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The Divine Suha and Arafat’s Iconic Underwear

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
The half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. This means that after 8 years, only about 4.3 x 10-7 — 0.00000043 — of the original amount of Polonium would be left. So even if Arafat’s iconic underwear had been loaded with the stuff after his death, it would be undetectable, or at least at much lower levels than the Swiss laboratory found.

IBM Haifa Developing Real-Time Shopping App

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
IBM in Haifa is developing a a new augmented-reality mobile shopping app to enable retailers to personalize customers’ shopping experiences from their smart phones and tablets.

Austria Can Prepare to Close its Fund for Nazi Victims

11 Tammuz 5772 – June 30, 2012
The president of the Austrian parliament announced that the country can prepare to close its General Settle Fund for Victims of Nazi Socialism. The independent...

J.E. Dyer: Implications of the New ‘Tax-Mandate’ in Obamacare

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
This is what a tax now looks like? This is an open invitation to “tax” via whatever mandate sounds good to you. What sort of unequal-before-the-law mandate would not fit this definition of a tax? Congress can do anything it wants, by the logic of this decision, with the judicial precedent set that levying mandates equals using the power to tax.

Israel May Up Fertility Treatment Subsidies to Three Kids, Cut Aid to Older First-Time...

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
Israel’s Health Ministry is mulling a plan to vastly increase government assistance to couples with fertility difficulties to grow larger families, while decreasing the amount of subsidies to women over the age of 43 who have never succeeded in getting pregnant.

Overcharging

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
In Behar, one of this week’s parshiyos, the Torah commands us in regard to some of the laws of buying and selling. The pasuk says, “Vechi simkiru mimkar la’amisecha … al tonu ish es achiv – When you make a sale to your fellow … do not afflict one another.” The Gemara in Baba Metzia 51a derives from this pasuk that one may not overcharge when selling an item without informing the buyer. This is referred to as ona’ah. The Gemara says that if one charges more than a sixth more than the market value of an item, the sale is void. If one charges less than a sixth more, the sale is valid. If one charges exactly a sixth more, the sale is valid; however, the seller must return the overcharge.

Big, Hairy Problems

20 Iyyar 5772 – May 11, 2012
Welcome once again to “You’re Asking Me?” – a humorous advice column that is pretty much like any other advice column, except in terms of helpfulness. Like all other advice columns, we try to answer your questions, but if you stump us, we say, “That’s beyond the scope of this article,” and we move on with our lives. That’s a nice way of saying, “We have no idea. There are people you can pay by the hour for this sort of thing.”

Their Weight in Gold

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
Israelis shop tomatoes at a vegetable market of Machne Yehuda in Jerusalem, May 06, 2012. Tomato prices are expected to rise up to 16...

Readers Respond to “The Tyranny of Beauty: A Plea to Mothers Of Girls In...

7 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
In our March 16 issue we featured The Tyranny of Beauty: A Plea to Mothers Of Girls In Shidduchim, in which the author described a “Meet and Greet” for young women in a certain age and mindset (looking for young men who are sitting and learning) and mothers of the young men they could potentially date. The article received a tremendous amount of comments on our website and via e-mail. Below are some of the responses.

Geneivah And Gezeilah

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
At the conclusion of this week’s parshah, the Torah discusses the halachos of one who stole from another. The pasuk says, “veheishiv es hagezeilah asher gazal – and he shall return the stolen object that he stole.” We derive from this that there is a mitzvas assei to return a stolen object.

Korean Jewish Community Gets First Torah Scroll

12 Adar 5772 – March 5, 2012
The dedication of a new Torah scroll is always a cause for celebration. But for the small yet proud Jewish community in South Korea,...

You Aren’t What You Make (Arachin 23b)

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
There are two different types of vows, nedarim, mentioned in the Torah. The first, which is the subject of Tractate Nedarim, is the prohibitive vow, nidrei issur, pursuant to which a person utters a vow not to do an action, which but for the vow would have been permitted.

Iran Supplying Weapons to Quell Syrian Unrest

24 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
UK PM Cameron discloses the information to the House of Commons.

Japan FM: Japan Ready to Cut Iran Oil Imports

17 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Comments come during US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's visit to Japan.

Bitachon And Effort: Finding The Balance

29 Tishri 5772 – October 26, 2011
Hashem appeared to Noach and told him the world had turned to wicked ways and was to be destroyed by a deluge. Hashem commanded Noach to build a teivah, an ark, so that he and his family would be saved.

The Sword In The Tongue (Readers Respond)

10 Kislev 5771 – November 17, 2010
I've received an inordinate amount of mail in response to the letters I published two weeks ago regarding onas devarim - painful and abusive language. It seems this problem is prevalent in many circles, among children as well as adults, indicating this is a societal condition that is unfortunately reflective of our culture.

Teaching Organization To Children

28 Iyyar 5770 – May 12, 2010
Dear Rivka, Help! My 8 year old daughter is terribly disorganized! Any tips for helping me help her change ? I am motivated to teach her as it is making me crazy.

Title: A Green Fantasy: Ruthie Discovers The Secret To Noah’s Ecosystem

21 Iyyar 5770 – May 5, 2010
Noah's Ark. Do we believe it really happened or was it a kind of Biblical legend, allegory or parable? The author, an anthropologist as well as a barrister and criminologist, has done an amazing amount of research into ecology, and come up with a fascinating theory and a gripping children's story of how it really might have been.

Shalom Task Force: Answering The Call Of Domestic Abuse

21 Tishri 5770 – October 9, 2009
Due to the overwhelming amount of e-mail I have received about domestic abuse, this week's column focuses on the services of Shalom Task Force. (Names...

Title: Noah’s Family Carousel

13 Tishri 5770 – September 30, 2009
A family affair, this is a book to get your hands on - literally! Your family can join Noah's as you read about how they cared for the zoo within the ark on their 40-day and night journey.

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