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Loving Israel as a Christian, The Blessings and Curses (Guest Tommy Waller)
 
Did You Know September 1 is an Israeli National Holiday?

September 2, 2014 - 1:02 AM
 
SodaStream May Close Maaleh Adumim Factory

September 1, 2014 - 11:41 PM
 
Last Soldier Killed in Protective Edge Laid to Rest

September 1, 2014 - 11:31 PM
 
Arab Rock Throwing Attacks Wounds 3-Year-Old Girl

September 1, 2014 - 11:22 PM
 
The Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

September 1, 2014 - 11:05 PM
 
Hamas Propaganda Video Compares 9/11 with IDF Bombing of Gaza

September 1, 2014 - 9:45 PM
 
Israeli Children, Parents On Gaza Border Start New School Year with Mixed Feelings

September 1, 2014 - 8:15 PM
 
Monday Review: Intense Fighting Causes More Spillover Along Israel’s Border

September 1, 2014 - 7:32 PM
 
Israel’s Economy: Stunned But Still Strong

September 1, 2014 - 7:27 PM
 
UN Commander Says ‘Raise the White Flag’ as Syrian Rebels Take UN Peacekeepers Hostage, Attack Others

September 1, 2014 - 6:33 PM
 
Gasoline Prices Dropped at Midnight

September 1, 2014 - 5:38 PM
 
Gaza Belt Communities Fear Lack of Security, IDF Pullout

September 1, 2014 - 4:33 PM
 
Arab Rock Attacks on Israeli Drivers in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion

September 1, 2014 - 3:57 PM
 
Bennett Praises Govt Decision on Gush Etzion in Visit to Yeshiva Mekor Chaim

September 1, 2014 - 3:15 PM
 
International Criminal Court at The Hague Has No Jurisdiction in Gaza

September 1, 2014 - 2:43 PM
 
Arabs in Northern Jerusalem Hurl Rocks at Light Rail

September 1, 2014 - 1:30 PM
 
Arab Sources: State Dept Again Pressuring Israel to Restart Talks

September 1, 2014 - 12:48 PM
 
Obama White House Condemns Designation of Gush Etzion Lot as ‘State Land’

September 1, 2014 - 11:13 AM
 
School Rocks in Jabel Mukaber

September 1, 2014 - 10:06 AM
 
After Mortar Strike, IDF Evacuates Israeli Civilians Near Quneitra

September 1, 2014 - 9:57 AM
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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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Rebbetzin, I have seen families where cousins, aunts and uncles are not even invited to one another’s weddings.

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

On the face of it, the test is simple: if what the prophet predicts comes to pass, he is a true prophet; if not, not. Clearly, though, it was not that simple.

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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The Rambam is of the opinion that a safek is permitted min haTorah. The rabbanan forbade one to take a chance and do something that is a safek issur. Many Rishonim disagree with this ruling and say that a safek is forbidden min haTorah. The Rishonim ask on the Rambam’s opinion from many places in Shas.

 

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Prayer is always an avenue to God. But in the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, and during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God lends a particularly sympathetic ear.

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

I recently heard a Pirkei Avos shiur in which the speaker said that our spiritual DNA derives from our patriarchs and matriarchs. The great tests they withstood and for which they gained ever greater prominence was witnessed by the Jews who followed them, many of whom succeeded in overcoming great challenges as well. It seems that an individual’s great effort helps the spiritual strength kick in.

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Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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Posted on: August 2nd, 2013

JudaismParsha

The summer season we pined for on those dreary, shivery winter days is all but coming to a close. What better way for reality to sink in than the call of the shofar that wrests us from our repose on the first of Elul, reminding us that we have serious work ahead. Luckily we get thirty days to pull ourselves together, so that we have a leg to stand on when we petition Hashem on the Yom HaDin to grant us mechila for our shortcomings of the past year.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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What does it mean to be close to somebody else? One way is to be physically near them, but another, more spiritual way is to try to learn from them and emulate their good qualities. When the Torah instructs us to make ourselves close to, or cleave to Hashem, it doesn’t mean by trying to get to heaven in a rocket ship! Rather it means to think about Hashem and emulate His qualities of kindness, patience, fairness, etc. That is the real measure of how close a person is to G-d.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismParsha

Our rabbis teach that the first step of repentance is ackowledging our sins and errors. If we feel that our behavior is on the right track then by definition we will fail to identify our shortcomings. Sadly, then our repentance will never leave the start gate.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: The famous Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon references Yerushalmi Kilaim 9:3 and Kesubos 12:3 and states that Rabbi Judah the Prince descended from Hillel who, in turn, descended from the tribe of Binyamin – not Yehudah. The Iggeret also discusses how the Mishnah was written and how Rabbi Judah worked on it. Had Menachem read this Iggeret by Rav Sherira Gaon – who, incidentally, was a direct descendant of King David – I don’t think he would have asked his question. Yehuda T. (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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Spoiled Rotten? ‘A Loaf Went Moldy And…Unfit For Human Consumption’ (Pesachim 45b)

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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In this week’s parshah the Torah writes about the mitzvah to destroy avodah zarah. At the same time, the Torah says not to do avodah zarah to Hashem your God. As the pasuk says: “va’avaditam es shemam min hamakom hahu, lo sa’asun kein la’Hashem Elokeichem.”

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Eliyahu was enjoying a relaxing summer after an intensive year of learning. He spent time with his family, learned a few hours each day in the community beis medrash, and worked sporadically when the opportunity arose.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismParsha

For forty years in the midbar the Jewish people ate mon. Guided by Moshe Rabbeinu, engaged in constant Torah study with every physical need taken care of, Klal Yisrael lived on a lofty spiritual plane. Now that they were being ushered into a different era – entering Eretz Yisrael where they would begin living in a natural manner – they were given many directives to retain their status as an exalted nation.

 

Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Taste is everything. If the taste of chametz has been absorbed into a cooking vessel, such a vessel may not be used on Pesach unless it undergoes koshering, the halachically prescribed way of expelling the flavor of forbidden food such as non-kosher foods, meat and milk mixtures or chametz on Pesach from utensils and restoring them for use.

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

These stories all have to do with the mitzvah of tzedakah whose source is in this week’s parshah.

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Posted on: July 31st, 2013

JudaismColumnsChodesh Tov/Rabbi Hanoch Teller

With absolutely nothing to lose, including his employment for the coming year, Dan Zweifel devised a strategy for a team that could not seem to catch an offensive rhythm and for players that had protracted shooting slumps and 10-minute-long droughts. His solution, his only recourse, was defense.

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Posted on: July 31st, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

In an April Lessons in Emunah column, I wrote an article called “Learning to Dance in the Rain” about two friends who were very ill. One was in a hospice. The doctors had given up hope and the family waited with a heavy heart. But there was still One Doctor left. And He began to heal her. Slowly, the disease began to reverse itself, slowly it began to withdraw.

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