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Thoughts From the Throne

Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we try to answer any questions that you send in at any time. And we do mean any time.

Rabbi Sholom Klass: An Appreciation On His 12th Yahrzeit

Dear Dad, A dozen years. It seems like a lot and it seems like a few. So many things have changed and some things never seem to change.

Family of Itamar Massacre Terrorist Laud Him As a ‘Legend’

Comments were made on a PA-run television show last week.

$225 Million Raised By Israel Bonds in One Night

Israel Bonds raised $1.1 billion in all of 2011.

Inter-Parliamentary Union Apologizes for Hamas Invitation, Participation

Knesset Speaker Rivlin had sent letter expressing displeasure at participation of Hamas.

Knesset Plenum Votes Down Proposed Bills by MK Ahmad Tibi

Tibi proposes bill recognizing Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

MK Douses Colleague During Heated Knesset Committee Session

After the incident, Michaeli was unrepentant: "Majadle will learn not to insult women. He hurt the honor of the Knesset and of this place. The times when a man can curse a woman in public, offend her and act violently are over. Times have changed."

The Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

When Yaakov met Rachel at the well, he experienced conflicting emotions. He felt tremendous joy at having finally met his bashert, yet he raised his voice and cried.

Murdered Family Honored By Holocaust Torah

In an effort to honor the memory of a Jewish Israeli family which experienced its own personal Holocaust, an American donor has dedicated a Torah scroll rescued from the flames of the Shoah to help build their community.

Torah Is The Greatest Treasure

The inhabitants of Simonia once came to Rav Yehuda HaNasi (also known as Rebbe) and asked him to recommend a scholar to serve as their rav, dayan, teacher and sofer. Rebbe sent them Levi ben Sisi.

Caring For Bubbie – A Privilege

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: My mother lives with me and needs a great deal of attention, as do my four children. It seems as if everyone is pulling at me at once, and I don't know in which direction to turn first. All this stress has definitely affected my mental and physical health. I suffer from backaches and stomach trouble and lack the patience necessary to be a good wife and mother.

The Tony Award

I never really cared for Tony Kushner. To bestow an honorary award to a notorious Israel critic, especially by academia, is nothing new. Honorary awards and Nobel Peace Prizes seem to be increasingly synonymous with, at best, meaningless efforts, and, at worst, anti-Semitism as a prerequisite for the recipient.

Rabbi Bakst Visits L.A.

On a recent visit to Los Angeles, Rabbi Yehuda Bakst, rosh hayeshiva of Ateres Mordechai of Detroit, delivered a shiur at a reception in his honor. The Kest family hosted the reception.

Bubby

The Gemara in Sanhedrin, Daf Mem Zayin, Amud Alef, concludes that a hesped or eulogy is in honor of the deceased, and not the living, so as such even though I am not worthy of being maspid you, I will say something nevertheless.

Bubby

The Gemara in Sanhedrin, Daf Mem Zayin, Amud Alef, concludes that a hesped or eulogy is in honor of the deceased, and not the living, so as such even though I am not worthy of being maspid you, I will say something nevertheless.

One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground

"Building From Bottles" is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground

"Building From Bottles" is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

Jewish Heritage Month A Well-Deserved Honor

When I was a kid, the prospect of catching polio was terrifying. We could not dive into a public swimming pool for fear we would spend the rest of our lives in an iron lung. Two Jewish doctors vanquished that disease and removed such fears forever.

75th Anniversary Reunion

Israel Independence Day is a national holiday in Israel. This year it falls on Tuesday, April 20th and is celebrated either publicly or within the family circle. The ceremonies begin eight days earlier with Holocaust Memorial Day. One week later, we commemorate Israel's fallen soldiers and terror victims on Memorial Day. As the sun sets, the national flag is raised from half-mast, the music begins to play, and the festivities begin in honor of Israel's 62nd anniversary.

Three Mikvaot To Open For Physically Challenged In South Florida

Three mikvaot for the physically challenged will open on Sunday, September 6, in Hallandale, Florida. It is the first mikveh project of this nature in Florida. The endeavor provides special ramps, prep rooms, and hydraulic lifts that will make the mikveh experience pleasant and dignified for a significant segment of South Florida's Jewish population.

Three Mikvaot To Open For Physically Challenged In South Florida

Three mikvaot for the physically challenged will open on Sunday, September 6, in Hallandale, Florida. It is the first mikveh project of this nature in Florida. The endeavor provides special ramps, prep rooms, and hydraulic lifts that will make the mikveh experience pleasant and dignified for a significant segment of South Florida's Jewish population.

The Heroes Among Us

In 1943, a Bulgarian baker named Rubin Dimitrov was at work in his Sofia shop when he saw Jews running from the police. He saved a group of them from a deportation roundup by hiding them in his oven. When asked about the incident, Dimitrov modestly replied, "One couldn't sit idly by, arms crossed, doing nothing. A true human being is obliged to help . So, I opened the door of my bakery oven to hide these people."

I Am Saddened (Part Three)

In my last two columns I published a letter from a mother/grandmother who felt very saddened and discouraged at the shameless chutzpah that marks today's parent-child relationship. In the first segment of her letter, she cited the disrespectful conduct of children, and in the second, she gave examples of the deplorable behavior of young adults - even married couples.

A Mom Like No Other

Remembering Rebbetzin Lillian Chomsky On Her First Yahrzeit

Yizkor – Remember Your Pledge

The shul was packed for Yizkor service. For Mr. Reuven Black this year was particularly poignant; it marked the tenth Yahrzeit of his father, who had passed away shortly after Pesach. He had decided to do something special in memory of his father.

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