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Israeli Air Force Strikes Back at Gaza for Rocket Attack

May 27, 2015 - 5:37 AM
 
IRS Hacked, Info on 100,000 Taxpayers Stolen

May 27, 2015 - 4:40 AM
 
Minister Warns ‘Hamas Trying to Escalate Security Situation’

May 27, 2015 - 12:30 AM
 
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to ‘Stay On No Matter What’ Says Efrat Mayor

May 26, 2015 - 10:27 PM
 
No Deal with Iran by June 30 Deadline, Europeans Say

May 26, 2015 - 9:59 PM
 
Vehicle Terror Attack Foiled at Gush Etzion Junction

May 26, 2015 - 9:28 PM
 
UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Hits Israel

May 26, 2015 - 9:10 PM
 
UN Envoy Warns Syrian Refugees Will Outnumber Lebanese Schoolchildren

May 26, 2015 - 9:06 PM
 
Weekend Bomb Threats Tail Flights to Northeastern US

May 26, 2015 - 7:59 PM
 
Rare 1,000 Yr Old Ketubah on Exhibit in Jerusalem

May 26, 2015 - 7:15 PM
 
Arabs Terrorize Worshipers in Jerusalem’s Ancient Shiloach Yemenite Synagogue

May 26, 2015 - 5:45 PM
 
Photo of Obama’s Passover Seder ‘Fifth Child’ Tantrum

May 26, 2015 - 3:04 PM
 
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May 26, 2015 - 2:15 PM
 
Media Spins Netanyahu’s Renewal of Peace Process

May 26, 2015 - 12:19 PM
 
Report: Bullets from Hamas Live-Fire Training Land in Israel

May 26, 2015 - 11:21 AM
 
Ya’alon Removes Police Siege of Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Shomron

May 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM
 
President Rivlin Denies He Is Being Honored by Leftist New Israel Fund

May 26, 2015 - 10:12 AM
 
5,000-Year-Old Seal in Galilee May Depict First Known Music Scene

May 26, 2015 - 9:29 AM
 
TZOHAR Condemns Efforts to Depose Rabbi Riskin

May 25, 2015 - 8:16 PM
 
Bibi Seals Nationalist Policy with Dore Gold Heading Foreign Ministry

May 25, 2015 - 5:22 PM
 
Report: Rabbinate May Be Plotting to Dump Rabbi Riskin of Efrat

May 25, 2015 - 3:27 PM
 
Hamas Declares Jerusalem ‘Eternal Capital’ of Islamic World

May 25, 2015 - 1:00 PM
 
Police Arrest ‘Nice Guy Pizza’ Owner

May 25, 2015 - 10:47 AM
 
Hezbollah Shows Off Terror Tunnel Threat

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Felafel on Rye
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Posted on: September 12th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When you are sick, do you go to the doctor, or the student of the doctor? So why go to Uman where Rebbe Nachman is buried, when you could go to the cities in Israel where his teachers are buried?

eden
 

Posted on: September 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.

Smiley Face
 

Posted on: September 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Even if you haven’t yet atoned for all of your sins, Don’t worry! Be Happy! As long as you are sincerely trying, this is what really counts.

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you are what you think
 

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

computer 2
 

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.

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The Lone Ranger.
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
 

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

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Author and Jewish Press blogger Tzvi Fishman on his way to Migron to protest the evacuation on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?

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saturdaynightfever
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.

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fishmanhealing
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.

Happiness can be hard to find. This man found it through aliyah -- moving to Israel.
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s path to wellbeing, to physical and emotional health, as well as his path to the deep self-discovery which connects him to God. T’shuva can happen suddenly, in a burst of illumination […]

Train
 

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.

Tikun Olam
 

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden describes man’s existential plight. In effect, the sum of world history is mankind’s journey to return to the Garden. Not only man, but the world itself wants to return to its original state. This yearning is one of the most powerful forces of Creation. Thus the world “roars like a mighty lioness” to return to its original, ideal closeness to God.

T'shuva
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The Gemara teaches that t’shuva existed before the world was created. In a similar vein, Rabbi Kook writes that the spirit of t’shuva hovers over the world and gives it its basic form and the motivation to develop. It is t’shuva which gives the world its direction and its inner energy to constantly progress. The desire to refine the world and to embellish it with beauty and splendor all derive from the spirit of t’shuva.

Happiness
 

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

While t’shuva is normally translated as penitence or repentance, the root of the Hebrew word t’shuva means “return.” T’shuva is a return to the source, to one’s roots, to one’s deepest inner self.

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The month of Elul is known for being the time of the year most favorable for t’shuva - generally known as penitence or repentance. But t’shuva is much more than feeling bad over the transgressions which we have committed. Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva is the force that makes the world go around.

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Posted on: August 17th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

If a Jew is thrown into prison and he doesn’t have tefillin, then he can’t perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. But the mitzvah of tefillin isn’t cancelled because of this. The very first morning that he gets out of jail, he once again must perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin

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El Al airplane
 

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

About a month ago, I received an email from a 16 year-old girl from Europe, saying that she was on the way to the airport to fly to Israel. She said that her mother read my blogs at The Jewish Press and hoped that maybe I could help her, not knowing where else to turn. She wants to finish high school in Israel, make aliyah, and go into the army. Her present high school is all gentile and Moslem and very anti-Semitic. Could I help her, she asked?

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Pastrami
 

Posted on: August 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

After finishing a meal in which we ate bread, we are to thank God for the food and for the Land which He has given us, as we say, “Blessed are Thou, O Lord, for the Land and the sustenance,” and even if a Jewish astronaut were to eat a pastrami sandwich on the moon, or on Mars, he would still thank God for the pastrami sandwich and the Land of Israel.

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tevye
 

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

These days, it’s pretty hard to know who really is Jewish. Let’s take the example of the singles-bar scene in New York. A lot of times a Jewish guy will start talking to girl (call her Debbie) and during the conversation, he’ll ask if she’s Jewish, and she says, “Sure,” when she isn’t Jewish at all. So I have devised an almost foolproof test to determine if a person is really a Jew.

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