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Al Aqsa Mosque ‘Stand-Up’ Preacher Calls for Annihilation of the United States

November 28, 2014 - 12:52 AM
 
Pro-Assad Hackers Hit Western Media and Wal-Mart

November 28, 2014 - 12:04 AM
 
IDF on Manhunt for Arab Terrorists Trying to Gun Down Jewish Drivers

November 27, 2014 - 9:23 PM
 
Minnesota Univ. Student Official Compares Group Backing Israel with KKK

November 27, 2014 - 5:08 PM
 
Gazans Shoot at Vehicle on Border, IDF Returns with Tank Fire

November 27, 2014 - 3:42 PM
 
Hamas Gunfire Damages IDF Patrol Vehicle

November 27, 2014 - 3:26 PM
 
Exposed Hamas Terrorist Cell a ’Drop in the Bucket’

November 27, 2014 - 3:14 PM
 
Moshe Feiglin: I Will Not Allow Verbal Violence in Knesset Plenum

November 27, 2014 - 3:13 PM
 
Report: Abbas’ Lack of Support Ditched Back-Channel Peace Process Talks

November 27, 2014 - 1:28 PM
 
Hamas Planned Massive Attack at Teddy Soccer Stadium in Jerusalem

November 27, 2014 - 11:58 AM
 
Israel’s Controversial Plastic Bag Law Delayed

November 27, 2014 - 8:54 AM
 
IDF Selects First Female Commander of Navy Ship

November 27, 2014 - 7:21 AM
 
3 Gazans Caught in Israel

November 27, 2014 - 6:42 AM
 
Israelis Donate Masses of Hair to Cancer Patients

November 27, 2014 - 3:32 AM
 
Israel’s 2014 Cruise Ship Tourist Numbers Affected By… Operation Pillar of Defense

November 26, 2014 - 11:45 PM
 
Heart Surgery for US Supreme Ct Justice Ginsburg

November 26, 2014 - 11:36 PM
 
Shas: For 0% VAT on Basic Goods, We’ll Join Coalition

November 26, 2014 - 9:10 PM
 
Arab Charged with 3 Arson Attempts at Hadassah Hospital, Where He Worked

November 26, 2014 - 8:37 PM
 
The Hidden Reason the United States Won’t Release Pollard.

November 26, 2014 - 5:30 PM
 
Wife of Har Nof Terrorist to Lose Residency and Financial Privileges

November 26, 2014 - 4:02 PM
 
IDF to Stop Persecution of Observant Soldiers With Beards

November 26, 2014 - 2:41 PM
 
Likud Proposes Multipoint Plan to Fight Arab Terrorism in Israel

November 26, 2014 - 12:20 PM
 
Kinneret Rises 3.5 Centimeters in Overnight Rain

November 26, 2014 - 11:28 AM
 
Swiss Philanthropists Rewarding Citizens Who Stop Terror Attacks

November 26, 2014 - 11:21 AM
 
Released for Publication: Netanel Arami Murdered in Terror Attack

November 26, 2014 - 11:13 AM
 
Egged Bus Hits 3 Arabs, 1 Dead

November 26, 2014 - 10:59 AM
 
Fake Bomb Planted Near Shavei Shomron

November 26, 2014 - 10:28 AM
 
ISIS ‘Prince’ of Iraq’s Anbar Province Killed

November 26, 2014 - 10:02 AM
 
Ferguson Fuels Unrest in America But Israel is Blamed

November 26, 2014 - 9:12 AM
 
MK Yuli Edelstein Tells Chabad Rabbis Why He ‘Lost It’ Over Tefillin

November 26, 2014 - 7:15 AM
 
Turkish Legislator Pens Bill Naming Israel Terrorist State

November 26, 2014 - 7:09 AM
 
ISIS Stones to Death Two Gay Men

November 26, 2014 - 6:20 AM
 
Israel’s Recognition of Aramean Nationality Empowers Arameans Worldwide In Demand For Rights

November 26, 2014 - 5:48 AM
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Posted on: March 24th, 2004

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QUESTION: I recently attended a lecture where the speaker discussed great Jewish women in history. He specifically singled out the biblical heroine Rahab who, he said, married the great leader and prophet Joshua.I had previously heard that Rahab was a woman of ill repute, a harlot, who surely was not suitable for a righteous person like Joshua. Also, when Rahab is mentioned (Joshua ch. 2), there is no indication that she married Joshua. How do we know it?Sandy Hart(Via e-mail)

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Posted on: March 17th, 2004

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QUESTION: I recently attended a lecture where the speaker discussed great Jewish women in history. He specifically singled out the biblical heroine Rahab who, he said, married the great leader and prophet Joshua.I had previously heard that Rahab was a woman of ill repute, a harlot, who surely was not suitable for a righteous person like Joshua. Also, when Rahab is mentioned (Joshua ch. 2), there is no indication that she married Joshua. How do we know it?Sandy Hart(Via e-mail)

