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Al Asqa Mosque Preacher: Jews Train Doctors to Spread Diseases

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Violent Bulgarian Soccer Fans Chase Israeli Team off the Field [video]

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Yitzhak Rabin’s Granddaughter Enters ‘Family Business’

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IDF Shoots to Scare Gaza Arabs Away from Security Fence

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Iran Openly Refuses UN IAEA Inspectors Access to Military Sites

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Rouhani: Iran Has Right to Enrich Uranium Under Nuclear Deal

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El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

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Security Cabinet Classifies Duma Arson as Terror Attack

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Jewish Group Demands Obama Stop Demonizing Jews

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Jews, Arabs Unite to Underline Co-existence in Gush Etzion

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Israel Energy Use Breaks Record High in Heat Wave

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Body of Missing Israeli Found in Georgia

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PM Offers Condolences to Family of 16-yr-old Gay Pride Parade Victim

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Officials Reconsider Sprouting Wildfires After Terror Victim Memorial Torched

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Israeli Defense Company Elbit Gears Up for Cyber Arms Race

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Israeli Citizen Killed in Thailand

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Netanyahu: Zero Tolerance for Terror ‘Distinguishes Us From Our Neighbors’

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Chechen Women Con Online ISIS Recruiters

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Iran Banks on End to Sanctions, Will Raise Oil Production to 1M bpd

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Gva’ot Woman Hurt in Samaria Rock Attack

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Holy Land Extremely Hot, but Iran Has It Much Worse

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Jerusalem Suburb Evacuated as Wildfire Burns Homes

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Visitors Allowed at Temple Mount Despite Arab Violence

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Inspired by Israeli Tech and Expertise, the 1st Community-based Emergency Response Program Launched in Jersey City

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Khamenei Tells the World How to Destroy Israel

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E-Mails Show Clinton without a Clue on How to Relate to Israel

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Bennett Condemns ‘Attempts to Blacken 430,000 Settlers’

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Gush Etzion Arabs and Jews to Rally against Violence

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Wildcat Strikes Shuts Down Jerusalem Light Rail

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Rally against Violence Bars Religious MKs and Boos Right-Winger

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Former Democratic NY Congressman Ackerman Opposes ObamaDeal

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Sharks Circles Surfer Off Ashdod Coast

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Third Democrat Breaks with Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal

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Middle East Heat Spikes Close to World Record

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Hillary Clinton Adviser Recommended Making Bibi’s Life ‘Uneasy’

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Orthodox Residents Suing LeFrak City over Electric Doors

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Gaza Launches Rocket Attack, Israelis Not Warned

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UPDATED: The Long List of Arab Attacks Over Shabbat

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Arab Terrorists Attempt to Torch Joseph’s Tomb

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Israel Police on High Alert

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Arabs Attack Israeli Forces Over Deaths of Innocent Baby, Teen Terrorist

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Lessons In Emunah
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Posted on: July 15th, 2010

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I joined the Jewish Press Emunah family four years ago when I wrote about my fall down a flight of stairs while holding my granddaughter. Baruch Hashem, my 16-month-old granddaughter came out without a scratch, but I became paralyzed and needed six months of rehab. Hashem saw fit to save me, and to help me recuperate.

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Posted on: July 7th, 2010

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She walked into my husband's office, accompanied by her father. They were clearly from Israel's lower socioeconomic class. The father was a large, frightening man who reeked of alcohol, and his daughter was a recent ba'alat teshuvah.

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Posted on: June 30th, 2010

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I was visiting a shul I formerly attended during my previous marriage. My former husband worked on Shabbos, and did what he could to pull my children away from Yiddishkeit.

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Posted on: June 16th, 2010

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We were making good time on Erev Pesach. The back of our car was packed with coolers filled with homemade foods for the Seder - savory Moroccan gefilte fish balls, sweet and sour turkey balls, and trays of delicious baked goods. My husband's white kittel lay atop our suitcases, together with the afikomen toys for our grandchildren. Everything felt just right. Then we heard the sound.

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Posted on: May 26th, 2010

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It was Erev Pesach, three hours before Yom Tov. I was at the checkout counter at the local supermarket. The gentleman in front of me was trying to pay his $48 bill. I noticed that he gave the clerk a credit card that was declined. He offered a second credit card, with the same result. The saleswoman then asked the young man how he planned to pay, to which he sheepishly replied, "May I write a check?"

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Posted on: May 18th, 2010

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I recently returned from a visit to Eretz Yisrael, where I go yearly for my father's yahrzeit. As always, my husband, and my sister and her family accompanied me. On the way to the cemetery, we were fortunate to hail a taxi driver who spoke fluent English. He had made aliyah many years before from East Flatbush, where my husband and I lived.

