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IT’S ABOUT TIME

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com PART I – A HISTORY OF TRYING TO MEASURE TIME PART II – DEVELOPMENT OF THE CALENDAR PART III – UNITS OF TIME PART IV – CALENDRICAL SYSTEMS OF THE ANCIENT & MODERN WORLD PART V – A COMPARISON OF CALENDRICAL ACCURACIES PART VI THE ACCURACY OF THE JEWISH CALENDAR PART […]

TO SPANK OR NOT TO SPANK: THE VIEW OF HALACHA REGARDING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

RABBI SHLOMO COHEN 11/14 This is probably the most controversial article I’ve put on the web. You may very well disagree with me, however, you’ll have a tough time taking the opposite viewpoint. Over the years I have received many phone calls from mothers with a problem child. On many occasions, upon hearing the nature […]

ODDITIES IN VARIOUS SEFORM

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen 11/14 www.hiqjew.com Over the years I’ve browsed through hundreds of Seforim. Occasionally I have run across some statement which were unusual, surprising or remarkable, to say the least. Some were quite amazing. A while ago I started keeping track of some of these Ma’arei M’komos (henceforth MM). I thought it would make […]

STARTING A HOME JEWISH LIBRARY

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com There is a sequence in which Seforim should be bought to maximize your learning. First off, consider that a huge number of Seforim are now available on CD. Seforim are expensive and heavy to move from home to home as you move from place to place. By far and away, most […]

Obligatory Aliyos

Prepared by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.Hiqjew.com In Ohr Samayach, each Bal Simcha is entitled to two Aliyos if possible. The Gabbai may give additional Aliyos. For a Bar Mitzva this would mean that the Bar Mitzva gets an Aliya as well as two other Aliyos. [eg father and grandfather or two grandfathers]. A Chasan would […]

TEMPERATURE READINGS IN A DISHWASHER AND THE HALACHIC IMPLICATIONS

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen  www.hiqjew.com To complete the research done on the use of a dishwasher for Milchig and Fleishig, I determined that a record of the temperature during the various cycles would be necessary. I was able to borrow a thermometer with a remote sensor to accomplish this. I ran my dishwasher through one complete […]

Part one – Counter Evolution

RabbiShlomo Cohen  www.HIQJEW.com  Anyone involved in Outreach has had to enter discussions regarding the merits of evolution in light of a belief in Hashem. Each person eventually settles on certain arguments. There are many to choose from. The purpose of this article is to outline as many of these arguments as possible. Only the highlights […]

Part Two – SOME LITTLE KNOWN JEWISH SOURCES

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com Having surveyed the arguments against evolution, we are left with only one approach which science, per se, is unable to deal with, being outside the realm of scientific inquiry- a Prime Mover, Hashem. We have quoted eminent scientists who have remarked on this problem.  Accepting Hashem, the orthodox Jew must either: […]

A Few Thoughts on Christianity

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com This article was originally meant as an approach to Christianity to be read by Jews. Jews who have questions, Jews who are searching in the wrong places for their answers, Jews who know others that need an intellectual, rather than emotional, approach to a particularly Jewish understanding of Christianity. Since it’s […]

A Tree is Not Just a Tree

   Poetree by Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com Just about a week before Xmas When the goyim celebrate JC They go to any old parking lot And buy just any old tree.   Had the Torah told us to get one That’s enough of a reason you see, Because then it would  be a Mitzva Then a […]

WHY AM I BEING PUNISHED? Suffering in Jewish Thought

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen WWW.HIQJEW.COM Many others have addressed the issue of suffering. The following merely purports to raise an interesting option to the question. In effect, rather than any given situation being regarded as punishment, there are a number of other possibilities that must be considered. It may well be that much of our thinking […]

REFLECTIONS ON THE PERSIAN GULF WAR

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com We often need a reminder of who really is in charge. Overt miracles are rare, yet, if we were to really be aware of reality, they are all around us. We see this reflected in the Yiddish saying “a mon tracht un Gott Lacht’, a man plans and Hashem laughs. Saddam […]

HOW COULD THEY HAVE KNOWN? The Number Of Stars reported in the Gemora

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen WWW.HIQJEW.COM More frequently than you might suppose the scientific community discovers something which turns out to be something that Chazal had already said 1,500 years ago. Sometimes this may be chalked up, by those who don’t believe in Mesora, to fortuity or a good guess. However, these statements turn up with such […]

WONDER OF WONDERS, MIRACLE OF MIRACLES

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen HIQJEW,COM Miracles are a topic we’ve all thought about. How are we to begin understanding them?  One individual went so far as to say to me, “I’m not a believer, however, if G-d would come down right now and perform a miracle then I’d believe.” I had to point out that if […]

A Letter to a Conservative Jew. Some things your Rabbi never told you

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com Conservative Judaism makes a claim to being the true keeper of the Judaic tradition. Your leaders claim to walk in the path of the prophets of old. Your movement, reminiscent of the Sadducees, Hellenists and Kairites, have maintained that, while they believe in the Written Law, they have chosen to […]

DOCUMENTARY HYPOTHESIS DEBUNKED An Analysis of Bible criticism

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com Bible criticism has been around for a little over 125 years. Today, while not widely known, it is often given as a college class and is often mandatory and, of course, only one side of the issue is mentioned. Unfortunately, academic freedom and intellectual honesty are in short supply on college […]

WHAT DO RABBINICAL SOURCES ACTUALLY SAY ABOUT WOMEN?

