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Travel Advisory: Have a Safe Holiday by Staying in Israel

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British Store Guard Tells Children ‘No Jews Allowed’

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Klinghoffer: Pretending Art Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

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Bullet-Filled Doll Halts Traffic at Ben Gurion Airport

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Radical Islam Helps United French Jews and Far Right Leader La Pen

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ISIS Prompts Hezbollah’s ‘Great Need to Remain in Syria’

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Last Man Injured in Operation Protective Edge Released From Hospital

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Hamas Denies Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal Leaving Qatar

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UNDOF Troops Pull Out of Syria, Head for Israel

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Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Sderot

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Defense Minister Yaalon Discusses 8200 Refusal Letter

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False Alarm in Southern Israel, Real Rocket Fire in North

September 15, 2014 - 12:27 PM
 
UPDATE: Rocket Alert Karnei Shomron – Unannounced Test (11:41am)

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UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Alert (12:04pm)

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Abbas to Request France Recognize PA State

September 15, 2014 - 11:16 AM
 
Einat Schlein Appointed Israel Ambassador to Jordan, 1st Female in Post

September 15, 2014 - 10:46 AM
 
‘Thanks But No Thanks’ – Gaza Landlords Refuse to Rent to Hamas

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Israel’s Ambassador Presents Credentials in Egypt

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Police Arrest 4 Suspects in Jerusalem Gas Station Arson

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Swastikas Again in Series of Philadelphia Attacks of Anti-Semitism

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: On Friday night the chazzan in many shuls ascends the bimah for Kabbalat Shabbos but goes to the amud starting for Barchu. Why?

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: As Shavuot is fast approaching – a holiday on which we dwell on the story of Ruth and the origins of the royal house of David – I was wondering if you could help me resolve something. Some people say that Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi, the redactor of the six orders of the Mishnah and a scion of King David, purposely kept any mention of Chanukah and the Hasmonean kings out of the Mishnah because the Hasmoneans improperly crowned themselves and ignored the rule that all Jewish kings are supposed to come from the tribe of Yehudah. Is this true? Menachem (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismParsha

The Rema writes (Ohr Hachaim, 494:4), “It is customary to spread branches of trees in our synagogues and homes [on Shavuos] in order to commemorate that which the sages say [Rosh Hashanah 16a] that on Shavuos the world is judged concerning [how many] fruits the trees will produce [that year].”

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Summer Eruvin ‘A Separate Contribution From Each’ (Eruvin 72b)

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismParsha

If a man suspects his wife of infidelity, he is to bring witnesses and warn her not to go into private quarters with the man in question. If she violates that warning, he is to bring her to the kohen, who will give her the “bitter waters” to drink. If she was falsely accused and was innocent, she will be blessed with children. If she was guilty, she will die a gruesome death.

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Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

A flash of red caught my eye, and I looked up and saw a cardinal perched on the picnic table on my deck. What a miracle, I marveled. You’re beautiful. Thanks, Hashem. And then my mind’s wheels began to roll, and it struck me that several miracle stories had come my way this week. The stories prodded me to think of and feel Hashem’s presence as a more tangible and vivid reality.

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Over the years I’ve received letters from all over the world in which people share feelings and thoughts they’ve experienced upon becoming became Torah observant. Usually these letters arrive not long after the writers had heard one of my speeches. No matter where a particular speech took place, and no matter whether I spoke the language or had to use a translator, the magic always works. In reality, it’s not magic at all but a little voice in the soul – the “Pintele Yid,” that spark of G-d’s Word engraved on all our neshamahs. Here is one recent letter.

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Posted on: May 10th, 2013

JudaismParsha

By the time these words are printed, there will be only a few more days left before Shavuos. We hope that up until that point, we will still have been counting the days of Sefiras Ha’Omer with a bracha, but we also know that too often, despite our best efforts, we drop out of counting with a bracha some time before the count is complete.

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Posted on: May 9th, 2013

JudaismParsha

In this week’s parshah the Torah tells us that the bechorim were replaced by the levi’im to serve in the Mikdash. The Torah says that there were 273 more bechorim than levi’im. Those bechorim could not simply be replaced, and had to be redeemed. Hashem told Moshe that each bechor should give five shekalim to Moshe, who, in turn, should give them to Aharon and his sons. With that, they would be redeemed.

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Is there anything special that one should do on Yom Yerushalayim?

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Posted on: May 9th, 2013

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: As the shamash in a small community shul with an aging population, I am faced with numerous challenges. The following is only one of them. During sefirah, different people daven for the amud for Ma’ariv. Once, a bar mitzvah was one of them. On another occasion, a very recent ger lead the service. Were these individuals allowed to lead the congregation in counting sefirah? I also wonder, in general, if everyone should be trusted to lead the counting. What if someone forgot to count on one of the previous nights but does not inform anyone of this? No Name (Via E-Mail)

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Posted on: May 9th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Spreading the Wealth ‘Giving to Only One Poor Person’ (Eruvin 63a)

 

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The purpose of the eruv is to enclose on all sides the area in which one wants to carry, so that it becomes a private domain, a reshut hayachid. If the area in question is a karmelit, a space that qualifies neither as a public domain nor as a private domain, gaps in the eruv structure may be bridged by means of a constructive or symbolic doorway called tzurat hapetach. A tzurat hapetach is made up of two posts, each called a lechi, and a crossbeam or overhead wire called a korah.

The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Less than a year after the giving of the Torah, Hashem told Moshe to again count the Jewish people. The Sforno points out that this counting was unique as it counted each person by name, whereas thirty-eight years later, when the Jews were about to enter the land of Israel and were counted again, there is no mention of counting by name.

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Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The winter was over, and the days began to get longer and warmer. The sun shone brightly in clear skies, grass and flowers were blooming, and the trees were producing layers of green foliage.

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Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

It was a lovely summer night in the Holy Land. My husband and I, and a dozen or so of our colleagues, straggled into our hotel, exhausted but exhilarated after a long action-packed day of touring and activities. As we entered the lobby, we heard the unmistakable melodic strains of a piano being played in an adjacent room.

 

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

On the face of it, the connections between the sedrah and haftarah of Bamidbar are slender. The first has to do with demography. Bamidbar begins with a census of the people. The haftarah begins with Hosea’s vision of a time when “the number of the children of Israel will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or numbered.” There was a time when the Israelites could be counted; the day will come when they will be countless. That is one contrast between the future and the past.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I wrote about the many disappointments in life. So often we dream of something, wish for something, pray for something – only to discover that when it happens, it is not quite the way we envisioned it. I illustrated this concept through a Hungarian story I recalled from my childhood about a little boy who more than anything else wanted a rocking horse, a coveted toy in Hungary.

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