat, and, wanted to refresh my memory re the contents of the parsha. Nice succinct overview. Thanks for your website, […]

Vayakhale Pikuday 2018: Where Is Rashi?

Raboyseyee and Ladies:   Where is Rashi:   Anyone who has ever picked up a Chumish, or any volume of the heylige Gemora (Bible, or Talmud) and that would include the Novee (Prophets), avada knows that Rashi’s comments can be found either alongside, or just underneath the text. In fact, Rashi is the foremost commentator; […]