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‘US and Iranian Cartoon Doves’ Shown Defecating on Bibi by Swiss Amb to Iran

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Sen. Cotton to Visit Israel for More Ammunition against Iran Deal

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Princeton U. to Get ‘Plastic’ Eruv [video]

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WWII-Era Jewish Café Reopens in Shanghai

August 28, 2015 - 11:07 AM
 
Arab Spring May Be Blowing into Gaza

August 28, 2015 - 10:52 AM
 
One-Third of Americans in Israel Live in Judea and Samaria

August 28, 2015 - 9:51 AM
 
State Dept Spox: No Worries, Parchin has No Nuclear Dimensions

August 28, 2015 - 4:18 AM
 
Canadian JDL Protesting Billionaire Barry Sherman’s Fundraising for Liberals

August 27, 2015 - 11:05 PM
 
Saudis Arrest Mastermind of 1996 Bombing that Killed 19 US Airmen on Iran’s Orders

August 27, 2015 - 10:58 PM
 
Trump and Cruz Together to Fight Iran Deal in DC on Sept. 9

August 27, 2015 - 10:54 PM
 
Barenboim to Conduct German Orchestra in Iran Despite Israel’s Protests and the Absence of Opera in Islamic Republic

August 27, 2015 - 10:51 PM
 
InterNations Ranks Israel 4th in the World in Hospitality to Foreigners

August 27, 2015 - 10:45 PM
 
Surreal: Israeli Police Raids Conference Against Anti-Democratic Administrative Detention

August 27, 2015 - 10:33 PM
 
DM Ya’alon Advises ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Violence Against Hareidi Soldiers

August 27, 2015 - 10:19 PM
 
Now More than a Dozen Democratic Reps Against Nuclear Iran Deal

August 27, 2015 - 9:53 PM
 
‘Arise and Ascend’ — A New Guide to the Temple Mount

August 27, 2015 - 8:34 PM
 
Obama and Biden Running after the Jews to Back ‘ObamaDeal’

August 27, 2015 - 7:00 PM
 
Jews Return to City of David Complex after 77 Years

August 27, 2015 - 5:29 PM
 
New Jerusalem Street Honors Savior of 40,000 Jews During Holocaust

August 27, 2015 - 4:04 PM
 
Ashkenazi Hareidi MK Now Cabinet Minister for First Time in 60 Years

August 27, 2015 - 3:43 PM
 
Military Officers Come Out Strongly Against Nuclear Iran Deal

August 27, 2015 - 3:07 PM
 
Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support

August 27, 2015 - 2:52 PM
 
Family of Ethiopian hostage Held by Hamas Blocked Gaza Crossing

August 27, 2015 - 2:25 PM
 
Border Guard Police Patrol Attacked in A-Tur

August 27, 2015 - 12:04 PM
 
Damascus Gate Stabber Was Convicted Killer From Hebron

August 27, 2015 - 11:55 AM
 
PM Netanyahu to Meet Italian PM, Visit Expo 2015 in Milan

August 27, 2015 - 10:11 AM
 
IDF Bombs Hamas Weapons Factory in Gaza After Rocket Attack

August 27, 2015 - 9:50 AM
 
Billboards Go Up in Baltimore Urging Cardin, Mikulski to Vote ‘No’ on Iran

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller
 

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

“I never said I have nothing to complain about,” she intoned with an expression that belied her age. “I just don’t see the wisdom of protesting. I am fine and I am being adequately nourished.” And with that she went back to her cereal.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller
 

Posted on: November 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

One of the ancillary axioms of cornflake fights is that they can never be contained between just two warring parties.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: October 31st, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

After having written this column for so many years, and covering so many topics, I am (finally) bowing to the numerous requests to write about our blessed family. More specifically, I shall commit to paper everyone’s favorite routine: the scene at our breakfast table.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: September 24th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Overtime proved to be as tense and white-knuckled as the fourth quarter. Halfway through, New London grabbed a defensive rebound and charging toward their basket when Monona’s forward poked away the ball and broke away. In a slick maneuver he managed to split the defense and went up virtually slamming it to give Monona Grove the lead.

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Posted on: August 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Monona Grove was headed to “State” and the Silver Eagle fans went insane. The coming games would not be played in monotonous high school gyms erected in the 1950s. They were off to the University of Wisconsin's colossal Kohl Center where they would play before a crowd of 12,000. The games would be broadcast to a statewide television audience of millions, as a battery of newspapers and stations would be begging for interviews. The Kohl Center was just a short drive from Monona, technically in the same city.

