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‘Reassessment’ of the US-Israel Relationship; and Rocker David Draiman Takes on Comedian Trevor
 
Israeli Scientists Start to Bring Star Trek Tricorder to Life

April 2, 2015 - 3:47 AM
 
Egyptian Culture Rife in Israel ‘For Years’ After Exodus

April 2, 2015 - 12:29 AM
 
2 Cops Hurt, 1 Female Attacker Killed Outside Istanbul Police HQ

April 1, 2015 - 11:36 PM
 
Palestinian Unknowingly Sells Bansky Mural to Gaza Artist for $175

April 1, 2015 - 11:07 PM
 
Netanyahu and Boehner Meet for Lunch

April 1, 2015 - 3:30 PM
 
Netanyahu Attacks the Iran Nuclear Deal as “Unconscionable” [video]

April 1, 2015 - 3:21 PM
 
No Insurance Available for Jewish Kindergartens in Belgium!

April 1, 2015 - 12:45 PM
 
France Leaves Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

April 1, 2015 - 11:53 AM
 
Car with 5 Pipe Bombs Stopped at Gush Etzion Tunnel Roads

April 1, 2015 - 9:31 AM
 
Obama Stops Punishing Egypt for Dumping Muslim Brotherhood Prez

April 1, 2015 - 1:43 AM
 
IDF Expects 1200 Daily Hezbollah Rockets in Next War

April 1, 2015 - 1:39 AM
 
Tevye the Milkman Wins Israel Prize

April 1, 2015 - 1:04 AM
 
New and Old Faces in Israel’s 20th Knesset Are Officially Sworn In [Video]

March 31, 2015 - 10:20 PM
 
113 Orphaned Bar Mitzva Boys Participate in Group Celebration in Jerusalem

March 31, 2015 - 7:39 PM
 
Live Webinar with Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier of the Shmuz Tonight: Reacting to the Tragedy in Brooklyn

March 31, 2015 - 7:33 PM
 
Attack on Yemeni Refugees Makes Israel Look Like the Girl Scouts

March 31, 2015 - 6:30 PM
 
IDF Promises to Block Missionary Activity

March 31, 2015 - 4:02 PM
 
Iran Likely to Force Obama to Back Down on ‘Deadline Threat’

March 31, 2015 - 12:56 PM
 
IDF Clashes with 40 Rioters at Gaza Border

March 31, 2015 - 11:16 AM
 
Knesset Opens the Tent to its 20th Circus

March 31, 2015 - 10:17 AM
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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

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

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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Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Temple Management 101 ‘The Rest Were Given To The Craftsmen As Wages’ (Kerisos 6a)

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Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

If you pay only $5 or if you creep back, retrieve your $10 bill and make off with the money and the flowers. Doing that would be a breach of trust.

Jews participating in the ceremony known as 'Redemption of the first born donkey' or 'Pidyon Peter Chamor'
 

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The act of temurah, consecrating another animal in place of an already consecrated animal, incurs the punishment of malkot - lashes. This is somewhat surprising. There is a halachic rule that a prohibition that does not involve an overt act does not incur the punishment of malkot – “lav she’einbBo ma’aseh, ein lokin alav.” Why then does a person incur malkot?

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: When we pray, are we requesting or demanding that God fulfill our wishes?

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Shmuel Bender and Asher Beckerman were study partners (chevrusas). They also sat next to each other in shiur. Shmuel felt fortunate to have the privilege of learning with Asher, whom he admired greatly.

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

If a fetus is a separate entity, how is slaughtering a pregnant animal permitted? After all, Chullin teaches us that the Torah prohibits slaughtering a mother and its child on the same day.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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The Rambam That Engendered Fifty Novella ‘He Says to His Maidservant: You Are Free’ (Temura 25b)

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

"When someone completes his job faithfully you must pay him fully, even if no benefit comes from the work. For example, if a person ordered a delivery of medicine for a critically ill patient, and the person died or recovered meanwhile, the driver must be paid."

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Do older Jews have a rebbe?

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Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

At most a navi, through prophecy, can institute a temporary modification of a Torah law. However, if he seeks to introduce a permanent change in the Torah or to add a new mitzvah, he and his prophecy should be rejected.

Reading the Book of Esther on Purim
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard. If a word is missed, the listener should read it quietly to himself from the text in his hand. The principal purpose of reciting the megillah is to publicize the miracle of Purim. Accordingly, many poskim permit the megillah to be read in English if the reader does not understand Hebrew.

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Batei arei chomah are structures (of at least six to eight square feet) in towns consisting of at least three courtyards with two buildings each, with a predominantly Jewish population – provided that such towns were surrounded by a wall in the time of Joshua even though they may no longer be surrounded by a wall at the time of the sale or buyback.

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Permission Granted? ‘Lo Yachlifenu B’Shel Acheirim…’ (Temurah 9)

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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‘He Uttered Hashem’s Name In Vain’ (Temurah 3b)

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Posted on: February 15th, 2012

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"Although a shomer sachar is generally obligated in theft and is expected to watch extra carefully, he can stipulate with the owner for a lower level of responsibility . . . A number of authorities maintain that when the owner was aware of the conditions in which the merchandise would be kept, it is considered as a stipulation that such guardianship suffices."

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Posted on: February 8th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

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