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Yishai Fleisher Show: The Gay MK Against Land Giveaway [audio]
 
Mossad Chief, Staff, Mourn Passing of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016 - 4:50 PM
 
EU Urges Israel: ‘Advance Peres’ Vision for 2-State Solution’

September 28, 2016 - 4:11 PM
 
ADL Condemns Pepe the Frog as Hate Symbol

September 28, 2016 - 3:17 PM
 
Official Statements on the Passing of President Shimon Peres [video]

September 28, 2016 - 2:45 PM
 
As 5777 Rolls In, Israel’s Population at 8.585 Million

September 28, 2016 - 1:15 PM
 
Large First Temple Period Gate-Shrine Excavated in Central Israel

September 28, 2016 - 12:41 PM
 
Obama, the Clintons and the Pope to Attend Shimon Peres’ Funeral

September 28, 2016 - 10:46 AM
 
Shimon Peres Dead at 93

September 28, 2016 - 6:47 AM
 
Israel’s 9th President Shimon Peres Dead at 93

September 28, 2016 - 6:18 AM
 
Peres Family Members Summoned to President’s Bedside for Final Goodbye

September 28, 2016 - 12:32 AM
 
Israeli Nuclear Technology On Display at 60th IAEA Conference in Vienna

September 28, 2016 - 12:30 AM
 
Facing Lawmakers in Ukraine: Rivlin Warns ‘We Must Recognize Anti-Semitism’

September 28, 2016 - 12:03 AM
 
Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked in Shuafat

September 27, 2016 - 11:21 PM
 
Israeli Injured in Firebombing Attack

September 27, 2016 - 11:17 PM
 
Rivlin Tells Ukraine Parliament ‘My Thoughts Are With My Friend, Shimon Peres’

September 27, 2016 - 10:24 PM
 
Russian Deputy PM Surveys Israeli Farming Technology

September 27, 2016 - 8:52 PM
 
JDC and IFCJ Team to Help Elderly Jews in Eastern Europe

September 27, 2016 - 6:15 PM
 
NY Senator Chuck Schumer Slams BDS as ‘Modern Anti-Semitism’

September 27, 2016 - 5:38 PM
 
Wine Industry’s ‘Wine Spectator’ Praises Israel’s Wines

September 27, 2016 - 5:22 PM
 
Israelis Ignore Warnings, Flock to Turkey for High Holiday Vacation

September 27, 2016 - 5:08 PM
 
UPDATE: Serious Deterioration in Peres’ Condition, Brain Damage Irreversible

September 27, 2016 - 4:13 PM
 
Netanyahu to Cabinet: Obama and I Have Disagreed, But Our Countries’ Ties Are Strong

September 27, 2016 - 3:11 PM
 
Judea, Samaria, Golan Communities Bypassing BDS, Taking Products Directly to US Consumers

September 27, 2016 - 2:48 PM
 
Former Commander of Gaza Division: Azaria Shot Because He Felt Threatened

September 27, 2016 - 11:57 AM
 
Jerusalem Mayor Awards Pollard Gold Pin in NY Chance Meeting

September 27, 2016 - 11:12 AM
 
Setting the Record Straight: Clinton Bears Partial Responsibility for ISIS

September 27, 2016 - 10:35 AM
 
Update: Lockdown Removed After Suspected Infiltration into Kochav Yaakov/Tel Zion [video]

September 27, 2016 - 12:20 AM
 
Road Terror Heats Up: Double Paint-Bottle Attack on Israeli Bus Near Tekoa

September 26, 2016 - 11:58 PM
 
Arab Firebombing Attack on Israeli Bus Near Kiryat Arba

September 26, 2016 - 11:09 PM
 
Maryland Governor Announces MOU Between University of Maryland, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

September 26, 2016 - 10:31 PM
 
OECD Global Education Industry Summit Kicks Off in Jerusalem

September 26, 2016 - 10:01 PM
 
Bank of Israel: New Year’s Financial Report Card Has Good Grades, No Change in Interest Rate

