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The Primordial Light of Hanukkah Banishes Today’s Darkness
 
Syria Downs Israeli Drone Near Border

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French Driver Shouting “Allahu Akbar” Plows into Crowd

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Jewish Man ‘Accidentally’ Run Over – Twice

December 21, 2014 - 8:21 PM
 
Christian Terror Victim Protected ‘Mohammed the Zionist’ from Terrorists

December 21, 2014 - 7:17 PM
 
Netanyahu Exploits Elections to Raise Minimum Wage

December 21, 2014 - 2:42 PM
 
Abbas: We Won’t Use Violence – Unless We Will

December 21, 2014 - 1:58 PM
 
Kindertransport Documentary Selected for Permanent Preservation

December 21, 2014 - 1:42 PM
 
Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’

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Police Raid Homes of Anti-Assimilation Volunteers

December 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM
 
Rock-Throwing Terrorists Hit 4-Year-old Boy at Gush Etzion

December 21, 2014 - 11:13 AM
 
Jewish Home Unity Overcomes the ’Yesha Faction’

December 21, 2014 - 10:40 AM
 
ISIS Executes 100 Foreign Volunteers

December 20, 2014 - 9:58 PM
 
Temple Institute Produces Pure Olive Oil for Temple Menorah [video]

December 20, 2014 - 9:48 PM
 
UN Demands Israel Pay Lebanon $850 Million

December 20, 2014 - 9:33 PM
 
MK Elazar Stern Quits Livni’s HaTnua Party

December 20, 2014 - 8:42 PM
 
French Police Kill Islamic Terrorist Inside Police Station

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Red Alert in Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak [video]

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Chemical Attack Hero Describes How He Took Down the Terrorist

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Will the Arabs Form the Third Largest Political Party in Israel?

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Israel Retaliates: Hits Terror Tunnel Cement Factory

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Posted on: May 10th, 2012

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Guarding the Temple Even Today! ‘Kohanim Were Stationed in Three Places’ (Tamid 25b)

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Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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Question: At the conclusion of the Amidah, should the chazzan say “Yiyu leratzon imrei fi… – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before you, G-d, my Rock and Redeemer”?

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Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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Mr. Gottlieb, though not wealthy, was known for his generosity. He scrupulously gave 10 percent of his earnings to charity, and often much more. Among his regular charities was Yeshivas Ohr Israel. At the recent Dinner, Mr. Gottlieb pledged $10,000 toward the Yeshiva's scholarship fund.

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Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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Kishka ‘Their Consumers Are Not Human!’ (Me’ilah 20b)

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Posted on: April 26th, 2012

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A Transfusion, An Element Of Life ‘Blood From A Sanctified Animal Is Forbidden’ (Me’ilah 12)

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Posted on: April 25th, 2012

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Question: I have heard that some halachic authorities disapprove of placing a silver atarah on a talit. Is this true?

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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In addition to karet, there is another type of premature death at the hand of God known as “mita bedei shamayim.”

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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When The Service Is Done ‘Once Permitted To Kohanim, Me’ilah Does Not Apply’ (Me’ilah 4b)

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Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Yankel drove with his wife to the yeshiva's annual dinner. "I hope we'll be able to find parking," she said.

 

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Each morning at about 7:10 a.m. my mother, still in her housecoat and slippers, would wake me for school. One wintry Monday morning I opened my eyes to see her leaning over my bed. She was in hat and coat and her hands were cold from the weather outside.

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Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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A Bride And Groom On Their Wedding Day ‘Except For The Day After Yom Kippur’ (Kerisos 25a)

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Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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Question: If a person has a number of personal concerns that need to be thought out and analyzed, can he go to shul to do this?

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Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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Question: How much matzah must one eat at the Pesach Seder?

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Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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Beware Of The Fruit! ‘A Mis’asek Is Excluded’ (Kerisos 19a)

 

Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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It's 1 p.m. on Friday, Erev Pesach. The rabbi had already sold the chametz at 10 a.m. But I forgot to sell mine. Now the synagogue office is closed and I can't get hold of the form the rabbi uses to sell the chametz. The Torah requires me to remove all chametz from my house on Pesach. But I just cannot bring myself to throw out that Glenfiddich. Is there a way the whisky can remain in my house during Pesach, and would I be able to drink it after Pesach?

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Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Question: What is the basis of the custom to refrain from eating matzah for a period of time before Pesach?

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Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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On the bima of the beis medrash stood a maos chittim "pushka" (collection box) on behalf of "Matzos Chesed Organization." The gabbai emptied the box every few days, typically finding $200-$500.

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Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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Seizing An Opportunity? ‘A Person Is Believed Regarding Himself More Than 100 Witnesses’ (Kerisos 11b-12a)

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Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Question: If someone passes away on one day but is buried the next day, when does the son stop saying Kaddish and when should he observe the yahrzeit – 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of death or 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of burial?

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