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Hezbollah Tries ‘Mossad Spy’ in Top Ranks

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Latest Election Poll

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‘Powerful Coalition’ of ISIS, Al-Qaeda is Narrowly Averted

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UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Lands in Israel

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Teen Terrorist in Court for Wounding Baby

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Ashdod Mystery: Four Found Unconscious

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Liberman’s Secret Plan to be Crowned Prime Minister

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Hanukkah Miracle Brings ’770′ Stabbing Victim Home

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Road Terror Attack on Southern Israeli Bus

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UN General Assembly Votes to Refer N. Korea to ICC

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US Dept of Defense Trains Teachers in 3-D Printing

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US Govt IDs North Korea in Sony Cyber Terror Attack

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Obama Negotiated with Cuba ‘Behind Everyone’s Back,’ Lawmakers Charge

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The Jewish Hipster Party

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Harvard Boycotts SodaStream (Despite Company’s Surrender)

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

JudaismParsha

It is with great excitement and expectancy that we bentch Rosh Chodesh Sivan — which comes out on Friday (May 10 on the English calendar).

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

JudaismTorah

How can a person make sure that things will work out right? By doing what is right. When Hashem told the Jewish people to rest their fields and not plant any crops every seventh year, shmitta, it was a huge test of faith, as no crops meant no food! But Hashem also told them that if they did what’s right and listen to Him, they wouldn’t lose out because He’d miraculously give them enough crops in other years to more than make up for the year of rest. And that’s what happened.

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

JudaismParsha

The story is told about Alfred Sloan, the CEO of General Motors, who in the middle of a meeting where everybody was in agreement, stopped the discussion and said: "I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what this decision is about".

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Posted on: May 1st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: Upon the birth of a son, common custom is to hold a Shalom Zachor on Friday evening for family and friends. But what about the birth of a girl? Some Modern Orthodox families hold a Simchat Bat on Friday night, but there doesn’t seem to be a source for this in Jewish literature. Are these Jews acting properly?

The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

JudaismParsha

The Torah is very explicit that if the Jewish nation follows the ways of Hashem, we will enjoy peace, prosperity, and success in all of our endeavors. We will plant and harvest abundant crops, our borders will be secure. Life will be good. Included in this is a guarantee that in battle with our enemies we will be astonishingly successful; small numbers of our weakest soldiers will chase down and annihilate far larger groups of the enemy.

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Posted on: May 1st, 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 1st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

A Sage View ‘It Needs A Partition To Divide It’ (Eruvin 47b-48a)

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Posted on: May 1st, 2013

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Pleasantville was a quiet suburban town with large properties and curving roads that wound around them. Mr. Feder lived just behind the local shul. Since the road wound around his property, people coming to shul on Shabbos would often take a shortcut through his property to walk to shul. The treaded area of earth marked the place where people made their way weekly. The through traffic did not bother Mr. Feder, as his house was on the other end of the property. He never made a fuss about it, but had never officially sanctioned this public shortcut.

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