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Ya’alon: US Defense Secy Hagel is ‘True Friend’ of Israel

November 24, 2014 - 11:01 PM
 
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Calls It ‘Quits’

November 24, 2014 - 9:53 PM
 
Nationality Bill Shakes Coalition

November 24, 2014 - 8:06 PM
 
2 Jews Stabbed by Arab Terrorists in Old City of Jerusalem

November 24, 2014 - 7:59 PM
 
Yehudah Glick Holds Press Conference and Released from Hospital

November 24, 2014 - 5:46 PM
 
Coalition Plays ‘Chicken’ and Runs Away from New Elections

November 24, 2014 - 4:08 PM
 
Kerry Ready for another ‘Framework’ to Let Iran Off the Hook

November 24, 2014 - 1:54 PM
 
First Snow Falls on the Hermon

November 24, 2014 - 12:40 PM
 
Ashkelon Backs Down from Ban on Arab Workers near Kindergartens

November 24, 2014 - 12:19 PM
 
Iran Says Nuclear Deal ‘Impossible’ by Nov. 24 Deadline

November 24, 2014 - 4:08 AM
 
Special Security Activated as Arabs Again Aim at Police

November 24, 2014 - 2:09 AM
 
Yehuda Glick’s Surgery Successful

November 23, 2014 - 11:53 PM
 
Israel to Ease Absorption, Employment for Immigrants from France

November 23, 2014 - 11:16 PM
 
Imam Attacked by Fellow Muslims After Condemning Har Nof Massacre

November 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM
 
Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Dead at 78

November 23, 2014 - 6:28 PM
 
Is Tennessee Teaching Its Children to Hate Jews?

November 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM
 
New Zealand Anti-Semite Attacks Jewish Toddler

November 23, 2014 - 5:04 PM
 
Palestinian Authority Caught Crossing White Lines as Well as Red Lines

November 23, 2014 - 4:18 PM
 
Second Temple Era Military Outpost Discovered, Possibly Destroyed By Alexander the Great

November 23, 2014 - 4:05 PM
 
Son (Complete Opposite) of I. B. Singer Dead at 85

November 23, 2014 - 3:41 PM
 
IDF Shoots at Gaza Infiltrators; Hamas Claims One Killed

November 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM
 
Ex-Senior Justice Official Asks Homeland Security to Ban Abbas from US

November 23, 2014 - 3:06 PM
 
Police Disinter PA Arabs Sleeping Peacefully in Herzliya Graves

November 23, 2014 - 12:41 PM
 
Kerry and Netanyahu Update Each Other on Iran

November 23, 2014 - 12:32 PM
 
Arab Terror Hits Hard at Jerusalem Hotel Occupancy Rate

November 23, 2014 - 11:57 AM
 
Canadian-Israeli in Coma from Har Nof Massacre

November 23, 2014 - 11:02 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Claims Settlers Torched Home near Ramallah

November 23, 2014 - 9:52 AM
 
Hevron Terrorists Try to Burn IDF Soldiers to Death [video]

November 23, 2014 - 9:16 AM
 
IDF Arrests Terrorist Linked with ISIS

November 23, 2014 - 8:59 AM
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Posted on: October 8th, 2003

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QUESTION: Why is Avot prefaced with a mishna from another tractate? Also, why do we refer to this tractate as Avot, meaning "fathers"?Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

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Posted on: October 1st, 2003

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QUESTION: The Rambam unequivocally states that a Jew by choice should be treated as an equal to any other Jew in all respects. In our synagogue we had a serious rift regarding this issue and many members left the synagogue. What happened was that a proselyte, a ger, ran for the position of president of the congregation. He had served as the secretary of the congregation and he was respected and liked by the members of the congregation. The rabbi of the congregation ruled that since he was not a Jew from birth, he could not run for the position of president of the congregation or occupy a position as an officer of the congregation. I would like to know, from your perspective, what the halacha is on this important issue.Name withheld by request(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: September 17th, 2003

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QUESTION: The Rambam unequivocally states that a Jew by choice should be treated as an equal to any other Jew in all respects. In our synagogue we had a serious rift regarding this issue and many members left the synagogue. What happened was that a proselyte, a ger, ran for the position of president of the congregation. He had served as the secretary of the congregation and he was respected and liked by the members of the congregation. The rabbi of the congregation ruled that since he was not a Jew from birth, he could not run for the position of president of the congregation or occupy a position as an officer of the congregation. I would like to know, from your perspective, what the halacha is on this important issue.Name withheld by request(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: September 10th, 2003

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QUESTION: I am told that Eliahu was a reincarnation. Who was he?R. GoldBronx, NY

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Posted on: September 3rd, 2003

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QUESTION: Our Sages strongly condemned sinat chinam - yet at times, good resulted from it. For example, when the sons of Yaakov went down to Egypt many years after selling their brother, they were treated royally.Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

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Posted on: August 27th, 2003

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QUESTION: I have noticed that some refer to the weekly Torah portion as Parashat Hashavua while others refer to it as the week's Sidra. Which is correct?Eliyahu TewelVia E-Mail

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Posted on: August 20th, 2003

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QUESTION: I recently read your Daf Yomi column (JP, June 13, 2003), where you cited the Chikrei Lev's comments regarding the standard of 'Sinai' in Torah study, that is, having extensive knowledge of the Torah. He stated that this is not as important today because the Mishna has been recorded.My question is: Was the Mishna not recorded in Rashi's time? Commenting on the first verse in Parashat Bechukotai, Rashi notes (based on Sifra) that "Im bechukotai tele'chu" means "shetih'yu amelim baTorah." In yeshiva I was taught that this means that one must toil with much effort to learn and understand Torah. If so, how can one not be expected to have an extensive knowledge and yet be amel baTorah?Zvi Kirschner(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 1st, 2001

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QUESTION: Does one wash one's hands in the bathroom with soap and water, or by pouring [fresh] water from a vessel with handles three times on each hand alternatingly? I have heard it said that a vessel is used only in the morning.A ReaderNew York, NY

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