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Posted on: May 12th, 2010

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The land of Israel's holiness features four cities that are singled out as exceptionally holy, and which are imbued with special qualities. I have had the good fortune to visit all four - Hebron, Jerusalem, Tiberias and Safed - if only for a short time. Each of these cities is associated with a particular kind of holiness, corresponding to the four basic elements: Jerusalem - fire; Hebron - earth; Tiberias - water; and, my favorite, Safed - air.

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Posted on: May 5th, 2010

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I believe that everything happens for a reason. Even the seemingly smallest of occurrences has a purpose. I recently had a doctor's appointment in Yerushalayim. Once finished, I decided to do some shopping in a nearby grocery store. This spur-of-the- moment decision led to an encounter with someone from my past, who was to teach me invaluable lessons in life.

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Posted on: April 28th, 2010

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This story was told by Mrs. T., a woman in her 60s who I've known for three years. Mrs. T. attends my synagogue and sisterhood functions. Over the years, Mrs. T. always appeared to be shy and tense. She rarely spoke and usually had worry lines between her eyes and around her mouth. When she and her family first moved to our neighborhood, her husband also attended synagogue. However, he suffered from a chronic illness that kept him home on many a Shabbat.

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Posted on: April 21st, 2010

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On December 31, 2009, my father was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, almost everyone will be touched by this horrible disease in one fashion or another. I have had many friends who have been affected by cancer, but they were younger and stronger than my dad, or Tatinke, who is 84.

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Posted on: April 14th, 2010

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Fifteen years ago, on a Shabbos Mevorchim leading up to a new month, my husband was leading the davening. I heard him intone, "Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av will be on..." But it wasn't the month of Av, as the upcoming month was Mar Cheshvan. An audible gasp swept through the shul, and he immediately corrected himself.

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Posted on: April 8th, 2010

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I was walking down Coney Island Ave. when I saw an old acquaintance eating in a non-kosher restaurant. I wanted to approach him and ask him if he would be interested in putting on tefillin. But I felt hesitant, and wrestled internally to overcome my embarrassment. Finally I gathered enough confidence to enter the restaurant and approach my friend. Greeting him warmly, I gently asked if he would like to put on tefillin. He politely refused and, after a brief conversation, I was on my way.

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Posted on: March 29th, 2010

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There are many things in our lives for which we pray to Hashem. These include health, shalom bayit, nachat from our children, and parnassah. In Israel, we have been praying for rain for a while. Israel has been suffering from a dearth of rainfall for a number of years. The waterline in the Kinneret is visibly dropping, and the government has been scrambling for ways to conserve our dwindling water supply.

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Posted on: March 24th, 2010

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A young man and 12 of his friends went to Kever Rachel to daven for his very sick mother. She had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. The mother's family was tested to see if someone was a match. One relative's marrow matched with 9 out of 10 factors. This was good, but the optimum was 10 out of 10 factors.

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Posted on: March 17th, 2010

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Something beautiful happened last summer while I was visiting my daughter and her family in Toronto. I was shopping at Sears and did not realize that I had accidentally dropped my wallet on the floor. I only realized what had happened after returning home. It was upsetting when upon returning to the store to inquire, no one had turned it in. But I then had to return home to Montreal.

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Posted on: March 11th, 2010

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This is a story about my father-in-law. On the 12th of Tevet, the yahrzeit of his father, Yaakov Eliezer ben Yosef Dov, took place. Rav Yaakov passed away 44 years ago. That night, my wife hosted a yahrzeit seudah (meal) in our home. My father-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Lazarus, told stories about his father, accompanied by divrei Torah.

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Posted on: March 3rd, 2010

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We were very excited about attending our dear nephew's aufruf (ceremony in shul the Shabbos preceding a wedding). We didn't know where we were being put up, but somehow the address sounded familiar. When we got to the house, I recognized it immediately. It was the Brooklyn office of the Hebron community in Israel. The bar mitzvah of my son, of blessed memory, had been Parshas Chayei Sarah, the Torah portion that describes how Abraham buried his wife Sarah in Hebron. His bar mitzvah theme had been "Hebron."

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Posted on: February 24th, 2010

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It is unsettling to be locked out of your home. My nine-year-old daughter recently locked us out of our home twice in one evening. Not having been raised in Jewish observance, I did not know about Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence) - the personal involvement that God had in my life. In this discovery, I found the very key to my life.

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Posted on: February 17th, 2010

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My brother lives in Haifa. Despite his advanced age of 96, his mind is still sharp and his memory is keen. In a recent letter, he related the following episode. I was not aware of this incident since I was married and living in France when it happened.

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Posted on: February 3rd, 2010

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Tefillah is a powerful tool. When we see Hashem's hand at work, we are overwhelmed. One of my neighbors recently experienced Hashem's answer to her tefillah firsthand. She had brought her car in for repairs to the local auto shop. Rather than wait for it to be repaired, she decided to walk a mile to the nearest pizza shop for lunch. As she walked down a busy street, she passed a shopping center. Suddenly, she literally didn't know what hit her.

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