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Israel Expected to Supply 30 Million Cubic Meters of Water to PA

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ContaminatedTahina Recalled by Israeli Health Ministry

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US 2nd Circuit Appeals Court Reverses Anti-Terror Verdict Against Palestinian Authority, PLO

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‘Freedom March’ Spells Pre-Shabbat Nightmare for Gush Etzion Jews

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Leftist Dilma Rousseff Stripped of Presidency in Brazil After 13 Years’ Rule

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Turkey’s President Erdogan Shakes Hands With Israel’s Female Diplomat, Shani Cooper

August 31, 2016 - 9:02 PM
 
Moshe Wertheim, Owner of Coca Cola Israel, Dies at 86

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Erdogan Formally Approves Turkey’s Normalization Deal With Israel

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Israel Envoy to Egypt David Govrin Presents Credentials, Begins Work in Cairo [video]

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Russian Programmer Wanted by US Flees Armenia to Moscow

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IDF Shuts Down Hebron Radio Station for Incitement

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Wasserman Schultz Defeats Sanders’ Candidate in Florida Primary

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If You See Muslims Celebrating this 9/11, It’s to Commemorate Abraham’s Sacrifice of… Ishmael

August 31, 2016 - 10:40 AM
 
Arab Terrorist Attacks Aimed at Israelis on Judea, Samaria Roads

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ISIS No. 2, Mohammad al-Adnani, Killed in Aleppo, Syria

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Russia Denies Plan for Israel-Palestinian Authority Summit in Moscow

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High-Speed Chase at Ben Gurion International Airport

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Archaeological Evidence of the Kingdom of David

August 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM
 
Israeli Ministers Advocate for Better Incorporation of Zionism in School Curriculum

August 30, 2016 - 10:01 PM
 
Egypt Opens Rafah-Gaza Crossing for Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

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211 New Immigrants Flee to Israel From War-Torn Ukraine

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Rightwing Pundit: A Vote for Donald Trump Is a Vote for Israel’s Enemies

August 30, 2016 - 4:05 PM
 
Netanyahu Responds to UN Special Envoy’s Statement on the “Illegality” of Settlements

August 30, 2016 - 3:28 PM
 
Ousted DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Facing Florida Primary Challenge Tuesday

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UN Mid-East Peace Envoy Pins Jewish Homes as Source of Strife

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Posted on: January 9th, 2013

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We were literally in “seventh” heaven. The Sabbatical year in Eretz Yisrael was almost too good to be true. My husband was enjoying a rare break from his hectic schedule of teaching and administrating and was thrilled to be able to instead sit on the other side of the desk, quenching his perpetual thirst for knowledge. The entire family felt blessed to have so much heretofore unheard of quality time with Abba, while living in the Promised Land and participating in frequent exciting family activities and touring opportunities with the program. We unanimously agreed that our proverbial cup had indeed runneth over.

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Posted on: January 9th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Throughout all Egypt the dust turned into lice. But when the magicians tried to produce lice by their secret arts, they could not. The lice attacked men and animals alike. The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of G-d.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen.

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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.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The sedra of Shemot, in a series of finely etched vignettes, paints a portrait of the life of Moses, culminating in the moment at which G-d appears to him in the bush that burns without being consumed. It is a key text of the Torah view of leadership, and every detail is significant. I want here to focus on just one passage in the long dialogue in which G-d summons Moses to undertake the mission of leading the Israelites to freedom – a challenge which, no less than four times, Moses declines. I am unworthy, he says. I am not a man of words. Send someone else. It is the second refusal, however, which attracted special attention from the sages and led them to formulate one of their most radical interpretations.

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Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

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Once a week or so some of my friends and I get together for activities and a little socializing. Over time I have gone through some personal changes and growth, and I sometimes feel out of place with these girls, some of whom I have known for years. I experienced a real struggle during a recent get-together that will surely have a long-lasting impact on me.

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Posted on: December 26th, 2012

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Having faith is often difficult, especially when having to deal with more than one life challenge.

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Posted on: December 26th, 2012

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The drama of younger and older brothers, which haunts the book of Bereishit from Cain and Abel onwards, reaches a strange climax in the story of Joseph’s children. Jacob is nearing the end of his life. Joseph visits him, bringing with him his two sons, Manasheh and Ephraim. It is the only scene of grandfather and grandchildren in the book. Jacob asks Joseph to bring them near so that he can bless them. What follows next is described in painstaking detail:

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Posted on: December 19th, 2012

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It was the last week of the summer season that I would spend in my upstate home. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend, although a busy week of cleaning and closing up the house for the year was in store.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Joseph is now the ruler of Egypt. The famine he predicted has come to pass. It extends beyond Egypt to the land of Canaan. Seeking to buy food, Joseph’s brothers make the journey to Egypt. They arrive at the palace of the man in charge of grain distribution:

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Our first Shabbos leichter was an inexpensive brass model we bought from the Queens Judaica store managed by our beloved uncle, z”l. It served us faithfully until we made aliyah a year later. Then we traveled to Bnei Brak and purchased a stunning pair of silver candlesticks, in a simple yet elegant Yemenite design.

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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.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2012

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Since suffering from colitis as a teen, I finally adopted a strict diet in my 30s that ended my torment. It wasn’t easy to forgo white flour, white sugar and all chemical additives, but it meant that I spend the last 40 years pretty much free of doctors, medications and illness, thank God. Thus, I was surprised when two weeks before Rosh Hashanah, I began to experience increasingly severe stomach discomfort – until I was barely able to move. Despite what I was soon to endure, it helped greatly to focus on the moment-to-moment miracles.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2012

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The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their father, saying: “Look what we have found. Do you recognize it? Is this your son’s robe or not?” Jacob recognized it and replied, “It is my son’s robe. A wild beast has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces.”

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Posted on: November 28th, 2012

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Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of 22 years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob as revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Will he do so now, or has time healed the wound? Jacob sends messengers to let his brother know he is coming. They return, saying that Esau is coming to meet Jacob with a force of 400 men. We then read: “Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed” (Genesis 32:8).

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Posted on: November 28th, 2012

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I almost never met the man I married. No, I am not from a very strict chassidishe home where dating is taboo and a brief meeting suffices before the engagement is announced. My husband and I actually dated for a few months, by which time my parents were beginning to grow concerned and the neighbors were having a heyday gossiping about us. But if not for a significant helping of siyata dishmaya, we never would have managed to get together in the first place.

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Posted on: November 21st, 2012

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It is painfully difficult to start and end the hectic day seeing my daughter wander, almost lifelessly, from room to room and sibling to sibling with no desire to venture out into the scary world of society. With her bundle of strengths and weaknesses, and despite my countless pep talks, our 27-year-old daughter chooses to spend most of her time in the comfort and safety of our home. That is until recently, when terrible loneliness finally pushed her out the door.

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Posted on: November 14th, 2012

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Rebecca, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, she went to inquire of the Lord – “vateilech lidrosh et Hashem” (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future.

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Posted on: November 14th, 2012

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I never thought I would see the day when “Yossie” would smile. He was not an unhappy man, but rather very serious in demeanor. He never said hello, or any words, to his customers other than those absolutely necessary.

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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.

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Posted on: November 7th, 2012

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It was the mid ‘60s and I was living with my mother and brother in public housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. We moved there from Brooklyn a decade earlier to be near my mother’s family when my father died suddenly of a stroke.

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