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What’s Going On In Syria?

We can easily understand why Syria would have fired at Israeli warplanes as they crossed over Syrian territory and that they perhaps got lucky.

Again, Senator Schumer Disappoints

Mr. Schumer also comes up rather short on the merits of his Trump-as-hatemonger scenario.

Portugal Actively Seeks A Greater Jewish Presence

“We want a Jewish presence in Portugal,” said Mendes Godinho, “and we look to Jewish investment.” Citing low unemployment and calling Portugal the “third most peaceful country in the world,” she stressed the importance of bringing Jews to visit and live in Portugal.

My Father, Buffalo Bill From Bochnia

Finding ourselves with a large merged family as a result of our marriage, we had little chance to contemplate a honeymoon of any kind.

Lifesaving (really!) Stress Management Tips

So, what’s affecting us today? Sapolsky argues that our heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, Alzeheimers, and even cancer might be caused by stress.

Maple Bacon Cornbread Muffins

I usually find cornbread to be dry, but this one was very moist and served with a delicious maple flavored whipped cream.

A Purim-Themed Fairytale

The children miraculously and unanimously agreed to wear pajamas as their costumes this Purim!

The OU, Open Orthodoxy, And Communal Decision-Making

No organization (i.e.the OU) can excommunicate anyone. It does not, however, mean that our communities lack organizing principles. Those principles operate based on individual choice. People effectively expel synagogues not compliant with mainstream halacha.

From Riches To Rags

Throughout his month in Israel, Kalman realized he had found his home, in the beis medrash and in Eretz Yisrael.

Parshat Mishpatim

The Torah (22:27) prohibits people from cursing a leader. Rav Levine argues that people don't just point out the obvious and evident flaws of leaders; they tend to exaggerate them.

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.

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