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Lausanne Talks May Be Camouflage for Iranian Nukes in North Korea

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Colel Chabad ‘Secures’ Passover Food for Needy Israelis

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Hillary Clinton Wants US-Israel Relations on ‘Constructive Footing’

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Gaza Launches Rocket at Egypt

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Rami Levi Discount Supermarkets New Branches Increased Sales But Reduced Profits

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A Jewish Twist on ‘Land Day’

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Ehud Olmert Found Guilty of Fraud in ‘Talansky Affair’

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Iran Reneges on Major Point: Will Obama Keep Begging Anyway?

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PA Back Down on ICC in Exchange for Frozen Tax Revenue

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The Knesset Goes Solar

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Netanyahu Warns Iran-Yemen-Nuclear Deal Axis ‘Dangerous to Humanity’ [video]

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Iran Forces Kerry to Cancel Trip to US and Remain for More Talks

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Putin Congratulates Netanyahu and Tells Arabs Jerusalem Is their Capital

March 29, 2015 - 11:23 AM
 
Houthis Copy Hamas Tactics and Use Civilian Shields to Hit Saudi Planes

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Archaeologists Discover Egypt Occupied Tel Aviv 5,000 Years Ago

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Avis Israel CEO Representing Netanyahu In Coalition Talks

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Iranian Journalist Defects, Says US Team Speaking for Iran

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Hamas Test Fires Rocket

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Richard Gere Coming to Israel

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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.

 

Posted on: February 28th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

If you took a bus to synagogue on a rainy Shabbat or Yom Tov day, with umbrella in hand, would that be OK? There is no melachah involved because you are not driving. There is no amira le’nochri (asking a non‑Jew to perform a melachah on your behalf) involved because you are not asking the non‑Jew to drive for you. He is driving of his own accord for other non‑Jews. There is no violation of techum Shabbat (the prohibition not to travel on Shabbat or Yom Tov more than 2,000 amot beyond one's residence), because the bus travels only in the city.

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Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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The Golds were planning a two-week vacation. Mrs. Gold did not want to travel with her jewelry, but was concerned about leaving it in their apartment while they traveled.

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Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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Question: The Talmud (Ta’anit 29a) notes that we should be more joyous starting from the beginning of Adar. Does this period of joy continue after Purim?

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Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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Out On A Limb ‘One May Reset A Fracture’ (Shabbos 148a)

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