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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

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Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

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No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

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Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

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‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

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Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

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4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

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Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

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Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

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Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

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Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

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Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

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Preparations Completed for Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Temple Management 101 ‘The Rest Were Given To The Craftsmen As Wages’ (Kerisos 6a)

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Parshas Vayikra

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Who’s Watching Anyway? (Me’ilah 2b, 9a)

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Summertime in Massachusetts, one often sees flowers for sale at the side of the road. But there is no salesperson present. Instead, there is a sign requesting $10 for the flowers. You leave the $10 bill on the table and go back to your car with flowers in hand. It is an honors system. There is nobody watching to see if you pay only $5 or if you creep back, retrieve your $10 bill and make off with the money and the flowers. Doing that would be a breach of trust.

 

Geneivah And Gezeilah

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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At the conclusion of this week’s parshah, the Torah discusses the halachos of one who stole from another. The pasuk says, “veheishiv es hagezeilah asher gazal – and he shall return the stolen object that he stole.” We derive from this that there is a mitzvas assei to return a stolen object.

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Q & A: The Arba Parshiyot (Part I)

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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Question: Why do we read four special Torah sections between Purim and Pesach. Also, why do we call each of the four Shabbatot on which we read these sections by a special name – such as Shabbat Shekalim, Shabbat Zachor etc.? Celia Gluck (Via E-Mail)

 

Making Sense Of The Sin Offering

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

JudaismParsha

We think of a sin as something we did intentionally, yielding to temptation perhaps, or in a moment of rebellion. That is what Jewish law calls b’zadon in biblical Hebrew or b’mezid in rabbinic Hebrew. That is the kind of act we would have thought calls for a sin offering. But actually such an act cannot be atoned for by an offering at all. So how do we make sense of the sin offering?

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Embroidered matza cover for Pesach
 

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel: My Essential Haggadot

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012

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With thousands of Haggadot in print, it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and what to use at the Seder. Just like kashering the home for Pesach requires preparation, so too the material for the Seder. And according to the investment is the return. Below are twenty of my favorite Haggadot.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Hashgachah Pratis – Guidance From Above

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

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Most people have difficulty discerning Hashem's call since His messages are usually hidden behind many veils. On occasion however, hashgachah pratis – Divine providence – is so clear and obvious that even a blind man has to see it, a deaf man has to hear it.

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An Unseemly Hour

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

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It’s my first moment of wakefulness, and I’m chilled to the bone. Pull the covers over myself, I’m thinking, while I decide to roll over to look at the clock. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m exhausted. But attending morning minyan – even once – is the least I can do.

Exiting a bris mila at Congregation Shaarei Tefiloh in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY
 

Live Coverage: Rabbi Scheinberg Funeral in Jerusalem

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

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Live coverage of the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt"l

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Reviewing The Koren Ethiopian Haggada Journey to Freedom

Posted on: March 20th, 2012

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The Hebrew-English haggada provides a wealth of photographic evidence of the lives led by Ethiopian Jews. The pottery, the unembellished homes, school, and synagogues, the gaunt Jews in modest clothing and head coverings portray dedication to Torah values despite harsh political and topographical conditions.

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Parshat Vayakheil-Pikudei

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

JudaismParsha

May 1864 was one of the bloodiest months in American military history. At what came to be known as the Battle of the Wilderness, General Grant’s Union forces suffered close to 18,000 casualties between May 3 and May 6. It seemed as yet another Union general, even one such as Grant who had been successful out west, lost to General Robert E. Lee.

Making matza by hand in Jerusalem
 

Fearing Holiness as Pesach Approaches

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

I believe we need to get back to the basics. Holiness is something we should embrace rather than stray from, and thus we should "look" for more opportunities to become holy rather then stay "safely" away from it. True, with every act of holiness comes restrictions and I can already feel the backache of cleaning the pantry from Chametz. But shall this hardship turn Pesach into the Holiday of misfortune rather than happiness?

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Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Devotion Of Women

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Despite the intense suffering of slavery in Egypt, it was there that Israel became a nation – not just in the spiritual sense, but in the physical sense: it was there that our numbers swelled. This is to the credit of the Jewish women, who despite their oppression at the hands of Egypt relentlessly encouraged the growth of Israel. This provides a glimpse of the greatness of the Jewish women of that generation. Likewise in our times, it is the Jewish woman’s selfless devotion to service of Hashem that builds and sustains Israel.

Jews participating in the ceremony known as 'Redemption of the first born donkey' or 'Pidyon Peter Chamor'
 

More On Temurah (Temurah 2,3 and 9)

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The act of temurah, consecrating another animal in place of an already consecrated animal, incurs the punishment of malkot - lashes. This is somewhat surprising. There is a halachic rule that a prohibition that does not involve an overt act does not incur the punishment of malkot – “lav she’einbBo ma’aseh, ein lokin alav.” Why then does a person incur malkot?

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Requests Or Demands? (Part II)

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: When we pray, are we requesting or demanding that God fulfill our wishes?

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Screen Smasher

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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Shmuel Bender and Asher Beckerman were study partners (chevrusas). They also sat next to each other in shiur. Shmuel felt fortunate to have the privilege of learning with Asher, whom he admired greatly.

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

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If a fetus is a separate entity, how is slaughtering a pregnant animal permitted? After all, Chullin teaches us that the Torah prohibits slaughtering a mother and its child on the same day.

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Where Are The Gedolim Today?

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Parshas Pikudei begins with a detailed accounting of all of the gold and silver that was collected for the Mishkan. A cursory reading would lead us to assume that while of course a man as great as Moshe was above question, he must have asked for this calculation because public leaders must remove any suspicion no matter how farfetched.

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