Do We Eat Mushrooms on Pesach? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including eating mushrooms on Pesach, renting an Airbnb in the middle of Pesach, covering sold chometz with a sheet, and checking the rooms that will be sold.

Chassidus “In the Style of the Times”?!

R' Shmuel Leib and the Vitebsk Shul
R' Shmuel Leib and the Vitebsk Shul

As a shochet in Vitebsk, R. Shmuel Leib Levin “Paritcher” told the Rebbe Rashab that Anash there wanted him to recite Chassidus “in the style of the times.” The Rebbe’s face turned red and said that it was not possible.

Different Hafatza for Different Places

When R’ Raphael Aron to the Rebbe in yechidus that mitzva tanks were not well received in Australia, the Rebbe told him these guiding words, “Not everything which is done in America must be done in Australia.”

Can I Avoid Peeling Vegetables by Cooking Before Pesach? feature: Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, Rov of Anash in London, explores interesting Torah questions and halachic dilemmas including drinking the four kosos while pregnant, cooking unpeeled vegetables ahead of Pesach, buying an item with the intent to return it, and blocking off a chimney.

Why 70 Bais Rivkah Girls Deleted Social Media

Article by Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier: A few weeks ago, the girls of Bais Rivkah High School attended a Shabbaton during which a speaker encouraged the girls to delete social media apps from their phones until Yud Aleph Nissan. Over 70 12th-grade girls accepted the challenge and some mothers joined them too.

They Ran After Him Like a Crazy

Having studied secular subjects before coming to Lubavitch, R. Yaakov Boruch Karasik was not taken by Chassidus. But when he heard the Rebbe Rashab speak about its detrimental effect on G-dly awareness, he became one of Lubavitch’s greatest ovdim.

The Power of a Rov

Although the Rebbe could pasken himself, he would refer halachic shailos to rabbonim. In a yechidus with R. Nachman Sudak, the Rebbe attributed it to the special siya’ata dishmaya given to a practicing rov.

Matzah Bacon Sandwich: A Little or a Lot?

Article by Rabbi Chaim Chazan: If we would have seen Moe removing the “BLT” from between the slices of bread and placing it between two matzos, our first thought would be: A meshugner! What an unsuitable shidduch: chazer with matzah! What’s wrong with him?

Pick Your Head Up!

Article by Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier: Consider how much we miss with our heads bent over a cell phone as we walk down the street. When we lift our heads, life becomes much more manageable and brighter. When the head of the household lifts his head, he uplifts the entire home. 

“Nu, What Was I to Do?!”

As a tomim in Lubavitch and later as a shochet, R. Shamai Vigan was a devout oved Hashem who spent hours each night at krias shema she’al hamita. Crying to the Rebbe Rashab that his sister was in danger, the Rebbe felt compelled to make a miracle for him.

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