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Ancient ‘Metzitza’ Practice Followed by Newer Custom of Haredi Bashing

Tibbi Singer
Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Towards the end of last week, a story had come out about a new brochure issued by the NY City Health Dept. discouraging the practice of “metzitza b’pe.” DOH’s commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley was pushing the story, hoping to get New Yorkers to spread the word. There are important reasons why the practice should be […]

Being Enmeshed: Insights Into Concurrently Holding On And Letting Go

Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I once heard a story about a single man struggling to find a spouse. His main challenge was his insistence that a potential mate permanently welcome his widowed mother into their marital home. A friend suggested that he speak with the great authority, Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt’l. The man shared with the Rav his delicate predicament. The Rav validated the man’s approach as acceptable. Sometime later, the man met his bashert, the special woman willing to live with his mom. They returned to Rav Shlomo Zalman for his blessing. Surprisingly, the Rav called the man aside and told him that they cannot live with his mother anymore. The young man was shocked. After all, on the previous visit, the Rav had supported his desire to find a woman who would accept their living with his mother.

Stepparenting – Challenge And Opportunity

Tina Kahn
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Menchlichkeit, good middos, patience and wisdom are the accolades I heard over and over again by stepchildren and stepparents when I asked them to describe the attributes of a good stepparent.

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

The Great Identity Crisis

Daniel Greenfield
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

A values-based identity appears to be superior, but it is actually the product of an identity crisis. For example, Jewish assimilation dropped the ‘peoplehood’ aspect, leaving behind a values-based identity. When liberal Jews express their identity, it is values-based, built around “Tikkun Olam”, or “Social Justice”. That opens up a hole for someone like Peter Beinart to crawl in with a crisis of Liberal Zionism, a conflict between values-based identity and Jewish survival.

WARNING! Living in Israel is a Commandment of the Torah

A Jew In Need
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

For any reader who may be confused about the obligation to live in the Land of Israel, this sweeping halachic and Talmudic overview of Rabbi Kahane will surely put all uncertainty to rest. Because of its vital importance to each and every Jew, we will be presenting it in two installments.

Beit El Bitter Pill Sweetened by Bibi’s Promise of New Construction

Malkah Fleisher
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Though leaders in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria decried the failure of Wednesday’s Knesset vote to overturn the destruction of five apartment buildings in Beit El, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a major new construction plan to erect 300 new homes in the town, with 551 additional homes approved in four other locations.

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