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Uri Bank Gets Bennett’s Endorsement

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2 Border Police Stabbed Near Jerusalem Old City

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Parisian Kosher Restaurant Second Anti-Semitic Gun Attack This Week

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Breaking News: 11-Year-Old Girl Fighting For Her Life Following Arab Terror Attack

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Jerusalem Okays Homes for Ramot Community that Media call a ‘Settlement’

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Jet Blue Flying Cops Free to NYC Slain Officers’ Funerals

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Zoabi Sues Likud MK Danon for Video Showing Her as Pro-Terror

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Charges Dropped and File Closed in Latrun Monastery Attack

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Updated: 11 Year Old Girl Seriously Injured in Firebomb Attack [video]

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Intel: Abdullah — the Last Hashemite King of Jordan

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ISIS Facebook Fans Stuck in Israel

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US Suspects ISIS Did Not Down Jordanian F-16

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Latest Election Poll

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Sister of American IDF Lone Soldier Killed in Summer War Makes aliyah

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Birthright Winter Season Begins as Thousands of Young Jews Arrive in Israel

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New Billboards Target NY Times for Anti-Israel Reporting

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Million-Dollar ‘Chocolate Bar’: First-Grade Buddies Raise Seven Figures for Rare Disease

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Russian Financial Crisis Spells Devastating Losses for Israeli Farmers

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Update: Bayit Yehudi Finally Has the Education Ministry – and Turns it Down

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Hamas Hold Terrorist Pow-Wow over ‘Zionist Violations’ of Cease-Fire

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‘Six Million More’ graffitied on Greek Jewish Cemetery

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IDF Arrests Terrorists and Uncovers Large Stash of Weapons near Shechem

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Israel Capitulates — Returns Bodies of Nar Nof Terrorists [video]

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CoS Gantz Dismisses Givati Battalion Commander for Sexual Harassment

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And the Right is Back

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Uri Ariel Promises to Lower Housing Costs

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Ban on Interfaith Teen Dating Lifted by United Synagogue Youth

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Al Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ via Magazine to Attack US Airliners

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Belgian Minister Vows to Uphold Jewish Ritual Slaughter

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Michael Oren Joins Kachlon’s Party

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Israel Warns Hamas: ‘We Will Respond to Attacks — Forcefully”

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Update: Medical Emergency 101 Lines Back Up in Jerusalem

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Firebombs Thrown near Beit Hadassah

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Border Police Stop Terror Attack

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Hatnua Party Collapses, Herzog Buys a Cat in the Bag

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Likud Party Bars Netanyahu from Running as Chairman

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Hebrew University to Close for Christmas

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Alan Gross to get $3.2M Compensation

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Update: IDF Soldier Wounded in Gun Battle with Hamas

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Yisrael Beitenu Suspected of Fraud and Bribery

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Muslim Destroys French City’s Xmas Decorations

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Two Rockets Fired from Gaza

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Posted on: August 9th, 2013

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“The generalities of the commandments necessarily have a cause and have been given because of a certain utility."

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Posted on: August 1st, 2013

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What does it mean to be close to somebody else? One way is to be physically near them, but another, more spiritual way is to try to learn from them and emulate their good qualities. When the Torah instructs us to make ourselves close to, or cleave to Hashem, it doesn’t mean by trying to get to heaven in a rocket ship! Rather it means to think about Hashem and emulate His qualities of kindness, patience, fairness, etc. That is the real measure of how close a person is to G-d.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2013

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The three weeks period between the 17 of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av, besides being a time to remember and mourn the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash in Yerushalayim, is a very special time to focus on love. The spiritual root cause of the churban and all the other tragedies of Jewish history that resulted from it was sinas chinam, disliking and hating each other for no good reason. So it only makes sense that the way to remedy this is to go out of our way, especially during these three weeks, to try to like and love each other -- even for no good reason.

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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No one lives in a vacuum. No, that doesn’t mean we didn’t get sucked up through a vacuum cleaner hose in the pre-Pesach cleaning frenzy, it means that whether we like it or not, our environment—the people and things around us—makes a big impact on who we are.

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Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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I watch my children use blocks to build a large structure, observing the trepidation with which they add each block. As the structure becomes larger there is a greater risk of it collapsing, thus bringing an end to an hour of playful labor. I anticipate what will happen when one child adds a block to the top floor, compromising the integrity of the building and resulting in the collapse of the entire structure. The argument that ensues is predictable, as each child blames the other for “ruining” the fun. As an adult, I wonder about the need to attribute blame. Will assigning blame be instrumental in rebuilding the structure?

