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A Night of Revelation and the Musical Spirit of Israel
 
Chabad of Dead Sea Works a Miracle for Wedding Blessings Before Shavuot

May 22, 2015 - 7:16 PM
 
Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’

May 22, 2015 - 4:33 PM
 
Egyptian Journalist Poses as Jew and Discovers Ant-Semitism

May 22, 2015 - 4:27 PM
 
An Israeli Rancher Son’s Story of Land and Survival

May 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM
 
Neo-Nazis to March on Golders Green, London

May 22, 2015 - 1:33 PM
 
Obama Trying to Convince Israel to Sign Non-Proliferation Treaty

May 22, 2015 - 12:58 PM
 
Report: Jews Buy Abandoned Church for New Town near Gush Etzion

May 22, 2015 - 12:23 PM
 
Doctors Give Netanyahu Good Marks for Health

May 22, 2015 - 11:34 AM
 
Obama Reaching Out to (Liberal) Jews in Sermon at Synagogue

May 22, 2015 - 11:17 AM
 
ISIS Captures Most of Syria; Assad Escape Plan Revealed

May 22, 2015 - 5:18 AM
 
Rivlin Tells Bnei Akiva, ‘We Must Not Let This Happen Again’

May 21, 2015 - 10:37 PM
 
Most Dutch Muslims View Syrian Jihadists as Heroes, Says Wilders

May 21, 2015 - 9:27 PM
 
Israel Refuses to Pay $1.1 Billion Swiss Court Award to Iran

May 21, 2015 - 8:08 PM
 
Liberman Apologizes for Using ‘Autistic’ as an Insult to Describe Netanyahu

May 21, 2015 - 7:33 PM
 
Liberman Warns Netanyahu Not to Meet Arab Party Head

May 21, 2015 - 5:52 PM
 
Pres. Rivlin Receives ‘First Fruits of the Field’ for Shavuot

May 21, 2015 - 5:26 PM
 
New UN Middle East Envoy Comes Up with ‘New’ Idea – Freeze Settlements

May 21, 2015 - 2:58 PM
 
ISIS Takes Over Qaddafi’s Home Town in Libya

May 21, 2015 - 2:18 PM
 
Netanyahu Tells EU He Is Committed to ‘Vision’ of Two States

May 21, 2015 - 12:48 PM
 
Section of Ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct Discovered

May 21, 2015 - 11:08 AM
 
Iran Complains Israel Threatened Nuclear Attack

May 21, 2015 - 10:46 AM
 
Cheering Arab Crowds Greet Return of Vehicular Terrorist’s Body [video]

May 21, 2015 - 8:41 AM
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Felafel on Rye
Rabbi Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal was one of the respected leaders of Orthodox European Jewry before World War II, the head of the Beit Din in Budapest. Witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust, he discarded his fierce anti-Zionist ideology, and wrote a brilliant scholarly treatise on the vital necessity for Aliyah, titled "Eim HaBanim Semeichah."

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The Kuzari
 

Posted on: June 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Written in the form of a conversation between a Rabbi and a gentile king who is looking to find the true religion, The Kuzari lucidly explains the foundations upon which Judaism is based. What better time than “Book Week” to take another look at this wonderful classic? If you never studied its teachings, you’re missing a building block in your understanding of Judaism which the Gaon of Vilna made top priority for his students.

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Meir Kahane
 

Posted on: June 7th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

For any reader who may be confused about the obligation to live in the Land of Israel, this sweeping halachic and Talmudic overview of Rabbi Kahane will surely put all uncertainty to rest. Because of its vital importance to each and every Jew, we will be presenting it in two installments.

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Rabbi Kahane
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Meir Kahane, perhaps the most dynamic Jewish orator of our time, a speaker capable of inflaming hearts and inspiring the masses, a par-excellence TV debater who chopped the glib intellectual banter of opponents into tiny insignificant scraps, he had a bothersome stutter in his youth, which had to be mastered in order to fulfill his dream of reaching out to the Jewish People.

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Rabbi Meir Kahane
 

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

“The non-observant Jew knows. Deep in his heart he knows. He knows that the path [he treads] is a false one, that the Judaism he professes is a mockery.... His moment of truth lies within him. His is the power to call it into being. Let him but dig deeply into his Jewish resources and draw from them the traditional Jewish qualities of courage, determination and sacrifice."

Kahane_
 

Posted on: June 3rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Why be a Jew!!! It is an agonizing cry from the souls of tens of thousands of young Jews who assimilate, integrate and disappear into the outer space beyond Judaism. It is THE cry, THE question. It is asked by young men and women who have seen the emptiness and the vapidness of the Judaism they grew up with.

Rabbi Meir Kahane
 

Posted on: June 1st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The fact that a Reform Jew wishes to adopt a counterfeit form of “Judaism” is his affair. But the religious Jew is not bound by that. The State of Israel does not have to recognize on an official level the falsehood that every Jew may adopt on a private level.

