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Report: 10% of Israeli Public Servants Are Olim

December 8, 2016 - 10:44 AM
 
Arrangement Act Protecting Judea and Samaria Communities Approved in Preliminary Vote

December 8, 2016 - 10:06 AM
 
Terrorist Neutralized in Attack at Tapuach Junction

December 8, 2016 - 9:07 AM
 
Netanyahu to Hollande: Suspend Peace Summit, I’ll Meet with Abbas

December 8, 2016 - 8:19 AM
 
Netanyahu to Discuss UN Voting Record During Visit to Kazakhstan

December 8, 2016 - 2:25 AM
 
UK Neo-Nazi Found Guilty in Anti-Semitism Trial

December 8, 2016 - 1:38 AM
 
Hamas Diggers Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse Near Israel’s Southern Border

December 8, 2016 - 12:27 AM
 
Wannabe Mugger Nabbed After 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Hits Back [video]

December 8, 2016 - 12:03 AM
 
‘Except Amona’ Regulations Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

December 7, 2016 - 10:49 PM
 
Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz Hospitalized in Jerusalem

December 7, 2016 - 9:24 PM
 
TIME Magazine Chooses Donald Trump as ‘Person of the Year’

December 7, 2016 - 8:37 PM
 
Haifa’s Arab Food Festival Brings Jewish and Arab Chefs Together

December 7, 2016 - 5:15 PM
 
New Zealand PM, Son of Holocaust Refugee, Resigns

December 7, 2016 - 4:48 PM
 
Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

December 7, 2016 - 4:23 PM
 
Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Issur Danielovitch, We Loved You in ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’

December 7, 2016 - 1:08 PM
 
Reports: Israel Attacked Syrian Airport Overnight [video]

December 7, 2016 - 12:09 PM
 
Trump Tweets Japanese Billionaire to Invest in US, Creating 50,000 Jobs

December 7, 2016 - 11:17 AM
 
Yesh Din NGO Insists No Remedy for Amona Jews, Only Full Demolition, Eviction

December 7, 2016 - 10:40 AM
 
Sharpton Pushing Democrats to Go to War over Trump Nominations

December 7, 2016 - 10:00 AM
 
Israel Approves PA Import of 5 Armored Jeeps

December 7, 2016 - 8:36 AM
 
IDF Releases Map of Hezbollah Positions in Southern Lebanon

December 6, 2016 - 11:29 PM
 
Tzipi Livni Names Her Price [video]

December 6, 2016 - 6:09 PM
 
MK Begin Suspended for Voting Against Amona Regulation Act

December 6, 2016 - 5:45 PM
 
‘Peace Index’ Survey Reveals 48% of Israeli Jews Believe Left ‘Disloyal’

December 6, 2016 - 3:09 PM
 
Peace Now Urging Destruction of War Heroes’ Monuments

December 6, 2016 - 2:04 PM
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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Using one’s creative powers seven days a week may lead one to believe in oneself as a Creator. This danger is averted in Judaism by the institution of Shabbat, during which one refrains from melachot. Melachot are defined by my father, Dayan Grunfeld, zt”l, in his book on the Sabbath, as acts that demonstrate one’s mastery of the world by means of the constructive exercise of one’s intelligence and skill. For just one day a week, we are asked to lay aside our skills and acknowledge the real Creator.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Question: The Gemara in Shabbos states that one should ideally place one’s menorah by the side of one’s outside door. In a dangerous situation, one may place it on the table inside the house. If the dangerous situation the Gemara discusses, however, refers to potential anti-Semitic behavior by one’s neighbors, how does placing the menorah indoors help? Can’t non-Jews see the menorah through the window? Wouldn’t anti-Semites potentially search Jews’ houses? Is there any safe place to light in such circumstances? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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There are two mitzvos that the rabbanan instituted for Chanukah, lighting candles and saying Hallel. The Gemara in Shabbos 23a says that women are obligated in the mitzvah of lighting candles because af ha’eim hayu b’osah haness – they too were involved in the miracle.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Question: Why does Al HaNissim not mention the mitzvah to light nerot Chanukah?

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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

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

King Solomon, who was the wisest of all men, grew up in Jerusalem, the wisest of all cities. He was the son of King David, whose wisdom and vision lives through the centuries and to this day guides us and comforts us in our daily lives through his immortal Tehillim – Psalms.

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Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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Our Jewish calendar is based on the lunar year, and Rosh Chodesh, literally the head of the month, occurs when the moon renews itself. It is a holiday — in that we daven mussaf, just like on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, we do not conduct fasts, and the pious among our people eat a special seudah. Traditionally, women do not sew on Rosh Chodesh and refrain from performing heavy-duty tasks.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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If you ask ten people what the main focus of Chanukah is, nine would probably answer, “lighting the menorah.” While that is certainly an integral part of the chag, the Gemara (Shabbos 21b) tells us, “The next year they established these days as a Yom Tov, l’hodos u’lihalel – to thank and praise.” What an eye opener! There is more to Chanukah than lighting the menorah, playing dreidel and eating latkes? Yes! These are days established primarily to thank and praise Hashem!

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Most people remember where they were when they heard the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and justice delivered. Many books have already been written about the ten-year search for him, the decision to launch the mission and the actual attack on his compound in Abbottabad. While every aspect of this story is fascinating, I would like to focus on one specific area: Why were the Navy SEALs chosen to execute the mission? When the mission was being planned it was hardly a done deal that the SEALs would be selected as opposed to the CIA’s own paramilitary unit.[1]

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismTorah

It’s been a rough few weeks. It began with the news of a heinous crime just blocks from where I live on Manhatan’s Upper West Side: a nanny viciously took the lives of her two young charges. Hurricane Sandy came next, contributing additional loss of life and financial devastation of a magnitude never before experienced by our East Coast brethren.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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For Whom The Bell Tolls ‘Royal Children May Go Out With Bells’ (Shabbos 66b)

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Certain activities – such as building, tying, weaving, writing, dyeing and sewing – are not prohibited on Shabbat unless they are made to last. For example, one may tie a knot that is not tied in a professional manner and will be untied within seven days, such as shoelaces or the ribbon around the Torah scroll, on Shabbat afternoon. So too a safety pin may be used on Shabbat since it is not a form of permanent sewing.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

JudaismParsha

At the age of seventeen, Yosef was wise in the ways of the Torah and in the ways of the world. He was called a “ben zikunim” because even at such a young age he showed the brilliance of an elder scholar. He had already absorbed all the Torah Yaakov had learned in the many years he had spent in the yeshiva of Shem.

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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

JudaismParsha

The Jews living outside Eretz Yisrael began reciting vesein tal u’matar in the Shemoneh Esrei this week. If one does not say vesein tal u’matar (instead continuing to say “vesein berachah”) and finishes the Shemoneh Esrei, he must repeat the Shemoneh Esrei. If one accidentally does not daven at all, he must daven two Shemoneh Esreis during the following tefillah. If one did not say vesein tal u’matar and finished davening and only remembers this fact at the time of the next tefillah, he must daven two Shemoneh Esreis at the next tefillah.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Yosef, Gad and Benjy headed down to the dining hall in their high school. As they walked along the corridor they noticed a new vending machine had been installed. The three admired the machine, and eyed its beckoning display of treats.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2012

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

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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