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What Makes the IDF Special; the Lag BaOmer Victory; Rescue in Nepal; and Crazy Coalition-Building
 
There is a Coalition!

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Israeli A-G Breaks Own Rule, Interferes in Gov’t Coalition Talks

May 6, 2015 - 10:29 PM
 
Off-Shore Menorah-Shaped Islands Plan Mixes Interfaith with Promise of Jobs and Housing

May 6, 2015 - 4:00 PM
 
Netanyahu Wants Restrictions on the Minister of Justice

May 6, 2015 - 3:50 PM
 
Gas Line Terrorist Sentenced to 30 Years

May 6, 2015 - 3:20 PM
 
While Battling Mylan, Teva Acquires Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $3.2 Billion

May 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM
 
Coalition Last Minute Talks: Likud Capitulates, Bayit Yehudi Wins Justice + 2 Security Cabinet Votes

May 6, 2015 - 1:31 PM
 
Stone Throwers Injure Jerusalem Man

May 6, 2015 - 1:12 PM
 
Report: Sudan Shoots Down “Israeli” Drone

May 6, 2015 - 12:29 PM
 
Fear of New Bombing Attack Keeps Jews Away from Tunisian Lag B’Omer Pilgrimage

May 6, 2015 - 12:10 PM
 
Senators Boxer, Ernst, Move to Arm Kurds Against ISIS

May 6, 2015 - 11:55 AM
 
Tonight at Midnight: Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

May 6, 2015 - 11:51 AM
 
5 Senior Hezbollah Field Commanders Killed in Qalamoun Battle

May 6, 2015 - 10:31 AM
 
Former UK Cmdr.: UN, Foreign Governments ‘Deliberately’ Twisting Laws of Armed Conflict on Israel

May 6, 2015 - 1:19 AM
 
Clinton Said She Will Speak on Benghazi but Only Once

May 6, 2015 - 12:59 AM
 
Huckabee Throws his Hat in the Ring

May 6, 2015 - 12:06 AM
 
Report: Bibi Blinks First, Ayelet Shaked to be Justice Minister

May 5, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
US Senate May Vote Thursday on Nuclear Review Bill

May 5, 2015 - 10:33 PM
 
Bennett Goes Underground as Likud’s Anxiety Increases

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6 Anglo Aliyah Immigrants to Receive NBN Bonei Zion Prize

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Israel Issues Travel Warning for Nepal

May 5, 2015 - 6:30 PM
 
Oldest Set of 10 Commandments Showing in Israel

May 5, 2015 - 5:35 PM
 
Hamas Dentist of Death Arrested and Indicted

May 5, 2015 - 3:13 PM
 
Olmert Uses Tony Blair as Character Witness

May 5, 2015 - 1:22 PM
 
ISIS Claims ‘Credit’ for Attack at Mohammed Cartoon Contest

May 5, 2015 - 1:02 PM
 
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IDF Uncovers Weapons Factory in Hebron

May 5, 2015 - 11:15 AM
 
Police Arrest Gush Etzion Teen for Vandalizing Arab Olive Trees

May 5, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
Anti-Semitism Drives European Jews to Israel

May 5, 2015 - 10:19 AM
 
With Liberman Out , Bennett Toughens Position, But Who Will Blink First?

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I had planned to respond this week to the letter from the UCLA student (which appeared in the March 11 issue in response to a letter the week before from an elderly Holocaust survivor), but so many e-mails have reached my desk that I decided to devote yet one more column to reader reaction.

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Posted on: March 16th, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: March 16th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In my March 4 column, "What's Happening in the World? - I'm Afraid," I featured letters from two women who wrote of their fear at what is going on in the world. The second letter, from a Holocaust survivor, was particularly descriptive, as the woman decried the escalation of anti-Semitism, the savage terror attacks in every country, and the barbaric, murderous attacks on our people in Eretz Yisrael.

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Posted on: March 9th, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar? Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: March 9th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am not Orthodox, nor am I actively involved in Jewish life. My background is Reform. My family attends High Holiday services; we are not kosher, but my parents have a seder on Passover - though we don't strictly observe the law of not eating bread during the entire holiday. My parents would never consider bringing really non-kosher food like ham or bacon into the house, though they do eat everything in restaurants. They are devoted to the land of Israel and they raised us with good Jewish values, and I visited Israel with our Temple youth group.

