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Between Holocaust and Redemption
 
A Tale of Two Prayers: Muslims and Clinton vs. Jews and Psalms [video]

September 4, 2015 - 1:08 PM
 
‘Catch-22″ Comes to the Temple Mount

September 4, 2015 - 10:26 AM
 
Biden Tells Atlanta Jews ‘Honest to God, I Don’t Know If I Will Run’ [video]

September 4, 2015 - 10:12 AM
 
‘Lone Soldiers’ Get a Treat in ‘Fun Day’ At Water Park

September 4, 2015 - 9:12 AM
 
British MP Accuses UK of Supporting Iran ‘at Expense of Allies’

September 4, 2015 - 8:52 AM
 
Cory Booker + 2 More Senators Announce Support for Nuclear Iran Deal

September 4, 2015 - 1:30 AM
 
Netanyahu, Kahlon Cut Taxes to Spur Sluggish Economy

September 3, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
Attempted Lynch Attack on 5 US Jewish Tourists in Hebron, Saved by Local Arab

September 3, 2015 - 8:03 PM
 
A Jewish Family’s Search To Save a Daughter With Familial Disautonomia

September 3, 2015 - 7:23 PM
 
Head of Joint Arab List Hospitalized with Chest Pain

September 3, 2015 - 6:28 PM
 
Pres. Rivlin Meets in State Visit with Pope Francis at Vatican

September 3, 2015 - 6:08 PM
 
French Investigators Rule ‘No Evidence’ Yasser Arafat Murdered

September 3, 2015 - 3:48 PM
 
Analysis: New Pew Report Has Seen the Jewish American Future and It’s Orthodox

September 3, 2015 - 3:08 PM
 
Knesset Approves Budget in 1st Voting Round as Shas Threatens to Pull Support

September 3, 2015 - 2:29 PM
 
Australian PM in Trouble for Saying ISIS Evil Worse Than Nazi Evil

September 3, 2015 - 2:25 PM
 
Unabashed Hungarian PM: Muslim Refugees a Threat to a Christian Europe

September 3, 2015 - 2:21 PM
 
Upgraded Counter Terrorism Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

September 3, 2015 - 2:07 PM
 
Unique 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagus Found at Ashkelon Building Site

September 3, 2015 - 11:16 AM
 
Father of Naftali Bennett, Jim Bennett, 73, Passes Away

September 3, 2015 - 10:10 AM
 
IAF Strikes Hamas in Gaza After Gunfire on Netiv Ha’Asara

September 3, 2015 - 9:02 AM
 
Sen Cotton in Israel: ‘It Isn’t Over ‘Til the Votes are Counted’

September 3, 2015 - 12:36 AM
 
Shemitah Doomsday Predictions, Blood Moons, Happy 5776!

September 3, 2015 - 12:18 AM
 
Israeli Budget Passes First Reading 57 – 53

September 2, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
Arab Terrorist Shot Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

September 2, 2015 - 10:51 PM
 
Update: Gaza Gunfire Hits Israeli House

September 2, 2015 - 10:25 PM
 
UNRWA Teacher in Jordan Promotes Hatred of Jews on Facebook

September 2, 2015 - 10:00 PM
 
Secular Leftists Applaud New Hareidi Minister

September 2, 2015 - 6:56 PM
 
President Rivlin Flies to the Vatican

September 2, 2015 - 6:39 PM
 
Maryland’s Sen. Mikulski Gives Obama Magic Number for Iran Deal

September 2, 2015 - 5:36 PM
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Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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What does a person do if he left Israel after the 7th of Cheshvan (October 11, 2013), where they already commenced saying "Ve'ten tal u'matar", but before they start saying it in galut?

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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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