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Start-Up Nation Meets Biblical Game of Thrones
 
Third Time This Week Jewish Site in France Hit by Gunshot

December 26, 2014 - 4:23 PM
 
Yaalon: El Matan Firebomb Terrorists Captured

December 26, 2014 - 12:31 PM
 
Rocket Alert in Gaza Belt

December 26, 2014 - 12:11 PM
 
Indiana’s GOP Governor Tours Israel with Eyes on the White House

December 26, 2014 - 11:15 AM
 
Bus Stoned Near Maaleh Shomron

December 26, 2014 - 10:51 AM
 
Argentina’s President Adopts Jewish Godson

December 26, 2014 - 10:31 AM
 
Iron Dome Redeployed Near Netivot and Be’er Sheva

December 26, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Brooklyn Jews Tackle Man Who Shot Colleague in Robbery Attempt

December 26, 2014 - 10:03 AM
 
‘Slight Improvement’ in Life-threatening Condition of Firebomb Victim

December 26, 2014 - 10:02 AM
 
Latest Election Poll Results

December 26, 2014 - 7:52 AM
 
Uri Bank Gets Bennett’s Endorsement

December 26, 2014 - 7:19 AM
 
2 Border Police Stabbed Near Jerusalem Old City

December 26, 2014 - 7:04 AM
 
Parisian Kosher Restaurant Second Anti-Semitic Gun Attack This Week

December 26, 2014 - 12:08 AM
 
Breaking News: 11-Year-Old Girl Fighting For Her Life Following Arab Terror Attack

December 25, 2014 - 9:38 PM
 
Jerusalem Okays Homes for Ramot Community that Media call a ‘Settlement’

December 25, 2014 - 8:29 PM
 
Jet Blue Flying Cops Free to NYC Slain Officers’ Funerals

December 25, 2014 - 7:52 PM
 
Zoabi Sues Likud MK Danon for Video Showing Her as Pro-Terror

December 25, 2014 - 7:46 PM
 
Charges Dropped and File Closed in Latrun Monastery Attack

December 25, 2014 - 7:29 PM
 
Updated: 11 Year Old Girl Seriously Injured in Firebomb Attack [video]

December 25, 2014 - 7:03 PM
 
Intel: Abdullah — the Last Hashemite King of Jordan

December 25, 2014 - 4:23 PM
 
ISIS Facebook Fans Stuck in Israel

December 25, 2014 - 3:47 PM
 
US Suspects ISIS Did Not Down Jordanian F-16

December 25, 2014 - 3:45 PM
 
Latest Election Poll

December 25, 2014 - 3:36 PM
 
Sister of American IDF Lone Soldier Killed in Summer War Makes aliyah

December 25, 2014 - 3:25 PM
 
Birthright Winter Season Begins as Thousands of Young Jews Arrive in Israel

December 25, 2014 - 2:35 PM
 
New Billboards Target NY Times for Anti-Israel Reporting

December 25, 2014 - 2:05 PM
 
Million-Dollar ‘Chocolate Bar’: First-Grade Buddies Raise Seven Figures for Rare Disease

December 25, 2014 - 1:58 PM
 
Russian Financial Crisis Spells Devastating Losses for Israeli Farmers

December 25, 2014 - 1:30 PM
 
Update: Bayit Yehudi Finally Has the Education Ministry – and Turns it Down

December 25, 2014 - 1:20 PM
 
Hamas Hold Terrorist Pow-Wow over ‘Zionist Violations’ of Cease-Fire

December 25, 2014 - 12:32 PM
 
‘Six Million More’ graffitied on Greek Jewish Cemetery

December 25, 2014 - 12:02 PM
 
IDF Arrests Terrorists and Uncovers Large Stash of Weapons near Shechem

December 25, 2014 - 11:49 AM
 
Israel Capitulates — Returns Bodies of Nar Nof Terrorists [video]

December 25, 2014 - 11:15 AM
 
CoS Gantz Dismisses Givati Battalion Commander for Sexual Harassment

December 25, 2014 - 10:58 AM
 
And the Right is Back

December 25, 2014 - 10:12 AM
 
Uri Ariel Promises to Lower Housing Costs

December 25, 2014 - 8:49 AM
 
Ban on Interfaith Teen Dating Lifted by United Synagogue Youth

December 25, 2014 - 1:59 AM
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Emes Ve-Emunah
An orthodox Jewish man argues with a reform Jewish woman wearing a prayer shawl at the Kotel.
 

Posted on: September 11th, 2012

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Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, the former president of the Union of Reform Judaism, has argued that the reform movement should look to Orthodox Judaism for guidance. Harry Maryles argues that this provides an important kiruv opportunity.

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iphone
 

Posted on: September 10th, 2012

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There are many Halachic reasons to disqualify a witness. Owning an iPhone is not one of them.

