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A Settler’s Farewell to President Obama
 
Enterprising Builder Thrilled About US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

January 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM
 
Inauguration Day Has Arrived for President-elect Donald J. Trump

January 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM
 
Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Israelis Ready for Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

January 20, 2017 - 2:53 PM
 
‘Open Orthodox’ Rabbi Alters Shabbat Prayer for the President to Omit Trump

January 20, 2017 - 2:36 PM
 
How Did Cop Ramming Bedouin Squatter Get Beautiful New Jeep?

January 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM
 
Prosecution to Demand 3 to 5 Years for Sgt. Azaria

January 20, 2017 - 10:32 AM
 
First Arrow 3 Long-Range Missile Interceptor Battery Arrives in Israel

January 20, 2017 - 12:52 AM
 
Hezbollah Accuses Israel of Espionage in Southern Lebanon

January 20, 2017 - 12:24 AM
 
NY Councilman Asks Obama to Commute Rubashkin’s Sentence, Too

January 19, 2017 - 11:56 PM
 
Professor Steven Plaut, z’l

January 19, 2017 - 11:03 PM
 
President-elect Trump Intends to ‘Really Show His Respect for Israel’ Says Press Secretary Spicer

January 19, 2017 - 10:29 PM
 
1,000 Respond to Mom’s Plea, Accompany IDF Soldier Son to Final Resting Place

January 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM
 
Former Pres. George H.W. Bush in ICU, Wife Barbara Also Hospitalized

January 19, 2017 - 8:39 PM
 
ADL Issues Security Advisory as FBI Investigating Threats to JCCs

January 19, 2017 - 2:44 PM
 
PM Urging Israelis to Attend Oleh Corporal’s Funeral [video]

January 19, 2017 - 2:14 PM
 
Cape Town Jews Warned Against Participating in Meeting on Future of Development Site

January 19, 2017 - 1:50 PM
 
Mother of Dead IDF Soldier Invites Israelis to Funeral: ‘We Have No Family Here’

January 19, 2017 - 12:39 PM
 
Ministerial Committee to Vote on Annexing Judean City

January 19, 2017 - 12:18 PM
 
Watch: Jerusalem Mayor Calling on Israelis to Sign Letter Congratulating Incoming President Trump [video]

January 19, 2017 - 11:17 AM
 
Conservative Shul Calls for Fasting on Inauguration Day

January 19, 2017 - 10:56 AM
 
Operation Survival: ‘Local Event to Address Issue That’s Become a National Epidemic’

January 18, 2017 - 11:32 PM
 
Stoning Attacks Damage Israeli Bus, Private Cars

January 18, 2017 - 11:05 PM
 
US Secy of State Won’t Attend Inauguration of Next President

January 18, 2017 - 10:13 PM
 
Israeli Professor to Lead Int’l Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

January 18, 2017 - 9:29 PM
 
Saudi Arabia ‘Optimistic’ on Incoming Trump Administration

January 18, 2017 - 9:15 PM
 
Egypt Demands Hamas Hand Over Terror Suspects

January 18, 2017 - 8:47 PM
 
Viruses ‘Overheard’ Talking to One Another

January 18, 2017 - 8:36 PM
 
ISIS Teams With Hamas, Starts Media Center in Gaza

January 18, 2017 - 8:23 PM
 
Bomb Threats Again Close JCCs Along America’s East Coast

January 18, 2017 - 8:03 PM
 
OU’s Torah In The City Offers Blueprint For Future Events

January 18, 2017 - 7:38 PM
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Lessons In Emunah
 

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013

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Every Sukkos, at the end of a fun action-packed day at the park, we would gather our happy, albeit exhausted, children and prepare for the long ride home. Needless to say, the first item on the list was a visit to the restrooms. This became our yearly routine and the kids would comply without protest, often before being reminded.

 

Posted on: October 16th, 2013

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My home is furnished simply. One notes the customary family photos and bric-a-brac that makes a house a home, but certain items are my priceless treasures.

 

Posted on: October 16th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

The current situation with Syria reminds me of an episode that occurred in January 1991 in Toronto. I had taken my son for swimming lessons while my wife stayed in the car, anxiously listening to the news about Israel. Those were very tense times, with Iraq threatening to attack Israel with chemical weapons, God forbid.

 

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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On the exalted Purim day, my husband collects money for needy families, as is the custom of many good-hearted Jews. Last Purim before sundown, he entered the home of his last stop, a home filled with many people. Upon receiving some generous donations, he reached for his pocket to keep these contributions safely together with the rest of the money he had gathered. To his great chagrin and shock, he put his hand into an empty pocket.

