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Shemini – Strange Fire

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
The commentators discuss the meaning and implications of the “strange fire” brought as an offering by Nadav and Avihu. In his discussion of this perplexing passage, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, zt”l, discusses their early demise and observes that their death served a greater purpose (through the sadness that ensued) and that despite receiving a divine death penalty, the Torah regards them as great people.

Brandeis Students Disrupt Meeting with Israeli Lawmakers

5 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
Brandeis University students disrupted a panel discussion at a Boston-area synagogue featuring Israeli lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The students, members of the Brandeis Students...

Lashon Hara – It’s Not Just Gossip

22 Adar 5772 – March 15, 2012
When people hear the term "lashon hara", they automatically associate it with gossip. Speaking about someone behind their back to others, usually in a manner that is denigrating and unflattering, often describing alleged activities or doings that put the subject of the discussion in a rather negative light. This is the ultimate interpretation of lashon hara.

Q & A: Bibliographical Oddities Regarding Parshas Parah

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
The Shulchan Aruch (Hilchos Chanukah, 685:7) writes that some authorities maintain that there is a biblical obligation to read Parshas Zachor and Parshas Parah.

Director Won’t Release ‘Love Song of Saul Alinsky’ Tape with Obama’s ‘Share’

13 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
According to breitbart.com, Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of "The Love Song of Saul Alinsky" in Chicago that included a panel discussion...

Israelis Petition: We Love the Iranian People

1 Adar 5772 – February 24, 2012
Some days you just have to love Israelis, who take time out of their busy schedules to express their love thine enemy thing online.

Israeli Picnic Hacked by Muslims

24 Shevat 5772 – February 17, 2012
The home page of Israeli portal picknick.co.il, which is normally devoted to topics like love, the great outdoors and the popular show "Big Brother,"...

Poland to Toughen Stance on Returning Communal Jewish Property

19 Shevat 5772 – February 12, 2012
Warsaw is moving the discussion over the transfer of possession to original owners to the courts.

Writing A Kosher Will

4 Shevat 5772 – January 27, 2012
Many people decide against having a last will and testament. They do not want to think about what it implies. Putting one’s head in the sand can be disastrous.

Muslim Brotherhood Reiterates Refusal to Conduct Dialogue with Israel

2 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman: ""We will reject any request from the Israeli embassy to meet."

Q & A: Biblical Blue Fringe: Will the Real Chilazon Please Stand Up!

24 Tevet 5772 – January 18, 2012
In February we conducted a thorough discussion of the mitzvah of techeilet. The following guest piece by Baruch Sterman, marking 20 years since the establishment of the Ptil Tekhelet Foundation (www.tekhelet.com), is a follow up to that discussion.

Anguish That Does Not Go Away: The Singles Problem (Part Three)

4 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
The woman in her mid-thirties who initiated this discussion a few weeks ago bemoaned what she considers the indifference and the insensitivity of most people to the plight of singles.

“Think Israel Summit” – Strengthening Israel Identity for Young Professionals and Singles

19 Heshvan 5772 – November 16, 2011
More and more young singles are realizing that their future is in Israel

Terror Victims’ Rights

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Now that Gilad Shalit is home, it is time for Israel to have a national discussion about the price of redeeming captive soldiers and the rights of terror victims.

‘What’s Happening In The World? – I’m Afraid’

26 Adar I 5771 – March 2, 2011
Special Note: I would like to thank the many people who have written expressing their appreciation for my series of columns titled "When Children Fall Through the Cracks." I am most grateful for the overwhelming response and I hope everyone who wrote will understand that while I would have liked to publish all the letters, for the time being I am closing the discussion to focus on the many other subjects that have reached my desk.

Title: The Jewish Home – A Guide to Jewish Family Life

11 Tammuz 5770 – June 23, 2010
Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov lived through turbulent times, whether as a young man in war-torn Poland in the middle of the last century, or as an early settler in the fledgling State of Israel during its formative years. In Israel, he developed into an exceptional educator and outstanding writer, and these two skills merged remarkably well when he authored a series of innovative texts that still resonate strongly throughout the Jewish world.

Title: The Jewish Home – A Guide to Jewish Family Life

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov lived through turbulent times, whether as a young man in war-torn Poland in the middle of the last century, or as an early settler in the fledgling State of Israel during its formative years. In Israel, he developed into an exceptional educator and outstanding writer, and these two skills merged remarkably well when he authored a series of innovative texts that still resonate strongly throughout the Jewish world.

The Choice To Fight

7 Iyyar 5770 – April 21, 2010
On December 31, 2009, my father was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, almost everyone will be touched by this horrible disease in one fashion or another. I have had many friends who have been affected by cancer, but they were younger and stronger than my dad, or Tatinke, who is 84.

Perseverating

2 Tammuz 5769 – June 24, 2009
Recently, as I exited my car in a crowded parking lot, I saw an elderly woman approach an elderly man as he was getting out of his car. Wagging her finger in the man's face, the woman yelled. "Do you know why I'm here? I'mhere to tell you that you are not a very nice man!"

Jewish Women To Share A Shabbat Of Unity

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
On December 5, 2008, Jewish women from across America and from diverse backgrounds will participate at a Shabbat retreat in Boulder, Colorado.

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