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Posted on: March 2nd, 2011

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QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why do we always add a second Adar as opposed to adding a second Tevet or Iyar for example? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? And which Adar is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Special Note: I would like to thank the many people who have written expressing their appreciation for my series of columns titled "When Children Fall Through the Cracks." I am most grateful for the overwhelming response and I hope everyone who wrote will understand that while I would have liked to publish all the letters, for the time being I am closing the discussion to focus on the many other subjects that have reached my desk.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

For several weeks now I have been running a series on the plight of parents whose children who have "fallen through the cracks" and the painful ramifications both suffer. I hope to conclude the discussion with this column.

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Posted on: February 23rd, 2011

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

QUESTION: I have a few questions regarding the Jewish leap year. Why is Adar the month that is picked for this purpose? Why do we call it Adar Alef? Why is Purim celebrated in the second Adar? Which one of them is the real Adar?Shea Aronovitch(Via E-Mail)

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: January 12th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis, As a regular follower of your columns, I am aware you are writing about your recent journeys that took you throughout the world on a mission to bring Torah to our people. I truly appreciate the importance of your work and have personally met many people who have become Jewishly committed after hearing you speak or reading your book. Nevertheless, may I be so presumptuous as to ask you to interrupt your series and respond to my letter, which is critically urgent?

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: January 5th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In last week's column I described some of the nerve-wracking aggravation inherent to travel. Going to Eretz Yisrael, however, is different. There, everything is different, because Eretz Yisrael is our land. Hashem gave it to us to be our eternal inheritance. So no matter how long we may have been away from her, the land remains as close to us as it was thousands of years ago. We have a teaching, "Whatever happened to our forefathers is a sign for us, their children. In other words, everything is replay.

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Posted on: December 30th, 2010

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The long awaited wedding of her son was the highlight of Faiga's (all names used here are fictitious) life. A widow, she had never given up hope that she would one day walk her son down the aisle to his chuppah. With a mixture of fear over the long flight ahead and joy at the upcoming simcha, she boarded the plane. She had never undertaken such a long journey, but nothing could have held her back.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 30th, 2010

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

For the past month I've been on the road, crossing continents and addressing Jewish communities wherever they are. I go from the airport to the local synagogue or some other venue where people gather. Invariably I am asked, "Rebbetzin, how do you do it? People younger than you cannot keep up with such a schedule. Travel is so difficult. Don't you find it exhausting?"

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 22nd, 2010

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In last week's column I published two letters regarding simchas (joyous occasions). One was from a grandmother and the other from a gentleman who had just made his daughter's wedding - the first simcha in his family.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 15th, 2010

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

We live in a very chaotic world. If we stop to consider what is happening around us - all the things that are out of our control - it can be frustrating and frightening, so most of us try to bypass these situations by pretending we do not see them.

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Posted on: December 15th, 2010

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May 3, 2009-9 Iyar 5769: This is a date I will always remember and give thanks to Hashem. I was crossing 14th Avenue at 1 p.m. on a rainy day when I was suddenly struck by a car. The Almighty zokef kefufim straightens the bowed.

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Posted on: December 8th, 2010

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While working for the U.S. Census Bureau in 1990, I knocked on the door of Soviet ?migr?s in Boro Park and proceeded to converse with them about their recent arrival to the United States. This elderly couple had come from Moldavia. They were survivors of both Nazi and Communist tyranny.

 

Posted on: December 1st, 2010

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I have wanted to tell this story for a while. There are experiences in life that help us find our soul, the candle of God within us. This was such an experience. It is a true story about the eternal flame of the Jewish soul - with a Chanukah message.

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Posted on: December 1st, 2010

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We had just finished celebrating the High Holidays in Boca Raton. With the intensity of those days behind us, we were looking forward to visiting my family in New York. The kids were so excited and counted down the days until they would see their Bubby and Zayde, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Never did I realize that while I was deciding what clothes to pack for the Yom Tov of Sukkos, I would also be packing clothes for my father's levayah.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 1st, 2010

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I was in Brazil, speaking to the Jewish community of Sao Paulo, when the sad news of the petira of Irene Klass reached me. Many memories, many scenes, many conversations and experiences flashed through my mind. With Irene's passing, a whole era - a whole way of thinking, of values, of goals, of idealism - disappeared. Irene had a sense of mission and never allowed politics, petty jealousies or territorial considerations to influence her.

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