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Purim Is Not Jewish Halloween!

Is the way we celebrate Purim the ideal way to spiritually experience it?

Title: Yaakov and the Secret of Acra Fortress

How many people know the lineage of King Antiochus, known formally as Antiochus IV Epiphanes?

Magdala

In July 2009, when the IAA began a five-month excavation at Magdala, it didn’t expect to find much… until, right beneath a wing of the proposed guesthouse, the top of a buried wall was discovered.

Oh My Yerushalayim

Living In Jerusalem isn’t so easy. People with different religions and different views want this city to belong only to them.

Believe It

During the subsequent Days of Penitence, we prepared for the awesome and holy day of Yom Kippur, begging our Father and King to grant us a tabula rasa, so that we can begin anew.

Cracked Glasses

My glasses! exclaimed Moshe. I hung them on the seat in front and you cracked them.

The Sanctity Of The Synagogue

Jews have the distinct impression that there are moments in time that we can forego the holiness of the Beit Knesset and allow a frivolous, if not rowdy, behavior.

Chanukah: Not Just A Children’s Holiday

It never used to bother me; that is, until recently. Somehow, over the years, Chanukah has come to be celebrated as a children’s holiday.

Mahwah Township Declares War On Eruv

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, head of the Monsey eruv, opposes the notion that the eruv will facilitate an influx of Jewish residents.

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part IV)

Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef

A Shofar In The Forest

They had succeeded in learning without books, since one man knew the first half of the Ketzos by heart and another knew the second half.

Q & A: Did Abraham Daven Minchah?

Question: We are taught that the Patriarchs kept the entire Torah even before it was given to the Jewish nation on Mount Sinai. If so, why do our Sages say that Abraham was the originator of Shacharit, Isaac was the originator of Minchah, and Jacob was the originator of Maariv? That seems incongruous given the fact that the Patriarchs kept the entire Torah. S. Friedman

The Meaning Of Israel

Herzl was dead within a year, but his prophetic vision established him as the Father of modern Zionism.

Daf Yomi

An Implacable Foe ‘Therefore Those Who Speak In Parables Say…’ (Bava Basra 78b)

Greener Acres

Most of my parents’ friends did not have a single relative left in the world after the war and so they formed new families and attachments.

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Realizations

As we raced from store to store I was invigorated but Jo tagged listlessly along. I pretended not to notice and chatted gaily all the while.

Daf Yomi

Don’t Tread On Me ‘If One Consulted A Sage, He May Not Consult Another’ (Avodah Zarah 7a)

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