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Mapping the Spectrum of Christian Salvation and the Israeli Political ‘Left’
 
Ban on Interfaith Teen Dating Lifted by United Synagogue Youth

December 25, 2014 - 1:59 AM
 
Al Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ via Magazine to Attack US Airliners

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Belgian Minister Vows to Uphold Jewish Ritual Slaughter

December 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM
 
Michael Oren Joins Kachlon’s Party

December 24, 2014 - 8:49 PM
 
Israel Warns Hamas: ‘We Will Respond to Attacks — Forcefully”

December 24, 2014 - 8:17 PM
 
Update: Medical Emergency 101 Lines Back Up in Jerusalem

December 24, 2014 - 7:50 PM
 
Firebombs Thrown near Beit Hadassah

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Border Police Stop Terror Attack

December 24, 2014 - 5:08 PM
 
Hatnua Party Collapses, Herzog Buys a Cat in the Bag

December 24, 2014 - 4:43 PM
 
Likud Party Bars Netanyahu from Running as Chairman

December 24, 2014 - 3:44 PM
 
Hebrew University to Close for Christmas

December 24, 2014 - 1:15 PM
 
Alan Gross to get $3.2M Compensation

December 24, 2014 - 1:03 PM
 
Update: IDF Soldier Wounded in Gun Battle with Hamas

December 24, 2014 - 11:55 AM
 
Yisrael Beitenu Suspected of Fraud and Bribery

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Muslim Destroys French City’s Xmas Decorations

December 24, 2014 - 11:06 AM
 
Two Rockets Fired from Gaza

December 24, 2014 - 10:50 AM
 
Paris Synagogue Attacked

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Indie Theaters Rushing to get the “The Interview”

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PM Netanyahu Competes in International Bible Quiz

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Chabad of Dead Sea ‘Lights Up’ Israeli-Jordanian Border Base

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Will Israel Destroy Its Own Energy Independence, Break Deal with Delek, Noble Energy?

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A Kuwaiti Muslim’s Journey to Chanukah

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Jeff Seidel, Yochanan Danziger Survive Terror Attack near Mt. of Olives

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Israel Bank Pays US $400 Million for Ripping Off IRS

December 23, 2014 - 12:31 PM
 
Fragment of 1,700-Year-Old Menorah-Adorned Bracelet Discovered on Hanukkah

December 23, 2014 - 11:58 AM
 
Islamists Help Israeli Exports and Blow Up Egyptian Gas Pipeline

December 23, 2014 - 10:51 AM
 
Israel Approves Machinery for Coca-Cola in Gaza

December 23, 2014 - 10:30 AM
 
WikiLeaks: CIA Prepares Agents to Avoid Ben Gurion Airport Screenings

December 23, 2014 - 10:05 AM
 
Hebrew Univ. Study Links Fear of Terror with Risk of Death

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Book Reviews
 

Posted on: October 5th, 2011

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God's Favorite Prayers, by Tzvee Zahavy, makes for fascinating reading. It is an intelligent, sometimes amusing, and always highly readable essay addressed first and foremost to those who know "everything" - those so familiar with the prayers that they don't really need a siddur to follow the service.

 

Posted on: September 21st, 2011

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In recent years, the attitude dubbed "orthopraxy", the notion that holds that fulfillments of halakha is sufficient on its own terms without serving, or being subordinate to, any higher purpose , has become fashionable in some circles. Most famously advocated by the late distinguished Israeli scientist Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Orthopraxy - which has become accepted practically if not avowedly by many Orthodox Jews, both in the US and Israel - has found a number of other proponents as well, a disproportionate number of whom are among the intellectual elite.

 

Posted on: September 7th, 2011

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For today's Jew seeking to grow spiritually, there's mussar, and then there is modern psychology. Armed with 20th century research on how behaviors develop and how humans create internal change, today's Jewish do-gooder has an arsenal of tools beyond Pirkei Avos and the mussar masters to work on problems like, say, gossiping or overeating.

 

Posted on: August 17th, 2011

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Every medical school in the world should have this book on the syllabus: once during first-year medical studies and again at residency. Pages 63-67 pretty much sum up the brutality of a given medical staff member's offhand remarks and intentional insensitivity in the presence of patients. They crush the spirits of otherwise valiant people struggling to live. Med students who assume superiority to their needy patients need not have airs. They're not G-d and not about to become His rival, either. Medical interventions have limits. And condescension kills people as much as disease can.

 

Posted on: August 10th, 2011

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The proof will be in your hands: some self-published books are remarkably wonderful. Lisa Aiken's The Family Guide to Touring Israel is a 382-page paperback with essentials even native Israelis need to know.

