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Russian diplomat: Moscow, Jerusalem Friendship at Highest Point Ever

December 9, 2016 - 10:59 AM
 
Elbit Reality Smartglasses to Test with Cyclists [video]

December 9, 2016 - 10:16 AM
 
Chief Rabbinate to List Rabbis Approved for Conversions Abroad

December 9, 2016 - 9:33 AM
 
Stoning Attack Smashes Israeli Bus Windshield

December 9, 2016 - 2:51 AM
 
Former Astronaut U.S. Senator John Glenn Dies at 95

December 9, 2016 - 1:06 AM
 
Israel, Honduras Sign Agreement to Upgrade Bilateral, Security, Technological Ties

December 9, 2016 - 12:12 AM
 
EU Bans Iran’s Aseman Airlines From European Air Space

December 8, 2016 - 11:56 PM
 
Update: 2 F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jets to Arrive Monday in Israel [video]

December 8, 2016 - 11:42 PM
 
Israeli Manufacturers Warn New APC to Cost Thousands of Jobs if Made in USA [video]

December 8, 2016 - 10:10 PM
 
Remembering Ezra Schwartz, hy’d, By Creating a Garden at Oz veGaon

December 8, 2016 - 9:08 PM
 
Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

December 8, 2016 - 6:11 PM
 
Germans Pulling Breitbart Ads

December 8, 2016 - 4:51 PM
 
CAMERA Reports AFP Journalist Takes Active Role in Fatah Politics

December 8, 2016 - 4:42 PM
 
ThyssenKrupp AG, Maker of Israeli Submarines, Suffered ‘Massive’ Cyber Attack

December 8, 2016 - 4:13 PM
 
Heirs of Jewish Art Dealer Sue Bavaria over Works by Beckmann, Klee, Gris

December 8, 2016 - 3:15 PM
 
Holocaust Banknote Forger Adolf Burger Dead at 99

December 8, 2016 - 2:00 PM
 
Report: 10% of Israeli Public Servants Are Olim

December 8, 2016 - 10:44 AM
 
Arrangement Act Protecting Judea and Samaria Communities Approved in Preliminary Vote

December 8, 2016 - 10:06 AM
 
Terrorist Neutralized in Attack at Tapuach Junction

December 8, 2016 - 9:07 AM
 
Netanyahu to Hollande: Suspend Peace Summit, I’ll Meet with Abbas

December 8, 2016 - 8:19 AM
 
Netanyahu to Discuss UN Voting Record During Visit to Kazakhstan

December 8, 2016 - 2:25 AM
 
UK Neo-Nazi Found Guilty in Anti-Semitism Trial

December 8, 2016 - 1:38 AM
 
Hamas Diggers Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse Near Israel’s Southern Border

December 8, 2016 - 12:27 AM
 
Wannabe Mugger Nabbed After 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Hits Back [video]

December 8, 2016 - 12:03 AM
 
‘Except Amona’ Regulations Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

December 7, 2016 - 10:49 PM
 
Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz Hospitalized in Jerusalem

December 7, 2016 - 9:24 PM
 
TIME Magazine Chooses Donald Trump as ‘Person of the Year’

December 7, 2016 - 8:37 PM
 
Haifa’s Arab Food Festival Brings Jewish and Arab Chefs Together

December 7, 2016 - 5:15 PM
 
New Zealand PM, Son of Holocaust Refugee, Resigns

December 7, 2016 - 4:48 PM
 
Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

December 7, 2016 - 4:23 PM
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Posted on: November 24th, 2011

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Question: I know there is a dispute in the Gemara regarding ayin hara, the evil eye. Can you discuss the origin of it? Ben Glassman (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: November 12th, 2011

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Question: Lately I've seen some young men who, though they wear a yarmulke, have ponytails or long unruly hair. I've even seen some ear piercings. Somehow I find this behavior to be incongruous. My real problem is that my own nephew and a few of his friends wear their hair in this manner. Even though his parents look upon it as a passing fad, I am at a loss to understand such behavior. Luckily, whether right or wrong, I've held my tongue. I wonder what the proper positive action to take is in this matter. No Name Please

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Posted on: November 2nd, 2011

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Question: Lately I have seen some young men who though they wear a yarmulke have ponytails or other long unruly hair – I’ve even seen some ear piercings. Somehow I find this behavior to be incongruous.

