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The Purpose Of The Melachah

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
The link between the laws of Shabbat and the Mishkan not only defines the 39 Melachot but also determines the conditions for liability. One of these conditions is intent. The other is purpose.

Hundreds of NY Homes to Be Torn Down After Sandy

4 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
Hundreds of homes damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Sandy will be readied for demolition by New York City workers according to an article in the New York Times.

Updated: Latest (75+) Missile Alerts and Strikes

26 Heshvan 5773 – November 10, 2012
Latest rocket launches and alarms Trivia: As of 11:03 PM 858 rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza in 2012. More than 60 rockets this...

After Sandy, Volunteers Crisscross Manhattan to Help

17 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
In a nearly dark corner of lower Manhattan, in an area otherwise known as Tribeca, Rabbi Zalman Paris stands tall, cellular phone in hand,...

Majestic Destroyer

Reader Jonathan Kahanovitch sent us this amazing image of Ms. Liberty under a canopy of ominous clouds. Destruction can be so pretty. Hope you're dry and...

Israeli Innovation Could Make Water Drinkable in Africa

25 Av 5772 – August 13, 2012
Desalination plants for the most part are extremely costly for less-developed nations, as they use enormous amounts of electricity and are location-sensitive. But thanks to a recent Israeli discovery, the desalination system may become much more affordable in areas like Africa and the Middle East.

Minister: Blackouts from Cancelled Egyptian Gas Deal Should Hit Gaza, Not Israel

22 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 2012
The unintended consequence of the hostile cancellation of Egypt's natural gas contract with Israel may result in increased blackouts in Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu's Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan says Israel should consider cutting its supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip this summer in face of predicted power shortages.

Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Sign Underwater Electric Cable Deal

11 Adar 5772 – March 4, 2012
AFP reports that Israel and Cyprus have signed an accord Sunday to lay an underwater electricity cable between the two countries. It's the first...

Is It A Car? Is It A Network? No — It’s Both

30 Shevat 5772 – February 23, 2012
If Israeli electric car company, Better Place, only gave the world an electric car that could switch an empty battery for a full one in five minutes that would have been enough! But Better Place is also the key to making renewable energy production practical all over the world. Dai aynu!

Israel’s Four Elements: Four Holy Cities: Living In The Heart Of The World

5 Heshvan 5771 – October 13, 2010
While studying the anatomy of the heart in Machon Biotechnology in Israel, I had some thoughts: The four holiest cities in Israel - Jerusalem (fire/aish),Tzfat (wind/ruach), Chevron (earth/adamah), and Tverya (water/mayim) - seem to correspond to the four chambers of the heart.

Does Borrowing Pay?

25 Adar 5770 – March 11, 2010
"Pesach is just around the corner," was Mrs. Adler's motto. She began planning right after Tu B'Shevat, started cleaning after Purim, and limited food to the kitchen from Rosh Chodesh Nisan.

Why Can’t I Get Married? (Part Four)

Some weeks ago I published a letter from a secular Jewish woman in her mid-thirties. To all appearances, she had everything going for her - a successful career, good health, dynamic personality, many boyfriends and relationships. She wrote, however, that it all had no meaning. More than anything, she yearned to build a home and start a family, but marriage kept eluding her.

Helping Yourself First – Is That Politically Correct?

2 Shevat 5765 – January 12, 2005
While randomly perusing some Jewish community newspapers this past week, I was struck by the press releases of several Jewish organizations crowing with excited pride about the significant monetary donations they made for victims of the Tsunami.

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