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com With the advent of the feminist movement in the late ‘60’s Judaism came under fire, along with just about every other ‘sacred cow’, for its purported negative view and treatment of women. In the intervening decades the vitriol has gone out of the movement and the invective has toned down […]

On Moshiach and Olam HaBa

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen WWW.HIQJEW.COM There are many today who “want Moshiach now!” I often relate two pieces of advice for those who profess the ‘want’ with little understanding of the ramifications. 1- INVEST YOUR MONEY IN BUYING STOCK – Hard to believe I’m saying this. Remember, originally Wall Street was an area at the very […]

SHALOM BAYIS Achieving harmony and avoiding discord

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com Little girls daydream about the prince charming they will marry someday. Little boys don’t give it much thought at all…girls, yechh! Neither grows up with much of a handle on reality. The only marriage children get to see close up is their parents’. Too often, they pay little attention or, […]

WILL YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR BASHERT? Dating among older singles.

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com In Frum circles there is a pressure to marry off children fairly young (by secular standards). In most cases it is surprisingly easy to match up a couple. Part of the reason is that these children have been raised in a social milieu where this is expected, their friends are all […]

CROSS THE BRIDGE SOFTLY – A moving saga of one man’s passing.

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com On Hoshana Rabba, Wednesday, October 22, 1997, we finally got word that the reason that Big Ab had been feeling weak and tired all summer was that his cancer had reoccurred and was terminal. D’vorah had been in Syracuse during Chol HaMoed and was with Savta when this news was received. […]

THE CAPSULE VERSION OF JEWISH HISTORY

                        Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com      There is a fascinating tendency in Jewish history for major epochs to occur in approximate, but regular, 500- year jumps.   Beginning now: If we go back 500 years we find ourselves at the beginning of the […]

HOW LONG AGO WAS THE TORAH GIVEN?

  By Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com I am often asked, at seminars, how it is possible for the Torah to have been passed down, unchanged, over the course of 3,300 years. The original message must be shrouded in the mists of antiquity. A bunch of old, gray bearded Rabbis probably changed all sorts of things […]

Sheilos U’Tshuvas of Peckelach

Minutes of the Agura Convention Halachic Plenary session – May 2010 Isru Chag Shushan Purim Torah by Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com Several of the world’s leading Poskim formed the panel for this session headed by Moreinu HaRav HaGaon Issusschar Henoch Tzvi Hirsh Aryeh Leib HaCohen Katzenoodlemeister Shlita (Some might remember him as Iggy from his Yeshiva […]

THE OFFICIAL YESHIVA CHEVRUSA- MATCHING QUESTIONAIRE

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com We have computerized your Chevrusa search. Please answer all questions as candidly as you dare. Name___________________              What does everybody call you ?   _ _ _ _ey Are you an in-towner___out-of-towner___? FFB___ BT___ FFBWSL___ [Frum From Birth With Some Lapses] How many years have you been in Yeshiva?_______ How many years have […]

PART THREE – DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS MINHAG?

Given the lack of Hadracha given to most young men and women, we will now proceed to outline a basic approach. If nothing else, this should give you an idea of what is acceptable, what issues need be considered and what Sh’eilos need be asked. Too often, a new BT walks into Yiddishkeit with his/her […]

PART TWO MINHAG AND MESORA – REINSTITUTING LAWS AND CUSTOMS THAT HAVE TERMINATED

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com As Part One of this paper took shape, a series of discussions ensued regarding a connected subject; in what instances may an Ashkenazi eat Chagovim [kosher locusts]? This, in turn, led to a series of interesting questions which, in turn led to a number of conversations regarding the status of Minhagim. […]

Part one — Should We Wear T’chailes? Who’s a true-blue Jew ?

