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A red heifer is sacrificed, burnt and its ashes, mixed with water, are sprinkled on Jews who contracted the impurity of a dead person.
 

Chukkat: How Far Can our Understanding of Torah Reach?

Posted on: June 12th, 2013

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How can that substance which purifies the contaminated also render impure the uncontaminated priest who prepared it?

If defending the land of Israel is considered a "milkhemet mitzvah," then everyone is obligated to serve, even, to use the Mishna's idiom, "a groom from his room and a bride from her wedding canopy."
 

Rambam, Yeshiva Exemptions, and Intellectual Dishonesty

Posted on: June 11th, 2013

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Rambam would not support the subsidized yeshiva system currently in place in Israel.

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Computer Security
 

The Data Retention Disaster Heading to the US

Posted on: June 11th, 2013

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Mandatory data retention laws are already in place in certain parts of the world, but Europe has pioneered the practice.

An artist's rendering of the Arrow missile defense system.
 

Why Does the NY Times So Hate Missile Defense?

Posted on: June 11th, 2013

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The Russians ginned up media opposition to the NATO missile defense deal, and then used threats of nuclear-armed missile attacks to delay its deployment.

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MK Rabbi Dov Lipman with friends.
 

An Open Letter to MK Rabbi Dov Lipman

Posted on: June 11th, 2013

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Reb Dov, I am perplexed. How did you move so far away so rapidly?

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Rabbi Chaim Druckman with a friend.
 

In Defense of Rabbi Druckman

Posted on: June 10th, 2013

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Why would you expect the leaders of the Jewish Home to listen to rabbis who didn’t get them elected?

Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?
 

Jordan’s Secular Opposition: Plan B for Jordan

Posted on: June 10th, 2013

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For the first time, the Palestinians engaged fully in the protests, calling for toppling the regime.

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Spelling Bee champ Arvind V. Mahankali with a knaidel.
 

KNAIDEL

Posted on: June 9th, 2013

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Yiddish is a strange language that was and is pronounced differently across the geographical and sectarian divide.

The President's Conference in Jerusalem.
 

On Israel’s President’s Conference

Posted on: June 9th, 2013

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Upon my return from Israel, I praised the country and the people, but many of my Muslim friends were not interested in knowing these details.

Islamic Law
 

Islamic Law’s Foothold in German Legal System

Posted on: June 9th, 2013

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An appeals court in northwestern Germany has decided a contentious divorce case based on Islamic Sharia law.

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Some Rapes Should Be Considered Terrorism

Posted on: June 7th, 2013

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When rape is politically-motivated by antisemitism, the punishment for such a crime should be en par with terrorism.

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Erdoğan's raucous style of speaking, the dismissive way he treats his political opposition, his attention to religious trappings and his activist foreign policy in the Middle East arouses concerns among his opposition that he is trying to restore the Ottoman Empire and become a modern-day sultan.
 

It Was Erdoğan’s Fault

Posted on: June 7th, 2013

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The demonstrations against Erdoğan stem from a sense among his opposition that he has crossed the line in Turkey.

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Secretary of State John Kerry (L) seen with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
 

The Palestinian Excuse Machine

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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John Kerry’s effort to revive the Middle East peace process has posed an interesting challenge to the Palestinians.

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Rabbi Simcha Weinstein
 

Mensch of Steel

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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With the newest Superman film, “Man of Steel,” set for release next week, it seems only fitting to look back at the two men who created the world’s most famous superhero.

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Responding to Abuse: Should We Ask Gedolim?

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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The welfare of the child requires that every allegation be investigated.

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The Left’s Selective Campaign for Universal Service

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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I favor eliminating the exemption of yeshiva students from military service and, without quibbling about details, I endorse the initiatives designed to end that disgraceful exemption.

Religious Jewish soldiers attending an IDF swearing-in ceremony.
 

God’s Army

Posted on: June 5th, 2013

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Don’t think that secular Israelis are not just as divided as anyone else.

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Consider the ability with which the government arrests rabbis, disarms Jews, prosecutes Jews for “insulting a public servant,” raids yeshivot, and destroys religious communities.
 

A State of Chaos

Posted on: June 4th, 2013

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A society where anarcho-tyranny exists is a society without fundamental justice.

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Right Reverend Lorna Hood at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
 

Church of Scotland Shreds Bible, Canonizes Palestinian ‘Scripture’

Posted on: June 4th, 2013

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Anyone with a grain of theological education knows that the original Scripture of the Early Church was exclusively the Scripture of the Jews.

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Sheich Farid Jabari has frequent and friendly conversations in his tent with local Jewish residents.
 

Good Riddance, Mr. Standley

Posted on: June 4th, 2013

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Jabari minces no words: "You hold up the Bible and say that God gave you this land. I hold up the Koran and say that Allah gave us this land."

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