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Giant
 

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When a Jew makes Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, the letters of his soul shift into high gear and multiply in size. All of his being gets bigger. He grows closer to God. Compared to the person he was in Galut, he becomes larger than life. He transforms into a giant, filled with greater valor, greater holiness, greater happiness and wisdom.

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Couch potato
 

Posted on: May 28th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Those of you who can come, and there are millions out there, we are waiting to welcome you. And those of you who would like to come, but just can’t seem to put the right pieces together, then you can get involved, in every way that you are able, by encouraging others to come, by coming on frequent visits, by donating money, and by volunteering your time at organizations that have Israel at the top of their programs and agenda.

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Zionism
 

Posted on: May 24th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Yes, the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the World is a Zionist. So was Avraham Avinu, Moshe Rabeinu, Yehoshua, King David, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the Macabbees, all the Prophets of Israel, including Ezra and Nechemia who led a seemingly motley crowd of sinners back to the Land of Israel from Babylon to rebuild the Holy Temple.

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Rav Kook close up
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

One of the questions a person is asked when he reaches his Heavenly rest is, "Did you yearn for Salvation?" If a Jew does not long for the Redemption, for Salvation from the exile, then something is wrong. If he is happy in the Diaspora, then his Judaism is out of focus, and he is out of touch with his soul's deepest yearnings. As The Kuzari poignantly declares, his prayers for Jerusalem and Zion are like the chatterings of a nightingale, melodious but empty of meaning.

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The thought that Eretz Yisrael is an accessory to Judaism, and not a central pillar in itself, is a tragic distortion which was caused by the nearly 2000 year exile of the Jewish People from the Land of Israel. After years of wandering - scattered among the gentiles, separated from our homeland- our orientation to the Land of Israel became distorted and confused.

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Facebook
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Do you have a teenager who is doing badly in school? Do you have a kid who hates to pray? Does the tiny kippah he wears come off his head the moment he’s down the block? This may be the reason. Nothing desensitizes a person from Torah more than an exposure to porn. Don’t delude yourselves – when it comes to computers, children are geniuses. They know how to navigate through the intricacies of the web like private eyes.

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Yom Yerushalayim
 

Posted on: May 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Here I was, just out of New York, not knowing what the Torah was really about, surrounded by tens of thousands of ecstatic davening Jews, with the choruses of “Amen, yihe shamai rabbahs” ringing in my ears like the blasts of the shofar on Mount Sinai. What can I tell you? New York and Hollywood were blown out of my brain, like a dream that never happened, just like the Psalm says: “When the Lord brings back the captives of Zion, we were like those who dream.”

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Baseball
 

Posted on: May 18th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

This blog is not coming to reject, or condemn, any practice of Judaism which is based on a sincere fear of Heaven, nor to reject or condemn any Jew, or Jewish community, God forbid. The blogs we write come to reject only the misunderstanding of Judaism which negates the centrality of the Land of Israel to the Torah and to the vitality of Jewish life.

Father and son studying in Hevron
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

All of the directors and presidents of the Jewish organizations and federations and committees and leagues and unions who didn't and still don't call upon their members to pack up and go, they all should be replaced with braver souls. With the scourge of intermarriage decimating our ranks, all of the rabbis who didn't and still don't urge their congregations to go en mass to Israel should read through the Torah once again.

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Jewish ritual slaughter is complex as it involves techniques that although ancient, are highly technical  to ensure the animal suffers no pain.
 

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Avraham Avinu packed up his belongings without saying a word and hastened to the Land, even though it was loaded with savage heathens, prostitutes, idol worship, murderers, and rapists, even though there wasn’t one synagogue, kosher butcher, or luxury villa to be found.

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Two paths
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Some people will tell you that if you put on tefillin in Brooklyn, you’ve reached the pinnacle of the Jewish journey, but it isn’t true. Other people will tell you we have to stay in exile until Mashiach arrives. But that isn’t true either. Hashem isn’t waiting for Mashiach. Before our very eyes, Hashem has brought millions of Jews back to Israel on His own, without waiting for Mashiach to do all the work.

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Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?
 

Posted on: May 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

It is no secret that American Jewry is being decimated by assimilation. The longer the Jewish community remains in America the more the assimilation will grow. So I ask – what’s the point in working to strengthen something that is destined to dwindle out and end? The exile is a curse which is not supposed to continue forever.

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Aish HaTorah
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Not only are the streets of Jerusalem inundated with the smoke of burning embers; but hillsides and streets all over the country are lit up with the fiery love of Torah which kindles in every heart. Not only the streets, but the smoke of these holy bonfires penetrates into every single apartment and house, like the aroma of incense on the Temple’s altar, penetrating through windows and concrete walls to reveal the inner spirit of every Israeli soul, of every Israeli home.

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