 

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

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Meital and Aharon, married for several years, were thrilled to discover that Meital was pregnant. But within a few hours of their son’s birth, it was painfully apparent that things were far from all right medically.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2013

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The incessant loud knocking on the door startled me from my brief reverie. My husband had left to attend a chassanah in Yerushalayim just moments earlier, the kids were comfortably tucked into bed, and I was spending a quiet evening at home tackling sundry neglected tasks. The sudden pounding and muffled voices soon interrupted my plans for the lonely hours that beckoned. I hurried to answer the door while drying my hands on a kitchen towel haphazardly draped over my shoulder.

 

Posted on: September 17th, 2013

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The zaidie sat at the head of the dining room table. I was a small child and unaware that my friend Esther’s grandfather was the revered rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, Rav Moshe Aaron Poleyeff, zt”l.

 

Posted on: September 11th, 2013

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Approximately 30 days before Shavuos, my fondest friend, Joshua, a prominent diamond importer, invited me to his Fifth Avenue office. “Chaim, I want to show you a beautiful stone. Maybe you have a customer, and I am sure you could use the broker’s commission” (usually not more than two percent).

 

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013

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Avi and Rachel had always assumed, as most people do, that within a year or two of their marriage they would be blessed with a child. But, as we know, that isn’t always the reality.

 

Posted on: August 28th, 2013

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It was a few minutes after sunrise. A new day had begun, and everyone was preparing for work, school and shopping for Shabbat. But the sun was setting slowly in our basement, as it was setting calmly for my mother-in-law. It was time for her to take leave of family, children and everything in this world.

 

Posted on: August 21st, 2013

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Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. The mere mention of these three potent words invariably strikes fear into the hearts and souls of God-fearing Jews everywhere. Each weekday morning, the piercing cry of the shofar penetrates our collective consciousness and urges us to mend our ways, repent our transgressions and return wholeheartedly to our Father in Heaven.

 

Posted on: August 14th, 2013

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I returned to work after the pre-summer Memorial Day weekend and found on my desk a brochure sent from the American Friends of Kupat Ha’ir. It described a tragedy that had recently taken place in Eretz Yisrael. A tzedakah campaign had been created after the father of 13 children was suddenly killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and the 13 children – including a six-day-old baby.

 

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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I recently heard a Pirkei Avos shiur in which the speaker said that our spiritual DNA derives from our patriarchs and matriarchs. The great tests they withstood and for which they gained ever greater prominence was witnessed by the Jews who followed them, many of whom succeeded in overcoming great challenges as well. It seems that an individual’s great effort helps the spiritual strength kick in.

 

Posted on: July 31st, 2013

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In an April Lessons in Emunah column, I wrote an article called “Learning to Dance in the Rain” about two friends who were very ill. One was in a hospice. The doctors had given up hope and the family waited with a heavy heart. But there was still One Doctor left. And He began to heal her. Slowly, the disease began to reverse itself, slowly it began to withdraw.

 

Posted on: July 25th, 2013

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It took a few months, but I finally summoned up what little koach I had to go to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, for “Sunday Dollars.” I wanted to take my new baby to the Rebbe. Although he was about three months old at the time, I had not been strong enough until now to attempt a trip to 770 Eastern Parkway.

 

Posted on: July 17th, 2013

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A few short months ago I lost my one and only uncle. He was very special and a great void was felt. He left a wonderful wife, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren – and, Baruch Hashem, even some great-great-grandchildren.

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Posted on: July 10th, 2013

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I knew it wasn’t the right attitude to have but Tisha B’Av 30 years ago was one of the happiest days of my life.

 

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013

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My 40th birthday was looming, and the doctors were taking no chances. Every pre-natal visit was a repeat performance of the earlier ones. I was practically read the riot act, made to feel like the most irresponsible mother in history.

 

Posted on: June 26th, 2013

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Like many religious Jews, our bookshelves contain a variety of sefarim. Among the sifrei Mishnah, the Gemara, the Chumashim, among others, there is one sefer that has special meaning to my family and me.

 

Posted on: June 19th, 2013

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The GPS had not been invented when Shelly set off on a Friday afternoon many years ago to join the Bnei Akiva camp in the English countryside. The organizers always managed to find a farmer who welcomed young campers under adult supervision; thus they set up their tents and during the week took the opportunity to learn the halachot of building an eruv. There would be no problems on Shabbat and they would be able to carry within the campsite.

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