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Yad Vashem: International Cmtee Must Protect Jews

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Emergency Measures to Assist Residents of South

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Rivlin To Be Sworn In As President

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IDF Nabs 150 Terrorists

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US Jews Step Up for Israeli Kids

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Four Notes on The Situation

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Did the US Let Hamas Rule Israel’s Skies?

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Day 17 of Operation ‘Protective Edge’ – “We Have Destroyed 30-40% of Hamas’ Rockets since Starting of Operation”

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Netanyahu Regrets Gaza Casualties, But Operation Continues

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Presidential-Seal-062014
 

Posted on: June 19th, 2014

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These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

book-my-rebbe
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014

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Steinsaltz has an incredible ability to take lofty concepts and explain them in a way that an average layman can understand.

book-journey-of-faith
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2014

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With Journey of Faith in front of you during the shul’s leining, or at home on a long Shabbos afternoon, you’ll enjoy worthy insights and see the entire sefer anew.

Two books written by siblings about their family's experience during the Holocaust.
 

Posted on: March 19th, 2014

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"The three of us survived the war only because of my father's ingenuity and guts."

Sidman-022814-Kabul
 

Posted on: February 26th, 2014

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For the past 64 years, the Jewish Book Council has spotlighted the best of Jewish books and their authors through its presentation of the annual National Jewish Book Award. On March 5, the winners in nearly 20 categories of Jewish books will assemble at the Center for Jewish History in New York City for a celebratory gathering.

book-life-standing
 

Posted on: January 16th, 2014

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Determination is now being studied by educators and psychologists who want to understand why some people born with every gift do not achieve a meaningful adulthood, while others born into a challenging existence rise above their beginnings to enjoy accomplished lives.

book-angel-for-shabbat-2
 

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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The 100 divrei Torah in this book originally appeared online and were distributed via e-mail. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many of them address contemporary issues. For example, on Parshat Mishpatim (and elsewhere), Rabbi Angel berates Israel’s chief rabbis and others for making life increasingly difficult for would-be converts to Judaism. On Parshat Vayigash, Rabbi Angel scolds 40 Israeli rabbis who signed a proclation prohibiting Jews from selling land in Israel to non-Jews.

book-messages-mishnah
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

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The sage Hillel summarized the entire Torah by saying, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”

book-amazing-fishing-rod
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

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Sometimes it is hard to help people, and sometimes you can help people by just using whatever it is you have at the time – even an amazing fishing rod.

Winter-112213-Typewriter
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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As someone who for the past fifteen years has been writing a column that largely focuses on the news media, I’ve read what is no doubt an altogether unhealthy number of books on the subject. Most of them were instantly forgettable while some created a brief buzz but failed to pass the test of time. And then there were those select few that merited a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

An image from Heirloom Modern.
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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This time of year, there is little pleasure greater than cozying up with a good book. The problem is, of course, that there is a lot to do.

The Rav  (Photos courtesy of Yeshiva University)
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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I am from the generation that never saw or heard the Rav but lived in his shadow, feeling his recently departed presence in his students' lectures. My poverty in this sense pales in comparison to that of the next generation, who have only a distant notion of who this great man was and his sprawling impact.

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Winter-112213-Carlebach
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher) has just written a blockbuster magnum opus about Reb Shlomo that is sweeping in scope and destined to become the definitive biography of a unique personality whose influence on Jewish prayer as expressed musically may be more far-reaching than that of anyone since King David.

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Winter-112213-Secrets
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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August 1937, Cheyenne Wyoming – Sally Levin, an Orthodox Jewish teenager has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and her family is preparing to institutionalize her.

Winter-112213-Zeh-Kaporosi
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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The sefer opens with the origins of the kaparot custom. Readers may be surprised to learn that kaparot – at least in some form – might date back to the Talmudic era, with Rashi testifying about a custom to use a plant for kaparot.

Winter-112213-Enemies
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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On the one hand, Rashke tells the political story about the motives behind the U.S.‘s welcoming of war criminals onto its land. On the other hand, he successfully balances it with the emotional story of the Holocaust.

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Winter-112213-Joy-Kosher
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Geller, a mother of five who made aliyah from Monsey last year, offers a glimpse – with lots of photos – into her busy family life.

Winter-112213-Prayer
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rambam sets forth no less than 15 chapters specifically devoted to the topic of prayer. He includes its laws in numerous other chapters in his magnum opus work, the Yad Hachazakah. The Tur, the Mechaber and the Rema devote no less than 45 simanim to this topic. Notwithstanding, many of our present day practices will not be found in their works. Yet, as these are ingrained in our prayer service, we question why and where. That is, many of these practices seem to have no reason and no obvious source.

Winter-112213-Intergalactic
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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A while back I inducted a new rabbi into office. It’s something I do often, and there is a certain predictability to the proceedings. I give the new rabbi my blessings and encouragement. He in reply thanks those who have helped him through the years, and sets out his aspirations as a spiritual leader and his vision for the future of the congregation.

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