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen WWW.HIQJEW.COM   Mazel Tov! After thirteen hundred years of being unable to perform a Mitzva in the best way possible, the special dye required for the blue string on the Tzitzis has been rediscovered…. Or has it?  Whether it is the real McCoy or not has some interesting ramifications in Halacha. […]

What You Really Ought To Know About The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

S. Cohen  10/04 www.hiqjew.com Stay Calm, but we just found out that the light at the end of the tunnel is really an oncoming train. Attention! Due to financial constraints the light at the end of the tunnel will be shut off until further notice. No wonder New Yorkers never smile. The light at the […]

On the Applicability of the Snappir V’Kaskesses rule vis-a-vis the Gefilte Fish & the Lox

Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com It is a well known fact that in order to be kosher a fish must exhibit two signs. It must have both fins and scales. The Gefilte fish – genus; Pikecarpus, species; Rokeachus  – and the lox – genus; smokedus, species; salmoniuos- are readily observed to have neither. {Other species in the […]

A Scientific Analysis of the Densest Material Known To Man

Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com An international team of top-flight physicists met at a forum to discuss progress in their field. The conference lasted several days and the ideas produced will be fueling speculation for years to come. After years of experimentation, the team of Prof. Seymour D’Tale, his grandmother, Lotta D’Tale  and Dr. Asher Yatzar have […]

THOSE I LOVE TO HATE

S. Cohen www.hiqjew.com I’m a bigot and proud of it, I do discriminate. There are an awful lot of people that I just love to hate.   I really like most people But I dislike all behavior obscene. I’m alienated by any kind of supremacists. I don’t care if they’re black, white or green.   […]

THE GAONESS BOOK OF WORLD JEWISH RECORDS

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com While we are not interested in preventing bar fights, fights in the Bais Medrash are another story. These amazing records have been duly validated and are recognized by the World Board of World Records. If you wish to try for a record, the policy of the Board is that all dangerous […]

WOW!!! The atom is smaller than I thought

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen 4/22/04 www.HIQJEW.com The hydrogen atom is the smallest, lightest atom. It is composed of one electron circling one proton. Scientists have recently managed to clock the speed of the electron as it spins in its orbit around the proton. In doing so they needed to use a prefix to name the […]

Use of the Dishwasher for Milgchig and Fleishig Dishes

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiQjew.com There are several possibilities that are apparent in permitting or prohibiting the use of a household dishwasher for both meat and dairy utensils. One possibility is that one may use the dishwasher,one load after another, without waiting at all between loads, as long as any real foodstuffs have been cleared from […]

Can a Kale Malei be said at Mincha when M’Vorachim HaChodesh was said at Shachris?

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Feb.2014 www.hiqjew.com This question has been percolating in my Shul for several years. Someone asked me to make a Kale Malei at Shabbos Mincha since it couldn’t be said at Shachris due to the fact that it is not said when we are M’vorachim HaChodesh, among other times. I told him that […]

THE SHABBOS QUEEN MEETS THE HIGH TECH KING

  Technology and the spirit of Shabbos Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com From the time we initially received the Torah, until after World War I, technological innovation crept along at a snail’s pace.  Even for some time afterward, the average person did not have access to much that technology had to offer. A mere sixty or […]

The Great Cholov Yisroel Misunderstanding

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com Few people really understand the issue of Cholov Yisroel. Shidduchim have broken up over the issue. Those who keep it look down on those who don’t. Those who don’t, assume that they are totally in the right and only fanatics worry about it. To understand what is really involved requires a […]

CHASUNA PREPARATIONS FOR THE KALLA

  A practical guide and checklist Edited and revised by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com   First, a Mazel Tov! Congratulations on becoming a Kalla. You are entering a very special and exciting time in your life. Very suddenly, your time is filled with a hundred different things to do. This guide should assist you immeasurably. […]

CHASUNA PREPARATIONS FOR THE CHOSON

A practical guide and checklist by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com First, a Mazel Tov! Congratulations on becoming a Choson. You are entering a very special and exciting time in your life. Very suddenly, your time is filled with a hundred different things to do. This guide should assist you immeasurably. 1-Ohr Somayach has a set […]

THE 10 WORST MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE and how to avoid them

BY RABBI SHLOMO COHEN www.hiqjew.com Look around you. Secular society is falling apart at the seams and for all that, the Frum world says that they are maintaining their standards against the tide, it appears that there are major breaches in our defenses. Get a realistic view of what goes on in our schools. It’s […]

THE “LOST YEARS” HAVE BEEN FOUND

  Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com Feb. 2014 Secular scholars posit an additional 165 years in Jewish history, based on a list of Persian kings, which disagrees with Jewish history as given by traditional sources such as Seder Olam Raba, Tzemach Dovid or Seder HaDoros. Jewish chronology gives 410 and 420 years for the 2 Batei […]

Hashem’s unlikely partners

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.hiqjew.com Jan. 2014   Ask any yeshiva person, “Who built Torah in America?” and you will hear that Rav Aaron Kotler and Mr. Shraga Feivel Mendelowitz were the ones. Is this really the case? Did they build what we see today single-handedly? Not, Chas V’Sholom, to take away the fantastic credit due […]

IT’S ABOUT TIME!

IT’S ABOUT TIME Rabbi Shlomo Cohen www.HIQJEW.com PART I – A HISTORY OF TRYING TO MEASURE TIME PART II – DEVELOPMENT OF THE CALENDAR PART III – UNITS OF TIME PART IV – CALENDRICAL SYSTEMS OF THE ANCIENT & MODERN WORLD PART V – A COMPARISON OF CALENDRICAL ACCURACIES PART VI THE ACCURACY OF THE […]