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State Dept. Admits Even Obama Is not ‘Infallible’

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House Speaker Boehner Says Netanyahu Speech Won’t Harm US-Israel Relations

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Jordan, Israel Sign Historic Red Sea-Dead Sea Rescue Deal

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Obama White House Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC

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New York Jury Convicts Saudi Man in 1998 Al Qaeda Attack on US Embassy

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Meet ‘Jihadi John’

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Stabbing Attempt in Gush Etzion

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Germany’s Central Council Of Jews Warns Against Wearing Yarmulkes

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises Israel for Equality for Minorities

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Posted on: October 24th, 2013

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Pristine Exemplar ‘Let Him Fill His Mouth With Water’ (Shekalim 9a)

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Posted on: October 17th, 2013

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In Our Days ‘We Do Not Seize A Surety From Minor Children’ (Shekalim 3b)

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Posted on: October 17th, 2013

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Question: In our daily prayers we state that Talmud Torah – the teaching of Torah – is equivalent to all the other mitzvot. What, however, comes under the category of “teaching Torah”? Does someone who teaches students how to behave ethically come under the category of a teacher of Torah?

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Posted on: October 17th, 2013

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Last week Am Yisrael suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef, zt"l. The greatest tribute we can give to such an outstanding talmid chacham is to repeat and share his Torah. The following article is based on a responsa of his in Yabia Omer (vol. II, C.M. #7). May this learning be l'iluy nishmaso.

 

Posted on: October 17th, 2013

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Continuing with our examination of Pesachim as per the Daf Yomi cycle, the Seder commences with Kiddush recited over the first cup of wine. Whereas Kiddush may be recited before nightfall on Shabbat, it must be recited after nightfall on Seder night. Unlike Shabbat and Yom Tov, on Seder night there is a requirement that each participant drink from his own cup.

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Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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Yisrael, Shlomi, and some other teenage friends swam regularly at the local pool, which had special men's hours. They all brought locks with them to secure the lockers, except Shlomi. He would simply put his clothes in the locker, with the wallet in his pants pocket, and shut the locker door.

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Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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A Case Of Mistaken Identity ‘And Two Cooked Foods’ (Pesachim 114a)

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Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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Question: The Talmud (Shabbat 12a) notes, “Rabbi Hanina said: One should examine one’s clothes on the eve of Shabbat before nightfall [to ensure that one is not carrying anything] for one may forget and go out [carrying]. Rav Yosef said this is an important law for Shabbat.”

 

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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There are lots of back seat drivers at the Seder. Your kezayit (portion) of matzah is not big enough, they chide. Red wine only; shmurah matzot or nothing; don’t start the Seder before nightfall; must finish the meal before midnight; don’t drink wine between the four cups; the Seder plate set in the wrong order. This article is intended as a defensible guide for the brave volunteer who leads the Seder (the ba’al haseder).

 

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

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It’s 12:30 on a Yom Tov, Monday morning. You are about to leave the synagogue for the third day in a row. As you look around, you notice, even as you try to ignore it, a certain wilting of the spirit. A belabored pace. How good you felt on Friday night, with the onset of Shabbat. An effortless serenity set in then.

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Posted on: October 4th, 2013

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Chaim had an old car that he would regularly rent to the fellows of his kollel for a nominal fee. Moshe asked if he could use the car for the afternoon to do a couple of shopping errands. "With pleasure," Chaim said. "However, before you take the car, I'd like you to read this statement of terms."

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Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

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An Expression Unique in Shas “I Am Neither Wise…” (Pesachim 105b)

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Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

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Hashem appeared to Noach and told him the world had turned to wicked ways and was to be destroyed by a deluge. Hashem commanded Noach to build a teivah, an ark, so that he and his family would be saved.

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Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

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It is important to note that not all names may be designated. There is, for example, a tradition that Ashkenazic Jews do not name their children after a living person. Yet, neither the Bible nor the Talmud make any reference to this prohibition. Indeed, just the opposite. The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Sha’arei Halacha U’Minhag, Yoreh De’ah, Volume III, p.298) notes that from verses in Genesis (See Genesis 11:24-26) it is evident that Terach (father of Abraham) named his son Nachor during the lifetime of his father, Nachor.

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Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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After davening on Hoshana Rabbah, Mr. Hadar fondly packed away his esrog. "Maybe I'll fill it with cloves and use it for spices at Havdalah," he thought. "Or maybe I'll make jelly out of it."

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Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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Designating proper names for one’s children is not always easy. When my wife, Shoshana, gave birth to our first child in Chicago – a girl – she informed me that according to tradition, the wife is entitled to name the first child. I didn’t agree, but recognizing that this was her tradition and not wishing to cause any controversy or anguish, I readily submitted.

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Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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He Might Extinguish It ‘A Torch Is The Best Way Of Performing The Mitzvah’ (Pesachim 103b)

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Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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The Letter Of The Law? ‘If He Was…Unable to Enter Because of the Camels’ (Pesachim 94a)

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Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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Question: Is it proper for Orthodox synagogues to have their parking lots open on Shabbat?

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Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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Mr. Sender was the gabbai of Congregation Tiferes Yisrael. He was in change of aliyahs, would organize the siddurim after davening, and make the announcements. His special joy, though, was walking around the shul on weekdays with the pushka (tzedakah box). "Tzedakah tatzil mimavess," he would quietly declare. "Charity saves from death."

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