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The Fast of Esther: International Agunah Day

Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

This year International Agunah Day was observed on March 7th, the Jewish calendar date of Taanit Esther, the Fast of Esther.

The date was determined by ICAR – The International Coalition for Agunah Rights. ICAR is a coalition of 27 organizations working together to abolish defiance in granting a “get” (Jewish divorce) and extortion in the divorce process within the framework of Jewish Law.

Tzav: Holiness And Eating

Rabbi Avigdor Miller
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The evil inclination likes to tempt us to indulge in material delights. It is important to know that these delights may have another purpose, too: kedushah (holiness).

Caught On Camera!

Rabbi Meir Orlian
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

On the bima of the beis medrash stood a maos chittim “pushka” (collection box) on behalf of “Matzos Chesed Organization.” The gabbai emptied the box every few days, typically finding $200-$500.

Jerusalem…on Mars?

Vic Rosenthal
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

One can argue that the status of eastern Jerusalem is in dispute, but all of Jerusalem? Apparently the US State Department thinks so. In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Menachem Zivotofsky, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland tried to wiggle and dance her way out of some expert questioning by AP reporter Matt Lee.

‘Kzayit’: Rashi Almost Certainly Never Saw an Olive

Rabbi David Bar-Hayim
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Is Halakhic Judaism rational and rooted in reality, or is it a hypothetical construct unconducive to engaging the real world?

The Toulouse Massacre, Why Did It Happen?

Mudar Zahran
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Why did Merah, born and raised in France to Algerian-French parents, commit such a ruthless massacre? Was he just a fundamentalist who took Islamic teachings to the extreme, or is it basic Islamic fundamentals themselves that led him to that? As a Muslim, and in an attempt to answer that question, I thought it prudent to look to the factual teaching of Islam on Jihad or “Holy war.”

Marching On Jerusalem

Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

A million Arabs plan to march on Jerusalem highlighting strange “accusations” that Israel is seeking to retain the Jewish character of its holy capital.

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