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Should All Israeli Jews Be Permitted to Carry Guns?
 
ISIS Stones to Death Two Gay Men

November 26, 2014 - 6:20 AM
 
Israel’s Recognition of Aramean Nationality Empowers Arameans Worldwide In Demand For Rights

November 26, 2014 - 5:48 AM
 
Pro-Hezbollah Singer Arrested for Incitement in Lebanon

November 26, 2014 - 1:30 AM
 
Thousands at Memorial for Jerusalem’s Har Nof Massacre Victims

November 26, 2014 - 12:39 AM
 
European Parliament Puts Off ‘Palestine’ Vote – For now

November 26, 2014 - 12:11 AM
 
Pro-ISIS Group Says ‘Use Ferguson Flames to Fuel Terror in America’

November 25, 2014 - 11:26 PM
 
Police Confirm: Old City Attack was Planned Ambush

November 25, 2014 - 9:16 PM
 
Additional Security for MK Tzipi Hotovely

November 25, 2014 - 8:33 PM
 
Work Accident or Mistaken Identity? Arab Car Destroyed by Firebomb, 3 Injured

November 25, 2014 - 8:13 PM
 
Major Rainstorm to Hit Israel

November 25, 2014 - 7:13 PM
 
Eichmann Trial Documents Found in Trash to be Auctioned

November 25, 2014 - 6:22 PM
 
And the Only US State Without a Chabad Is…

November 25, 2014 - 6:18 PM
 
Palestinian Authority TV Blames ‘Occupation’ for Killing Har Nof ‘Martyrs’ [video]

November 25, 2014 - 6:10 PM
 
Dutch Say No to “Palestine”

November 25, 2014 - 6:04 PM
 
Police Chief: Think of 1 Billion Muslims and Don’t Pray on Temple Mount

November 25, 2014 - 5:32 PM
 
Netanyahu Wants to Discriminate against Terrorists

November 25, 2014 - 2:31 PM
 
President Rivlin Bans Performance of Singer because of Anti-Arab Song

November 25, 2014 - 1:38 PM
 
Feiglin Bans Arab MK from Podium for Calling Him ‘Fascist’

November 25, 2014 - 12:57 PM
 
Police Arrest Suspected Stabber in Old City [video]

November 25, 2014 - 10:20 AM
 
Israeli Ambassador Complains About Jordan’s Official Antisemitism

November 25, 2014 - 9:35 AM
 
Artist Robin Antar ‘Envisions’ America in Stone

November 25, 2014 - 3:00 AM
 
Iran Wins 7 Month Reprieve, Nuclear Talks Extended

November 25, 2014 - 1:39 AM
 
New Diagnostic for Pro Football Players Suffering from Mild ‘Unreported’ Concussions

November 25, 2014 - 12:23 AM
 
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
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Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

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Question: We find coronets on top of certain letters in the Torah – namely shin, ayin, tet, nun, zayin, gimmel and tzaddi. What purpose, if any, do they serve? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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Over the last several years, a number of European countries have outlawed shechitah (Jewish ritual slaughter). The latest, disturbingly, is Poland where shechitah opponents portray it as being cruel. Is there anything that we in the Jewish community can do to counter this trend? Jay Alt (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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Question: In L’David Hashem Ori – which we recite from the beginning of Elul until Shemini Atzeret – we read the following: “Bikrov alay me’re’im le’echol et besarai – When evildoers approach me to devour my flesh.” Why does the verse use the word “me’re’im”? Why not use “resha’im” or “anashim ra’im” instead? Tzila Kleinbart Brooklyn, NY

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Posted on: September 12th, 2013

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Question: In “L’David Hashem Ori” – which we recite from the beginning of Elul until Shemini Atzeret – we read the following: “Bikrov alay me’reim le’echol et besarai – When evildoers approach me to devour my flesh.” Why does the verse use the word “me’reim”? Why not use “resha’im” or “anashim ra’im” instead? Tzila Kleinbart Brooklyn, NY

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Posted on: September 4th, 2013

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Question: In “L’David Hashem Ori” – which we recite from the beginning of Elul until Shemini Atzeret – we read the following: “Bikrov alay me’reim le’echol et besarai – When evildoers approach me to devour my flesh.” Why does the verse use the word “me’reim”? Why not use “resha’im” or “anashim ra’im” instead? Tzila Kleinbart Brooklyn, NY

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Posted on: August 29th, 2013

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Question: How should one properly do teshuvah during Elul as we approach the Days of Awe, the Yamim Nora’im? Zvi Unger (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 22nd, 2013

