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Bibi’s Approval Drops While US Jews Stay Connected (Guests Jeremy Saltan & Rabbi Avi Berman)
 
Gazan Deaths and Destruction Dramatically Drives Popularity for Hamas

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Lady Gaga Pre-Tel Aviv Concert ‘Shalom’ Video Irks Some Arab Fans

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British Jew Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Assaulting MP George Galloway

September 2, 2014 - 10:45 PM
 
Honey Sales Expected to Soar as Rosh Hashanah Approaches

September 2, 2014 - 9:59 PM
 
US Pushes PA Agenda and Tells Israel to Cancel New Gush Etzion Town

September 2, 2014 - 9:48 PM
 
ISIS Beheaded American Journalist Steven Sotloff And Posted Video

September 2, 2014 - 9:45 PM
 
Second Terror Attack Averted When Arab Driver Killed by IDF Fire

September 2, 2014 - 7:51 PM
 
Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

September 2, 2014 - 4:06 PM
 
Poll: Hamas Would Rule Judea and Samaria in New Elections

September 2, 2014 - 3:52 PM
 
Arab Terrorist Attack Foiled Near Netanya

September 2, 2014 - 1:38 PM
 
Ehud Olmert’s ‘Talansky Affair’ Re-Opens in Jerusalem District Court

September 2, 2014 - 12:58 PM
 
Iran Unveils New Self-Defense Radar, Missile System

September 2, 2014 - 12:04 PM
 
Turkey’s New PM Says ‘No Hope’ of Normalizing Ties with Israel

September 2, 2014 - 11:22 AM
 
Jihadist Threat Rising on Israel’s Northern Border

September 2, 2014 - 9:58 AM
 
Germany to Begin Supplying Kurds With Weapons to Fight Islamic State

September 2, 2014 - 1:41 AM
 
Did You Know September 1 is an Israeli National Holiday?

September 2, 2014 - 1:02 AM
 
SodaStream May Close Maaleh Adumim Factory

September 1, 2014 - 11:41 PM
 
Last Soldier Killed in Protective Edge Laid to Rest

September 1, 2014 - 11:31 PM
 
Arab Rock Throwing Attacks Wounds 3-Year-Old Girl

September 1, 2014 - 11:22 PM
 
The Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

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Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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Why is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, so different from other Jewish holidays? On the face of it, it does not seem to follow any pattern. It is celebrated for two days, not only in the Diaspora but also in Israel. Yet the Sages refer to the two days of Rosh Hashanah as one long day – yoma arichta.

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Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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Shehakol Bread? ‘One Recites A Blessing On The Primary Food’ (Berachos 44a)

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Posted on: September 12th, 2012

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One cold December evening, I walked into my father’s book-lined study to light the Chanukah candles, which were placed beside the window that overlooked a high street in North London.

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Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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Dr. Oren had a small psychology practice and rented office space from his colleague, Dr. Wieder, on Thursday afternoons. The rent amounted to $500 for the month. Since the two usually did not see each other, the arrangement was that Dr. Oren would leave the rent money in the top drawer of the desk.

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Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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A Vicious Cycle ‘Many Different Kinds Were Set Before Him’ (Berachos 41a)

 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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However remote the prospect of acquittal, a Jew must never give up. God commands us to challenge indictment with prayer. And the rabbis urge us to confront sentencing with hunger strikes. And so, the Midrash tells us, when Moses stood before God, at a loss for words with which to defend the sin of the golden calf, God Himself donned a tallit, took to the prayer stand, and showed Moses how to pray and what to say:

 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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It would be reasonable to assume that a language that contains the verb “to command” must also contain the verb “to obey.” The one implies the other, just as the concept of a question implies the possibility of an answer. We would, however, be wrong. There are 613 commandments in the Torah, but there is no word in biblical Hebrew that means “to obey.” When Hebrew was revived as a language of everyday speech in the nineteenth century, a word, letsayet, had to be borrowed from Aramaic. Until then there was no Hebrew word for “to obey.”

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Posted on: August 29th, 2012

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A Two Way Street? ‘Joining Geulah To Tefillah Is Preferable’ (Berachos 30a)

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Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

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Mr. Morris was home one evening, when an acquaintance, Mr. Roth, knocked at his door. "May I have a word with you?" Mr. Roth asked. "Certainly, come in," Mr. Morris said, welcoming him into the living room. "Perhaps you've forgotten," Mr. Roth began, "but last year I lent you $500, which you never repaid." Mr. Morris scratched his head and thought for a moment. "I never borrowed from you," he replied.

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Posted on: August 23rd, 2012

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No Cell Phones Please! ‘A Kerchief That One Designated For Storing Tefillin’ (Berachos 23)

 

Posted on: August 17th, 2012

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Prayer is always an avenue to God. But in the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, and during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God lends a particularly sympathetic ear.

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Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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What About Ma’ariv? ‘The Bridegroom Is Exempt From Kerias Shema’ (Berachos 16a)

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Posted on: August 9th, 2012

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Excitement was in the air as the 12th Siyum HaShas of the Daf Yomi cycle approached. Mendy, who had joined the Daf seven and-a-half years earlier, eagerly anticipated taking part in this major event at MetLife Stadium along with 93,000 other participants.

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Posted on: August 9th, 2012

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Kerias Shema Twice At Night? ‘When One Reads Shema’ (Berachos 8b)

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Posted on: August 3rd, 2012

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A Hadran On Shas ‘Tam V’nishlam’ (Niddah 73a)

 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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There is a fundamental difference between the times set for reciting the Shema and all other prayers. Whereas our sages linked the times for prayers to the times of the Temple sacrifices, the time for reciting Shema is fixed by the Torah itself – “beshochbechah uvekumechah” – when you lie down and when you get up.

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Posted on: July 27th, 2012

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Mr. Blank worked through the summer, so his family stayed in the city. "It would be nice to get away to the country for a weekend," his wife suggested.

 

Posted on: July 26th, 2012

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Five tragedies occurred on Tisha B’Av. It was decreed that those who left Egypt would not enter the land of Israel, the first and second Temples were destroyed, the city of Betar was captured with thousands massacred, and Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the razed Temple. Consequently, Tisha B’Av was declared a day of national mourning and a fast day.

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Posted on: July 26th, 2012

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Sorrow And Joy ‘Proclaim Your Troubles So That Your Friends Pray For You’ (Niddah 66a)

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Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

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