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Report: Ambitious Justice Minister Using Polanski Extradition to Pave Own Career

May 31, 2016 - 1:24 PM
 
Jordan’s New ‘Pro-Israel’ Prime Minister Hani Fawi al-Mulki

May 31, 2016 - 11:58 AM
 
US House Reps to Knesset: We’ll Continue Aiding Israeli Security

May 31, 2016 - 11:30 AM
 
Cutting Edge Army: IDF Issues Vegan Combat Rations, Shoes, Berets

May 31, 2016 - 10:41 AM
 
That Was Just a Drill – No Rockets Were Launched at Israel

May 31, 2016 - 10:14 AM
 
Report: Israeli Civil Administration Accelerates Mapping of State Lands in Judea and Samaria

May 31, 2016 - 8:15 AM
 
Rabbi Kahane’s Grandson to Be Released into House Detention, Restrictions

May 30, 2016 - 9:29 PM
 
IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv, Terrorist in Custody [video]

May 30, 2016 - 7:43 PM
 
16 International NGOs Condemn Israel’s Refusal to Support BDS Founder’s World Travels

May 30, 2016 - 6:14 PM
 
Patriots’ Owner Cites Chapters of the Fathers at YU’s Keynote Address [video]

May 30, 2016 - 4:07 PM
 
Pres. Rivlin Understands Arab Students’ Dilemma on National Symbols, Anthem: ‘Must Be Addressed’

May 30, 2016 - 2:59 PM
 
Shaked’s Anti-Terror Law Approved for Second and Third Knesset Vote

May 30, 2016 - 2:41 PM
 
Liberman Appointed Defense Minister After Government Compromise

May 30, 2016 - 2:35 PM
 
New Terror Tactic: Hamas Uses Postal System to Smuggle Drones and Weapons

May 30, 2016 - 2:12 PM
 
Police Arrest Teen Stabbers of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem

May 30, 2016 - 12:23 PM
 
Ipsos Survey: One Third of American Students Support Boycotting Israel

May 30, 2016 - 12:22 PM
 
New Film Depicts Arab Queers as Bridge to Peace [video]

May 30, 2016 - 11:34 AM
 
Bennett Coalition Crisis Averted, Liberman (Still) to Be Defense Minister

May 30, 2016 - 11:23 AM
 
1 Wounded in Evening Terror Attack on Jerusalem Bus

May 30, 2016 - 9:58 AM
 
Shabak Issues Last Administrative Detention Order Before Lieberman Takes Over

May 30, 2016 - 9:43 AM
 
Israel Helps Sri Lanka After Deadly Landslides

May 30, 2016 - 2:00 AM
 
Report: Between 700 and 900 Immigrants Died at Sea Last week

May 29, 2016 - 10:37 PM
 
Is Ismail Haniyeh Dead Yet?

May 29, 2016 - 9:57 PM
 
Russia to Return Israeli Tank Captured 34 Years Ago in the Battle of Sultan Yacoub

May 29, 2016 - 9:05 PM
 
This Day in History: Prime Minister Netanyahu Wins in Direct Elections

May 29, 2016 - 8:06 PM
 
Terrorist Arrested After Throwing Firebomb Bag Into Kochav Yaacov

May 29, 2016 - 7:37 PM
 
Jordan’s King Dissolves Parliament, Stifles Riots Over Approval of Israeli Investment

May 29, 2016 - 4:41 PM
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Posted on: October 15th, 2008

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As a patriotic Jewish American, I care deeply about Israel’s well-being and security as well as that of our own country.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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On the threat from Iran, there is some good news, some bad news and some even worse news. The good news: Both presidential candidates think the prospect of Iran going nuclear is a bad thing.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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The innovative idea for kashrut certification called Hekhsher Tzedek is now making inroads in the Jewish world and gaining the attention of the secular press as well. In a nutshell, Hekhsher Tzedek calls for a supplemental certification of a food company beyond compliance with the laws of kashrut to include certification that it conducts its business ethically.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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I grew up in a Modern Orthodox Jewish community in Miami Beach. Nearly all of my childhood friends remain observant.

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Posted on: October 1st, 2008

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An interesting title perhaps – and maybe a bit misleading. But I believe there is an important parallel in the lives of the Republican presidential candidate and the martyred chassidic rebbe who perished in the Holocaust. Before I lay out my case, allow me to introduce to you Rabbi Klonymus Kalman Shapira, of blessed memory. It is really a moral responsibility to know the life of this saintly individual. (The biographical information below was adapted from Esther Farbstein’s Hidden in Thunder and Nechemia Polin’s The Holy Fire.)

