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A War of Words (Some More Accurate Than Others) at Brandeis

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Hamas Posts New ‘Dung’ Claiming Temple Mount Tunneling

December 28, 2014 - 11:25 PM
 
Jerusalem Apartment Firebombed, Miracle Saves Family

December 28, 2014 - 9:53 PM
 
2015 IDF Military Intelligence ‘Crystal Ball’ Report

December 28, 2014 - 9:22 PM
 
Uzi Landau Quits Politics

December 28, 2014 - 7:40 PM
 
Ayala Shapira Update

December 28, 2014 - 3:54 PM
 
How Indispensable is Waze and WhatsApp to You?

December 28, 2014 - 3:48 PM
 
Palestinian Authority Envoy to Tehran Says Israel will be Destroyed

December 28, 2014 - 12:51 PM
 
Israel Building Undersea Barrier against Hezbollah

December 28, 2014 - 11:56 AM
 
Egypt Bans ‘Exodus’ as a ‘Zionist film’

December 28, 2014 - 11:38 AM
 
BBC TV’s Director Fears for Future of Jews in Britain

December 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM
 
High Court to Rule If Raising Vote Limit to be MK Violates Human Rights

December 28, 2014 - 11:12 AM
 
AirAsia Plane Disappeared With 162 Aboard

December 28, 2014 - 10:13 AM
 
‘How to Stab a Jew’ Going Viral on Palestinian Authority Social Media [video]

December 28, 2014 - 5:04 AM
 
UPDATE: Alert in Kochav Yaacov

December 27, 2014 - 11:50 PM
 
Failed Carjacking Near Maaleh Shomron

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How Hamas Rebuilds (in) Gaza [video]

December 27, 2014 - 11:38 PM
 
Syria Boasts Exports – with ZIM Containers

December 27, 2014 - 11:00 PM
 
Terrorist Santa

December 27, 2014 - 10:55 PM
 
Firebomb Thrown at Jerusalem Apartment

December 27, 2014 - 10:16 PM
 
Netanyahu Tells GOP Sen Graham PA Incitement Led to Firebombing

December 27, 2014 - 9:54 PM
 
War of Words Escalates Amongst Obama, North Korea and Sony

December 27, 2014 - 9:02 PM
 
IDF Captures Palestinian Authority Terrorists Who Firebombed 11-Year-Old [video]

December 27, 2014 - 7:52 PM
 
Haredi and Hard-Core Right-Wingers May Help Elect the Left

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Posted on: December 10th, 2003

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QUESTION: What does a person do if he left Israel after the 7th of Cheshvan (which was on November 2 this year), where they already commenced saying "Ve'ten tal u'matar," but before they start doing so in the diaspora (typically on December 5, but on December 6 at Maariv this year, since the evening of December 5 is a Sabbath)?Isaac HagerBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: December 10th, 2003

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am not a native New Yorker. I was born and raised in a small out-of-town community. We were the only shomer Shabbos family in the neighborhood, and I never had friends. My parents struggled to give us a Torah education - it wasn't easy. When it came time to attend high school, we were sent away, and that was tough. I always envied my classmates who were able to return home from school every night to be with their families.. How lucky they are, I would think, since I was able to go home only on Yom Tov and other special occasions. I would tell myself that one day, with G-d's help, when I married, I would make certain that my husband and I would live in a community that provided a good choice of yeshivot so that our children would not be deprived of living at home and the pleasure of having friends with whom to socialize.

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2003

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QUESTION: Why do we say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana, when we bless the new moon, and why do we do so three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Can you explain a little more about this mitzva?Ira WarshanskyPhiladelphia, PA

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2003

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am writing to you from Jerusalem. My family and I made aliyah 15 years ago. One of the reasons why we took this step was because we wanted our children to be raised and nurtured in the holy air of Jerusalem, in a Torah atmosphere, and above all, to share in the incredible return of our people to the land.

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Posted on: November 26th, 2003

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QUESTION: Why do we say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana, when we bless the new moon, and why do we do so three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Can you explain a little more about this mitzva?Ira WarshanskyPhiladelphia, PA

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Posted on: November 26th, 2003

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At the genesis of our history, we encountered the heathen prophet, Bilaam, who was bent upon cursing our people. But despite himself, G-d placed blessings on his lips, and to this very day, we repeat those blessings in our prayers. Many centuries have passed since Bilaam spoke, but alas, evil people remain - people who are determined to curse us. But like Bilaam of old, despite themselves, they sing our praises. So it was when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, one of the third world's most popular statesmen, addressed the leaders of 57 Islamic nations at a conference that he was hosting.