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Posted on: October 26th, 2011

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Question: Lately I've seen some young men who, though they wear a yarmulke, have ponytails or long unruly hair. I've even seen some ear piercings. Somehow I find this behavior to be incongruous. My real problem is that my own nephew and a few of his friends wear their hair in this manner. Even though his parents look upon it as a passing fad, I am at a loss to understand such behavior. Luckily, whether right or wrong, I've held my tongue. I wonder what the proper positive action to take is in this matter. No Name Please (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 16th, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 9th, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar? Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: March 2nd, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: February 23rd, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why is Adar the month that is picked for this purpose? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? Which one of them is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: October 20th, 2010

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QUESTION: I see that some people refer to the month of Cheshvan as Marcheshvan. Which is correct?Nachman M.(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: January 27th, 2010

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QUESTION: Since on Tu B'Shevat we do not celebrate with a festive meal. Then how do we mark this date on our calendar? Additionally is one allowed to fast on this day?M. Goldblum(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: February 4th, 2009

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QUESTION: I have been told that one is not to pray in any other language than Hebrew. In many synagogues that I have visited I saw ArtScroll prayer books in use with English side by side with the Hebrew. May we pray using the English translation? I would greatly appreciate your answer. A Newly-Observant Reader(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: February 27th, 2008

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QUESTION: When does a mourner complete the year of mourning during a leap year?Zev Stern(Via e-mail)

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Posted on: March 9th, 2005

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QUESTION: In a leap year when there are two months of Adar, during which month is a yahrzeit observed? Do the rules of yahrzeit precedence apply in regard to Kaddish? Finally, can you discuss the precedence regarding leading services during the year of mourning?M. BermanLos Angeles, CA

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Posted on: January 26th, 2005

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Last Thursday, the 10th of Shevat, marked the fifth yahrzeit of my dear uncle, HaRav Sholom ben R. Moshe Feivel, zt"l.

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Posted on: January 19th, 2005

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QUESTION: What are the requirements for a sheliach tzibbur? May someone who desecrates the Sabbath lead the services? C.M. Siegel Rockland, NY

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Posted on: November 3rd, 2004

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QUESTION: Is one allowed to publish Torah discussions in any language other than in the original Hebrew?A ReaderWilkes Barre, PA

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Posted on: October 27th, 2004

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QUESTION: Is one allowed to publish Torah discussions in any language other than in the original Hebrew?A ReaderWilkes Barre, PA

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Posted on: October 27th, 2004

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QUESTION: We are a happy newly married couple who have a few disagreements concerning the upcoming holidays. My wife insists that on Erev Yom Kippur there is no need to eat more than one meal - right before the fast. She also insists that there is no need for her to eat in the sukka on Sukkot, while my custom is for a woman to do so. Who is correct?Name withheld by request

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Posted on: October 20th, 2004

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QUESTION: We are a happy newly married couple who have a few disagreements concerning the upcoming holidays. My wife insists that on Erev Yom Kippur there is no need to eat more than one meal - right before the fast. She also insists that there is no need for her to eat in the sukka on Sukkot, while my custom is for a woman to do so. Who is correct?Name withheld by request

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Posted on: October 13th, 2004

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QUESTION: Why do some people say Tashlich on the second day of Rosh Hashana when the first day falls on a Sabbath, while others say it on the first day (in areas where there is an eruv)? What if someone missed saying Tashlich? Finally, what is the source for this custom?Zvi Kirschner(via email)

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