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William Kristol and an Iraq Vet on Israel and America
 
‘Freedom of Speech’ Under Abbas-led Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 8:01 PM
 
Alan Gross Freed From Cuban Jail

December 17, 2014 - 5:32 PM
 
Boy Arrested Trying to Recreate Chanukah on Temple Mount

December 17, 2014 - 3:45 PM
 
European Jewish Leaders: Court Decision on Hamas ‘Legitimizes Murder’

December 17, 2014 - 2:04 PM
 
Jeb Bush Uses Hanukkah And Christmas Greeting To Launch Presidential Bid

December 17, 2014 - 1:21 PM
 
Netanyahu Rejects EU Court’s ‘Technicality’ to Whitewash Hamas

December 17, 2014 - 1:15 PM
 
Fear and Loathing in the Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Haredi Israelis Get the Most Benefits and Are the Deepest in Debt

December 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM
 
EU Court ‘Temporarily’ Removes Hamas from List of Terrorist Groups

December 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Centuries before Hanukkah: Remains of 8,000-Year Old Olive Oil Found in Galilee

December 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Going to force Advance Goal of ‘State of Palestine’

December 17, 2014 - 7:55 AM
 
Sony Hackers Issue First Terror Threat to US Movie-Goers … From North Korea?

December 17, 2014 - 6:01 AM
 
NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

December 17, 2014 - 4:30 AM
 
Jews Blamed for Mosque Fire, Report Reveals Electrical Cause

December 17, 2014 - 2:54 AM
 
132 Children Slaughtered in Pakistani Taliban Attack

December 17, 2014 - 1:22 AM
 
President Erdogan Sends Hanukkah Greetings to Turkey’s Jews, Beats Obama to Holiday!

December 17, 2014 - 12:12 AM
 
Latest Polls: Yishai and Deri Tied

December 16, 2014 - 8:40 PM
 
Eli Yishai Names His Pick for Prime Minister

December 16, 2014 - 7:48 PM
 
Islamists Maim and Murder Hundreds of Pakistani Schoolchildren

December 16, 2014 - 6:47 PM
 
UN Security Council May Jilt Palestinian Authority

December 16, 2014 - 5:44 PM
 
Bloomberg Marks Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as First Non-US Cities for Funds

December 16, 2014 - 3:46 PM
 
More than 1,000 French Jewish Students in Pro-Israel Hanukkah Ceremony

December 16, 2014 - 3:18 PM
 
Israeli Marijuana Companies Smoking Up Wall Street

December 16, 2014 - 12:42 PM
 
Tufts University Vandalized with Swastikas for Third Time in Two Years

December 16, 2014 - 11:35 AM
 
Police Arrest Leader of Right-Wing ‘Lehava’ Group for ‘Terror’

December 16, 2014 - 11:11 AM
 
‘House of David’ Rock on Exhibit at NY Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 16, 2014 - 10:08 AM
 
Arabs Riot after IDF Kills Terrorist Throwing Bomb at Soldiers

December 16, 2014 - 9:32 AM
 
Moshe Feiglin Releases Music Video – Ani Yehudi

December 16, 2014 - 7:25 AM
 
Former AP Reporter: I Didn’t Leave Journalism, It Left Me

December 16, 2014 - 6:11 AM
 
An Israeli Flag in South Carolina

December 16, 2014 - 1:32 AM
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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.

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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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Winter-112213-Maggid
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Paysach Krohn, the noted speaker, mohel, and author who has delighted hundreds of thousands of people as “The American Maggid,” has produced The Maggid at the Podium, a collection of speeches originally delivered to live audiences and subsequently published in Zman Magazine. Covering a wide spectrum of topics, the articles touch on such subjects as the proper ways to do bikur cholim, nichum aveilim, and kiruv, to name just a few. Rabbi Krohn also discusses human relationships as well as timely topics connected to the Jewish calendar.

Winter-112213-Mountain
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Tzirel Rus Berger is a woman who is in love with her Judaism. But she wasn’t always Tzirel Rus Berger and she wasn’t always a Jew. In fact she began life as Sheryl Youngs, the daughter of a devout Christian pastor in Southern California, before marrying John Massey and following him to the Appalachian backwoods. There she raised their ten children, living a life so impoverished that she didn’t even have indoor plumbing.

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Winter-112213-Kids-Cooking
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Cooking and kids – there’s a very special connection between the two. For busy parents and their even-busier children, working together in the kitchen to prepare a Shabbos meal or a weekday dinner can be a terrific bonding time.

Winter-112213-Relationship
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Dr. Sperber has just added another outstanding volume to his always-interesting and thought-provoking collection of books. In stating the purpose and thesis of this newest book, On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and his Neighbor and Man and his Maker, Rabbi Sperber attempts to show the superiority in Judaism of man to man mitzvot over man to G-d mitzvot.

Winter-112213-Heart
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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The world can sometimes seem like a very dark and cold place. If you ever feel that way, or are looking for a good dose of inspiration, you must read Stories That Light Up Your Heart. When you read stories of people around the globe who had their prayers answered, who saw that indeed Hashem was with them every step of the way, or who experienced a moment when heaven touched earth, it will light up your heart as well.

Winter-112213-Mourn
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Once you pick up To Mourn a Child, you will not be able to put it down, but not for the usual reasons. There is no suspense here, as we know from the outset the sad end of each story. It is rather the searing emotional intensity of this book that will grab you and compel you to keep reading.

Winter-112213-Spirit
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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A unique multivolume collection of English letters by the Lubavitcher Rebbe has just been released, shedding new light on one of the greatest Jewish leaders of modern times.

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