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Netanyahu Meets with Gilad Shalit, Parents as Holiday of Liberation Approaches

PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

Finish Line (Conclusion)

At certain points in each of our lives, we are given challenges – some big, some small. Some people embrace it, welcoming every chance they get to grow and mature, while others are deathly afraid of any sort of change in their blissful, comfortable routine.

The Amazing Race (Part III)

As some of you may know, either through my previous articles, numerous online posts, or non-stop chatter about the topic, I recently had the pleasure of attending Yachad’s marathon weekend event in Miami Beach, Florida. I was invited to participate in this incredible experience, both as a writer and as a runner, and to feel firsthand what the words unity, commitment, dedication, and inspiration truly mean.

3,000 Shells Stolen from IDF Base Under Soldiers’ Noses

Israel TV Channel 2 reports that seven people are being charged with trading in weapons that had been stolen from an IDF munitions base...

MK Ben-Ari: Outgoing Court Chief Beinisch Destroyed Public Trust in the Justice System

The National Union MK is delighted Beinisch is leaving, after five and a half years, because she "destroyed public trust in the justice system. Under her gavel, the court became the possession of BLD (Left wing, Arab dominated Democratic National Alliance)."

Heavy Weekend Rains Raise Kinneret Water Level by Half a Foot

The stormy winter Israel is experiencing this year harbors very good news for the country's loveliest tourist attraction, which is also a major source of its drinking water.

Parents Sue to Repeal “Under God”

The case, which began a year and a half ago, is expected to reach the Massachusetts Supreme Court by the fall.

Grape ‘Pineapple’ Centerpiece

Our world is filled with amazing color and taste – its great when we can find a way to combine them into something beautiful. Here is a fun idea the whole family can enjoy – with minimal preparation, you can create an original and eye catching centerpiece for any occasion.

Big Apple Grabs a Piece of the Pie

“If I’m behind the arc, and I see an open teammate, I love the deep dish” said piping hot three-point artist Josh Friedman. “But Big Apple knows how to serve up the treys – we always deliver”.

Soup

This column will focus on making cooking easy and simple. We begin with a perennial favorite dish – Chicken Soup.

Israeli Hacker Retaliates for Saudi Credit Card Attack

An Israeli hacker has claimed retaliation for the release of the personal information and credit card data of tens of thousands of Israelis by...

Chanukah Cooking: Persian Surprise – Sohan

This isn't a nuclear silo, but a Persian surprise coming to you for Chanukah.

Too Many Degrees Of Separation

In my previous column I mentioned that a matchmaking initiative called the NASI Project was generating an avalanche of discussions, debates and disagreements regarding its value in effectively dealing with what is referred to in Orthodox communities as the shidduch crisis.

Egged Buses Return to Mea Shearim

Tuesday, saw a cautious attempt by the Egged company to return lines 1 and 2, albeit with heavy police escort. While most of the ride went off without a hitch, a few youths did hurl stones as the buses drove through the community.

Believing In Hashem’s Packages

Upon returning home from food shopping, I had to park my van a block and a half from where I live. It was difficult for me to carry the heavy food packages and my pocketbook, but I managed to get to the beginning of my block.

My Hero

When my big sister was in fifth grade, she came home one day with a new trick. “You take a paper,” she demonstrated, “and you fold it back and forth, like a fan.” She expertly turned and folded, then pinched and held the “fan” in the middle to form a sort of bow.

Self -Repentance

We have just completed three sets of three-day Yom Tov/Shabbat combinations, and now with some sadness (tempered with a dollop of relief) we return to "normalcy" and our daily routines.

‘Mancation’ In Cincinnati

Two months ago I told you about my "Mancation" (men only, we visit different cities, check out a ballgame and the shuls, etc.).

The Ignorant American

Two days after the 9/11 attacks, CNN and Time magazine released a joint poll asking whether the U.S. should declare war. Sixty-two percent of respondents said yes. Asked whom war should be declared against, 61 percent said they didn't know.

Nineteenth-Century Bris Milah Observance

Last month's column dealt with the observance of kashrus by Jews in America during the 19th century. Up until about 1870 German Jewish immigrants went to considerable effort to make sure they could eat kosher meat and poultry. Almost every Jewish community of more than 15 families employed a professional shochet. Smaller communities were served by volunteer shochtim. However, with the spread of the Reform movement in the latter half of the century, Jews began to abandon kashrus.

Baseball Shakes Off Its Winter Slumber

Baseball is back. And for the first time, half the 30 major league clubs are holding spring training in the Phoenix area.

Why Psychology & Marriage Therapy Fails

Statistically, about half of all couples marrying this year will see their marriage end in divorce. For couples undergoing marriage therapy, surprisingly or perhaps not surprisingly, the rates of divorce are no different about one-half will suffer divorce.[1]

Problems At Simchas

In last week's column I published two letters regarding simchas (joyous occasions). One was from a grandmother and the other from a gentleman who had just made his daughter's wedding - the first simcha in his family.

Husband Spending Too Much Time With Business Partner Of The Opposite Sex

Question: I trust my husband implicitly. He has never given me reason to suspect him of wrongdoing. So, why am I writing? Three years ago he began a new job. He works very closely with a frum woman. They make a very good team – she is the salesperson and crucial to the business. A few months ago they started to train together to run in a half marathon for tzedakah. Then I found out that she and her husband had separated. I did not hear this from my husband – it was a friend who told me. When I asked my husband why he didn’t tell me, he said that she asked him not to tell anyone and he respected her privacy. Then I found out that they skipped a workout because of the rain and instead had lunch together. This I heard from a friend who saw them together. Please understand I don't want to think he's doing anything wrong. Surely he wouldn't be in a restaurant for all to see if he was up to no good. He says I'm being overly sensitive. Is he right?

Never Beyond Reach

Dear Rabbi Schonbuch, My husband drinks every night. He starts with a few glasses of wine with dinner and always ends with whisky. Some nights it's just one or two large ones and other nights it can be half a bottle. I know that we believe that drinking at a Farbrengen or a Kiddush is allowed, but when does it begin to become a problem?

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