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Ramming Victim’s Funeral Today on Mount Herzl

10 Nisan 5777 – April 6, 2017
Elhai Teharlev was survived by his parents, Ohad and Avital, three brothers and three sisters.

2 Liberal Orthodox Rabbis Warring over Flipping Fuse on Stormy Shabbat

15 Tevet 5774 – December 18, 2013
A "Beit Hillel" rabbi reported his decision to turn on the electricity on a frozen Shabbat morning, only to be attacked by a "Tzohar" rabbi from his neck of the (snowy) woods.

New Moderate Rabbis’ Forum an Answer to Religious Extremism

15 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
A group of more than 100 moderate Orthodox rabbis assembled to announce the formation of Beit Hillel, a forum intended to provide a response to the extremist trend within religious Zionism.

Q & A: Tu B’Shevat: The Hidden, The Revealed

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
Question: Why is Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for Trees, in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of the month – like all other New Years? Pesach Bernstein (Via E-Mail)

Chanukah: Not Just A Children’s Holiday

19 Kislev 5772 – December 14, 2011
It never used to bother me; that is, until recently. Somehow, over the years, Chanukah has come to be celebrated as a children’s holiday.

Civility: What The Sages Had To Say

22 Shevat 5771 – January 26, 2011
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Tucson, "civility" is the word on everyone's lips. This is ironic when one considers that civility is nowhere to be found in anyone's actions. Each partisan faction is charging the other with hatred and violence.

Is Beit Shammai In Ascendency?

10 Av 5770 – July 21, 2010
Way back in the "good old days" in Jerusalem, before the Jews were exiled, singles looked forward to the 15th day of Av, known as Tu B'Av. On this day, unmarried girls and boys had the opportunity to pair off and become couples. The girls, all dressed in white and in a way that none could tell who came from wealth or poverty, would dance in front of the young men, who would then choose the one who caught his eye and marry her.

Questions & Answers

12 Adar I 5763 – February 14, 2003
QUESTION: I am intrigued by the fact that the New Year for trees is in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of a month, as all the other New Years. Even the gentiles begin their New Year at the start of a month. Do you have an explanation for this?

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