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Arabs on the Temple Mount, Israeli Independence, and Strange European Bedfellows
 
Brandeis Commencement Speaker Leads Iran Cheerleader Squad

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US Warship Steaming to Head Off Iranian Supply Ships for Yemen

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Russian-Israeli Stabs Arab worker

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Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah [video]

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Netanyahu Expresses His Sorrow over Death of Rabbi Lichtenstein

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Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

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Saudi Arabia Posts Alert of Possible Terror Attack on Aramco and Malls

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Rivlin Gives Netanyahu Two More Weeks to Form New Government

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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Dies at Age 81

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‘Israeli Spies’ Get Life in Prison

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Netanyahu Meets With Children of Fallen Soldiers

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Haifa ‘War’ Continues: Factories Force Truck off Road

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Bennett Flexes Muscles and Threatens to Knock Out Coalition

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Former Chief Rabbi of Rome Dies Two weeks before 100th Birthday

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Egypt Destroys 285 Smuggling and Terror Tunnels in Three Months

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Khamenei Mocks Obama Officials’ Silly Bluffs’

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More PA Lobbying from the State Dept Briefing Room

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African Christians Slaughtered by ISIS-Affiliates

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PLO Targets Israeli Soccer Athletes

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British Posters Warn Muslim Voting in Elections Violates Islamic Law

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Israeli Reporter Describes Personal Experience with Anti-Semitism in Paris

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Netanyahu Warns of Increased Iran Aggression in Middle East

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Haifa Mayor Blocks ‘Polluting Factories’

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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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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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