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Iranian Expert: Khamenei Says No to Signed Deal as Iran Already Getting All it Wants

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Russia Steps Up in U.S.-led Nuclear Talks with Iran

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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel Cuts Cost of Milk

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New Elite IDF Commando Unit to be Formed

July 6, 2015 - 9:57 PM
 
‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

July 6, 2015 - 9:39 PM
 
Tel Aviv’s Handshake With China, Doing Business with Iran

July 6, 2015 - 7:24 PM
 
F.A.O. Schwarz Closing Flagship July 15 on NYC’s Fifth Avenue

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Shin Bet Foils ISIS Terror Cell in Negev Bedouin Town

July 6, 2015 - 5:39 PM
 
EU Receives Warning ISIS Infiltrating Among Migrants

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President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

July 6, 2015 - 2:19 PM
 
Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief Rabbinate

July 6, 2015 - 2:12 PM
 
Obama Trying to Make US Leftist Jews “Mainstream’

July 6, 2015 - 1:34 PM
 
Hamas Returns Cell Phone Service to Gaza

July 6, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
Iranian-Backed Terrorists Tried to Stage Massive Attack in Jordan

July 6, 2015 - 11:05 AM
 
Police Crack Israel-Palestinian Authority Egg-Smuggling Ring

July 6, 2015 - 10:16 AM
 
Samsung Establishes Development Center in Israel

July 6, 2015 - 9:57 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Arabs Trying to Burn Down Israel

July 6, 2015 - 9:31 AM
 
Kerry’s Dramatic Statement: ‘No Agreement Yet’

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CNN Promotes Old City on Verge of Extinction Due to ‘Political Tension’

July 5, 2015 - 5:20 PM
 
Fast of 17th of Tammuz Is on the 18th of Tammuz

July 5, 2015 - 3:29 PM
 
Bennett and Netanyahu Clash over Rollback of Religious Reforms

July 5, 2015 - 3:05 PM
 
Report: Iran Deal Reached — on Sanctions Relief

July 5, 2015 - 1:04 PM
 
ISIS Prompts State of Emergency in Tunisia, Declaration of ‘War’ in Egypt

July 5, 2015 - 12:29 PM
 
Israel Arrests Six Terror Fugitives

July 5, 2015 - 11:38 AM
 
The New Peacemakers – ISIS and Iran

July 5, 2015 - 11:29 AM
 
Temple Mount Activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick Talks Peace in Turkey

July 5, 2015 - 11:16 AM
 
Yifat Shoham, Leumit Arad HMO Director, Passes

July 5, 2015 - 10:27 AM
 
Rioting Arabs Again Keep Visitors Off Temple Mount

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Posted on: September 23rd, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: September 18th, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: September 11th, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: September 4th, 2014

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Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement? Name Withheld

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Posted on: August 28th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 21st, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 14th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem Via Email

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Posted on: August 7th, 2014

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Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 31st, 2014

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Question: Is there a special prayer or specific role for prayer when the totality of the Jewish people is in danger?

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Posted on: July 24th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 17th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 10th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 26th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 19th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 12th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 29th, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 22nd, 2014

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Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait? Name Withheld (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 15th, 2014

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Question: I have two questions regarding Pirkei Avot. First, is there a specific reason that the last chapter is read on the Sabbath before Shavuot, or is this just a quirk of the calendar? Second, in that last chapter we find a list of qualities that enable one to acquire Torah knowledge, including anavah, humility. I find this difficult to believe in light of the Gemara in Gittin that chastises one of the scholars for his anavah, saying that it ultimately caused the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

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