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Spiritual Cafe: Yom Kippur – Hurts So Good!
Howard Stern Slams Roger Waters for Hatred of Israel

October 7, 2015 - 11:51 PM
City of Jerusalem & Parents’ Group Declare School Strike Over Inadequate Security

October 7, 2015 - 10:38 PM
2 Arab Teens Nabbed in Jaffa Stone-Throwing Attack

October 7, 2015 - 10:24 PM
Arab Rioters Firebomb Bushes Near Police HQ in Umm el Fahm

October 7, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Kiryat Gat Terrorist Who Stabbed IDF Soldier Was Hamas Member

October 7, 2015 - 9:19 PM
Terrorist Rams Car Through Checkpoint, Tries to Hit IDF Soldiers

October 7, 2015 - 9:00 PM
1 Police Officer Wounded, 5 Arrested in Arab Riot Over Temple Mount

October 7, 2015 - 8:49 PM
Jerry Seinfeld Coming to Israel

October 7, 2015 - 8:33 PM
Border Guard Policewoman Injured in Arab Riot

October 7, 2015 - 7:50 PM
Israeli Sappers Detonate Roadside Bomb on Samaria Road

October 7, 2015 - 7:38 PM
Thwarted Arab Terror Attack in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor Neighborhood

October 7, 2015 - 6:46 PM
Arab Terror Attack at Mall Near Beilinson Hospital [video]

October 7, 2015 - 6:44 PM
Referendum, Court, or Both to Decide Kiryas Joel Land Annexation

October 7, 2015 - 5:55 PM
Huge Oil Discovery in Golan Heights Can Make Israel Energy Self-Sufficient

October 7, 2015 - 5:52 PM
70 Jewish Families Clinging to Old City’s Muslim Quarter amid Raging Violence

October 7, 2015 - 5:33 PM
Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Germany Due to Security Situation

October 7, 2015 - 4:49 PM
UPDATE: Another Stabbing Attack in Old City of Jerusalem [video]

October 7, 2015 - 3:30 PM
PA Hides Islamic Arson of Church with ‘Electrical Failure’

October 7, 2015 - 1:56 PM
Russia-Linked Gangs Trying to Smuggle Deadly Radiation Material to ISIS

October 7, 2015 - 12:46 PM
Female Jewish Motorist Escapes Arab Lynch Attempt [video]

October 7, 2015 - 11:47 AM
Bennett to Quit Knesset to Make Room for Return of Moalem

October 7, 2015 - 11:41 AM
Huge Oil Discovery on the Golan Heights

October 7, 2015 - 10:41 AM
Report: Hamas Terrorists to Get Light Plea Bargains So Shin Bet Won’t Expose Interrogation Methods

October 7, 2015 - 10:22 AM
After 5 Police Injured, Jaffa Businessmen Calm Scene, Fearing Jewish Shoppers’ Boycott

October 7, 2015 - 10:14 AM
Arab Rock-Throwers Injure Baby

October 7, 2015 - 9:36 AM
Islamic Movement Incites Violent Riot in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

October 7, 2015 - 8:58 AM
UPDATE: Arab Video Encourages Murder of Jews in Old City

October 7, 2015 - 8:02 AM
New Comedy Examines How Today’s Germans Would Welcome a Returning Hitler

October 7, 2015 - 3:13 AM
Home Secretary Tells Conservatives Mass Immigration a Threat to UK

October 7, 2015 - 1:15 AM
German Jewish Leader Fears Anti-Semitic Syrian Refugees

October 7, 2015 - 1:00 AM
Mother and Baby Injured in PA Arab Rock Attack near Maaleh Levona

October 7, 2015 - 12:04 AM
Trend: Israeli Businesswoman Shari Arison Buying 1,000 Berlin Rentals

October 6, 2015 - 10:44 PM
Report: Palestinian Authority Paid Millions to Security Prisoners with Blood on their Hands

October 6, 2015 - 10:41 PM
Internal Security Minister Wants Police to Charge Arabs who Ridiculed Stabbed Jewish Woman

October 6, 2015 - 10:22 PM
Border Guard Police Foil Terror Attack in Samaria

October 6, 2015 - 9:17 PM
Abbas Dials Back Arab Rage: ‘We Do Not Want Escalation’

October 6, 2015 - 7:19 PM
13-Yr-Old Arab Rioter Killed By Mistake, Says IDF

October 6, 2015 - 6:08 PM
IDF to Install Security Cameras at Judea, Samaria Intersections

October 6, 2015 - 5:54 PM
NATO Warns Russia to Stay Out of Turkish Air Space

October 6, 2015 - 3:37 PM
Palmyra ‘Arch of Triumph’ Latest Casualty of ISIS

October 6, 2015 - 12:53 PM
Israel’s High-Tech Gaza Border Security Fence Completed

October 6, 2015 - 12:19 PM
4 Hurt as Post-Simchat Torah Bus Attacked in Pisgat Ze’ev

October 6, 2015 - 11:58 AM
Security Cabinet Approves Counter-Terror Measures

October 6, 2015 - 11:29 AM
IDF Captures 11 Terror Suspects, Confiscates Arms

October 6, 2015 - 10:47 AM
Firebombing Attacks Arrive on Israel’s Highway 6

October 6, 2015 - 10:37 AM
Violent Virus Destroying Israeli Tomatoes

October 6, 2015 - 10:29 AM
Israel Demolishes Homes of 2 Terrorists, Seals 1 in Jerusalem

October 6, 2015 - 10:05 AM
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Felafel on Rye
The Mountains

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook’s advice is to set out correcting the transgressions of the past which are within the person’s reach to correct. This will set into motion a snowball of t’shuva whose inner force will lead him to correct matters more and more difficult, until he succeeds in redressing all wrongs.

Torah scroll. (illustrative only)

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The more you learn Torah, the more t’shuva you will be inspired to do — and the more t’shuva you do, the more Torah you are able to learn.

Rocket Launch: The Art of T'shuva

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Sudden t’shuva is different. It seems to come about all at once with superhuman energy and willpower.

The Key to Success

Posted on: September 19th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.


Posted on: September 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.


Posted on: September 13th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.


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?


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.

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.

Hackers are focusing their efforts on government agencies from one continent to the next -- and from one country to the next.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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.


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 […]

High-speed train (illustrative only)

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.


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.

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