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Jacob vs Esau, I Am God’s Chosen, Not You!
 
Kerry Ready for another ‘Framework’ to Let Iran Off the Hook

November 24, 2014 - 1:54 PM
 
First Snow Falls on the Hermon

November 24, 2014 - 12:40 PM
 
Ashkelon Backs Down from Ban on Arab Workers near Kindergartens

November 24, 2014 - 12:19 PM
 
Iran Says Nuclear Deal ‘Impossible’ by Nov. 24 Deadline

November 24, 2014 - 4:08 AM
 
Special Security Activated as Arabs Again Aim at Police

November 24, 2014 - 2:09 AM
 
Yehuda Glick’s Surgery Successful

November 23, 2014 - 11:53 PM
 
Israel to Ease Absorption, Employment for Immigrants from France

November 23, 2014 - 11:16 PM
 
Imam Attacked by Fellow Muslims After Condemning Har Nof Massacre

November 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM
 
Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Dead at 78

November 23, 2014 - 6:28 PM
 
Is Tennessee Teaching Its Children to Hate Jews?

November 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM
 
New Zealand Anti-Semite Attacks Jewish Toddler

November 23, 2014 - 5:04 PM
 
Palestinian Authority Caught Crossing White Lines as Well as Red Lines

November 23, 2014 - 4:18 PM
 
Second Temple Era Military Outpost Discovered, Possibly Destroyed By Alexander the Great

November 23, 2014 - 4:05 PM
 
Son (Complete Opposite) of I. B. Singer Dead at 85

November 23, 2014 - 3:41 PM
 
IDF Shoots at Gaza Infiltrators; Hamas Claims One Killed

November 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM
 
Ex-Senior Justice Official Asks Homeland Security to Ban Abbas from US

November 23, 2014 - 3:06 PM
 
Police Disinter PA Arabs Sleeping Peacefully in Herzliya Graves

November 23, 2014 - 12:41 PM
 
Kerry and Netanyahu Update Each Other on Iran

November 23, 2014 - 12:32 PM
 
Arab Terror Hits Hard at Jerusalem Hotel Occupancy Rate

November 23, 2014 - 11:57 AM
 
Canadian-Israeli in Coma from Har Nof Massacre

November 23, 2014 - 11:02 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Claims Settlers Torched Home near Ramallah

November 23, 2014 - 9:52 AM
 
Hevron Terrorists Try to Burn IDF Soldiers to Death [video]

November 23, 2014 - 9:16 AM
 
IDF Arrests Terrorist Linked with ISIS

November 23, 2014 - 8:59 AM
 
Jordanian PM Sends Condolence Letter to Har Nof Terrorists

November 23, 2014 - 12:26 AM
 
BREAKING: West About to Cave on Key Iranian Demand

November 23, 2014 - 12:05 AM
 
Druze Memorial Defaced with ISIS Graffiti

November 22, 2014 - 9:41 PM
 
State Weighing Measures Against Terrorist’s Families

November 22, 2014 - 9:17 PM
 
Yehudah Glick to Undergo Additional Surgery

November 22, 2014 - 8:35 PM
 
Following Tunnel Discover, Egypt to Raze More Gaza Border Homes

November 22, 2014 - 6:50 PM
 
2 Yeshiva Students Injured in Friday Night Terrorist Attack

November 22, 2014 - 6:05 PM
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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Daily-Midot-042712
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

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Our Mission: When it comes to Chesed the Jewish people are at the front of the line. We’ve tackled Chesed and everyone is aware of the unbelievable work and generosity that we are involved in. Now it’s time to take on a new, more difficult challenge: Middot (character trait).

Freiman-042712
 

Posted on: April 26th, 2012

JudaismTorah

Is it really possible for any self-respecting New Yorker to love parking tickets? I have seen those orange rectangular pieces of paper become the nemesis of society. As a result, those trying to earn a meager living giving out these tickets have become Public Enemy Number One. We view them as “out to get us,” deliberately attempting to make our lives miserable.

