Drinking and Striving

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

I still remember receiving the call from my office in the Gruss Talmudic Law section of the NYU Law School Library.  I was doing a yearlong post-doctoral fellowship, and I had recently delivered an apparently well publicized lecture about Tikkun Chatzot and, among other things, the correlation between its rise in Tzefat and the spread of coffee in the Ottoman Empire.  I believe I had given the lecture a...Read more...

Shifting the Clutter

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

I was standing right near the doors on a crowded train back to Rosedale from the city on Tuesday afternoon. A VERY crowded train. Next to me stood a man with two boys. The younger of the two boys was complaining incessantly to his father that he was tired and his legs were hurting. The complaints mounted, only rising in volume. The travelers were getting annoyed. The father was getting...Read more...

Mei Noach and Mayim Bialik

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

Rabbi Jeffrey Miller sent an email to his listserv this past week with the heading, "One of my Rebbeim said that you can always find something in the news relating to daf yomi and/or parsha."  The email itself was a link to a news story of two men in Brockton, MA, who robbed a city convenience store this past week while armed with large knives. The article goes on to say that the men could face penalties much...Read more...

How Did I Come To Love Torah?

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

“How did I come to love Torah?” is a question worth answering, because not every Jewish child does love Torah, even those whose parents want nothing more for them.

The answer for me is simple. My father is the reason I love Torah. The joy on his face every time he shares a...Read more...

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

During the eclipse this past week, the YINW chat group was buzzing about what beracha to make on the event.  I guess not everyone heard Rav Jeff's derasha from weeks ago.  At the same time, there was talk about when the next eclipse would be taking place: Scott Taub whatsapped - "next total solar eclipse in 2 years... in Argentina!" Alexander Libkind whatsapped - "In upstate NY in 7...Read more...

The three-weeks - 5777                     July 10, 2017 – י"ז בתמוז, תשע"ז

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

Dear Friends:

As summer if in full swing, we are reminded that not all is right in the state of the Jewish People.  Today we usher in the "Bein Ha-Metzarim" – the three-week period sandwiched "between the tragedies," between the penetration of the walls of Yerushalayim on the 17th of Tamuz and the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash on the 9th of Av.  The subdued...Read more...



Young Israel of North Woodmere, Rabbi Yehuda Septimus


1) Mechirat Chametz (Sale of Chametz)



19 Adar 5777 | 17 March 2017 - Advocate for Israel; fight BDS; and buy - then tithe! - Costco Jafa Clementines

Dear Friends,

We are now in the period between the partial redemption of Purim and the fuller redemption of Pesach.  Of course, even Pesach is an incomplete redemption.  We open the seder narrative of our being freed from slavery by declaring that we in fact are still slaves to this very day - hashata avdei.  We end the narrative with a bittersweet four-word...Read more...

7 Adar 5777 - 5 March 2017

Dear Friends:

The treat of a Sunday Purim, which allows us more time to celebrate Purim, also poses some practical halachic challenges.  With Purim starting right after Shabbat, extra care must be taken and preparations made to avoid violating Shabbat in advance of Purim. To this end and to celebrate Shabbat Zachor in the appropriately festive fashion, there will be a...Read more...

Feburary 26, 2017

(בְּכָל־דְּרָכֶ֥יךָ דָעֵ֑הוּ וְ֝ה֗וּא יְיַשֵּׁ֥ר אֹֽרְחֹתֶֽיךָ (משלי ג:ו
In all your paths know Him, and He shall guide your ways (Proverbs, 3:6).

My translation of ve-hu yiyasher orchotecha, as "He shall direct your ways," emphatically employs the archaic spelling, "ways," over its modern spelling, "Waze." It is my tongue-in-cheek answer...Read more...

Sat, March 17 2018 1 Nisan 5778