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Posted on: November 19th, 2003

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QUESTION: What are the origins and customs of Yom Kippur Katan, lit. "the lesser Yom Kippur?"Ben GlassmanBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: November 19th, 2003

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Special Note: In last week's column I published two letters from disenchanted singles. They expressed their concern, their loneliness, their pain - but more significantly, they blamed family members and friends for lack of chizuk - sympathy, understanding and support. The female writer complained that at family simchas, her suffering intensifies because no one bothers to acknowledge her presence, and she becomes invisible.

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Posted on: November 12th, 2003

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QUESTION: Is decorating the sukka part of the mitzva, or does the mitzva only require the sukka itself?Moshe JakobowitzBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: November 12th, 2003

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis; I won't be seeing my husband and children this Shabbos. I won't see them next week either. As a matter of fact, I won't be seeing them next month either. That's because I don't have a husband or children yet.

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Posted on: November 5th, 2003

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This is a season when memories crowd my mind - so many memories that are bittersweet -bitter, because they are now only memories, and sweet, because just recalling them infuses me with strength. I rush to the cemetery - I pronounce a prayer, I spill out my heart, I wash the grave with my tears, and I depart with an ache in my soul. If only they could be here.... if only I could see their saintly faces and hear their wise gentle voices.

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Posted on: November 5th, 2003

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QUESTION: Is decorating the sukka part of the mitzva, or does the mitzva only require the sukka itself?Moshe JakobowitzBrooklyn, NY

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Posted on: October 29th, 2003

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QUESTION: I do not understand the practice of blowing so many extra blasts of the shofar, as is done in most synagogues on Rosh Hashana. Is that not in violation of the command bal tosif, as stated in Deuteronomy (13:1), "You shall not add to [G-d's commandments]"?Elliot Solomon(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: October 29th, 2003

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In my last column I wrote of the anguish and sorrow that fills the hearts of our brethren in Israel nowadays, and I wrote of the all-too-real curses that are enumerated in Parashat Ki Tavo. There is one curse however, that at first glance, may be difficult to understand, but if you take a moment to think about it, you will realize how poignantly it speaks to us: "And it shall be, if you will not hearken to the voice of the L-rd your G-d to observe and perform all His commandments and all His decrees that I command you today, then all His curses will come upon you and overtake you" (Deuteronomy 28:58).

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Posted on: October 22nd, 2003

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QUESTION: I do not understand the practice of blowing so many extra blasts of the shofar, as is done in most synagogues on Rosh Hashana. Is that not in violation of the command bal tosif, as stated in Deuteronomy (13:1), "You shall not add to [G-d's command-ments]"?Elliot Solomon(Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: October 22nd, 2003

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Parshas Ki Tavo has come and gone. The tochacha - the curses - were read in our synagogues, but who was listening? Who heard them? If you were among those who did listen, the words had to have a chilling, eerie effect. Alas, they were not far-fetched predictions, but had an all-too familiar ring. We are the generation that can vividly recall the Holocaust. We are the generation that lives with the constant nightmare of yet more carnage. It is with trepidation that we tune into the news from Israel. Who and what will be next?

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Posted on: October 15th, 2003

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Special Note: In last week's column, I published a letter from a ba'alas teshuva of Russian descent. She wrote that her parents, having been raised in a communist totalitarian society, were atheists. In Russia, her parents were professionals, but here in the United States, they were unable to find employment in their given fields. This made them very bitter, and was the cause of much anger in her home.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2003

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I discovered your book, The Committed Life and I must tell you that it changed my own life. I come from an atheistic background and never gave Judaism a second thought until a Christian friend bought me your book as a gift. Since reading it, I have embarked on a quest to find out more. I guess I'm still not totally observant, but I am definitely heading in that direction. Most recently, I read your new book, The Committed Marriage, and that was an amazing experience. I only wish that I lived in New York City so that I could come to your classes and study with you. In any event, thank you for writing and sharing so much wisdom with us.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2003

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QUESTION: Why is Avot prefaced with a mishna from another tractate? Also, why do we refer to this tractate as Avot, meaning "fathers"?Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

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Posted on: October 1st, 2003

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A basic tenet of our faith is that there are no random occurrences. The Hebrew word "mikreh" - something that happens coincidentally, also spells the words "karah me'HaShem" - happened by the will of G-d. To be sure, we never know definitive reasons for occurrences - they are beyond the scope of our human minds. But one thing is certain - nothing, but nothing, happens capriciously. It therefore behooves us to at least make an attempt to listen and try to discern the meaning of the messages that HaShem is sending us.

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