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As of Late Friday Afternoon, ‘Global March on Jerusalem’ Fails to Ignite Mass Clashes with Police, Army

Jewish Press Staff
Friday, March 30th, 2012

At the Kalandia checkpoint, where Palestinian youths have been taunting Israeli security forces all day, activity fizzled down after TV cameras had left. Jordan mass sit-in remained 6 miles from the border. Lebanon’s army restrained Iranian and Palestinian busloads of demonstrators. In this region things can change rapidly, but we’re off to the mikvah, to prepare for Shabbat. Here’s hoping for a peaceful evening.

Israeli Diplomat’s ‘Spanking’ of J Street Conference Removed from Organization History; Read Entire Speech in the Jewish Press

Yori Yanover
Friday, March 30th, 2012

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street’s official history. It never happened. But we have it…

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?

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