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The Arab Spring of Anarchy Has Come to Israel

October 9, 2015 - 4:57 PM
Tsfat Chief Rabbi Eliyahu: Soldiers Who Let Captured Terrorists Live Must Be Prosecuted

October 9, 2015 - 4:15 PM
Waiting for Rockets as Gazans Reportedly Killed in Border Clashes with IDF

October 9, 2015 - 4:03 PM
Shanghai Magnet School Offering Hebrew, Language of the ‘Smart People’

October 9, 2015 - 3:34 PM
Terrorist Captured in Afula

October 9, 2015 - 1:50 PM
Israeli Startup Launching World’s First Privately-Funded Moon Landing

October 9, 2015 - 1:15 PM
Only 0.3% of Yearly Visitors to Temple Mount Are Jews

October 9, 2015 - 1:04 PM
Arab MK Zoabi Who Swore Allegiance to Jewish State: I Don’t Take Orders from Israel

October 9, 2015 - 12:58 PM
Terrorist Shot Dead after Stabbing Policeman in Kiryat Arba [video]

October 9, 2015 - 12:53 PM
Stabbing in Jerusalem

October 9, 2015 - 12:16 PM
Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

October 9, 2015 - 11:34 AM
Russia and Israel Quietly Collaborating on Attacks in Syria

October 9, 2015 - 11:06 AM
Updated: Jewish Teen Stabs 4 Arab in Dimona “I thought they were terrorists”

October 9, 2015 - 9:56 AM
PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Ongoing Arab Terrorism

October 9, 2015 - 7:49 AM
UK Wants EU to Speed Up Deportations as Winter Approaches

October 9, 2015 - 2:38 AM
Netanyahu Tries to Calm the Country but Plays Politics

October 8, 2015 - 11:49 PM
Complete Security Footage from Afula Terror Attack [video]

October 8, 2015 - 11:33 PM
U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

October 8, 2015 - 11:12 PM
UK Chief Rabbi Urging Jews to Join War on Poverty

October 8, 2015 - 10:19 PM
Live Blog: Intifada 3.0 – Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 – IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula

October 8, 2015 - 8:55 PM
4 Russian Cruise Missiles Accidentally Hit Iran (No Kidding)

October 8, 2015 - 8:51 PM
1 Arab Rioter Dead, 9 Israel Police Officer Hurt in Shuafat Clashes

October 8, 2015 - 8:15 PM
IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula, Terrorist Captured [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:15 PM
Haifa: Arabs Throw Stones at Cars

October 8, 2015 - 5:15 PM
Third Stabbing Terror Attack on Thursday: Kiryat Arba

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
How Palestinian Arab Terrorists Choose Their Targets

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

October 8, 2015 - 4:50 PM
Attempted Ramming in Jerusalem [video]

October 8, 2015 - 4:31 PM
Rabbi Appointed ‘Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope’

October 8, 2015 - 4:30 PM
Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

October 8, 2015 - 4:18 PM
Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

October 8, 2015 - 4:09 PM
4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

October 8, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Russia Takes over Syrian Civil War, Hits Rebels with Missiles

October 8, 2015 - 2:44 PM
Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

October 8, 2015 - 2:08 PM
Israeli Arab Hospital Worker Convicted of Joining ISIS

October 8, 2015 - 1:24 PM
A Week of Intifada Miracles in the State of Israel

October 8, 2015 - 11:59 AM
Firebombs, Rocks and Rioting in Gush Etzion

October 8, 2015 - 10:33 AM
Herzog Says Zionist Union ‘Would’ve Known Better’ How to Calm Situation [video]

October 8, 2015 - 10:13 AM
Elkin Attacks Netanyahu’s Temple Mount Ruling

October 8, 2015 - 8:56 AM
Police Installing Metal Detectors at Jerusalem’s Gates

October 8, 2015 - 8:45 AM
Jewish Security Prisoners Isolated

October 8, 2015 - 8:32 AM
Mayor Nir Barkat: Come Out Today With Your Guns [audio]

October 8, 2015 - 8:06 AM
Arabs Release New Rules of Engagement [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:37 AM
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Posted on: January 10th, 2014


For change to become permanent it has to become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly.


Posted on: December 20th, 2013


Imagine Amram and Yocheved, the parents of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon Hakohen. We know who they were, but what do we know of their child-raising techniques? What was the central pillar of their home that helped foster these two spiritual giants?


Posted on: December 6th, 2013


In our story a couple of kids discover Chanukah within the walls of a gym.


Posted on: October 11th, 2013


Kindness and hospitality came easily to Lot. As a nephew to Avraham, these qualities were part of his DNA; as a ben-bayis who was raised in Avraham's household bringing in guests was what came naturally.


Posted on: October 4th, 2013


The world was created soooo long ago that we can feel like it’s “old news.” But by just opening our eyes and seeing the amazing design of the natural world around us, we can feel like we have front-rows seats to creation. Hashem made the world and everything in it -- including us -- with a master plan. By tuning in to the awesome design in everything around us, we can feel connected to that plan and to Him.


Posted on: August 9th, 2013


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


Posted on: August 1st, 2013


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.


Posted on: July 5th, 2013


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.


Posted on: June 6th, 2013


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.


Posted on: May 17th, 2013


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?


Posted on: May 2nd, 2013


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.


Posted on: April 18th, 2013


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.


Posted on: April 11th, 2013


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.


Posted on: March 28th, 2013


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


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


Posted on: February 14th, 2013


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.


Posted on: February 14th, 2013


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.


Posted on: January 31st, 2013


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.

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Posted on: January 10th, 2013


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


Posted on: January 10th, 2013


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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