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Arabs on the Temple Mount, Israeli Independence, and Strange European Bedfellows
 
Survivors to Testify in Trial of ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’

April 21, 2015 - 10:47 AM
 
Update 10:16 AM: Damaged El Al Plane Makes Safe Emergency Landing

April 21, 2015 - 9:47 AM
 
Temporary Road Closures during Funeral for Rabbi Lichtenstein

April 21, 2015 - 9:31 AM
 
Brandeis Commencement Speaker Leads Iran Cheerleader Squad

April 21, 2015 - 2:22 AM
 
US Warship Steaming to Head Off Iranian Supply Ships for Yemen

April 20, 2015 - 9:51 PM
 
Russian-Israeli Stabs Arab worker

April 20, 2015 - 6:58 PM
 
Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah [video]

April 20, 2015 - 6:34 PM
 
Netanyahu Expresses His Sorrow over Death of Rabbi Lichtenstein

April 20, 2015 - 2:45 PM
 
Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

April 20, 2015 - 2:31 PM
 
Saudi Arabia Posts Alert of Possible Terror Attack on Aramco and Malls

April 20, 2015 - 1:31 PM
 
Rivlin Gives Netanyahu Two More Weeks to Form New Government

April 20, 2015 - 12:58 PM
 
Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Dies at Age 81

April 20, 2015 - 12:45 PM
 
‘Israeli Spies’ Get Life in Prison

April 20, 2015 - 12:44 PM
 
Netanyahu Meets With Children of Fallen Soldiers

April 20, 2015 - 12:07 PM
 
Haifa ‘War’ Continues: Factories Force Truck off Road

April 20, 2015 - 10:57 AM
 
Bennett Flexes Muscles and Threatens to Knock Out Coalition

April 20, 2015 - 9:22 AM
 
Former Chief Rabbi of Rome Dies Two weeks before 100th Birthday

April 20, 2015 - 7:36 AM
 
Egypt Destroys 285 Smuggling and Terror Tunnels in Three Months

April 20, 2015 - 7:21 AM
 
Khamenei Mocks Obama Officials’ Silly Bluffs’

April 20, 2015 - 12:26 AM
 
More PA Lobbying from the State Dept Briefing Room

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African Christians Slaughtered by ISIS-Affiliates

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Parenting Our Children
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Posted on: January 7th, 2009

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Thinking back to my childhood years, I recall a "dare" expression one child would bark to another: "Make me; bet'ya can't make me!" I didn't think much about the term back then, other than my associating it with bullying. Today, though, I view it on a more profound level, especially in regard to the parent populace.

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Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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Chaim Schwartz* is the recognized genius of the class. He gets 100% on every test, understands the most difficult Gemaras and makes complicated math computations in his head in seconds. But for all his genius he can't seem to make a single friend.

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Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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I often see my neighbor driving by, puffing on a cigarette, with the car windows closed and all seven stony-faced children and wife inhaling the poisonous air. His young wife has undergone open-heart surgery twice and two children have asthma. When I asked him once how he could endanger their lives, he blithely answered, "I put on the air conditioner, so the smoke doesn't affect them.

 

Posted on: December 17th, 2008

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The brothers of Yosef referred to him as the "The Dreamer" (Bereishis 37:19). And, while the brothers seemed to have used the title in a disparaging manner, Yosef's life was, in fact, inextricably tied to dreams.

 

Posted on: December 10th, 2008

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As Yaakov makes his way back to the land of Canaan, several events - spanning the full range of emotions - transpire in rapid succession.

 

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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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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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.

 

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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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?

 

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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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?"

 

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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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

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