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Posted on: April 26th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

A Transfusion, An Element Of Life ‘Blood From A Sanctified Animal Is Forbidden’ (Me’ilah 12)

 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismParsha

At the end of parshas Metzora the Torah discusses the halachos of when a woman becomes a niddah. The Torah says that a woman who becomes a niddah must count seven days from when she stops seeing blood, and then becomes tahor by immersing in a mikveh.

 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismParsha

It was the Septuagint, the early Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, that translated tzara’at, the condition whose identification and cleansing occupies much of Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora as lepra, giving rise to a long tradition identifying it with leprosy.

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Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismAsk the Rabbi

Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Yaakov Avinu received word that his brother Eisav was coming to greet him. He understood fully well that this was not to be a warm family reunion. Eisav came accompanied by a band of four hundred armed men, bent on revenge. The Torah says Yaakov was “very frightened,” so he prepared for war.

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: I have heard that some halachic authorities disapprove of placing a silver atarah on a talit. Is this true?

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Miller-Rabbi-Avigdor
 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Although the tzoraas affliction is no more in contemporary times, it teaches lessons that are eternal. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that foremost among these lessons is the greatness of Torah leaders and their wisdom. Another lesson: The opportunity the affliction presented to the afflicted for repentance and seld-improvement.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I’m learning to walk again. Every step is painful. I go with a walker. There is a security belt wrapped around my waist which the physical therapist watches carefully so that in case I stumble she will be able to catch me. As I make my way, the nurses and other health care personnel smile and congratulate me: “You’re doing wonderful! You’re doing great!”

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Posted on: April 25th, 2012

JudaismColumnsLessons In Emunah

It was early evening in Jerusalem. I was exhausted, and thankful that the light rail train had arrived. Along with all the other passengers, I jockeyed for a place to stand where I could place some of my bundles on the floor. At the next stop a seat became available, and I was grateful to be able to claim it.

Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav
 

Posted on: April 25th, 2012

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Rabbi Zuriel: "With the ingathering of the exiles, we need a Sanhedrin to implement various changes since Judaism is a developing matter; it's supposed to be dynamic. He showed me in one of his works twenty items that the Tosafot changed. Today however, he added, we're like the Karaites, we don’t want to change.

Staum-042012
 

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

JudaismParsha

When Rabbi Berel Wein began working for the O.U. kashrus division, he shared an office with Rabbi Alexander Rosenberg a’h, the founder of the kashrus division and its administrator for thirty years.

Hertzberg-042012
 

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

JudaismParsha

More than 1500 people died on the Titanic. As a result of the tragedy, out of date conventions and procedures were changed, navigational mistakes were identified and corrected, and the threat of ice was taken seriously—even in the era of modern ships. Walter Lord, in his seminal book on the disaster, A Night to Remember (1955), wrote: “Never again would men fling a ship into an ice field, heedless of warnings, putting their whole trust in a few thousand tons of steel and rivets. From then on Atlantic liners took ice messages seriously, steered clear, or slowed down. Nobody believed in the ‘unsinkable ship.’

 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

In addition to karet, there is another type of premature death at the hand of God known as “mita bedei shamayim.”

Miller-Rabbi-Avigdor
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

JudaismParsha

The commentators discuss the meaning and implications of the “strange fire” brought as an offering by Nadav and Avihu. In his discussion of this perplexing passage, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, discusses their early demise and observes that their death served a greater purpose (through the sadness that ensued) and that despite receiving a divine death penalty, the Torah regards them as great people.

The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

JudaismParsha

“Tell Bnei Yisrael, “These are the creatures you should eat.” – Vayikrah 11:2 Chovos Halevovos (Sha’ar Avodas Elokim 3) explains that Hashem created man out of two very distinct parts – a nefesh haschili (intellectual soul) and a nefesh habahami (animal soul). Each has its desires and inclinations, and each is competing with the other, […]

 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

JudaismParsha

Why was spontaneity wrong for Nadav and Avihu, yet right for Moshe Rabbeinu? The answer is that Nadav and Avihu were kohanim, priests. Moses was a navi, a prophet. These are two different forms of religious leadership. They involve different tasks and different sensibilities, indeed different approaches to time itself.

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

JudaismHalacha & Hashkafa

Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

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