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Will Tom Friedman Ever Give Up the Israeli Concessions Paradigm?
 
Moshe Feiglin Drops Out of Likud PM Race

December 18, 2014 - 11:06 AM
 
The Jewish Hipster Party

December 18, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Terror Threat Puts Kabash on Sony’s NYC Film Release

December 18, 2014 - 2:30 AM
 
Harvard Boycotts SodaStream (Despite Company’s Surrender)

December 18, 2014 - 2:16 AM
 
Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition

December 18, 2014 - 1:35 AM
 
US Re-Defines ‘Unilateral’ to Justify PA Burying the Oslo Accords

December 17, 2014 - 10:16 PM
 
‘Freedom of Speech’ Under Abbas-led Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 8:01 PM
 
Alan Gross Freed From Cuban Jail

December 17, 2014 - 5:32 PM
 
Boy Arrested Trying to Recreate Chanukah on Temple Mount

December 17, 2014 - 3:45 PM
 
European Jewish Leaders: Court Decision on Hamas ‘Legitimizes Murder’

December 17, 2014 - 2:04 PM
 
Jeb Bush Uses Hanukkah And Christmas Greeting To Launch Presidential Bid

December 17, 2014 - 1:21 PM
 
Netanyahu Rejects EU Court’s ‘Technicality’ to Whitewash Hamas

December 17, 2014 - 1:15 PM
 
Fear and Loathing in the Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Haredi Israelis Get the Most Benefits and Are the Deepest in Debt

December 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM
 
EU Court ‘Temporarily’ Removes Hamas from List of Terrorist Groups

December 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Centuries before Hanukkah: Remains of 8,000-Year Old Olive Oil Found in Galilee

December 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Going to force Advance Goal of ‘State of Palestine’

December 17, 2014 - 7:55 AM
 
Sony Hackers Issue First Terror Threat to US Movie-Goers … From North Korea?

December 17, 2014 - 6:01 AM
 
NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

December 17, 2014 - 4:30 AM
 
Jews Blamed for Mosque Fire, Report Reveals Electrical Cause

December 17, 2014 - 2:54 AM
 
132 Children Slaughtered in Pakistani Taliban Attack

December 17, 2014 - 1:22 AM
 
President Erdogan Sends Hanukkah Greetings to Turkey’s Jews, Beats Obama to Holiday!

December 17, 2014 - 12:12 AM
 
Latest Polls: Yishai and Deri Tied

December 16, 2014 - 8:40 PM
 
Eli Yishai Names His Pick for Prime Minister

December 16, 2014 - 7:48 PM
 
Islamists Maim and Murder Hundreds of Pakistani Schoolchildren

December 16, 2014 - 6:47 PM
 
UN Security Council May Jilt Palestinian Authority

December 16, 2014 - 5:44 PM
 
Bloomberg Marks Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as First Non-US Cities for Funds

December 16, 2014 - 3:46 PM
 
More than 1,000 French Jewish Students in Pro-Israel Hanukkah Ceremony

December 16, 2014 - 3:18 PM
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Posted on: November 6th, 2013

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Several years ago, my wife and I were in Boro Park for a wedding. Early the next morning, we received news from Yerushalayim that we had a new grandson.

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Posted on: October 30th, 2013

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Chaim (not his real name) was walking down the street, feeling very discouraged. It seemed that lately, the news was filled with stories depicting the disparities, distrust and dislike between the different streams of Jews living in Israel. Much of it revolved around the different religious affiliations or non-affiliations that people adhered to. There were times when Chaim felt the situation was hopeless, with no way to bring people together as a cohesive group – despite their differences.

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Posted on: October 30th, 2013

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With Sukkos well behind us, we are back to our normal workday mode, our post- holiday routine. The sukkah, our temporary dwelling for eight days, has been dismantled and we have returned to our comfortable, permanent homes. Likewise, our Daled Minim have been discarded, having served their purpose. We’re done with those mitzvos (at least for this season).

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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.

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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.

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Posted on: October 16th, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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