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Spiritual Cafe: Jacob Returns to the Promise Land
Teenage ‘Scissor Terrorist’ Complains ‘I Was Just Defending Myself’ [video]

November 27, 2015 - 8:50 AM
Terrorist Killed after Injuring 2 in Ramming Attack on Dead Sea Highway

November 27, 2015 - 7:44 AM
‘Breaking the Silence’ Regret Use of their Work Against Israel

November 26, 2015 - 10:54 PM
Canada to Give Priority in Entry to Gay Refugees, Banning Single Straight Men

November 26, 2015 - 6:26 PM
IAEA Chief Warns No Guarantee All of Iran’s Nuclear Material is for Peaceful Activities

November 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM
IAF Policy: No Downing of Russian Aircraft Penetrating Israeli Airspace

November 26, 2015 - 5:47 PM
El Al Delays Flight to Rule Out Terror at Amsterdam Airport

November 26, 2015 - 5:05 PM
Yesha Council, Leaking Central Command Chief Meeting Ends in Lovefest

November 26, 2015 - 5:01 PM
Russia Shuts Border Gates to Turkish Trucks

November 26, 2015 - 4:33 PM
Update 4:22 PM: Soldier dead, 3 Seriously Hurt after Bus Overturns in Samaria.

November 26, 2015 - 4:02 PM
Abbas Tells Kerry No One Can Stop Violence – at Same Time PA Promotes It

November 26, 2015 - 3:31 PM
Former ‘Lone Soldier’ from NY Serves up Turkeys for American Olim

November 26, 2015 - 3:14 PM
New Jersey Businesswoman Launches ‘Give18’ for Victims of Terror

November 26, 2015 - 2:36 PM
Russia Punishes Turkey by Importing Tomatoes from Israel

November 26, 2015 - 1:54 PM
Report: Europeans Funded ICC War Crimes Submission against Israel

November 26, 2015 - 12:31 PM
Norway, Sweden, Clamping Down on Illegal Migrants

November 26, 2015 - 12:20 PM
Paratroopers Chief: Beating the Terror Wave is Not a Military Issue, it Requires a Political Decision

November 26, 2015 - 11:42 AM
Update: Attempted Attack at Tapuach Junction, Terrorist Shot

November 26, 2015 - 10:32 AM
Meet the Anonymous IDF Source for Left-Leaning News: Maj. Gen. Roni Numa

November 26, 2015 - 10:24 AM
Turkey Backpedals as Tensions Rise With Moscow, Says ‘Didn’t Know Downed Plane Was Russian’

November 26, 2015 - 9:12 AM
Middle East Hackers Who Attacked Major Israeli Targets Exposed

November 26, 2015 - 9:10 AM
Getting Under the Skin of Medieval Bible Mystery

November 26, 2015 - 2:00 AM
Turkey Releases Recording of Warning to Russian Fighter Jet

November 26, 2015 - 1:30 AM
Cameron Pushing Reluctant Parliament on UK Bombing ISIS in Syria

November 25, 2015 - 11:01 PM
IDF Recommends Giving Palestinian Authority Weapons and Freeing Prisoners

November 25, 2015 - 10:23 PM
200 North American Lone Soldiers and New Olim to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Tel Aviv

November 25, 2015 - 10:18 PM
Rescued Russian Pilot Denies Turkish Contacts, Leaving Syria — But Turkey Releases Recording of Warnings

November 25, 2015 - 9:26 PM
Obama Assures Frightened Americans No Current Security Threat

November 25, 2015 - 8:23 PM
ISIS Behind Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

November 25, 2015 - 8:21 PM
Brussels Reopens City Life But Maintains Highest Alert

November 25, 2015 - 7:46 PM
B’Tselem Complains to Netanyahu: Security Forces Mete Out Death Sentences to Terrorists

November 25, 2015 - 7:01 PM
Inspired by ‘Indiana Jones,’ Israeli Kid Discovers 2,500-Year-Old Artifact

November 25, 2015 - 4:56 PM
‘Israeli Intelligence Prevented Massive Terror Attack in Germany’

November 25, 2015 - 3:55 PM
Putin: Erdoğan Supporting Extremists, Forcing Islamization of Turkey

November 25, 2015 - 3:47 PM
Businessmen Want Rabbinic Boycott of Palestinian Authority Food Items

November 25, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Putin’s Spokesman: No Idea Why Russia’s Grand Mufti Wished Israel Same Fate as Crimea

November 25, 2015 - 2:44 PM
IDF to Bar PA Arab Motorists from Gush Etzion Roads

November 25, 2015 - 2:05 PM
Light Rail Guard Prevents Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Bus Station

November 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM
Arab ‘Gold Rush’ in Jerusalem

November 25, 2015 - 12:21 PM
Update: Terrorist Killed after Stabbing IDF Soldier near Hebron

November 25, 2015 - 12:04 PM
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Chodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Posted on: March 26th, 2014

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.


Posted on: February 27th, 2014

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

So goes the story about a man in the silly town of Chelm who visited a public bathhouse and found himself in a terrible predicament. Without the distinction of clothing, everyone looked alike. “Among all these men who look alike,” he said to himself, “how will I ever know which one is me?” He solved his dilemma by tying a red string around his big toe.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

In the campaign to rob a consumer of any sense of contentedness, which translates into sales, strategy is often focused on confusing need with want and the illusion of being dissatisfied.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 […]


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.

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