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The Primordial Light of Hanukkah Banishes Today’s Darkness
 
Glasgow Holiday Shoppers Struck by ‘Out of Control’ Sanitation Truck

December 22, 2014 - 10:46 PM
 
Another French ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attack, Driver Slams into Crowd

December 22, 2014 - 10:30 PM
 
Israel Denies IDF Drone Shot Down by Syria

December 22, 2014 - 9:29 PM
 
Bringing the Light of Chanukah to Israel’s Widows and Orphans

December 22, 2014 - 8:12 PM
 
New Poll: Shows Netanyahu Will Lead Next Gov’t with Haredim

December 22, 2014 - 4:26 PM
 
Palestinian Authority Terrorist Tries to Kill Soldier at Checkpoint

December 22, 2014 - 11:44 AM
 
NY Police Search for Missing Links on Deranged Muslim Murderer of Cops

December 22, 2014 - 10:37 AM
 
Yehuda Glick Running as Likud MK Candidate

December 22, 2014 - 10:17 AM
 
Arabs Imitate Ancient Greeks and Vandalize Joseph’s Tomb

December 22, 2014 - 10:07 AM
 
Giant Chabad Menorah Lit Without Ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney

December 22, 2014 - 9:53 AM
 
Egypt Reopens Rafah Crossing

December 22, 2014 - 7:46 AM
 
India May Pull Rug Out From Under Abbas in UN Vote

December 22, 2014 - 6:22 AM
 
Syria Downs Israeli Drone Near Border [video]

December 22, 2014 - 4:37 AM
 
French Driver Shouting “Allahu Akbar” Plows into Crowd

December 22, 2014 - 12:05 AM
 
Jewish Man ‘Accidentally’ Run Over – Twice

December 21, 2014 - 8:21 PM
 
Terror Victim Protected ‘Mohammed the Zionist’ from Terrorists

December 21, 2014 - 7:17 PM
 
Netanyahu Exploits Elections to Raise Minimum Wage

December 21, 2014 - 2:42 PM
 
Abbas: We Won’t Use Violence – Unless We Will

December 21, 2014 - 1:58 PM
 
Kindertransport Documentary Selected for Permanent Preservation

December 21, 2014 - 1:42 PM
 
Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’

December 21, 2014 - 1:34 PM
 
Police Raid Homes of Anti-Assimilation Volunteers

December 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM
 
Rock-Throwing Terrorists Hit 4-Year-old Boy at Gush Etzion

December 21, 2014 - 11:13 AM
 
Jewish Home Unity Overcomes the ’Yesha Faction’

December 21, 2014 - 10:40 AM
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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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Posted on: January 26th, 2012

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Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: January 20th, 2012

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Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: January 18th, 2012

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In February we conducted a thorough discussion of the mitzvah of techeilet. The following guest piece by Baruch Sterman, marking 20 years since the establishment of the Ptil Tekhelet Foundation (www.tekhelet.com), is a follow up to that discussion.

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Posted on: January 11th, 2012

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Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: December 29th, 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: December 21st, 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: December 15th, 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: December 8th, 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 30th, 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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