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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Eyewitness Report from Ukraine: ‘You Can Feel the Tension in the Air’

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Common Blood Pressure Drug Prevents Post-TBI Epilepsy

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It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas

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Eyewitness in Ukraine: “Everyone is Expectant of Some Development; You Can Feel the Tension in the Air”

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Israeli-American Journalist Held Hostage in Ukraine

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Egypt Plays US off Russia, Gets Military Aid Back

April 23, 2014 - 11:18 AM
 
Shas Continues Petty Attacks Against Rav Amar for Control Over Sephardim

April 23, 2014 - 10:34 AM
 
More Jewish Sites Vandalized in Ukraine

April 22, 2014 - 9:53 PM
 
Syria to Hold Presidential Elections

April 22, 2014 - 9:25 PM
 
Egypt Signing Unprecedented $3 Billion MiG-35 Deal with Russia

April 22, 2014 - 8:44 PM
 
Missouri’s Jew-Hating Mayor Quits (Video)

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Jordan Summons Israeli Ambassador over Temple Mount Violence

April 22, 2014 - 6:28 PM
 
Archaeologists Find Ancient Chisel that May Have Helped Build Kotel

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IDF Announces Draft Notices to Christian Israelis

April 22, 2014 - 4:12 PM
 
Elite IDF Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel’s Northern Border Threats

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US Has Proof Syrian Gov’t Poisoned Civilians

April 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM
 
Gazan Rockets Pound Israeli Communities Over the Holiday

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Chief Rabbi of Nikolayev, Ukraine on Firebomb Attack

April 22, 2014 - 3:50 AM
 
Will Your Child be Born in ‘Israel’?

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All in the Family: BDS Protests Zabars; Carole Zabar Promotes BDS

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Parenting Our Children
 

Why I Write About Abuse

Posted on: December 10th, 2008

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Four years ago, when I began writing about the topic of child molestation, our community had not yet been slammed by the high-profile abuse cases that drew the attention of the local and national media.

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Hey, The Brakes Don’t Work!

Posted on: December 10th, 2008

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Imagine a child on a bicycle speeding downhill. The world is whizzing by. The road takes a sudden curve. The wind whips his face and his eyes blur with tears. Suddenly, he spots a ditch up ahead. He tries to brake − but the brakes don't work! As the bike's momentum increases, it is all he can do to keep from flying off. Obstacles in his path cry out for his attention. Everything seems out of control. What chance does he have to avert the tractor-trailer heading right toward him?

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Miscommunications: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted on: December 3rd, 2008

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Sometimes our sight is blurred by the magnitude of our surroundings. As the old saying goes, "you can't see the forest for the trees." Nevertheless, this is very true. Sometimes we don't see the obvious because of other distractions. In our tefillah, we ask G-d to "enlighten our eyes". We often miss the treasures that Hashem has given us; we take them for granted.

 

Teens And “Long” Motzai Shabbosos

Posted on: November 26th, 2008

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Here's our dilemma: We have three teenage children, two girls and a boy, 14-18 years of age. Every Motzaei Shabbos, we have major negotiating sessions with each of them regarding curfew and the appropriateness of the venues they and their friends are looking to go to.

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Children With Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD): Assessing And Addressing The Problem

Posted on: November 19th, 2008

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Anyone who has been a parent for a while understands that children will most likely display imperfect behavior from time to time. But how do you determine if your child has a serious problem with her/his behavior, one that is more than just a passing phase of rebelliousness? And once you've properly assessed the condition, how do you go about treating it so that he/she can become a respectful and productive member of society?

 

A Resounding YES For The Dream Team

Posted on: November 5th, 2008

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Electrifying, inspirational, and uplifting are some of the words used to describe the unique concert that took place on Sunday evening, October 26, in the Rose Theater of The Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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On The Same Page (Part II)

Posted on: November 5th, 2008

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Does the following script resonate with you? Father to mother: "How do you expect him to be frum when you let him to go to the mall? You don't stop him from hanging around with those 'bad' kids." Mother to father: "You're always blaming me! When have you ever learned with him without yelling or putting him down?" "When was the last time you said something positive to him − anything, anything at all?"