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

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How can a person make sure that things will work out right? By doing what is right. When Hashem told the Jewish people to rest their fields and not plant any crops every seventh year, shmitta, it was a huge test of faith, as no crops meant no food! But Hashem also told them that if they did what’s right and listen to Him, they wouldn’t lose out because He’d miraculously give them enough crops in other years to more than make up for the year of rest. And that’s what happened.

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Posted on: April 18th, 2013

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The servant was ecstatic. He was racing to the King’s treasure house to retrieve two precious goblets to place on the King’s very table. Why had he been chosen to be the one to bring these royal treasures? Well, he was the one who had suggested the idea.

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Posted on: April 11th, 2013

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Even if nobody sees us, everything we do is being watched and recorded on video…by Hashem. Our conscience, that part of us that makes us feel guilty if we do something we shouldn’t have, is Hashem’s loving way of reminding us that He knows what we did, and knows that we’ll feel better, and become better by coming clean and putting it right.

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Posted on: March 28th, 2013

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Kids today... that’s not the way we behaved when we were younger!! That is the mantra I hear repeated as parents bemoan the spoiled nature and lack of responsibility of today's children. The problem is - it is not a fair comparison.

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Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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Someone sent me this e-mail: “The ABC’s of Purim: They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.”

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Posted on: February 14th, 2013

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Modim is the only bracha in Chazaras HaShatz that the tzibbur says is because one cannot give thanks to Hashem through the Sheliach Tzibbur, through a messenger. You have to thank Hashem yourself. It is a personal requirement that does not lend itself to be accomplished through an agent.

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Posted on: February 14th, 2013

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My family and I had recently enjoyed an outing to the bowling alley, courtesy of our friend, the owner. Children of all ages enjoy this weatherproof sport, and even preschoolers can easily score strike after strike as bumpers support the heavy ball as it creeps its way towards the pins at the end of the lane.

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Posted on: January 31st, 2013

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Let me say at the onset that I do not consider myself to be a sufficient role model when it comes to kibbud av v’eim – the 5th commandment; I humbly acknowledge my abysmal failures and inadequate performance of this critical mitzvah. However, I do detect a perilous and alarming trend, whereby performance of this mitzvah is spiraling to its lowest levels, threatening the very essence of the foundation that has sustained us over the past five millennium.

 

Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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The following letter was sent in response to Pidyon Shevuyim: Redeeming The Agunah, a column by Cheryl Kupfer (12-21 On Our Own):

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Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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We all yearn to feel that we are part of something special. We all seek respect and acceptance for simply being who we are.

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Posted on: January 4th, 2013

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This coming Shabbos we bentch Rosh Chodesh Shevat, which falls on Shabbos Kodesh (January 12). The highlight of this month is of course Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the trees. As the mind conjures up images of spring, I can spot nary a sign of spring from my vantage point here in the northeastern part of the U.S.

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Posted on: January 4th, 2013

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It is a short winter Friday, the house is upside down and it is almost Shabbos. Your kids are lying around or playing and are not interested in helping. So you put on Rav Yom Tov Ehrlich’s famous Yiddish song “Shabbos Kodesh, Shabbos Kodesh.” Soon the invigorating melody fills the room and things start moving. “The tanaaim – the amoraim – everyone is getting ready for Shabbos Kodesh – Shabbos!” His vivid description based on the Gemara in Shabbos (119a) of the holy rabbis of the Talmud each preparing for Shabbos, is enough to motivate even the laziest child to get up and start helping. (Okay, okay – it only works once in a while!)

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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Our Jewish calendar is based on the lunar year, and Rosh Chodesh, literally the head of the month, occurs when the moon renews itself. It is a holiday — in that we daven mussaf, just like on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, we do not conduct fasts, and the pious among our people eat a special seudah. Traditionally, women do not sew on Rosh Chodesh and refrain from performing heavy-duty tasks.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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It’s been a rough few weeks. It began with the news of a heinous crime just blocks from where I live on Manhatan’s Upper West Side: a nanny viciously took the lives of her two young charges. Hurricane Sandy came next, contributing additional loss of life and financial devastation of a magnitude never before experienced by our East Coast brethren.

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Posted on: November 23rd, 2012

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Usually, when I begin a speech, I start with something interesting, lighthearted or funny - to get your attention and lead into the speech itself. Permit me to deviate from that this week, because there is nothing funny, lighthearted or interesting about what so many of us are experiencing, and if not us, than our friends, loved ones and neighbors, and if not them, than people a few miles away from us in Long Beach or Far Rockaway who have lost everything to 14 foot waves, or a little farther away where helpless Senior Citizens are living without water or power in high rises on the Lower East Side.

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