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Arab Sniper Kills IDF Soldier in Hebron

19 Tishri 5774 – September 22, 2013
IDF Staff Sergeant Gal Kobi (20), from Tirat Carmel, was killed on Sunday after being shot by an Arab sniper in Hebron.

Are There Times One May Kill Himself?

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
Toward the end of this week’s parshah Rashi quotes a Medrash that relates the familiar episode of when Avraham Avinu was thrown into a furnace. Rashi recounts that Avraham’s father, Terach, had reported to Nimrod that his son had broken all of his idols. Avraham was then thrown into a fire and was saved. The wording of the Medrash, however, is that Avraham had gone into the fire by himself (kesheyarad Avraham letoch kivshan ha’eish – when Avraham went into the fire, and in another place it says that Nimrod decreed that he should leireid lekivshan ha’eish – go down into the fire).

Rabi Yehudah And Antoninus

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
Rabi Yehudah Hanasi (the prince) known as Rebbe had an amazingly warm friendship with the Roman Caesar, Antoni­nus. The friendship began at the birth of the two men and continued until their dying days.

Wadie Chaverim

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Israel’s Negev Desert is majestic. Covering more than half of Israel’s total land area, it is bustling with rugged beauty. With its different formations and colors, its stark physical beauty is outstanding, making it a captivating and enchanting place.

Yidativ

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
I blinked groggily as I headed towards the kitchen sink. Avi bounced over, a huge smile lighting up his mouth, eyes, and face. He was happy, delighted, through and through.

The Negev

29 Sivan 5772 – June 18, 2012
When contemplating the Negev, one must set aside any preconcieved notion of what a desert is. In Eretz Yisrael there are no rolling yellow sand dunes in softly rising and falling landscapes as unbroken as the sea. Far from being a simple expanse of sand, the Negev is marked by a mélange of cliffs, crags, boulders and dry river vadies. Where the Judean Desert ends, the Negev begins, an impressive region of low sandstone hills, rocky peaks (for example the high plateau area of Ramat HaNegev - The Negev Heights - stands between 370 meters and 520 meters), and plains rutted with narrow canyons. The Negev Desert is mesmerizing, beautiful and rich in geological history.

Luckily, Avraham Wasn’t a Complainer

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 15, 2012
Avraham Avinu packed up his belongings without saying a word and hastened to the Land, even though it was loaded with savage heathens, prostitutes, idol worship, murderers, and rapists, even though there wasn’t one synagogue, kosher butcher, or luxury villa to be found.

Shidduch Challenges: Nothing Has Changed

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
We have myriad matchmaking programs all over the world, from word of mouth to computerized, from well-intentioned individuals and professional shadchanim to singles organizations.

Getting The Best Messages

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Suzanne called me today about the newest humiliation she had just experienced. At the gym, a personal trainer loudly reprimanded her for trying to help another person with some equipment, and he did so in front of nearly everybody who was working out there.

How Did Yaakov Live In Mitzrayim?

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
The opening pasuk in this week’s parshah states: “Vayechi Yaakov be’eretz Mitzrayim sheva esrei shanah… – Yaakov lived in Mitzrayim for 17 years…” The Gemara in Kiddushin 82a says that Avraham Avinu kept the entire Torah, even the mitzvos that may not have applied.

A free people in our land – Hebron

21 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
Several years ago, on the anniversary of the liberation of Hebron in 1967, I was interviewed by a journalist who queried me about various problems facing Hebron’s Jewish community. His concluding question/statement was, “Well, I guess you’re not celebrating today?”

Why Was Avraham Allowed To Perform Hachnasas Orchim?

16 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
At the beginning of this week’s parshah the Torah writes extensively about Avraham Avinu’s act of hachnasas orchim for the three men who were passing by his tent.

An Act That Echoes Through Time

Avraham Avinu was commanded with a supreme test, and one of the greatest challenges ever presented to man: “Take your son, your only son, the son that you love…”

Why Did Avraham Not Perform A Bris Earlier?

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
In this week’s parshah, Hashem commands Avraham Avinu to perform the mitzvah of bris milah. We once discussed a question that several Achronim ask regarding this mitzvah, and I want to share some new thoughts on the matter.

A Downpour Of Blessings

14 Nisan 5770 – March 29, 2010
There are many things in our lives for which we pray to Hashem. These include health, shalom bayit, nachat from our children, and parnassah. In Israel, we have been praying for rain for a while. Israel has been suffering from a dearth of rainfall for a number of years. The waterline in the Kinneret is visibly dropping, and the government has been scrambling for ways to conserve our dwindling water supply.

The House That Morris Built

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
By A professor from Bar Ilan University, an expert on ancient affairs, investigated the value of silver of thousands of years ago.

The House That Morris Built

By A professor from Bar Ilan University, an expert on ancient affairs, investigated the value of silver of thousands of years ago.

Yossi Ezra’s Return To Hebron

27 Tammuz 5768 – July 30, 2008
A few weeks ago, I bumped into some journalists in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood.

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