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Hamas Leader’s Daughter Treated in Israeli Hospital; #BDSFail

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Another Jerusalem Bus Attacked

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JCPA Poll: Solid Majority of Israeli Jews Oppose Palestinian State

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False Rocket Alarms in Israel’s South Signal Hamas Testing Rockets

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Israel, Like Many Other Western Countries, Has A Homegrown Jihadi Problem

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Rain in Jerusalem

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Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Lead Klinghoffer Opera Protest

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Swastika Graffiti on Temple Mount

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Israel to Export Gas to Egypt

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UPDATE: No Suicide Bomber Near Jenin

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Israeli Doctor Joins ISIS, Gets Killed

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Five Firebombs Thrown at Hadassah Hospital

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226 Killed in Syria on Friday

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Warning Sirens of Rocket Attacks Wail in Gaza Belt Communities

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Arab Thief Stabbed During Jordan Valley Robbery

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Rebbetzin Jungreis’s Viewpoint

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Posted on: July 8th, 2012

JudaismHolidays

"Monopoly was created for a summer Shabbat and Fast Days…"! So I heard, time and again, in my early years. Years later, I know rather too well that while "Monopoly" has a place in the Jewish home, I am not sure about it's appropriateness to either Shabbat or a Fast-Day.

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Posted on: July 6th, 2012

JudaismParsha

We often sit through the haftorah wondering, “Why do we read the haftorah anyway?” Krias HaTorah of the parsha makes sense—we read a portion of the Chumash each week so that we finish the entire Torah over the course of the year. But we’re not reading a portion of Navi each week so that we can finish all of it on some kind of schedule.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Can’t Have It Both Ways ‘A Minor Who Reaches Maturity’ (Niddah 46a)

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismParsha

In this week’s parshah Balak hires Bilam to curse the Jews. The Gemaras in Berachos 7a and Avodah Zarah 4a say that there is a very brief moment during each day when Hashem allows himself to get angry. The Gemara says that no one was ever able to exact that moment except for Bilam the rasha, as it says: “veyode’a das elyon – and he knew Hashem’s knowledge.”

 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismParsha

One does not have to be superstitious to recognize facts. It is a historical fact that the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Tenth of Av was plagued by recurring tragedies.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Miller-Rabbi-Avigdor
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismParsha

In the aftermath of the episode of Zimri and the Midianite women, Hashem struck down 24,000 Jews. Yet immediately afterward, Hashem reaffirmed his tremendous love for Israel. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that this is in character with Hashem's quality of chastising severely the nation he loves so dearly.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I published a letter from a thirty-eight year old single woman who lamented that despite her having become a ba’alas teshuvah, forsaking her secular life, committing to Torah and mitzvos, going to rabbis, receiving berachot – in short, doing all the “right” things – she has failed to find her bashert, her soul mate. She wondered where G-d was and what all her sacrifices were all about. She was angry at G-d and regarded all her efforts as having been for naught. “My joy in Judaism has disappeared,” she wrote. The following is my response.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

You don’t become a ba’al teshuvah overnight. There were many events in my life that contributed to the deepening of my religious commitment, including a party I attended with young, beautiful church members who tried to make me one of them, and how I met their “Jewish priest.” (I’ll discuss both experiences during the course of this continuing column.)

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Religious woman walking by a vandalized poster in Jerusalem
 

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012

Judaism

I am deeply concerned that a new religion, though close to Judaism but not part of it, is being formed based on a so-called "frumkeit" not defined as a mere "Chumra" [stringency], but rather actually violating clear laws and regulations set down by God for the Jewish people to follow

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African refugees in Israel
 

Posted on: July 1st, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

From elected officials to people in the street, from the highly educated secular upper class to yeshiva students to the working poor, numerous Israelis seem to share a lexicon and intellectual framework which denigrates and dehumanizes Africans, belittles their suffering, and trivialized their plight.

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Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

We recently layned Parshas Naso which contains the Biblical source for the obligation of a married woman to cover her hair. An eesha sotah is a woman whose husband suspects her of having acted immorally. The Torah commands the Kohein to take various steps to demonstrate that the sotah has deviated from the modest and loyal path of most married Jewish women (Rashi 5:15-27). Among the procedures, the pasuk clearly states: “ufora es rosh haisha…” and he shall uncover the hair of the head of the woman (5:18).

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Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismTorah

On the 43rd day of the Omer I asked a child how many days there were to go. He immediately answered that 37 days remained. In response to my inquiry about his calculations, he excitedly announced that there were 37 days left to the school year! While all of us--he included--were counting down to the monumental day of receiving the Torah, he was also counting the days until he would be absolved of learning the very same Torah in the formal school environment!

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: It is known that some sephardim generally arrive at a simcha a few hours subsequent to the time noted on the invitation. Is there any logic behind this custom?

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Miller-Rabbi-Avigdor
 

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Hashem criticized His holy nation relentlessly, yet Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, observes that for 38 of Israel's 40 years in the desert, Hashem expressed no criticism at all. Herein is a lesson in Israel's greatness.

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi
 

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

JERUSALEM – A leading Orthodox rabbi in Israel has a revolutionary proposal for the harvesting of organs from a clinically dead patient. At present, his proposal not only has no support from other rabbis, it is also against Israeli law – but he is not fazed.

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Posted on: June 27th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Rebirth Of Sorts ‘Immersing Contaminated, Emerging Pure’ (Niddah 42a)

Red Heifer
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The beginning of this week’s parshah discusses the halachos of a parah adumah (red heifer). The red cow is shechted and burnt, and its ashes are sprinkled on one who is tamei meis. The individual thereby becomes pure.

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Posted on: June 27th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

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