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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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U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

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Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

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Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

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Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

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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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Israeli Hi-Tech Opens Branch in Nanjing

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Preparations Completed for Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem

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Kansas Shooting Suspect a White Supremacist, Indicted for Murder

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Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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A Jewish family preparing for Shabbat
 

May Beis Din Punish On Shabbos?

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The Rambam, in Hilchos Shabbos 24:7, rules that Beis Din may not carry out the punishment of either death or lashes on Shabbos. He cites the same pasuk of “lo seva’aru” as the source for this halacha. In his Sefer Hamitzvos the Rambam lists as a separate negative commandment (number 322) that Beis Din may not judge or carry out a punishment on Shabbos.

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Q & A: Bibliographical Oddities Regarding Parshas Parah

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

The Shulchan Aruch (Hilchos Chanukah, 685:7) writes that some authorities maintain that there is a biblical obligation to read Parshas Zachor and Parshas Parah.

 

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: The Power Of Art

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The name Bezalel was adopted by the artist Boris Schatz for the School of Arts and Crafts he founded in Israel in 1906, and Rav Kook wrote a touching letter in support of its creation. He saw the renaissance of art in the Holy Land as a symbol of the regeneration of the Jewish people in its own land, landscape and birthplace. Judaism in the Diaspora, removed from a natural connection with its own historic environment, was inevitably cerebral and spiritual, “alienated.”

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Purim Afterthoughts

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Purim is the one Yom Tov all Jews can celebrate. Special knowledge is not required and the demands of its observance are easy enough.

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A Little Gallows Humor

Posted on: March 9th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

Achashveiros of Poras, Beset by domestic tzoras, Got a quickie fivoras... But being single again just wasn’t the same.

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Parshas Ki Sisa: ‘Don’t Panic’

Posted on: March 9th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Klal Yisroel stood at Har Sinai and accepted the Torah in a state of supreme purity and complete unity. Every Jew reached a level of prophecy and witnessed an unparalleled revelation of G-d. Then Moshe ascended Har Sinai for forty days so G-d could teach him the laws and details of the Torah.

Bibi in Congress
 

GOP Offers Netanyahu the Presidency

Posted on: March 9th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

After his astounding speech in Congress, the GOP has been working behind the scenes to get Israeli PM Netanyahu to run for President of the U.S.A.

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Rush humbled
 

Purim Meditation: After Rush Limbaugh Insulted Me

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

It wasn't a biggie, really, I've been called worse. When my wife heard what Rush had been calling me, she said she wasn't surprised. So maybe it wasn't even such a bad thing that Rush did, maybe he even meant it as a caution, so I would go ahead and mend my loose morals. But here's the funny thing, as soon as news came out that Rush insulted me, people started empathizing with me and writing Rush's advertisers to stop sponsoring him because of what he said about Yanover.

Purim Goggles
 

Israeli Innovations Changing the Jewish World for Purim

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

A series of new innovations coming out of Israel are making life better, easier, and more fulfilling for Jews around the world.

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom
 

Parshas Ki Tissa

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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Daf Yomi

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

The Rambam That Engendered Fifty Novella ‘He Says to His Maidservant: You Are Free’ (Temura 25b)

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Why Do We Read The Megillah?

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

On Purim we read Megillas Esther twice, once by night and once by day. It is uncertain what the nature of the obligation is.

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Q & A: Yotzrot (Part II)

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: I read The Jewish Press’s Luach of February 17 with much interest. You write, “We daven Shacharis as usual.” I find it difficult to understand why you don’t mention reciting the special yotzrot for Parshat Shekolim. Are yotzrot a relic of history? I’m a senior citizen who remembers saying yotzrot as a child. But now, they seem to have disappeared from Orthodox synagogues. Milton M. Adler Cherry Hill, NJ

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Closing Our Eyes To The New Haman (Part II)

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I described some prophecies concerning the wakeup calls that would come to our people when the arrival of Mashiach was near. Unfortunately, we have yet to attune ourselves to the sound of those footsteps.

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Was It Eliyahu Hanavi?

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

I lost control of my car while driving in Brooklyn when a speeding taxi slammed into me. I thought my life was about to end when my car slammed directly into a tree. Baruch Hashem I survived, even though the taxi driver never stopped to help me.

The Triumph of Mordechai by Pieter Lastman
 

Yoram Ettinger: Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2012

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

Purim is the holiday of contradictions and tenacity-driven-optimism: Grief replaced by joy; Esther's concealment replaced by the disclosure of her national/religious identity; Haman's intended genocide of the Jews replaced by redemption; Haman replaced by Mordechai; national and personal pessimism replaced by optimism.

IDF Paratroopers training to defend the Jewish people.
 

The Megillah: How-To Manual on Defeating Anti-Semites

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

JudaismTorah

Israel must demonstrate confidence in ourselves and an iron determination to defy our antagonists. Mordechai teaches that it is not through appeasement that one achieves peace but rather through strength, self-assurance and unequivocally firm resistance to tyranny and injustice.

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Megillat Esther: Revealing the Hidden

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Being human, we are limited in our ability to understand. Tragic events seem senseless, without a rhyme or reason. World events can seem confusing, with the future uncertain. On Purim, we recognize that God’s Hand is guiding it all. The King is working behind the scenes, pulling the strings. We may not understand all of the twists and turns of the narrative, but we know the Author. All we have to do is put our trust in Him.

So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. -- Ex. 17:10-12
 

How to Blot out Amalek

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Perhaps you can’t really define a people without also defining its enemies. Certainly many believe that if the Jews could get rid of the idea of peoplehood, then they wouldn’t have enemies.The experience of the 19th century assimilationists and post-Oslo Israel tells us that this strategy doesn’t work in the real world. Even if we refuse to remember Amalek, he remembers us. And if we don’t have the support of self-conscious peoplehood (and its concrete representation, the Jewish state), how can we fight him?

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Ahavas Yisroel and Compassion for Fellow Jews

Posted on: March 1st, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

Do you really care about your fellow Jew? Take the following test to see if your Ahavas Yisroel Quotient is on par with requirements established by Chazal.

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