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Posted on: March 10th, 2004

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QUESTION: I recently attended a lecture where the speaker discussed great Jewish women in history. He specifically singled out the biblical heroine Rahab who, he said, married the great leader and prophet Joshua. I had previously heard that Rahab was a woman of ill repute, a harlot, who surely was not suitable for a righteous person like Joshua. Also, when Rahab is mentioned (Joshua ch. 2), there is no indication that she married Joshua. How do we know it?Sandy Hart(Via e-mail)

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Posted on: March 3rd, 2004

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QUESTION: This year Tu B'Shevat falls on Shabbat. I recall that you discussed this holiday a while back, but since it falls on Shabbat this year, could you please review the topic again?M. GoldmanMiami, FL

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Posted on: February 25th, 2004

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QUESTION: If a shul's (or a minyan's) rabbi does not indicate to the sheliach tzibbur to go ahead at the end of the Shema or at the beginning of Chazarat HaShatz, should the gabbai tell him to go ahead, or does he wait until the rabbi finishes? To which should greater consideration be given by the gabbai: kibbud HaRav or tircha detzibbura?Steven LittwinRiverdale, N.Y.

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Posted on: February 18th, 2004

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QUESTION: If a shul's (or a minyan's) rabbi does not indicate to the sheliach tzibbur to go ahead at the end of the Shema or at the beginning of Chazarat HaShatz, should the gabbai tell him to go ahead, or does he wait until the rabbi finishes? To which should greater consideration be given by the gabbai: kibbud HaRav or tircha detzibbura?Steven LittwinRiverdale, N.Y.

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Posted on: February 11th, 2004

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QUESTION: If the rabbi of a shul (or a minyan) does not indicate to the sheliach tzibbur to go ahead at the end of the Shema or at the beginning of Chazarat HaShatz (the Reader's Repetition), should the gabbai tell him to go ahead or does he wait until the rabbi finishes? To which should greater consideration be given by the gabbai: kibbud HaRav or tircha detzibbura?Steven LittwinRiverdale, New York

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Posted on: February 4th, 2004

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QUESTION: Why is the hoopoe (lapwing) bird, known in the Bible as the duchifat, considered unclean (see Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18)? It does not seem to be a bird of prey or a carrion- eating bird. There's a purpose for everything G-d commanded us and I would like to understand the reason for this law.Robert A. WeilerBlue Grass, IA

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Posted on: January 28th, 2004

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QUESTION: I am active in kiruv work in a neighborhood where there are many Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, these people were kept ignorant of their Jewish heritage.Lately I've noticed a new phenomenon. At this time of year, many of them seem to be bringing evergreen trees into their homes. They claim that they always did this in Russia in celebration of the "winter festival".What should my attitude be as a kiruv professional?Name WithheldBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: January 7th, 2004

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QUESTION: Why did Abraham originally not observe brit milah? I have heard that he observed the whole Torah based on his own understanding.Arye Reed(via e-mail)

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Posted on: January 1st, 2004

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QUESTION: Why did Abraham originally not observe brit milah? I have heard that he observed the whole Torah based on his own understanding.Arye Reed(via e-mail)

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Posted on: December 24th, 2003

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QUESTION: Why did Abraham originally not observe brit milah? I have heard that he observed the whole Torah based on his own understanding.Arye Reed(via e-mail)

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Posted on: December 17th, 2003

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QUESTION: I am a kohen and will soon be traveling to Israel for the first time. I have been told that very often EL AL and other carriers transport remains for burial in Israel, and therefore I must check the flight. Is that so?

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Posted on: December 10th, 2003

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QUESTION: What does a person do if he left Israel after the 7th of Cheshvan (which was on November 2 this year), where they already commenced saying "Ve'ten tal u'matar," but before they start doing so in the diaspora (typically on December 5, but on December 6 at Maariv this year, since the evening of December 5 is a Sabbath)?Isaac HagerBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2003

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QUESTION: Why do we say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana, when we bless the new moon, and why do we do so three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Can you explain a little more about this mitzva?Ira WarshanskyPhiladelphia, PA

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Posted on: November 26th, 2003

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QUESTION: Why do we say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana, when we bless the new moon, and why do we do so three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Can you explain a little more about this mitzva?Ira WarshanskyPhiladelphia, PA

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Posted on: November 19th, 2003

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QUESTION: What are the origins and customs of Yom Kippur Katan, lit. "the lesser Yom Kippur?"Ben GlassmanBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: November 12th, 2003

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QUESTION: Is decorating the sukka part of the mitzva, or does the mitzva only require the sukka itself?Moshe JakobowitzBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: November 5th, 2003

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QUESTION: Is decorating the sukka part of the mitzva, or does the mitzva only require the sukka itself?Moshe JakobowitzBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: October 29th, 2003

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QUESTION: I do not understand the practice of blowing so many extra blasts of the shofar, as is done in most synagogues on Rosh Hashana. Is that not in violation of the command bal tosif, as stated in Deuteronomy (13:1), "You shall not add to [G-d's commandments]"?Elliot Solomon(Via E-Mail)

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