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Question: How should one properly do teshuvah during Elul as we approach the Days of Awe, the Yamim Nora’im? Zvi Unger (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 14th, 2013

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Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 25th, 2013

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Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 17th, 2013

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Question: I have numerous questions about Kiddush Levanah. First, why is this prayer called Kiddush Levanah? Shouldn’t it be called Chiddush Levanah considering that the prayer concerns the renewal – not the sanctification – of the moon? Second, why do we greet each other with the words Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levanah and why do we repeat the greeting three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Third, why does Kiddush Levanah – and other prayers – contain verses (aside from the Shalom Aleichem greeting) that we are supposed to say three times? Please elaborate on this mitzvah. Ira Warshansky (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 10th, 2013

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Question: I have numerous questions about Kiddush Levanah. First, why is this prayer called Kiddush Levanah? Shouldn’t it be called Chiddush Levanah considering that the prayer concerns the renewal – not the sanctification – of the moon? Second, why do we greet each other with the words Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levanah and why do we repeat the greeting three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Third, why does Kiddush Levanah – and other prayers – contain verses (aside from the Shalom Aleichem greeting) that we are supposed to say three times? Please elaborate on this mitzvah. Ira Warshansky (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: July 4th, 2013

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Question: I have numerous questions about Kiddush Levanah. First, why is this prayer called Kiddush Levanah? Shouldn’t it be called Chiddush Levanah considering that the prayer concerns the renewal – not the sanctification – of the moon? Second, why do we greet each other with the words Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levanah and why do we repeat the greeting three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Third, why does Kiddush Levanah – and other prayers – contain verses (aside from the Shalom Aleichem greeting) that we are supposed to say three times? Please elaborate on this mitzvah. Ira Warshansky (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 27th, 2013

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Question: I have numerous questions about Kiddush Levanah. First, why is this prayer called Kiddush Levanah? Shouldn’t it be called Chiddush Levanah considering that the prayer concerns the renewal – not the sanctification – of the moon? Second, why do we greet each other with the words Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levanah and why do we repeat the greeting three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Third, why does Kiddush Levanah – and other prayers – contain verses (aside from the Shalom Aleichem greeting) that we are supposed to say three times? Please elaborate on this mitzvah. Ira Warshansky (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 20th, 2013

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Question: As Shavuot is fast approaching – a holiday on which we dwell on the story of Ruth and the origins of the royal house of David – I was wondering if you could help me resolve something. The Mishnah never makes any mention of the Hasmonean kings, the mitzvah to light a Chanukah menorah, or the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days. Some people say that Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi – the redactor of the six orders of the Mishnah and a scion of King David – omitted these topics because the Hasmoneans improperly crowned themselves, ignoring the rule that all Jewish kings are supposed to come from the tribe of Yehudah. They argue that this is also why the Talmud does not include a separate tractate on Chanukah. Is this true? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 13th, 2013

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Question: As Shavuot is fast approaching – a holiday on which we dwell on the story of Ruth and the origins of the royal house of David – I was wondering if you could help me resolve something. The Mishnah never makes any mention of the Hasmonean kings, the mitzvah to light a Chanukah menorah, or the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days. Some people say that Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi – the redactor of the six orders of the Mishnah and a scion of King David – omitted these topics because the Hasmoneans improperly crowned themselves, ignoring the rule that all Jewish kings are supposed to come from the tribe of Yehudah. They argue that this is also why the Talmud does not include a separate tractate on Chanukah. Is this true? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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(Please note: The question has been modified to reflect amendments suggested by a reader, Yisrael Levi, in last week’s column.)

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Posted on: May 30th, 2013

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Question: As Shavuot is fast approaching – a holiday on which we dwell on the story of Ruth and the origins of the royal house of David – I was wondering if you could help me resolve something. Some people say that Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi, the redactor of the six orders of the Mishnah and a scion of King David, purposely kept any mention of Chanukah and the Hasmonean kings out of the Mishnah because the Hasmoneans improperly crowned themselves and ignored the rule that all Jewish kings are supposed to come from the tribe of Yehudah. Is this true? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

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Question: As Shavuot is fast approaching – a holiday on which we dwell on the story of Ruth and the origins of the royal house of David – I was wondering if you could help me resolve something. Some people say that Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi, the redactor of the six orders of the Mishnah and a scion of King David, purposely kept any mention of Chanukah and the Hasmonean kings out of the Mishnah because the Hasmoneans improperly crowned themselves and ignored the rule that all Jewish kings are supposed to come from the tribe of Yehudah. Is this true? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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