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Israel Watching Northern Border with Syria, Lebanon

September 21, 2014 - 10:35 PM
 
Canada to Revoke Citizenship of Canadians who Fight Alongside ISIS

September 21, 2014 - 9:45 PM
 
Arab Media Outlet Struggles w/ Cave of Patriarchs Closure to Muslims on Rosh Hashana

September 21, 2014 - 9:13 PM
 
Pricey ISIS ‘Chotchkes’ on Amazon, Facebook For Sale

September 21, 2014 - 8:27 PM
 
New Traces of Life Found in Theresienstadt

September 21, 2014 - 8:03 PM
 
IDF Officer’s Role Was to Ensure Protection of Gazan Civilians [video]

September 21, 2014 - 7:54 PM
 
Govt Approves Massive Upgrade of Southern Israeli Infrastruction

September 21, 2014 - 7:20 PM
 
Control of Yemen Seized by Shiite Rebels

September 21, 2014 - 7:02 PM
 
Cairo Cease-fire Talks Moved Up in Deference to Jewish Holidays

September 21, 2014 - 7:00 PM
 
President Rivlin to Inaugurate Jewish Museum of Warsaw

September 21, 2014 - 6:46 PM
 
Parents Speak Out Against Arab Violence on Mount of Olives

September 21, 2014 - 6:24 PM
 
One-Quarter of European Jews Fear Wearing Jewish Symbols in Public

September 21, 2014 - 5:57 PM
 
S&P Keeps Israel’s A+ Rating

September 21, 2014 - 3:38 PM
 
Gush Etzion Fence Vote Delayed

September 21, 2014 - 2:49 PM
 
Huge Stalactite Cave Discovered Near Gush Etzion

September 21, 2014 - 12:44 PM
 
Police Find 3.5 Tons of Marijuana North of Tel Aviv [video]

September 21, 2014 - 11:19 AM
 
Israel’s Population Nears 9 Million

September 21, 2014 - 11:03 AM
 
Neglecting Terror Setting Up Eastern Jerusalem Jews for Expulsion

September 21, 2014 - 10:29 AM
 
ISIS Shows Off 13-Year-Old Belgian Boy Jihadist

September 21, 2014 - 9:24 AM
 
ISIS Releases Hour-Long ‘Feature Film’

September 21, 2014 - 1:45 AM
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Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

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.

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Posted on: June 26th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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.

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Posted on: June 19th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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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Posted on: June 12th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

The highway was packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, and there I sat with hands gripped tightly on the steering wheel, begging the cars to move. My heart swelled at the thought of seeing my son, who was just coming back from his year of learning in Eretz Yisrael. How I had missed him! Though I was used to him being away (if you can ever really get used to a child being away), a special space in my heart was empty – as I waited for him.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch
 

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.

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

For the first and only time, Moses invokes a miracle to prove the authenticity of his mission

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Posted on: June 5th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

With so much to do before our recent trip, I was walking on a cloud. It must have been evident to one and all, since my feet barely touched the ground. Who would have believed that I would arrive at this special time – so grateful am I to HaKadosh Baruch Hu?

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Posted on: May 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

Soon after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation was just starting to sink in, news of a second approaching powerful storm called a “Nor’easter” was heard around the tri-state area. Another probable loss of power, hot water and other conveniences left us anxious and worried. In Lakewood, New Jersey there is a small mikveh building near the lake, and the woman working there shared this story about the storm’s impact.

 

Posted on: May 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

This week’s sedrah, Shelach Lecha, ends with one of the great commands of Judaism – tzitzit, the fringes we wear on the corner of our garments as a perennial reminder of our identity as Jews and our obligation to keep the Torah’s commands.

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Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

The rav was not a wealthy man, but earned enough to live comfortably. He earned his money by serving as the rav of a religious community in Yerushalayim. He also received some royalties from sefarim he had written over the years. He was well known, and many people approached him for a berachah, advice and help. They were not turned away.

 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, is remarkable for the extreme realism with which it portrays human character. Its heroes are not superhuman. Its non-heroes are not archetypal villains. The best have failings; the worst often have saving virtues. I know of no other religious literature quite like it.

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

A flash of red caught my eye, and I looked up and saw a cardinal perched on the picnic table on my deck. What a miracle, I marveled. You’re beautiful. Thanks, Hashem. And then my mind’s wheels began to roll, and it struck me that several miracle stories had come my way this week. The stories prodded me to think of and feel Hashem’s presence as a more tangible and vivid reality.

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Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

It was a lovely summer night in the Holy Land. My husband and I, and a dozen or so of our colleagues, straggled into our hotel, exhausted but exhilarated after a long action-packed day of touring and activities. As we entered the lobby, we heard the unmistakable melodic strains of a piano being played in an adjacent room.

 

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

On the face of it, the connections between the sedrah and haftarah of Bamidbar are slender. The first has to do with demography. Bamidbar begins with a census of the people. The haftarah begins with Hosea’s vision of a time when “the number of the children of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or numbered.” There was a time when the Israelites could be counted; the day will come when they will be countless. That is one contrast between the future and the past.

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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.

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Posted on: May 1st, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

Growing up with Cerebral palsy, I was angry. I asked, “Why am I disabled? Why is the kid next door Reform and healthy and my family is so religious and I am disabled?” I thought He was supposed to love us, but it seemed He was punishing me.

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Posted on: April 26th, 2013

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Recently, I was elated to hear that my daughter had left Shaare Zedek hospital content that the surgery to remove a growth under her eyelid had been successful, Baruch Hashem. It is always difficult when a loved one must endure a painful experience while separated by land and sea, but when I heard about the hashgachah she had encountered I was comforted that the One Above was again watching over our family.

 

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In its account of the festivals of the Jewish year, this week’s parshah, Parshat Emor, contains the following statement: “You shall dwell in thatched huts for seven days. Everyone included in Israel must live in such thatched huts. This is so that future generations will know that I caused the Israelites to live in sukkot when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your G-d.”

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Posted on: April 17th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

When I call my friend on her birthday and ask her how it feels to be her new age, she answers, “It's better than the alternative.” Yes, we’ve all heard Vivian Greene’s words: “Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.”

 

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

At the center of the mosaic books is Vayikra. At the center of Vayikra is the “holiness code” (chapter 19) with its momentous call: “You shall be holy because I, the Lord your G-d, am holy.” And at the centre of chapter 19 is a brief paragraph which, by its positioning, is the apex, the high point, of the Torah:

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