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Posted on: July 31st, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

With absolutely nothing to lose, including his employment for the coming year, Dan Zweifel devised a strategy for a team that could not seem to catch an offensive rhythm and for players that had protracted shooting slumps and 10-minute-long droughts. His solution, his only recourse, was defense.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Brief synopsis: Monona Grove High School in Wisconsin was a most unlikely candidate to make it to the 1998 high school basketball championships, referred to as “State.” Especially so since the coach is a very young rookie named Dan Zweifel, who replaced the veteran Coach Verhelst. Andy Witte, the team’s star player, will do anything to please Coach V.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Dear Readers: You may remember how we once did an experiment with a story (about a monster fire in Arizona) without Jewish protagonists, but containing a universal lesson that I believed worthy to record for the readers of Chodesh Tov. We are there yet again, this time directly north in Wisconsin. Please bear with me as we once again record a story we investigated in the hope that the lesson is unique and worthy of our attention. It is going to take us five full columns to complete the tale, and I thank you in advance for your patience.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Reb Elimelech personally selected his burial spot, explaining that on that location he perceived the soul of the Baal Shem Tov. Reb Elimelech returned his pure soul to his Maker on 21 Adar, 1787 at the age of 70. Ever since, his burial plot has become a center for prayer and personal requests.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: April 4th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Ahavas Yisrael, the genuine love of one Jew for another, stood at the center of Reb Elimelech’s teachings. He always found a way to speak in praise of a fellow person and elevate the status of the Jewish people.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: March 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

After Reb Elimelech had restored the glory of his colleague, Reb Shmelkeh of Nikolsburg, he departed home to Lizhensk. He was en route when a voice descended from Heaven and proclaimed, “In the merit of your helping Reb Shmelkeh you have the privilege of blessing whomever you desire during the next 24 hours. And your blessing will be fulfilled.”

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: February 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Reb Elimelech was concerned for every Jew but himself. Even when he was physically assaulted by an over-zealous misnagid, his reaction was typical: “Master of the Universe, I forgive him with my whole heart. Let no man be punished on my behalf.” But when Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev was persecuted, Rabbi Elimelech rallied to support him. He was always there on behalf of others.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

It was when Reb Elimelech assumed the leadership of the chassidic movement that the Austrian Kaiser decreed that before a woman may wed, a tax of 400 golden coins must be paid to the government. This tax was far too exorbitant for the commoner to pay and many feared that they would never be able to marry off their daughters.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Reb Elimelech maintained that just for him alone they will have to make a new Gehinnom, for the one that already exists is not adequate enough. He also commented – in his infinite humility – that the reason people come to him and request his assistance with children, health and parnassah is because it is his sins that are responsible for the absence of these blessings.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

As has been noted in a previous column, Reb Elimelech – like the Baal Shem Tov before him – asserted that pessimism and depression cause sin and spiritual apathy. Repentance (yes, even repentance!) that causes depression and sadness distances the Holy Presence.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

In 1648 and 1649 Bogdan Chmelnitzky and his hordes of Cossack warriors perpetrated an annihilation campaign against the Jews of Poland and the Ukraine. Almost 100,000 Jews and 300 communities perished at the hands of these murderous mobs. All of the Jews, including infants, were targeted for murder; the general populaces nearly always joined in […]

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Posted on: September 12th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Wandering from town to village, the Holy Brothers neglected their physical needs and were sustained by meager coins or scraps of food that were donated along the way.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

On the sad day that Eliezer Lipman, Reb Elimelch and Reb Zusha’s father, passed from this world, his children gathered for the week of mourning. At the conclusion of the shivah the sons divided their father’s inheritance in the following way: Avraham received the cash and the house was given to Nosson. The jewelry and housewares went to Elimelech and the outstanding debts were to be collected by Zusha.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: July 11th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

To the misnaged-opponent, chassidus was not perceived as a different strand of normative Judaism, nor as a movement to uplift downtrodden Jews – but as an existential threat to Judaism itself. And the threat was no longer viewed as a futuristic potentiality; it was a real and imminent danger, for the movement was no longer limited to just the commoner but had infiltrated the ranks of scholars.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

The Baal Shem Tov was the founder and the visionary of chassidus, but the architect who built and spread the movement was Rabbi Dov Ber, the maggid of Mezeritch.

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