September 26, 2016 - 9:39 PM
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Posted on: June 14th, 2012

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Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 7th, 2012

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Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushahh and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushahh out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushahh and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 1st, 2012

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In light of all the attention that the recent Internet Asifa garnered, we thought it wise to offer this analysis on the subject by Rabbi Gil Student, founder of TorahMusings.com and former managing editor of OU Publications.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

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Question: Many people stay awake Shavuot night and learn Torah. Is this proper considering that one’s davening the next morning may lack kavannah as a result? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get a good night’s sleep and then learn with more fervor the next day? No Name Please (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

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Posted on: April 25th, 2012

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Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY Answer: The Aruch […]

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Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Question: Why do we read Shir HaShirim on Pesach? Also, why do we generally read it on the Shabbat of Chol HaMoed as opposed to the first days of Pesach? Finally, why don’t we recite a blessing over the reading of Shir HaShirim as we do for Megillat Esther? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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Question: In the Torah’s description of the ten plagues Hashem inflicted upon Egypt, we find the Hebrew preposition “beit” [meaning “in” or “with”] only in connection with the plague of locust: "Neteh yadcha al eretz Mitzrayim ba'arbeh." Why is this so? And why do most of the commentators on Chumash ignore this question. Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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Question: Why do we read four special Torah sections between Purim and Pesach. Also, why do we call each of the four Shabbatot on which we read these sections by a special name – such as Shabbat Shekalim, Shabbat Zachor etc.? Celia Gluck (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Question: Why do we read four special Torah sections between Purim and Pesach. Also, why do we call each of the four Shabbatot on which we read these sections by a special name – such as Shabbat Shekalim, Shabbat Zachor etc.? Celia Gluck (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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The Shulchan Aruch (Hilchos Chanukah, 685:7) writes that some authorities maintain that there is a biblical obligation to read Parshas Zachor and Parshas Parah.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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Question: I read The Jewish Press’s Luach of February 17 with much interest. You write, “We daven Shacharis as usual.” I find it difficult to understand why you don’t mention reciting the special yotzrot for Parshat Shekolim. Are yotzrot a relic of history? I’m a senior citizen who remembers saying yotzrot as a child. But now, they seem to have disappeared from Orthodox synagogues. Milton M. Adler Cherry Hill, NJ

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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The term yotzrot refers to a grouping of special prayers that all fall under the same heading, and are also referred to as piyutim. Rabbi Yosef Grossman discusses this topic at length in his masterful work “Otzar Erchei Ha’Yahadut” ot peh, 377). He writes: “Piyut – these are prayers, poetic refrains, or sanctified songs that entered the liturgy of our special machzorim for festivals and special occasions, for the Days of Awe, as well as those solemn fast days that mark our national tragedies.”

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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Question: Since my daughter in high school started researching the topic of shemot for her school newspaper, I have become more and more confused. Does shemot only include items, such as books and sheets of papers, with Hashem’s name on them? Or does it even include items containing Torah concepts or even just Hebrew letters? For example, how do you advise I dispose of The Jewish Press? Finally, concerning Hashem’s name, must the name be spelled out fully in Hebrew to constitute shemot? What if it is in English in abbreviated form – “G-d,” for example? Shlomo Newfield (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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Does shemot only include items, such as books and sheets of papers, with Hashem’s name on them? Or does it even include items containing Torah concepts or even just Hebrew letters?

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Posted on: February 8th, 2012

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Question: Since my daughter in high school started researching the topic of shemot for her school newspaper, I have become more and more confused. Does shemot only include items, such as books and sheets of papers, with Hashem’s name on them? Or does it even include items containing Torah concepts or even just Hebrew letters? For example, how do you advise I dispose of The Jewish Press? Finally, concerning Hashem’s name, must the name be spelled out fully in Hebrew to constitute shemot? What if it is in English in abbreviated form – “G-d,” for example? Shlomo Newfield (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

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Question: Why is Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for Trees, in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of the month – like all other New Years? Pesach Bernstein (Via E-Mail)

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