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The Primordial Light of Hanukkah Banishes Today’s Darkness
 
Philly Ties Har Nof Victims’ Shloshim to Hanukkah Theme of Rededication

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Glasgow Holiday Shoppers Struck by ‘Out of Control’ Sanitation Truck

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Another French ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attack, Driver Slams into Crowd

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Israel Denies IDF Drone Shot Down by Syria

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Bringing the Light of Chanukah to Israel’s Widows and Orphans

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New Poll: Shows Netanyahu Will Lead Next Gov’t with Haredim

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Palestinian Authority Terrorist Tries to Kill Soldier at Checkpoint

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NY Police Search for Missing Links on Deranged Muslim Murderer of Cops

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Yehuda Glick Running as Likud MK Candidate

December 22, 2014 - 10:17 AM
 
Arabs Imitate Ancient Greeks and Vandalize Joseph’s Tomb

December 22, 2014 - 10:07 AM
 
Giant Chabad Menorah Lit Without Ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney

December 22, 2014 - 9:53 AM
 
Egypt Reopens Rafah Crossing

December 22, 2014 - 7:46 AM
 
India May Pull Rug Out From Under Abbas in UN Vote

December 22, 2014 - 6:22 AM
 
Syria Downs Israeli Drone Near Border [video]

December 22, 2014 - 4:37 AM
 
French Driver Shouting “Allahu Akbar” Plows into Crowd

December 22, 2014 - 12:05 AM
 
Jewish Man ‘Accidentally’ Run Over – Twice

December 21, 2014 - 8:21 PM
 
Terror Victim Protected ‘Mohammed the Zionist’ from Terrorists

December 21, 2014 - 7:17 PM
 
Netanyahu Exploits Elections to Raise Minimum Wage

December 21, 2014 - 2:42 PM
 
Abbas: We Won’t Use Violence – Unless We Will

December 21, 2014 - 1:58 PM
 
Kindertransport Documentary Selected for Permanent Preservation

December 21, 2014 - 1:42 PM
 
Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’

December 21, 2014 - 1:34 PM
 
Police Raid Homes of Anti-Assimilation Volunteers

December 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM
 
Rock-Throwing Terrorists Hit 4-Year-old Boy at Gush Etzion

December 21, 2014 - 11:13 AM
 
Jewish Home Unity Overcomes the ’Yesha Faction’

December 21, 2014 - 10:40 AM
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The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

JudaismParsha

When Moshe came of age, he went out to visit his brothers, to share in their suffering. What he saw caused him great anguish.

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Posted on: December 13th, 2013

JudaismParsha

On the ninth of Teves Ezra HaSofer was niftar. The Gemara (Megilah 15a) tells us that Ezra was actually Malachi – the last prophet. With his passing, the glorious era of nevuah, prophecy, came to an end.

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Posted on: December 13th, 2013

JudaismParsha

The belief in the power of the evil eye and the desire to ward off its deleterious spell are rooted firmly in Jewish historical consciousness. Indeed, the Talmud is replete with numerous references to the notion of ayin hara and takes its existence for granted.

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Posted on: December 13th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

When Joseph agrees to bury Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief - why?

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The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Yaakov Avinu spent the final seventeen years of his life in Mitzrayim. While there he lived in peace for the first time in many years and remained in that state for the rest of his life. Near the end of his days he called in his beloved son Yosef and made an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.”

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Posted on: December 12th, 2013

JudaismParsha

This week’s parshah begins with Yaakov Avinu on his deathbed. He called for and requested of Yosef not to bury him in Mitzrayim, but rather in Eretz Yisrael. Although Yosef agreed to fulfill this request, Yaakov asked him to swear that he would keep his word, which he did.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Shemos Rabbah states that Yaakov transmitted the “secret of the redemption.”

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Eisenstock-120613
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Just as the moon waxes and wanes and then totally disappears from view before returning to the night sky, so, too, the Jewish people.

brothers hugging
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

A fascinating Biblical echo

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Posted on: December 5th, 2013

JudaismParsha

In this week’s parshah Yaakov Avinu takes his entire family down to Mitzrayim. The Torah lists the family members who made this journey. On the list is Shimon’s son, Shaul. The pasuk refers to him as Shaul ben haCanaanis – the son of the Canaanis.

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Posted on: November 29th, 2013

JudaismParsha

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, each month is associated with a letter of the aleph-beis. Teves was formed by means of the letter ayin, which has a numerical value of seventy – a number that figures prominently in Judaism.

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Posted on: November 29th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Having come to the conclusion that nobody was more qualified than Yosef to lead Egypt in anticipation of and during the approaching famine, Pharaoh appointed him prime minister. This appointment made Yosef the second most powerful man in Egypt.

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Posted on: November 29th, 2013

JudaismParsha

Standing up for the truth is by no means an easy feat and Yosef paid for it dearly.

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Posted on: November 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi David Fohrman

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

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The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: November 27th, 2013

JudaismParsha

The Bach, commenting on Tur Shulchan Aruch, explains that the decrees of the Yivanim against the Jewish people occurred because the Jewish people became “lax in their service.”

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Posted on: November 27th, 2013

JudaismParsha

In this week’s parshah, Yosef is the ruler of Mitzrayim and his brothers come to purchase food from him, not realizing with whom they were dealing.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

JudaismParsha

If your home fits the chaotic description but you’d love to change it to the calm one maybe you should think about joining the ever growing Chatzos Movement – a group of ladies whose goal is to have all the main preparations for Shabbos over by chatzos, the middle of the day on Friday.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

JudaismParsha

Of all the “what were they thinking” stories we have in Tanach, the story of Yosef definitely takes the cake. He knows his brothers hate him and should not be messed with. And yet he begs, “Please hear my dreams, in which you all bow down to me.”

The-Shmuz
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

JudaismParsha

Rashi tells us that after the Torah described the life of Eisav in an abbreviated manner, it then told over the events of the life of Yaakov in full detail. The reason for this is that Yaakov and what occurred to him are important in the eyes of Hashem, whereas Eisav and his life aren’t. So too, Rashi explains, we find with the ten generations from Adam to Noach. Each individual gets a mere mention until we get to the life of Noach. Then the Torah elaborates in full detail.

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Posted on: November 21st, 2013

JudaismParsha

Toward the end of the parshah, we read that Yosef was incarcerated. While there, the sar hamashkim and the sar ha’ofim were imprisoned as well. Both men had dreams one night, which disturbed them the next day. Rashi tells us that they each dreamed the interpretation of the other’s dream.

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