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Time Enough At Last

A loving recollection of her father and how his passing has inspired the author to get more out of whatever time she has in life.

Recalling The Real King Hussein

Hussein is widely viewed through the fog of history as something of a principled moderate who yearned to be a peacemaker with journalists whitewashing or ignoring its many inconvenient chapters and plentiful examples of ugly rhetoric against Israel and Jews.

Chesed And Rachamim In Our Lives (Part Four)

More eternal wisdom from Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h. This week considering how to become an agent of chesed (compassion) and rachamim (mercy)-continued from last week.

Remembering Three Rachels

The authorized establishment of the town of “Rachelim” came in memoriam to Rachel Imeinu and to two martyred 'Rachels,' Rachel Drouk and Rachel Weiss who were murdered for the sin of "DWJ'-driving while Jewish.

Yes, There’s A Presumption That Loans Are Not Prepaid, But Here’s A Receipt To...

The heirs in the present situation are permitted to bring witnesses who testify to the fact that they saw the debtor repay the loan, before the maturity date, when he was still live.

Mixed Drinks And Mixed Marriages (Avodah Zarah 29b)

According to Tosafot, the rabbis were concerned that if one would be allowed to benefit from non-Jewish wine at all, it might lead to participation in these idolatrous practices.

Daf Yomi

An Essential Agent ‘Set In The Skin Of The Rennet Of Nevelah’ (Avoda Zara 35a)

Inside Out

When I'm not blogging, I'm an eating disorder therapist, so the topics of body positivity and health at every size are ones I'm very passionate about.

‘Deny!’

Usually the parties reach a settlement agreement in the end or the dayanim rule a compromise.

Fortuitous Find

She told me, pointing to a blue and orange set. It wasn’t exactly a color scheme that I appreciated, nor was it especially fancy for yom tov, but having shlepped out and waited this long, I wasn’t ready to head home without something to show for my time.

Q & A: Stepping Back At The Amidah’s Conclusion

Question: I’ve noticed in shul that at the conclusion of Shemoneh Esreh some people take three steps back but do not take three steps forward. Is this practice acceptable? Zelig Aronson

Our Creator’s Infinite Love

Hashem is more concerned for my good than I am. Hashem looks out for my interests more than I do myself.

Is Our Redemption Near?

According to the opening line of the famous song Shoshanas Yaakov, Klal Yisrael was extremely happy when they saw “techeiles Mordechai.” What is “techeiles Mordechai”?

Israel’s Illegal Immigrant Problem

Jews are commanded by the Torah not to deliver a slave into the hands of his owner, and a very small percentage of these people are, indeed, refugees. Though we are responsible for their lives, we do not have to keep them here forever and we do not have to grant them citizenship.

Abortion: The Debate Continues

One passage in this week’s sedrah shows how differences in interpretation can lead to, or flow from, profound differences in culture. Ironically, the subject concerned – abortion – remains deeply contentious to this day.

Fond Memories Of Some Personal Favorites

I have many memories of him talking to Ralph Branca, who also pitched for the Tigers in the mid-fifties.

Gratitude – Hakarat Hatov

All of us go through challenges in our lives. One can just let one’s imagination run wild wondering how many tests and challenges a person might experience in the course of 20 years.

Hijacking The Government?

A hung jury failed to convict him, voting 10-2 for acquittal. The DOJ initially announced it was going to retry him. This week it announced it would not.

That New Polish Law

The new law was ardently pushed by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party and the judges on the constitutional court are mostly its appointees. And therein lies an important tale.

How Yasir Arafat Almost Hijacked The U.S. Holocaust Museum: An Interview with Walter Reich

As a result of the Arafat scandal, a congressional committee commissioned a study of the museum’s management.

The Mutiny Against Captain Uriah P. Levy

Levy’s historic seafaring career began rather inauspiciously when, at age 10, he ran away from his Philadelphia home to join the trading ship New Jerusalem as a cabin boy, returning to his family for his bar mitzvah at Mikveh Israel, where he read the Torah.

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