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Posted on: October 1st, 2008

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When President Bush hosted the Annapolis Conference in 2007, Israel, the Palestinians, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left hoping that some resolution to the decades-old conflict would reveal itself by the end of 2008. The likelihood of such an outcome by the end of Bush’s presidency seems to be steadily evaporating, as Israel’s prime minister exits office in disgrace and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, though softening his rhetoric, is still adamant that “Palestinian refugees must have the right to return to their homeland” (as he recently asserted in his meeting with Hosni Mubarak of Egypt) and that "Jerusalem and the right of return are inalienable Palestinian rights, too."

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Posted on: October 1st, 2008

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No Jewish voices were invited as the World Council of Churches (WCC) convened in Bern, Switzerland this month "an international ecumenical debate" to consider the theological issues related to the Holy Land and help it formulate positions regarding "the Promised Land, the Church and Israel, justice and peace."

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Posted on: October 1st, 2008

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind deserves credit for his attempt to deal with the issue of abuse in the Orthodox community – a community where people still refer to cancer as "yener machlah" (that disease); where mental illnesses (even those that are not genetic, such as postpartum depression) are rarely spoken of publicly; and where some parents are still afraid to have their sons and daughters tested and registered with Dor Yeshorim even though doing so might prevent a marriage resulting in children with genetic diseases.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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It has taken me a couple of weeks but I think I’ve finally gotten handle on why Sarah Palin’s bravado Republican convention speech was such a smash among conservatives: After nearly eight years of watching President Bush curl up in the fetal position each time he was savaged by the angry left, it was positively invigorating to see a conservative Republican finally fight back – and with wit and charm.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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With the arrival of the new year, we must stop to reflect upon our deeds in order to pave the way for self-improvement. The current crisis here in Israel indicates that there is a serious problem. By drawing the necessary conclusions now, we can emerge from these difficulties into the light of solace and salvation.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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It is used once in seven years. A small, innocuous legal oddity, it looms large in interdenominational diatribes and is often cited as the “proof of proofs” that the disingenuous Orthodox are being less than honest about the available flexibility in the normative halachic process. It is the prozbul.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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We stand at the threshold of a new year. What will 5769 bring? Will we greet Moshiach? Will we see, God forbid, a world of troubles? Perhaps both.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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Editor’s Note: As the world knows by now, Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin had been scheduled to speak at Monday’s rally in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to protest the appearance at the UN of Iranian president Ahmadinejad. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) had also been invited to speak, but upon learning that Gov. Palin would be there, decided against attending. Then, under intense pressure from the Obama campaign, the Democratic Party and influential Jewish Democrats, the organizations sponsoring the event rescinded Gov. Palin’s invitation. The following is what Gov. Palin would have said had she not been disinvited:

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Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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If there were any doubt that Sen. John McCain will shake up Washington and institute real change, the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee has put that question to rest. Few people can match McCain's maverick spirit and bipartisan nature like Gov. Palin.

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Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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One of the most intriguing episodes of American political history, and one with particular resonance for observers of this year’s presidential race, took place at the Democratic National Convention in 1896.

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Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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It was the Chazon Ish’s custom that whenever a person with special needs walked into his office, his study, his home or his shul, he would stand up.

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Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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The Beijing Summer Olympics represented the first time the United States and its Western allies unanimously participated in an Olympics hosted by a totalitarian regime since 1936, when the games were held in Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany.

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Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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All week long my e-mail inbox and the comment threads on many of the frum blogs have been melting down with irate comments from frustrated members of our community expressing their justifiable anger at the horrible treatment my dear friend and colleague Dr. Benzion Twerski has received at the hands of askonim (activists) and kanoim (extremists). I actually think of them as baryonim (destructive fanatics; see Gittin 56a).

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Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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So much has been written about the Rubashkins, specifically the allegations made against their company. AgriProcessors has been filleted by writers, roasted by bloggers, and smoked by former employees. It’s not my purpose here to defend the company against those allegations; I'll let the public-relations professionals and attorneys handle that. I merely wish to share my personal experiences with Rubashkin meat.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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There are countries that practice diplomacy as a form of fine art and there are countries that practice diplomacy as an “in your face” martial art. And there are countries that practice a mix of the two arts.

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