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Presidential Candidate Working To Bring Israel To Front of US Agenda
 
Netanyahu Meets with House Armed Services Members

August 28, 2014 - 11:49 PM
 
Mashaal Vows Cease-Fire a Step to New ‘Resistance’ War against Israel

August 28, 2014 - 11:00 PM
 
ISIS Slaughters 450 Captured Syrian Soldiers Since Wednesday

August 28, 2014 - 8:37 PM
 
Update: Lakewood Confirms Sofer’s Body Was Found in Jerusalem Hills

August 28, 2014 - 8:31 PM
 
Comedian Joan Rivers in Critical Condition

August 28, 2014 - 8:09 PM
 
Run Away… Run Away… [photo]

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Echoing Cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims Call for Peace

August 28, 2014 - 6:56 PM
 
27 Israelis Arrested for Drug & Weapons Trafficking, Helping Hezbollah

August 28, 2014 - 6:38 PM
 
Israeli Arabs Arrested for Lebanon Ties

August 28, 2014 - 3:39 PM
 
Erdoğan Sworn in as Turkish President

August 28, 2014 - 3:26 PM
 
IDF Fires Warning Shots Near Gaza Fence

August 28, 2014 - 2:51 PM
 
Shaath: US Pressured Israel to Drop Demilitarization Demand

August 28, 2014 - 2:49 PM
 
PLO Calls for War Crimes Investigations

August 28, 2014 - 2:39 PM
 
Is UNRWA Aiding Terrorism?

August 28, 2014 - 1:27 PM
 
Chabad Rabbi Remains with Trapped Jews as Ukraine Troops, Rebels, and Russians Fight for Mariupol

August 28, 2014 - 12:43 PM
 
Gaza Arabs Stone IDF Troops

August 28, 2014 - 12:40 PM
 
Former NSA Blasts Netanyahu

August 28, 2014 - 12:11 PM
 
US Embassy Personnel Collect Israeli Drone Parts After Crash Near Baghdad

August 28, 2014 - 11:49 AM
 
Is UNRWA Aiding Terrorism?

August 28, 2014 - 11:34 AM
 
Israel Ambassador to UN Demands Action Against Hamas

August 28, 2014 - 11:27 AM
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Posted on: April 11th, 2013

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"Tonight is Bernie's birthday," Jeremy said to his friend, Adam. "We're planning a surprise birthday party for him. Would you like to join?"

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Posted on: April 11th, 2013

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Just Like Carrying In A Karmelis ‘Tithing When Night Falls’ (Eruvin 36a)

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Posted on: April 4th, 2013

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Question: Is it preferable to pray at great length or with much brevity?

 

Posted on: April 4th, 2013

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Football’s 49ers rarely drop the ball. But how many of us make it through 49 nights from the second night of Pesach all the way to Shavuot without losing count? Sometimes we never even make it to the first yard line. We are so busy preparing for second night Seder that we miss evening prayers in shul and forget to count Day One.

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Posted on: April 4th, 2013

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Ready And Able ‘Unripe Dates Are Unsuitable For An Eruv’ (Eruvin 28)

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Posted on: March 25th, 2013

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When Life Is A Zoo (Eruvin 23b)

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Posted on: March 25th, 2013

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Question: When a person buys tefillin, the shel yad often comes with a cover within the cover, which many people leave on during davening. Is this proper?

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Posted on: March 25th, 2013

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Congregation Toras Yisrael decided to hold a learning program on Friday morning, Chol Hamoed Pesach. Two weeks before Pesach, the gabbai in charge of the program discussed possible guest speakers with the shul rabbi, Rabbi Brick.

 

Posted on: March 25th, 2013

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What is chametz? What are the various categories of chametz? Does the prohibition of chametz on Pesach apply also to non‑food products? Can medication containing chametz be taken on Pesach? Can vitamins produced with no Pesach supervision be used? What about liquid medicine such as cough mixture? Can non- supervised body soap or liquid detergent be used? What about toothpaste? May one use rubbing alcohol? May one eat egg matzah?

 

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

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Taste is everything – ta’am ke’ikar. The taste of forbidden food is treated in halacha as the forbidden food itself and is equally forbidden. If the taste of forbidden food has been absorbed into a cooking vessel, such a vessel may not be used on Pesach unless it undergoes a process known as hechsher or hagalat keilim - popularly referred to as kashering.

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Posted on: March 21st, 2013

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A Gadol’s View Confirmed ‘Majority Rules’ (Eruvin 16a)

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Posted on: March 21st, 2013

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Question: May one use grape juice for the arba kosos?

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Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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Mr. Lazer ran a successful restaurant. He employed close to twenty people: a chef, cooks and a baker; waiters and waitresses; supply and maintenance personnel; and two cashiers. At the end-of-year accounting, something seemed amiss. There was a small but noticeable discrepancy in the cash receipts of his enterprise. In the following semi-annual account, a similar discrepancy was noted.

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Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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The Kotel And The Mall ‘Sratya u’Platya’ (Eruvin 7a)

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Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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Question: Does it matter where one pauses when one recites the daily prayers?

 

Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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“You must sanctify yourselves and be holy,” the Torah tells us, “for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” The service of God in our lives should simulate the service of God in the Temple. Just as the kohen, the priest, was required to enter God’s Temple in a state of taharah, spiritual cleanliness, we are required to enter God’s world in a state of taharah.

 

Posted on: March 7th, 2013

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Visiting the sick, bikur cholim, is one of the mitzvot listed in the prayer “Eilu devarim she’ein lahem shiur” – “These are the things that have no measure.” According to our sages, the Torah itself stresses the importance of bikur cholim in several places.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2013

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Waiting For Kiddush ‘Mazal Bears No Influence…’ (Shabbos 156a)

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Posted on: March 6th, 2013

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Question: Must a Jew’s tzitzit strings hang on the outside of his pants?

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Posted on: March 6th, 2013

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"Look at this sefer," Yoel said to his friend Menashe. "It's written by Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, zt"l." "I've seen that sefer," replied Menashe. "It's very good. I was thinking of buying it." "That's not all," added Yoel. "Look inside..." Menashe opened the sefer. Inside he saw a signed inscription by Rav Eliyahu. "Wow! How did you get an inscribed copy?" he asked.

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