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Is Jerusalem Our Capital?

23 Iyyar 5777 – May 19, 2017
Jews witnessed the ten makkos defy every natural law and decimate their oppressors. How could they still be sinking lower in tumah after witnessing this?

Sustaining A Viable Diaspora

The large elephant stomping in the American Jewish community courtyard is the systematic neglect of American Jewish communal organizations which have neither recognized nor dealt with the sociological conditions accurately reported in the Pew study.

The Need For Confidence And Optimism

As the smear campaigns against Israel and President Trump continue unabated, partisans of both need to remain confident in order to maximize their effectiveness.

Preparing For War: Jerusalem, 1967

After Egypt closed the Tiran Straits passageway to Eilat, the situation was so dire in Jerusalem that the Rabbis permitted Yeshiva students to violate Shabbat in order to prepare for the inevitable war

Politics Abhors A Vacuum

Numerous times we explained that not only wouldn’t Trump move the embassy, but that it would be Netanyahu who would quash the move. That is exactly what appears to have happened.

Who Cares What They Think?

If Israel wishes to clear the moral air, it must start acting like it actually owns the land. Real owners don’t whine to others or try to please violent squatters. Real owners assert their authority – unapologetically.

Coping With Financial Setbacks

A financial setback can place health and shalom bayis at risk. But that’s precisely why we have to be on guard not to allow such tragic consequences to unfold. Repeat in your mind: “It’s bad enough that we are experiencing a financial crisis. I am not going to place our health and family in crisis as well.”

Daf Yomi

23 Iyyar 5777 – May 18, 2017
Priorities ‘According To Their Wisdom And Their Age’ (Bava Basra 120a)

When ‘He Who Can’t Swear Must Pay’ Doesn’t Apply (Siman 75:14)

Another example of a case in which the Modeh Bemikzat oath of partial admission imposed by the Torah does not apply is where the amount admitted is less than a minimum amount of two kesef silver coins.

Seforim Exchange

He discovered the Mikraos Gedolos cost about 35 percent more than the Mishnah Berurah.

Everybody’s Doing It

This may sound myopic and cloistered, but it is based on a fundamental understanding of the human. To remain pure in an impure world, we need to create our own world.

Clash Of Emotions

I listened to the speeches and marveled at the words of Torah coming from the non-observant master of ceremonies. Yes, the very air of Israel makes one wise.

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

22 Iyyar 5777 – May 17, 2017
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P.T Barnum: Legendary Showman, Virulent Anti-Semite

A venerable American institution, “The Greatest Show on Earth” is no more. After 146 years, Feld Entertainment, owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum...

An Embassy Move Wouldn’t Be Breaking New Ground

In any event, applying the waiver provision to the law’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital makes no sense.

Read The Tea Leaves, Mr. President

Deal-breaking demands may emerge, but it is rare that anyone goes into a negotiation with the intent of insisting on concessions that can in no way be made by the other side.

June ‘67: A Miracle In Our Time – Excerpts from the author’s diary as...

According to the news report, the children of that kibbutz had come up from the shelters for the first time in four days to breathe fresh air. There was also to be a wedding in which five couples were to be married.

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