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The Settler Invasion into the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound
 
Minister Gidon Saar Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

September 17, 2014 - 10:23 PM
 
Anti-Semitic Store Guard Sacked by British Sporting Goods Store

September 17, 2014 - 9:56 PM
 
NYC Police Looking into Swastika Fliers in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg

September 17, 2014 - 6:55 PM
 
Russia and Egypt Agree to $3.5B Arms Deal

September 17, 2014 - 6:51 PM
 
Muslims Say ISIS Has ‘Nothing To Do With Islam’

September 17, 2014 - 4:30 PM
 
PA Unity Government Not Unified

September 17, 2014 - 4:19 PM
 
China Buys Israeli Smart Irrigation Tech Company for $20 Million

September 17, 2014 - 2:57 PM
 
Israel Officially Recognizes Nationality of ‘Aramean’

September 17, 2014 - 2:30 PM
 
Brussels Jewish Museum Reopens with Upgraded Security

September 17, 2014 - 2:16 PM
 
Shelling on Golan Heights Strikes Close to Israeli News Team

September 17, 2014 - 1:59 PM
 
New York Man Recruiting for ISIS, Prosecutors Say

September 17, 2014 - 1:51 PM
 
European Jewry is Dying and Afraid

September 17, 2014 - 1:22 PM
 
Hundreds Dead & Missing in Hamas Human Trafficking Ring

September 17, 2014 - 11:45 AM
 
Mother of Naftali Frenkel With Rosh HaShana Request for Jewish Unity [video]

September 17, 2014 - 11:29 AM
 
Hot Today, Cooling Off Tomorrow

September 17, 2014 - 10:54 AM
 
Hamas Arrests Yesterday’s Rocket Launchers

September 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM
 
ISIS Sends Obama Fiery Video Response [video]

September 17, 2014 - 10:38 AM
 
Media Sells Phony Story of Suffering Palestinian Authority Economy

September 17, 2014 - 7:27 AM
 
Rabbis, Jewish Gun Club Oppose RCA and OU’s ‘Arbitrary’ Gun Control Support

September 16, 2014 - 11:20 PM
 
IDF Confirms: Rocket Launched from Gaza

September 16, 2014 - 8:47 PM
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Posted on: September 11th, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: September 4th, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: August 28th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 21st, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 14th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 7th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 31st, 2014

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Question: Is there a special prayer or specific role for prayer when the totality of the Jewish people is in danger?

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Posted on: July 17th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 10th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 26th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 19th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 12th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 29th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 22nd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 15th, 2014

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Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 8th, 2014

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Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 1st, 2014

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Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: April 25th, 2014

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Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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