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A Settler’s Farewell to President Obama
 
Bennett: State Auditor’s Harsh Gaza War Report an Opportune Earthquake

January 24, 2017 - 2:07 PM
 
Report: ISIS Brussels Bombers Targeted Americans, Israelis, Orthodox Jews

January 24, 2017 - 12:29 PM
 
Russian Jews Condemn Anti-Semitic Statement by Parliament’s Deputy Speaker

January 24, 2017 - 11:57 AM
 
Rivlin Stresses Need for Solidarity with Arabs at Conference Celebrating Crucial Dates in Zionist History

January 24, 2017 - 11:02 AM
 
Sgt. Azaria’s Sentencing Begins Tuesday

January 24, 2017 - 10:12 AM
 
She Who Digs a Pit Will Fall in It: Tzipi Livni Can’t Visit Brussels for Fear of Prosecution

January 24, 2017 - 9:31 AM
 
Obama Transfers $221M to Palestinian Authority in Final Hours

January 24, 2017 - 1:13 AM
 
No Decision Made on Location of US Embassy in Israel, Says White House

January 24, 2017 - 12:55 AM
 
3,300-Year Detour Ends in Aliyah for 65th Wedding Anniversary in Israel

January 23, 2017 - 11:26 PM
 
Bioinvasion Jeopardizing Mediterranean Marine Communities, Say TAU Researchers

January 23, 2017 - 10:32 PM
 
Amona Residents Meet to Discuss Court Freeze of Relocation Deal

January 23, 2017 - 9:45 PM
 
High Court Orders Release of Terrorist Suspect’s Body to Umm al-Hiran Family

January 23, 2017 - 9:19 PM
 
IDF Soldier Lightly Wounded from Tire Bomb

January 23, 2017 - 9:08 PM
 
NGO Monitor Reports: European Union Funding Dozens of BDS Groups

January 23, 2017 - 8:31 PM
 
PM Netanyahu Emphasizes Importance of African Relations with Togolese FM Robert Dussey [video]

January 23, 2017 - 7:16 PM
 
Yad Vashem Online Presents Touching ‘Last Letters From the Holocaust’

January 23, 2017 - 2:08 PM
 
Knesset Committee Dispersed after IDF Refuses to Turn Over Alcoholism Data

January 23, 2017 - 1:30 PM
 
Former GSS Counter-Terrorism Chief: Expect Even Bloodier 2017

January 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM
 
Arab Motorists Slow Down Fast Highway Protesting Demolitions of Illegal Construction

January 23, 2017 - 11:49 AM
 
PLO Official: Trump’s Embassy Move Will Mean War

January 23, 2017 - 10:24 AM
 
Netanyahu to Belzer Rebbe: Pray that New President Be Better than Predecessor

January 23, 2017 - 9:22 AM
 
Trump Invites Netanyahu For White House Meeting in February

January 22, 2017 - 11:59 PM
 
Terror Attack Averted Near Beitar

January 22, 2017 - 10:54 PM
 
US Embassy Planners Arrive, Scouting Sites in Jerusalem

January 22, 2017 - 10:24 PM
 
Life in Prison Plus 30 Years for Driver of Terrorist Cell That Killed of Malachi Rosenfeld

January 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM
 
IDF Colonel Suspended After Classified Documents, Phone Stolen

January 22, 2017 - 9:04 PM
 
Anti-Semitic Sabbath Attacks on Jews in London

January 22, 2017 - 8:48 PM
 
Ma’ale Adumim Annexation Vote Postponed in Security Cabinet

January 22, 2017 - 8:19 PM
 
Jordan, Palestinian Authority Unite to Fight Relocation of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

January 22, 2017 - 6:57 PM
 
Jerusalem’s Local Planning & Building Committee Approves 671 Housing Units

January 22, 2017 - 6:32 PM
 
US Jewish Schools Love Betsy DeVos for the Vouchers

January 22, 2017 - 5:22 PM
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Felafel on Rye
Torah scroll. (illustrative only)
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2012

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During the reign of King Solomon, the Nation of Israel was at its prime. We lived in peace in our own homeland. A Jewish government ruled over the country from the majestic city of Jerusalem. All of the people gathered for the Festivals at the Temple three times a year. Jewish law went forth from the Sanhedrin. Prophets communicated the word of the Lord to the Nation and the world. A powerful Jewish army guarded the country’s borders. Torah was studied in great academies of learning. Hebrew was spoken on the street. The leaders of foreign nations flocked to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the Jews.

 

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012

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There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.

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David Ben-Gurion publicly pronounces the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel.
 

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012

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To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.

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Posted on: September 30th, 2012

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If it did it would die. Just the way the Diaspora is destined to die. The etrog tree doesn’t belong in Brooklyn. The climate isn’t right for it. It’s the same with the lulav, hadasim, and aravot. The four species which we are commanded to take for ourselves on the Festival of Sukkot are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, just as the Torah is indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, and the Jewish People are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael. We belong in Eretz Yisrael. All of the holidays are intrinsically connected to Eretz Yisrael. The Torah was designed and fashioned by the Almighty to be observed in Eretz Yisrael.

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Posted on: September 28th, 2012

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One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."

 

Posted on: September 27th, 2012

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L eading up to the holiday of Sukkot, we’ll wrap up our condensed look at Rabbi Kook’s teachings on t’shuva with a few blogs on two of the holidays most important themes – Eretz Yisrael and Torah.

 

Posted on: September 24th, 2012

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Inspired by the Holy Nation of Israel, mankind will abandon its vain and misguided paths, and a mighty spirit of t’shuva will be ignited throughout the world.

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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.
 

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.

 

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.

 

Posted on: September 19th, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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Posted on: September 7th, 2012

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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.

 

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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

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Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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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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Posted on: September 4th, 2012

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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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