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A Native American Helps Reclaim the Israel Narrative
 
Hareidi-Religious Rioters in Ashdod Block IDF Arrests With Violence

February 9, 2016 - 11:09 AM
 
Israeli Scientists Find Protein in Blood to ID Alzheimer’s Disease

February 9, 2016 - 10:55 AM
 
Justice Minister Berates Left as NGO Transparency Bill Passes in First

February 9, 2016 - 10:54 AM
 
Update: Female Teen Terror Wannabe Fails at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

February 9, 2016 - 9:30 AM
 
Update: Terror Attack Foiled at Karmei Tzur in Judea

February 9, 2016 - 9:13 AM
 
Bernie Sanders Consults J-Street, Zogby, on Foreign Affairs

February 9, 2016 - 8:10 AM
 
Vassar Hosts Prof. Who Charges Israel With ‘Weaponized Epigenetics’

February 9, 2016 - 4:28 AM
 
Ethics Committee Suspends MKs Zoabi, Ghattas and Zahalka

February 8, 2016 - 9:57 PM
 
Computerized Transparency Already Activated in Justice Committee Session

February 8, 2016 - 9:45 PM
 
Netanyahu Brawls with Arab MKs over Dismissal Law

February 8, 2016 - 9:02 PM
 
Knesset Passes No Taxation on US Investors Law

February 8, 2016 - 7:37 PM
 
Driven by Deteriorating Social, Political, Economic Situation, South African Alyiah Increasing

February 8, 2016 - 6:48 PM
 
Knesset Committee: Don’t Return Terrorists’ Bodies, Punish Arab MKs

February 8, 2016 - 6:26 PM
 
Boy Arrested for Singing “HaTikva” on Temple Mount

February 8, 2016 - 6:20 PM
 
‘The US is Preventing Israel From Joining Sunni Coalition’ Says Government Official

February 8, 2016 - 6:17 PM
 
Police Arrest Jewish Youth Who Sang Hatikvah on Temple Mount [video]

February 8, 2016 - 5:58 PM
 
Bayit Yehudi MK: We Must Quash Arabs’ Hope for Statehood

February 8, 2016 - 4:00 PM
 
Report: Israeli Couples Don’t Live in Sin

February 8, 2016 - 3:16 PM
 
Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

February 8, 2016 - 1:50 PM
 
Tel Sheva Arab Student Indicted on Terror Conspiracy After Return From Jordan

February 8, 2016 - 12:49 PM
 
Danon Helps Bereaved IDF Parents Lobby for MIA Soldiers at UN

February 8, 2016 - 11:32 AM
 
Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi Hosted at White House, State Dept. [video]

February 8, 2016 - 11:00 AM
 
Higher Incidence of Cancer, Asthma Found in Haifa

February 8, 2016 - 10:45 AM
 
ISIS Executioner Participated in Galloway’s 2009 Gaza ‘Aid Convoy’

February 8, 2016 - 9:37 AM
 
Israeli Research Into Zika Virus Contradicts World Health Organization Findings

February 7, 2016 - 10:56 PM
 
Ban ‘Mooned’ at Park East Synagogue

February 7, 2016 - 10:15 PM
 
New AG Orders Police to Investigate Arab MKs’ Visit with Terrorists’ Families

February 7, 2016 - 8:43 PM
 
Hitler’s Other Hobby, Painting, Now on Auction

February 7, 2016 - 7:51 PM
 
Morocco Launches World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

February 7, 2016 - 6:56 PM
 
Pegida Anti-Muslim Demonstrations Attract Thousands But Don’t Leave Big Impression

February 7, 2016 - 6:13 PM
 
Reporter Who Interviewed Bernie Sanders on Kibbutz Experience Speaks Out

February 7, 2016 - 3:39 PM
 
Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

February 7, 2016 - 2:27 PM
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Halacha & Hashkafa
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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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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Posted on: February 28th, 2013

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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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Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Question: Why did Mordechai refuse to bow to Haman, thus endangering the entire Jewish people? Couldn’t he have simply fled Shushan?

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