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

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Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

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Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

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Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

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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

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Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

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4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

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Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

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Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

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Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

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

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Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

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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

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Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

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President Obama’s Passover Statement

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Halacha & Hashkafa
 

Carrying, Eruvin And Manhattan

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

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One of the thirty-nine prohibited melachot on Shabbat is carrying an object from a private domain, reshut hayachid, to a public domain, reshut harabim, or carrying an object a distance of four amot, six to eight feet, in a reshut harabim. The Torah does permit, however, carrying within the reshut hayachid itself. The definition of a reshut hayachid and a reshut harabim is crucial, therefore, to the laws of carrying on Shabbat.

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A Song For The Future

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

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Question: The Midrash notes that the song the Jews sang after they crossed the Red Sea (“Az Yashir”) was unique; its likes had never been heard before in the world. Our Sages even refer to it as a shirah chadashah, a “new song.” What made “Az Yashir” so unique and in what sense was it a “new song”?

 

Eruvin: Dissenters And Protesters

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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In order to carry from one's home into the street (even when the area is enclosed by a properly constructed eruv), the eruvin ceremony must be performed. This ceremony involves the placing of food in one designated home on behalf of all Sabbath observers in the enclosed area. In order for the eruvin ceremony to be valid, however, it must be performed on behalf of all owners of streets and homes in the enclosed area.

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Lost Cap

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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Hymie was visiting Israel and enjoying an afternoon with his grandchildren in the park. After pushing them on the swings and watching them slither down the slides, he went to sit down on a bench in the corner of the park.

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Kabbalat Shabbat At The Bimah

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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Question: On Friday night the chazzan in many shuls ascends the bimah for Kabbalat Shabbos but goes to the amud starting for Barchu. Why?

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

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Summer Eruvin ‘A Separate Contribution From Each’ (Eruvin 72b)

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Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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Question: Is there anything special that one should do on Yom Yerushalayim?

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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Spreading the Wealth ‘Giving to Only One Poor Person’ (Eruvin 63a)

 

The Riverdale Eruv

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

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The purpose of the eruv is to enclose on all sides the area in which one wants to carry, so that it becomes a private domain, a reshut hayachid. If the area in question is a karmelit, a space that qualifies neither as a public domain nor as a private domain, gaps in the eruv structure may be bridged by means of a constructive or symbolic doorway called tzurat hapetach. A tzurat hapetach is made up of two posts, each called a lechi, and a crossbeam or overhead wire called a korah.

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Take It Or Leave It?

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

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The winter was over, and the days began to get longer and warmer. The sun shone brightly in clear skies, grass and flowers were blooming, and the trees were producing layers of green foliage.

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The Friday Night Simchat Bat

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

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Question: Upon the birth of a son, common custom is to hold a Shalom Zachor on Friday evening for family and friends. But what about the birth of a girl? Some Modern Orthodox families hold a Simchat Bat on Friday night, but there doesn’t seem to be a source for this in Jewish literature. Are these Jews acting properly?

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

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A Sage View ‘It Needs A Partition To Divide It’ (Eruvin 47b-48a)

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Public Passage

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

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Pleasantville was a quiet suburban town with large properties and curving roads that wound around them. Mr. Feder lived just behind the local shul. Since the road wound around his property, people coming to shul on Shabbos would often take a shortcut through his property to walk to shul. The treaded area of earth marked the place where people made their way weekly. The through traffic did not bother Mr. Feder, as his house was on the other end of the property. He never made a fuss about it, but had never officially sanctioned this public shortcut.

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

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Twin Cities ‘A City Is Given A Karpif’ (Eruvin 57a)

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A Drill For A Saw

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

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Betzalel was a "fix-it" man who enjoyed carpentry as a hobby. He did many home improvements himself, which he found both economical and enjoyable. He was now building a swing set for his children, happily sawing, drilling, hammering, and bolting the pieces.

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A Break In Mourning During Sefirat Ha’Omer

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

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Question: Why do we interrupt sefirah mourning on Lag B’Omer? When a person observes a personal mourning period (for the loss of a loved one), he never takes a “break” no matter what. Why should sefirah be different?

 

Eruvei Techumin, Ships, Planes And Mashiach

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

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“On Shabbat, every person must remain in his residence,” said Moshe to the people, forbidding them to walk more than a certain distance beyond their desert encampment. This distance, which measures two thousand amot – about two thirds of a mile – is known as techum Shabbat. It is the same distance that stretched from the perimeters of the Levite cities to their outlying suburbs.

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A Break In Mourning

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

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Question: Why do we interrupt sefirah mourning on Lag B’Omer? When a person observes a personal mourning period (for the loss of a loved one), he never takes a “break” no matter what. Why should sefirah be different?

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

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An Early Navigational Instrument ‘Rabbi Gamliel Used His Tube To Measure…’ (Eruvin 43b)

 

Laws And Customs Concerning Sefirah

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

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In the movie “The Paper Chase,” a Harvard student rips out a page of the law report so that his fellow student will be unable to read it and will come to the lecture unprepared. About 2,000 years earlier a student lay feverishly ill in the academy of Rabbi Akiva in Bnei Brak. So caught up were the other students in the competitiveness of their learning that they found no time to visit him or take care of him. As the student lay dying, Rabbi Akiva himself entered the sick room, fed him, made him comfortable and swept the dust from the floor. The sick student survived. His peers did not.

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