 

Posted on: July 29th, 2011

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Savor the flavor and laugh along with the author as Reyna Simnegar teaches you about Persian cookery and life. Feldheim Publishing has done an outstanding job of presenting a handsome cookbook with references to normal human interactions in dating and marriage rather than pretending everyone adheres to "Three Dates and You're Done" behavior. Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride is as much about the author's cross-country courtship and marital adjustments as it is about food. The bonus is that you'll eat wonderfully aromatic, delicious food by following the author's simple recipes and her cheerful path to a well-adjusted life.

 

Posted on: July 29th, 2011

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Behind "the news" there's almost always a story that isn't being reported, and certain kinds of phenomenon occur almost simultaneously all over the world in almost every era.

 

Posted on: June 29th, 2011

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Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder and director of Project YES, an organization dedicated to guiding troubled teens, is trying to put himself out of business.

 

Posted on: June 15th, 2011

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Nachas Ruach: Torah-based Psychotherapy and Tools for Growth & Healing is Dr. Naftali Fish's 309-page explanation of a treatment model utilizing Torah values for emotional and mental health. As noted on page 5, the Nachas Ruach Treatment Model tool is " validated by changing trends within the field of psychotherapy increased openness and motivation to discover or to develop alternative ways to understanding the nature of health and healing "

 

Posted on: June 7th, 2011

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Kosher cookbooks have come a long way to being what women need. Flimsy paperbacks and poorly bound hard covers with yellowed, deteriorating pages that kept falling out have become beautiful, helpful and long-lasting. With Kosher Elegance, author Efrat Libfroind brings classic culinary skills to the table with clear directions and illustrative photos that portray aroma and taste. You'll want to eat the pictures!

 

Posted on: May 26th, 2011

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Readers and nervous newshounds wondering how to become more spiritual in a hurry can take steps toward meeting that goal by studying The Light of Thirty-Six: Accessing the Hidden Light of Creation on a Daily Basis. Read and re-read the book. Invest time, effort and thought into your spirituality-seeking process so you can act on the book's lessons seriously, not superficially.

 

Posted on: May 19th, 2011

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Holy emunah, Not Just Another Scenario 2 is a riveting read. Rabbi Pinchas Winston's revised Not Just Another Scenario holds a plot, corroborated by recent headlines, underscoring ancient prophecies coming true in one hugely happy ending.

 

Posted on: April 28th, 2011

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Whether this is a memoir or autobiography or whether this book was written as an article of regional diplomacy, King Abdullah does come across in this book as a quite sincere person making a valiant effort at regional diplomacy, who is trying to quell terrorism in the Mideast and raise the social and economic levels of his countrymen.

 

Posted on: April 14th, 2011

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As we all know, time is of essence to transmit the saga of our parents' suffering in the Holocaust before there are no more witnesses alive to tell their stories. Chavi Diamond, a daughter of survivors, is a woman with a mission. She feels this urgency keenly and has initiated a groundbreaking series of Holocaust children's books geared to ages 6-12.

 

Posted on: April 14th, 2011

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Since the invention of the printing press, thousands of books have promised to contain the secret to life's most elusive goal: happiness. In the secular world, they call them self-help books, but in our world, we know that the Torah view is the place to look for answers.

 

Posted on: April 6th, 2011

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Expressing gratitude to Hashem for all the bounty He provides us is a Biblical mitzvah that is incumbent upon men and women when they finish a meal. We call this "bentching," most commonly known as "Grace after Meals." Unfortunately, for many of us it has turned into the "Race after Meals."

 

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011

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Rabbi David Fohrman of the Hoffberger Institute for Torah Study is an engaging speaker and astonishing interpreter of Torah texts, captivating his devoted listeners and readers for decades. The Queen You Thought You Knew: Unmasking Esther's Hidden Story is his most recent publication, unrolling the Megillah with the excitement of a blockbuster.

 

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011

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For many years now, Shaul Stampfer has been recognized as an authority in all things dealing with nineteenth-century Jewish Eastern Europe. In his newest book we have a collection of numerous essays representing more than twenty years of his scholarship, including one essay published for the first time (The Missing Rabbis of Eastern Europe).

 

Posted on: March 16th, 2011

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A healthy Purim treat for very little ones has actually been released. Author Bracha Goetz has added a new volume to her bestselling What Do You See? board book series. This is the seventh bright and colorful word-and-picture book that helps teach toddlers basic vocabulary, while happily familiarizing them with objects they see around them in their own lives.

 

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011

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Feldheim's motto, "Torah Literature of Quality," is well-suited to Purim and the Persian Empire: A Historical, Archaeological & Geographical Perspective. Written by Yeshivat Itri graduate Rabbi Yehuda Landy, this magnum opus is wonderfully prepared, informative and valuable to a wide range of readers. Landy teaches at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim and is a certified tour guide in Israel. His credentials served his research efforts well.

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