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The Primordial Light of Hanukkah Banishes Today’s Darkness
 
PA Arabs Clash with IDF Soldiers in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

December 19, 2014 - 7:49 PM
 
Rocket Fire Returns to Southern Israel – Again!

December 19, 2014 - 7:10 PM
 
Hamas on the Temple Mount

December 19, 2014 - 2:37 PM
 
Hezbollah Tries ‘Mossad Spy’ in Top Ranks

December 19, 2014 - 12:53 PM
 
Latest Election Poll

December 19, 2014 - 12:52 PM
 
‘Powerful Coalition’ of ISIS, Al-Qaeda is Narrowly Averted

December 19, 2014 - 12:16 PM
 
Gluten-Free Army Rations for Combat Soldiers with Celiac Disease

December 19, 2014 - 12:00 PM
 
Teen Terrorist in Court for Wounding Baby

December 19, 2014 - 11:05 AM
 
Ashdod Mystery: Four Found Unconscious

December 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM
 
Liberman’s Secret Plan to be Crowned Prime Minister

December 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM
 
Hanukkah Miracle Brings ’770′ Stabbing Victim Home

December 19, 2014 - 6:07 AM
 
Road Terror Attack on Southern Israeli Bus

December 19, 2014 - 5:37 AM
 
UN General Assembly Votes to Refer N. Korea to ICC

December 19, 2014 - 4:40 AM
 
US Dept of Defense Trains Teachers in 3-D Printing

December 19, 2014 - 3:48 AM
 
US Govt IDs North Korea in Sony Cyber Terror Attack

December 19, 2014 - 2:35 AM
 
Obama Negotiated with Cuba ‘Behind Everyone’s Back,’ Lawmakers Charge

December 18, 2014 - 11:15 PM
 
Harvard Will Investigate, But Will it Reverse SodaStream Boycott?

December 18, 2014 - 10:48 PM
 
Netanyahu ‘Will Not Allow’ PA’s UN Resolution to Endanger Israelis

December 18, 2014 - 7:33 PM
 
Unique 65-Foot Long Entrance Discovered at Herodian Hilltop Palace

December 18, 2014 - 3:32 PM
 
Sydney Chabad Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Canceled ‘Out of Respect’

December 18, 2014 - 2:31 PM
 
Israeli-Americans Stranded in Bus Strike

December 18, 2014 - 1:47 PM
 
Youth Arrested for Threatening Eli Yishai

December 18, 2014 - 1:35 PM
 
Putin Blames ‘Outside Factors’ for Falling Ruble

December 18, 2014 - 1:26 PM
 
Hamas Holds Live-Fire Training Hours after EU Takes It off Terror List

December 18, 2014 - 1:12 PM
 
Alan Gross Credits Jewish Efforts for His Release From Cuba [video]

December 18, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Moshe Feiglin Drops Out of Likud PM Race

December 18, 2014 - 11:06 AM
 
The Jewish Hipster Party

December 18, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Terror Threat Puts Kibosh on Sony’s NYC Film Release

December 18, 2014 - 2:30 AM
 
Harvard Boycotts SodaStream (Despite Company’s Surrender)

December 18, 2014 - 2:16 AM
 
Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition

December 18, 2014 - 1:35 AM
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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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Posted on: October 22nd, 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 command-ments]"?Elliot Solomon(Via E-Mail)

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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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