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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

April 18, 2014 - 5:25 PM
 
Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

April 18, 2014 - 5:22 PM
 
Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

April 18, 2014 - 4:14 PM
 
Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

April 18, 2014 - 10:58 AM
 
Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

April 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM
 
No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

April 18, 2014 - 10:11 AM
 
Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

April 18, 2014 - 9:50 AM
 
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

April 18, 2014 - 2:19 AM
 
Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

April 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM
 
4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

April 17, 2014 - 1:01 PM
 
Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

April 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM
 
Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

April 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

April 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

April 16, 2014 - 11:39 PM
 
Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

April 16, 2014 - 8:50 PM
 
Israeli Hi-Tech Opens Branch in Nanjing

April 16, 2014 - 1:45 PM
 
Preparations Completed for Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem

April 16, 2014 - 12:48 PM
 
Kansas Shooting Suspect a White Supremacist, Indicted for Murder

April 16, 2014 - 12:03 PM
 
Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

April 16, 2014 - 8:45 AM
 
President Obama’s Passover Statement

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Halacha & Hashkafa
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Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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A Case Of Mistaken Identity ‘And Two Cooked Foods’ (Pesachim 114a)

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Checking Clothes Before Shabbat

Posted on: October 10th, 2013

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Question: The Talmud (Shabbat 12a) notes, “Rabbi Hanina said: One should examine one’s clothes on the eve of Shabbat before nightfall [to ensure that one is not carrying anything] for one may forget and go out [carrying]. Rav Yosef said this is an important law for Shabbat.”

 

Seder Night And Back Seat Drivers (Pesachim Perek 10)

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

There are lots of back seat drivers at the Seder. Your kezayit (portion) of matzah is not big enough, they chide. Red wine only; shmurah matzot or nothing; don’t start the Seder before nightfall; must finish the meal before midnight; don’t drink wine between the four cups; the Seder plate set in the wrong order. This article is intended as a defensible guide for the brave volunteer who leads the Seder (the ba’al haseder).

 

Celebration Versus Serenity

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

It’s 12:30 on a Yom Tov, Monday morning. You are about to leave the synagogue for the third day in a row. As you look around, you notice, even as you try to ignore it, a certain wilting of the spirit. A belabored pace. How good you felt on Friday night, with the onset of Shabbat. An effortless serenity set in then.

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Verbal Stipulation

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

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Chaim had an old car that he would regularly rent to the fellows of his kollel for a nominal fee. Moshe asked if he could use the car for the afternoon to do a couple of shopping errands. "With pleasure," Chaim said. "However, before you take the car, I'd like you to read this statement of terms."

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

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An Expression Unique in Shas “I Am Neither Wise…” (Pesachim 105b)

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Bitachon And Effort: Finding The Balance

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Hashem appeared to Noach and told him the world had turned to wicked ways and was to be destroyed by a deluge. Hashem commanded Noach to build a teivah, an ark, so that he and his family would be saved.

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Naming Children (Part II)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

It is important to note that not all names may be designated. There is, for example, a tradition that Ashkenazic Jews do not name their children after a living person. Yet, neither the Bible nor the Talmud make any reference to this prohibition. Indeed, just the opposite. The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Sha’arei Halacha U’Minhag, Yoreh De’ah, Volume III, p.298) notes that from verses in Genesis (See Genesis 11:24-26) it is evident that Terach (father of Abraham) named his son Nachor during the lifetime of his father, Nachor.

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Pasul Esrog

Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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After davening on Hoshana Rabbah, Mr. Hadar fondly packed away his esrog. "Maybe I'll fill it with cloves and use it for spices at Havdalah," he thought. "Or maybe I'll make jelly out of it."

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Naming Children (Part I)

Posted on: September 25th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Designating proper names for one’s children is not always easy. When my wife, Shoshana, gave birth to our first child in Chicago – a girl – she informed me that according to tradition, the wife is entitled to name the first child. I didn’t agree, but recognizing that this was her tradition and not wishing to cause any controversy or anguish, I readily submitted.

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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He Might Extinguish It ‘A Torch Is The Best Way Of Performing The Mitzvah’ (Pesachim 103b)

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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The Letter Of The Law? ‘If He Was…Unable to Enter Because of the Camels’ (Pesachim 94a)

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Open Parking Lots On Shabbat (Part II)

Posted on: September 18th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is it proper for Orthodox synagogues to have their parking lots open on Shabbat?

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Mixed Tzedakah

Posted on: September 18th, 2013

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Mr. Sender was the gabbai of Congregation Tiferes Yisrael. He was in change of aliyahs, would organize the siddurim after davening, and make the announcements. His special joy, though, was walking around the shul on weekdays with the pushka (tzedakah box). "Tzedakah tatzil mimavess," he would quietly declare. "Charity saves from death."

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Open Parking Lots On Shabbat (Part I)

Posted on: September 12th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is it proper for Orthodox synagogues to have their parking lots open on Shabbat?

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Confused Cell Phone

Posted on: September 12th, 2013

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Yossi and Ezra shared an apartment. They had many things in common, which made them good roommates. One thing they shared that sometimes caused problems, though, was identical cell phones.

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: September 12th, 2013

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Hashem’s House Is No Different ‘Everything…But To Leave’ (Pesachim 86b)

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Sweeter Than Honey

Posted on: September 4th, 2013

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One of the beautiful customs of Rosh Hashanah is to eat an apple dipped in honey and other sweet foods as a way of asking Hashem to make things sweet for us in the coming year. People also wish each other a healthy and sweet New Year. However the best way to make the year sweet for ourselves and for others is to become “sweet” people, remembering to smile and treat each other in a sweet and friendly way.

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: September 4th, 2013

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Location! Location! ‘On and Off His Forehead’ (Pesachim 77a)

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Why Is Everyone Standing?

Posted on: September 4th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Why does the congregation stand every time the shofar is blown?

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