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Is America Still an “Ally”? With Amb. Michael Oren [audio]
Ancient Muslim Inscription Confirms Dome of the Rock’s Jewish Temple Origin

October 28, 2016 - 12:09 PM
‘Holy Trash’ Exhibition Turns Lost Synagogue Books into Stone [video]

October 28, 2016 - 11:01 AM
Clinton Mulling Biden for Secretary of State

October 28, 2016 - 6:58 AM
Fury Over Israeli Authorization for Arab Housing in Area C, Near Jewish Susiya

October 28, 2016 - 12:56 AM
President Rivlin Visits Bereaved Family of Israeli Teen Killed on Israel-Egyptian Border

October 28, 2016 - 12:31 AM
GOP Pressures Obama to Cut US Ties to UNESCO Over Jerusalem

October 27, 2016 - 9:25 PM
Knesset Committee to Debate Proposed Law Expanding Defense Minister’s Powers

October 27, 2016 - 9:03 PM
In Lod, ‘Shema Yisrael’ to Blast Response to Islamic Muezzin

October 27, 2016 - 8:26 PM
Jews Protest in Paris Over UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem

October 27, 2016 - 7:12 PM
Israeli Embassy in UK Slams Event Hosted by House of Lords Blaming Jews for Holocaust

October 27, 2016 - 6:36 PM
Winter Rains Arrive in Israel, Flash Flood Warnings Issued

October 27, 2016 - 5:39 PM
Jerusalem Arab Indicted in Terrorist Plot, Facebook Incitement

October 27, 2016 - 4:04 PM
Im Tirtzu Reports on Anti-Israel NGOs Benefiting from National Service Internships

October 27, 2016 - 2:03 PM
Friend of Israel Slated to Become HRC’s WH Chief of Staff

October 27, 2016 - 1:42 PM
Habayit Hayehudi: Amona Stays or We Leave

October 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM
Exclusive: Weapons Cache Found in Arab Town following Abbas Surprise Visit

October 27, 2016 - 11:34 AM
JFNA Discovered Jewish Life in Liberated Territories

October 27, 2016 - 10:59 AM
Holding Up Ancient ‘Jerusalem’ Papyrus, Netanyahu Condemns UNESCO’s ‘Scandalous’ Resolution

October 27, 2016 - 9:34 AM
Trump to Israelis: Together We’ll Stand Up to Iran [video]

October 27, 2016 - 8:52 AM
First Temple Era Document Mentioning ‘Jerusalem’ Revealed [video]

October 26, 2016 - 11:15 PM
Arab Terrorist Caught ‘Red-Handed’ in Attack on Jerusalem Light Rail

October 26, 2016 - 10:12 PM
Junior Terrorists-in-Training Caught With Knives in Gush Etzion [video]

October 26, 2016 - 9:39 PM
Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO is Recalled to Jerusalem

October 26, 2016 - 6:43 PM
IDF Soldier Wounded at Rachel’s Tomb

October 26, 2016 - 6:22 PM
Arab Terror Stabber Sentenced to 17 Years, Fined NIS 50K

October 26, 2016 - 6:08 PM
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Book Reviews

Posted on: June 26th, 2013

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For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, Jewish thinkers have tried to prove God’s existence and the veracity of the Torah. That endeavor is no longer in vogue. Indeed, many educated Jews today believe the attempt an exercise in futility.


Posted on: June 26th, 2013

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This is a remarkable book to assist those of us – and that means everyone – who are trying to find our way in life, with all its setbacks and pain, as well as for people who want to help people.


Posted on: May 29th, 2013

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When Yankie Schwartz e-mailed me an advance copy of his new book Contemplations: Wisdom for Living (published by Menucha Publishers) for review, I decided to print out 50 pages to read over Shabbos. After all, I reasoned, 50 pages of mussar and hashkafah essays would be enough for me to form a first impression. Boy, was I wrong.


Posted on: April 15th, 2013

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Choosing Life in Israel evinces what it means to be emotionally, spiritually, and viscerally drawn, as a Jew, to the siren song emitted by Israel.


Posted on: April 4th, 2013

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Published originally in 1965, this reissue of a classic is now more relevant than ever. Jewish law legislates that a child is Jewish if the mother is Jewish, or one who had converted to Judaism according to specific halachic requirements. Jewish identity is thus not merely sociological and demographic (if Jews live in the land of Israel) nor ethnic (differences in customs, folkways, and liturgy and practice of Ashkenazi Jews vs. Sephardic Jews), but rather determined by a maternal hereditary religious blood covenant.