 

Could This Possibly Be True? Time To Get Frightened

Posted on: October 29th, 2008

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Since the news broke more than a week ago about the arrest by the FBI of a frum, heimishe man in my hometown of Monsey for allegedly doing unspeakable things repeatedly to a girl/young woman closely related to him over a period of many years and spanning three countries, people have been asking me the same question again and again - "Could this possibly be true?"

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On The Same Page (Part I)

Posted on: October 29th, 2008

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When verbalized in connection with parenting, the idiomatic expression, on the same page, at times, is misunderstood. Some people believe the term implies total agreement where one of the spouses gives up his/her right to disagree on an opinion, decision or direction s/he wishes to follow. In truth, while "agreement" is definitely implied, the undercurrent is one of a supportive nature.

 

Project Y.E.S.: Then And Now

Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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The first column I ever wrote was published in the May 1996 issue of The Jewish Observer. My topic, underachieving children and the increased rate of dropouts of boys and girls from our community, was not discussed in polite company at that time.

 

Deal With It: Becoming Part Of The Solution

Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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One of the positive outcomes of the brouhaha regarding the harassment of Dr. Benzion Twerski - which led to his resignation from Assemblyman Dov Hikind's panel on child abuse - was the realization on the part of many members of our community that they cannot afford to sit on the sidelines any longer.

 

L’maan Hashem – What Will It Take? Let’s Finally Start Protecting Our Children

Posted on: September 3rd, 2008

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It is difficult to describe the sickening, gut-wrenching sensation I experience when I get phone calls from parents whose children were sexually abused or from adults who have carried the horrible scars of childhood abuse for decades, often shredding their relationships and ruining their lives.

 

Addressing My Child’s Questions On Evolution: Discuss Or Take A Pass (Part II)

Posted on: August 6th, 2008

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In last week's column, a parent named Sara asked how she should deal with a book she bought on the planets that contains text describing the world as being 15 billion years old. She questioned if she ought to read it to her children and discuss with them the fact that there are people who believe this - while sharing with them our belief that the Torah teaches us that the world is 5,766 years old.

 

Addressing My Child’s Questions On Evolution (Part I)

Posted on: July 30th, 2008

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Dear Rabbi Horowitz: Recently, I bought a book on the planets that begins with a description of a 15 billion-year-old world. Can I read that book to my children and discuss with them the fact that there are people (even smart people) in the world who believe this, yet help them understand our belief that the Torah - which is the emes - teaches us that the world is 5,768 years old? I want my children to know that there are people who incorrectly believe this, and I also would like them to hear this from me - and not from someone who doesn't have proper hashkafos. At the same time, I understand that the theory of evolution is not accepted in the Torah world. I hope I am not putting you in an uncomfortable position with this question. Sara

 

Getting The Big Picture

Posted on: July 23rd, 2008

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As Bnei Yisroel passed through the land of Ya'azer and Gilad in the "Ever HaYarden" (land East of the Jordan River) they noticed that the land was very fertile and quite suitable for grazing animals.

 

Our Son Refuses To Attend Day Camp

Posted on: June 4th, 2008

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Rabbi Horowitz: We are not quite sure how to respond to the request of our 12-year-old son, who is begging us to be "left alone" for the second "trip" (the last four weeks of summer) and not attend a local day camp.

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Obesity Is Another Concern

Posted on: May 28th, 2008

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Our Yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs face the growing rate of childhood obesity. "Overweight children are more likely than their normal-weight counterparts to grow into obese adults. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bone and joint problems, asthma, and several types of cancer," says Chaya Stern, RPA and nutritionist.

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Allergy Alert: Enough to Make You Nuts

Posted on: May 28th, 2008

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The sweet and salty salvation of picky eaters across the lunchroom has become public enemy number one to many children. The tub of peanut butter that taught me the meaning of "industrial size," is no longer relevant in many schools.

 

Helping Our Children Deal With Tragedy (Conclusion)

Posted on: May 14th, 2008

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Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We are all aware of the terrible churban that recently took place in Yerushalayim's Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, where eight precious neshamas were taken from us.

 

Helping Our Children Deal With Tragedy (Part I)

Posted on: May 7th, 2008

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Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We are all aware of the terrible churban that recently took place in Yerushalayim's Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, where eight precious neshamas were taken from us.

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