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New Era for US-Israel Relations (Trump’s “10 Commandments”)

15 Heshvan 5777 – November 15, 2016
The track record of President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, and their foreign policy and national security advisors, suggest that US-Israel relations are expected to improve dramatically

Earliest Ten Commandments Tablet On Auction in Beverly Hills

23 Tishri 5777 – October 25, 2016
Bidders are required to agree to place the object on public exhibition, as per a stipulation by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which designated the artifact a "National Treasure" of Israel.

Orthodox Rabbi Teaching Halakha Beyond the Shulkhan Arukh, Judaism Beyond the...

17 Iyyar 5776 – May 25, 2016
"I'm sure that if Maimonides, or Rabbi Yosef Karo lived today, they would say: We never wrote our codifications for a time when the State of Israel would be established."

Rationality, Not Rational

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
“The generalities of the commandments necessarily have a cause and have been given because of a certain utility."

Redeeming the Captives and Jonathan Pollard

7 Nisan 5773 – March 17, 2013
If you respect American law, than you must accept that Jonathan Pollard was sentenced for committing a crime that, on average, results in a sentence of 3-5 years.

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Twenty: Zichron Ya’acov

2 Kislev 5773 – November 16, 2012
With the birth of Hodel's baby, the time had come for Tevye to journey onward. Family was a matter of tantamount importance, but a Jew had an even higher allegiance to God. Had not the Almighty warned that life in the Holy Land must be lived according to the commandments of the Torah? That meant observing the laws of the Sabbath and the holidays, eating kosher food, donning tallit and tefillin, guarding the treasures of marital purity, and observing all of the six-hundred and thirteen commandments – most of which were flagrantly ignored by the young pioneers on the kibbutz.

Visiting Residents: the Daily Plea of Elul

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
As the year is coming to an end, with endless days filled with doing the very same commandments, we besiege G-d on each remaining day, asking for one vital ingredient for the one yet to come: May we never get used to our routine.

The Blessing

28 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
I was preparing a shiur to honor the memory of my father, Paul Magill, a”h, on the 20th anniversary of his passing, and I was looking at that week’s sedrah, Parshas Re’eh. I was struck by the words, “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing: that you hearken to the commandments of Hashem, your God, that I command you today. And the curse: if you do not hearken to the commandments of Hashem, your God, and you stray from the path that I command you today, to follow gods of others, that you did not know.”

The Tremendous Heart Of Pinchas Daddy

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
We’ve just read the Torah portion about Pinchas, an amazing tzaddik who performed an unusual act instinctively and for the sake of Hashem and His honor.

Mazel Tov, Rabbi Tzvi Fishman!!

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
An amazing thing happened to me last night! While I was sleeping, an angel appeared in a dream and told me to start a new Jewish religion. “A new Jewish religion?” I asked, bewildered. “That’s right,” he replied. I was certain that I was hallucinating because I had fasted yesterday and that my mind was playing tricks. So I went back to sleep. But the angel appeared once again and told me to start a new Jewish religion.

I Love All Jews

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
That’s right. I love Jews. All of them. I love good Jews and I love bad Jews. I love fat Jews and I love...

The Taste Of Love

15 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
“I think I’m going to stay alone for Yom Tov,” I said, shivering with the frightening finality of the words. The rav sprung into action. He pulled open the fridge and pulled out a small tin of sliced gefilte fish. He pulled open the freezer and pulled out a pan of roasted chicken.

Who Thinks about Jerusalem During the Seventh Inning Stretch?

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
This blog is not coming to reject, or condemn, any practice of Judaism which is based on a sincere fear of Heaven, nor to reject or condemn any Jew, or Jewish community, God forbid. The blogs we write come to reject only the misunderstanding of Judaism which negates the centrality of the Land of Israel to the Torah and to the vitality of Jewish life.

Parashat Emor: Learning Compassion

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
The Talmud tells us that compassion is one of the three traits that distinguish the nation of Israel (the others are shame and kindness). The Torah abounds with commandments that exercise this quality, and Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, explains that they are given for exactly that purpose.

But I’m A ‘Pretty Good’ Person

24 Av 5771 – August 24, 2011
Last week I concluded my column with the story of a Jew who wanted to make changes in the world and inspire people to do teshuvah - to return to their roots, their Divine heritage.

Cold Shoulders And Cheeseburgers

6 Shevat 5770 – January 20, 2010
Having received a number of comments regarding my Jan. 1 op-ed article "Its Time to Bring Back the Communal Cold Shoulder," it's apparent that I need to clarify my position.

‘Crisis’ In Orthodoxy?

22 Av 5769 – August 12, 2009
The recent arrests of several New Jersey rabbis, coming on the heels of a variety of other scandals in Jewish life that also resulted in prominent arrests, have led many to conclude that Orthodoxy is in crisis and its entire worldview under siege and perhaps unsustainable.

Sweet Potato, Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seed Salad

24 Elul 5768 – September 24, 2008
I love to make this salad ready for when you come home for Yom Tov dairy lunch in the sukkah.

Q & A: Kiddush Levana (Part I)

1 Kislev 5764 – November 26, 2003
QUESTION: Why do we say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana, when we bless the new moon, and why do we do so three times? Is it because we have not seen a new moon for a whole month? Can you explain a little more about this mitzva?Ira WarshanskyPhiladelphia, PA

Wake-Up Call

5 Tishri 5764 – October 1, 2003
A basic tenet of our faith is that there are no random occurrences. The Hebrew word "mikreh" - something that happens coincidentally, also spells the words "karah me'HaShem" - happened by the will of G-d. To be sure, we never know definitive reasons for occurrences - they are beyond the scope of our human minds. But one thing is certain - nothing, but nothing, happens capriciously. It therefore behooves us to at least make an attempt to listen and try to discern the meaning of the messages that HaShem is sending us.

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