Posted on: March 20th, 2013

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You’ll never get anything you need or want if you don’t ask. You have to ask the questions. Treasure this advice, because it’s one of the best you’ll get in life. At times it’s thorny and complicated to ask another for something – what if he says no and your request is rebuffed. Rejection is hard to take. And what if you’re imposing or the requestee has a hard time saying no? But you’ll also never get a “yes” without first asking.


Posted on: March 15th, 2013

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It might still be two weeks to Pesach, but is never too early to start thinking about Afikomen presents.


Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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Reading Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein’s Essays On the Weekly Parsha Based on Nesivos Shalom I could not help thinking of the old warning that “a young man who wishes to remain an unbeliever cannot be too careful of his reading.”


Posted on: February 28th, 2013

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Rabbi Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) was a halachist par excellence, philosopher, physician, and a political leader of the Jewish community at the ibn Ezra Synagogue of Egypt. Born in Cordovero, Spain and caused to flee a fanatical Muslim sect, the Rambam travelled to Morocco, Eretz Yisrael, Alexandria, and then served as a physician in the court of the Sultan in Cairo Fostat.


Posted on: February 28th, 2013

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Each one of us finds ourselves at the center of six generations of history. We hear the echoes of our grandparents’ era and see the beginnings of that of our grandchildren and we hope and endeavor to be the fulfillment of the hopes of one and the inspiration of the other.


Posted on: February 21st, 2013

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You can tell Rabbi Yossy Goldman’s book From Where I Stand: Life Messages from the Weekly Torah Reading by its covers. The front cover is a photograph of a rabbi in a shul that is full of light.


Posted on: February 20th, 2013

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I was recently invited to review A Neuropsychologist's Journal: Interventions and “Judi-isms.” Normally this wouldn't take me long as I would get the gist of the book by quickly skimming through it. Instead I found myself engrossed in reading this book word by word, cover to cover. The short chapters had me hungrily turning the 459 pages for more, and at times, I just could not put it down.

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Posted on: January 21st, 2013

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A history of New York Jewry took Jewish book of the year honors in the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards.


Posted on: January 16th, 2013

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The Jewish people have been blessed with a plethora of biographies and memoirs about our rabbis, educators, philanthropists and community leaders. Unfortunately, many that were published in previous generations have been lost to history, and the impacts that many noteworthy individuals had on our people have been largely forgotten.


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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This excellent, delightful and lucid collection represents some of the best in academic research. Philological, lexicographical, linguistic, epigraphical, cultural, mythological, ritualistic, and historical knowledge are informed by virtuosity in comparative ancient Semitic languages. These erudite studies by the high-powered academic scholarship of Hayim Tawil – a professor of Hebrew languages and literature at Yeshiva University – shed light on Biblical Hebrew, the whole field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, medieval exegetical traditions, and the reception history of the Biblical text from antiquity to the present day.


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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I’ve always had an interest in the intersect between halacha, history, and archaeology. It is this interest that led me to research and write about the status of Purim in modern-day Israeli cities that are adjacent to ancient cities that had a wall around them in the days of Yehoshua Bin Nun. I concluded, in regards to Beit Shemesh at least, that there is much merit in observing a second day of Purim, on the 15th of Adar.


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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No one likes to dwell about loss, or delve into the nitty-gritty issues and emotions that come along with losing a loving parent to a horrible illness. However life happens, and the sad truth is that many people every day lose parents to illness or age. It's the facts of life.


Posted on: December 14th, 2012

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In my weekly Jewish Press column, “Dear Dr. Yael,” I occasionally recommend books that will enhance shalom bayis, parenting skills and the quality of the Shabbos table. Lilmod Ulelamed, eloquently written by Rabbi Mordechai Katz, is a newly revised and expanded version of the original that was published by Feldheim Publishers in 1978. It is a book that can truly improve your Shabbos table.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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ne Shot, authored by M. Wiseman, is an emotional drama that focuses on issues faced by some teens nowadays. In Suburbia, U.S.A., lived three extraordinary young men, Baruch, Nadav and Rafi. Nadav and Rafi have been friends forever, and Baruch joins the crew in his later teens. Pain is the bond that brings the threesome together. Baruch and Nadav have emotional pain and Rafi suffers from a physical pain; he discovered that he had advanced-stage cancer. The cancer was serious – too serious for the doctors, so they eventually stopped treating him.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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When the Fine family (not related to the Feiners from Alone in Africa!) move into a new neighborhood, the twin siblings named Nesanel (again, not related to Nesanel Feiner) and Nechama set out on a very important mission – finding friends to rescue them from their boredom.

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