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GOP’s Sen. Ted Cruz Courts Jewish Vote in Las Vegas

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Israeli Search and Rescue Organizations Arrive in Nepal

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Abbas’ Son Loses $10 Million Libel Suit in US Court

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Russian Hackers Reading Obama’s Personal E-mails

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Bird Forces Emergency Landing of Arkia Plane at Ben Gurion Airport

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Police Arrest Suspect in Jerusalem Hit-and-Run Terrorist Attack

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Fate of 250 Israelis Unknown in Deadly Nepal Earthquake

April 26, 2015 - 1:00 AM
 
The ‘Almost’ Coalition: Bennett Education Minister and Lieberman FM

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Jerusalem-Ma’aleh Adumim Road Blocked

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April 25, 2015 - 11:57 PM
 
Shas MK Deri Calls Hareidi Assault on IDF Officer ‘Terror’

April 25, 2015 - 11:40 PM
 
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April 25, 2015 - 11:29 PM
 
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April 25, 2015 - 11:03 PM
 
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April 25, 2015 - 10:22 PM
 
Why Vote for Torah?

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Emes Ve-Emunah
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.

Somewhere past the black hats in the Haredi community of Beitar Illit, there are other Jewish communities
 

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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I recently saw a picture of the first Agudah convention taken almost 100 years ago. There were people in all manner of dress: light suits, dark suits, vests… some had hats, some caps, some just plain Kipot. Many clean shaven, few with peyos… All were there and all were the equivalent of the Charedi world we have today. This was the Agudah of Yesteryear.

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Battered Wife
 

Posted on: August 13th, 2012

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The public the Shomrim serve trusts them more than the police. They ought to be disabused of that notion. Shomrim should be an auxiliary to the police, not the other way around.

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Of truth and belief
 

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

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As currently defined, an Orthoprax Jew tends to follow Halacha, but may question the existence of God or whether the Torah was given to us at Sinai .

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Sunset silhouette
 

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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How does one reconcile greatness with evil? Is it possible that one can be a great contributor to society and have a dark side? And how are we to look at such a person? Does abusing someone sexually - even only one or two times to one person - negate all the good he has done?

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Charedi man
 

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

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A couple of years ago as I was walking down Williamsburg’s famous shopping district of Lee Street, I recall seeing a sign in one of the stores that had a message written in both Yiddish (Hebrew characters) and English. The English sign said “Closed”. The Yiddish sign said “Offen” – which is Yiddish for “Open”.

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Chick-Fil-A
 

Posted on: August 6th, 2012

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What seems to be happening here goes far beyond understanding and tolerance. It goes far beyond treating our fellow man with love and compassion - regardless of the human condition that causes man to sin against God. Is there alive a man today that has not sinned? But the agenda of some gay rights activists is not about respecting human dignity. It is about celebrating homosexuality!

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Siyum Shas
 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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The highlight of the evening was a brief but inspiring video of the history of Daf Yomi from its inception at the first Agudah convention via until the present. Over all, The Siyum was a job well done I thought. At least here in Chicago.

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Rabbi Michael Broyde
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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A few years ago, Rabbi Michael Broyde wrote an analysis of the Halacha requiring married women to cover their hair. Although he in no way said that a married woman may uncover her hair he suggested that it is possible to say that there were Halachic sources that may have permitted it in certain social circumstances.

Mitt Romney in Jerusalem
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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I have come to the conclusion that where it matters the most to me – the security of the State of Israel and the overall welfare of the Jewish people, there is virtually no difference between them. Both President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney would be “good for the Jews.”

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Orthodox in prayer
 

Posted on: July 29th, 2012

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We all sin. But not all of us sin the same way. By being so repulsed by people who have same sex attractions, we end up turning these people away - leaving them with a feeling of abandonment and being hated by their fellow Jews. Jews who are otherwise decent people. When decent society rejects you... how are you supposed to feel?!

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Joe Paterno running out with football team
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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We too have our Joe Paternos. Only they are not football coaches. They are rabbis who have been just as guilty in cover-ups as Paterno was. In at least one case, a Rosh Yeshiva tolerated sex abuse by one of his Rebbeim for many years and did nothing about it. He knew it was going on and yet allowed that teacher to continue teaching and continue abusing his students. He is still around – as is his Yeshiva.

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Munich 1972
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2012

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Americans are a people who care about their fellow man. When they see a group being slighted, they will stand up and say so… and ‘call out’ those who have done so. This is what Bob Costas has done. My hat is certainly off to him.

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The late Rav Elyashiv.
 

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

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I have said this before. The previous generation of Gedolim, of which Rav Elyashiv was a member, were in a class by themselves. They had continued a tradition of Gadlus that existed in pre-Holocaust times. They were ‘old school’ in the best sense of the word. With Rav Elyashiv’s passing that generation is almost gone.

The grieving family of fallen soldier Netanel Moshiashivili
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2012

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If the draft is going to be equally applied, religious sensitivities must be guaranteed to all. This means that the infrastructure must be created and enforced so that Charedim will be able to practice Judaism as they best understand it. The bottom line for me is that no Charedi mother should ever be faced by a Chiloni or Religious Zionist mother asking the question, “Why did my son have to die in battle while your son was safe in a Yeshiva?”

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Female Rabbi
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

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I believe that Partnership Minyanim are sourced in a culture that is foreign to Judaism - the radical feminist ideal of equating the sexes in all areas of life. In Orthodoxy that idea is doomed to failure. The mere fact that women can never be counted towards constituting a Minyan means that equality can never be fully achieved in the sense that feminism requires it. Even if there are a hundred women and 9 men, there is no Minyan.

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Esc
 

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

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Bright young minds will have questions. The most logical place to see answers is from your parents or teachers. But when questions are explicitly or implicitly forbidden, these very same young people will seek answers elsewhere. The easiest place to find them is the internet. Ban, no matter how strong they are, no matter how enforced they are will not prevent a young person from somehow finding access. And that’s when the slippery slope begins.

4th of July
 

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Credit goes to the American people too for taking Edon Pinchot into their hearts. Americans didn’t see a Kipa – even though it was very obviously upon his head. They saw a talented young boy singing his heart out. And they loved it.

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A Conversion Court
 

Posted on: April 29th, 2012

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Emes v'Emuna Blog: One of the sadder chapters to be written about the State of Israel will be what is happening with regard to conversions.

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