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Allison Josephs' website Jewinthecity.com website educates about Orthodox Judaism.
 

Posted on: September 8th, 2012

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Rejecting something with knowledge is one thing, but most Jews in the world today have essentially rejected a life of Jewish observance with very little book or experiential knowledge.

Two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging, as seen by the Hubble Telescope, Oct. 20-27, 2009.
 

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

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But it is even more foolish in my view to not teach the science in the first place. Ignorance is our worst enemy. Because the minute one finds a contradiction to the insistence that only the most literal interpretation of the Torah is acceptable, believers can and often will sadly go the way or Mrs. Brown.

handcuffs
 

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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Somehow, even though it should be obvious to them that the U.S. is different, they have retained the mindset that it’s OK to cheat “the Goyim” - if they can get away with it. And that is what causes the kind of Chilul HaShem that is happening here. And when the criminal is someone who is otherwise a good person, the Chilul HaShem is even greater.

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Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments by Marc Chagall.
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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Some might call this Emunah Peshuta – simple belief. Perhaps. But it is not blind belief. I am not a blind believer. However, I can understand why someone would call my belief in the truth of Judaism blind.

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A brit mila ceremony.
 

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

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When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.

Jews perform a brit mila in the French Jewish Community in Paris.
 

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012

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I would be opposed to the government legislating against doing MbP. That it is considered so vital by so large a segment of Jewry combined by the low probability of a child ever contracting herpes moves me to oppose it. In this case I do feel that banning the procedure would be an unconstitutional impediment to freedom of religion. But that is not the law being proposed.

A yeshiva elementary school classroom in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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An increasing number of Orthodox Jews are questioning their faith and educators don't know how to respond.

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"Na, nach, Nachman me'Uman" is a mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov Hasidic Jews, and written on all kinds of places around Israel.
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

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The mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.

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Orthodox Jewish women enjoy shopping at a clothing fair for women only, held at the International Conference Center in jerusalem. March 27, 2012.
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

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Modern Orthodox and Chassidic cultural norms may differ, but members of both communities have a respect for Halachah and desire to serve God.

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Rabbi Avi Weiss (during a distinctly non-YCT event)
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

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Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who will succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss as head of YCT, is most definitely on the left side of the Orthodox spectrum. Nevertheless he can keep YCT from sliding too far to the left and cross the line of Orthodoxy. YCT founder Rabbi Avi Weiss candidly admitted that he has parted ways with his Rebbe on the approach to these issues. And he has incorporated it into the philosophy of his Yeshiva.

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Photo: Orthodox Jewish wedding with chupah in Vienna.
 

Posted on: August 28th, 2012

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צאנז 111 from bhol on Vimeo. Not being a Chasid of his (or Chasid of any kind) I don’t really know much about the Munkatcher Rebbe. But if he is like most other Chasidic Rebbes, he will have a huge blowout of a wedding next Monday for his grandson – similar to the one in […]

Broadly respected gadol hador, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986).
 

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

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Imagine a Moetzes that included a broader spectrum of rabbinic leaders. And a population of educated Jews that can make a decent living in all fields – including the field of Torah study.

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Orthodox
 

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

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The truth is that Orthodox Jews are all lumped together as having the same attitudes in life. So that for example a Chasidic Jew in Williamsburg will be treated the same way a Modern Orthodox Jew in Teaneck. They are both seen as Orthodox and their worldviews are more or less seen to be the same: decidedly anti-modern. But this viewpoint doesn't reflect the reality.

Orthodoxy
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

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Fact is there is of course nothing wrong with raising standards of religious observance. As long as it is voluntary. But when schools start making new demands along those lines, they completely ignore individual choice. Being Machmir should be an individual choice and not forced upon anyone. These strictrures have nothing to do with basic Halacha. They have to do with image.

Burnt-out Palestinian taxi
 

Posted on: August 21st, 2012

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These people are no better than the arsonists of who set fires during the '68 riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King . Then Mayor Richard J. Daley gave police the green light to police to shoot to kill anyone seen attempting arson. People who throw firebombs into cars are murderers. There is no justification for targeting innocent people. These terrorists ought to be treated accordingly. That no one died yet from that act is a miracle.

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RP
 

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

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How in heaven's name does a pedophile who is convicted and registered sex offender get a job delivering milk late at night to a summer-camp full of children? Don't they do background checks?

Brit Milah
 

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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Despite the fact that major Poskim spanning several generations declare that the lack of Metzitza B’Peh does not invalidate Bris Milah – some even requiring alternative safer methods - the fact remains that there is a strongly held view mostly among Chasidim that Metzitza B’Peh is an absolute requirement of Bris Milah.

In prayer
 

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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I generally do not respond to patronizing comments on my blog. However, the questions raised by a recent commenter are common ones and deserve answers.

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