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Parshat Vayechi

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
December 1862 was a terrible month for Abraham Lincoln. General Robert E. Lee at Fredericksburg had just defeated his principal army, the Army of the Potomac. As a result, the Radical Republican senators felt that now was the time to force Lincoln to push the war more vigorously. More importantly, they wanted to replace Secretary of State Seward who was viewed as the power behind Lincoln.

Parshat Vayechi

December 1862 was a terrible month for Abraham Lincoln.

Parshat Vayigash

6 Tevet 5767 – December 27, 2006
Section 456 (g) 1 of The Military Selective Service Act (as amended through July 9, 2003) states: "Regular or duly ordained ministers of religionshall be exempt from training and service." Based on this clause, clergy, including rabbis, have been exempt from the draft since the Civil War.

Parshat Vayigash

Section 456 (g) 1 of The Military Selective Service Act (as amended through July 9, 2003) states:

Parshat Mikeitz

29 Kislev 5767 – December 20, 2006
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" might be a clich?, but people ignore it at their own peril.

The Menorah That Lit Up My Life

Two years ago I was in Baltimore on business and happened to pass by the public menorah in front of Johns Hopkins University just...

Parshat Vayeshev

22 Kislev 5767 – December 13, 2006
Why did crime drop dramatically in New York City during the 1990's?

Man Serving Hashem – The Center Of Creation

The brothers of Yosef referred to him as the "the dreamer." (Beraishis 37:19).

Parshat Vayishlach

15 Kislev 5767 – December 6, 2006
On July 7, 1919 the United States Army sent a caravan of 72 vehicles on a cross- country trip.

Parshat Vayeitzei

8 Kislev 5767 – November 29, 2006
October 1962 was almost the end of the world. For 13 days the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war.

Parshat Toldot

1 Kislev 5767 – November 22, 2006
Abraham Lincoln didn't hold a grudge. In 1862 when he visited General McClellan in his house to discuss strategy and was ignored by the general, Lincoln took it in stride.

Parshat Chayei Sarah

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
It's hard to imagine life without them, and yet they almost never came into being.

Parshat Vayera

17 Heshvan 5767 – November 8, 2006
"A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages.

Parshat Lech Lecha

10 Heshvan 5767 – November 1, 2006
"You're going to give four years of your life to the country and this job.

Everything Given Us Is For The Best

29 Av 5766 – August 23, 2006
Everything given us is for the best. Yet some of us forget this when we should know better. I recently moved to another state and needed to see an ophthalmologist. My brother and sister-in-law have been living in that state for 10 years, and my brother's wife said she would make an appointment for me.

My Fractured Pesach

26 Iyyar 5766 – May 24, 2006
When my wife and I were about to leave Israel after last Sukkos, our son and daughter-in-law told us they were expecting another child to be born about two weeks before Pesach. We realized immediately that it would be difficult for them to make Pesach at home.

The Missing Plumba

17 Shevat 5766 – February 15, 2006
Nathan Mark, Esq., who passed away recently, spent many years working as a civil servant for the State of New York, first with the Human Rights Division and later, with me, at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Treif Bribe

2 Iyyar 5765 – May 11, 2005
It was in the late 1980s. Retired FBI agent Tim McCarthy, Inspector General for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, took the call in his office from Kevin Green, the head of the FBI-NYPD Inter-Agency Task Force investigating official corruption in New York State and City government.

From Gush Etzion To Gush Katif – Gush Katif Revisited

18 Nisan 5765 – April 27, 2005
My husband and I had the distinct pleasure and privilege to join a group of English speaking Israelis on a visit to Gush Katif. The trip was organized for the World Mizrachi and Tehilla movements. Both organizations are involved in aliya and living in Israel. Our goal was to become reacquainted with Gush Katif, while for some, it was their first time there.

Q & A: Yahrzeit And The Two Adars (Conclusion)

28 Adar I 5765 – March 9, 2005
QUESTION: In a leap year when there are two months of Adar, during which month is a yahrzeit observed? Do the rules of yahrzeit precedence apply in regard to Kaddish? Finally, can you discuss the precedence regarding leading services during the year of mourning?M. BermanLos Angeles, CA

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