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Women behind Bars Get Three Days of Jewish Studies

19 Sivan 5773 – May 28, 2013
“Some of the women were doctors, and lawyers—educated women with tears running down their faces in gratitude..."

Police Car Damaged, Haredim Arrested over Archeological Dig

28 Adar 5773 – March 10, 2013
The protesters were claiming that there are Jewish burial caves nearby, which may not be disturbed.

Menachem Elon: The Sweet Revolutionary

11 Adar 5773 – February 20, 2013
The late Israeli Supreme Court judge Menachem Elon, was a pioneer of Jewish and Israeli law.

Preparation is Key to a Successful Shabbat

9 Tishri 5773 – September 25, 2012
"It is a Sabbath of Sabbaths for you, and you shall afflict yourselves, It is an eternal statute” (Vayikra 16:31). This is how our Torah sums up the upcoming experience of Yom Kippur: a Sabbath of all Sabbaths. Rather than use the more colloquially known "Yom HaKippurim," The Day of Atonement, the Torah reading of Yom Kippur morning uses the above term to summarize the twenty-five hour experience we are about to step into.

The Price We Pay For Contempt

5 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
A monastery in Israel is desecrated, almost certainly by nationalist extremists. The desecration was condemned by the prime minister and others in the government. Chief Rabbi Metzger called it a “heinous deed.” The Internal Security minister did not hesitate to use the word “terror” and announced the formation of a special police unit to combat it. Many people traveled to the monastery to personally apologize, including Rabbi Dov Lipman of Beit Shemesh, who took brush in hand to help scrub the offensive words from the walls.

The Proper Performance of Bris Milah

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.

The Tal Law and Jewish Law – In Conflict?

21 Sivan 5772 – June 11, 2012
In the early days of Statehood, when Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, the famed Chazon Ish, and other leading rabbis reached a compromise with David Ben Gurion to provide military exemptions for yeshiva students, only some 400 students were exempted. Writing about a Milchemet Mitzvah, the Chazon Ish himself recognized that “if there is a need for them, they must come to the aid of their brethren.”

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

The Audacity of Redemption

10 Nisan 5772 – April 2, 2012
It has been said ‘It is easier to take the Jew out of the Exile, than to take the Exile out of the Jew’. While in Egypt, the Jewish people could not even hear Hashem’s promise of Redemption because of their “shortness of spirit.” Their bondage wasn’t merely a physical bondage, but a mental one. And so, while still in Egypt, Hashem began the process of taking the Jew out of the psychology of Exile, ridding him of his slave mentality.

Rabbi Shimshon Nadel: My Essential Haggadot

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
With thousands of Haggadot in print, it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy and what to use at the Seder. Just like kashering the home for Pesach requires preparation, so too the material for the Seder. And according to the investment is the return. Below are twenty of my favorite Haggadot.

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part V)

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part I)

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
Question: Are there limits to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Standing Idly By

9 Kislev 5772 – December 4, 2011
Presumably, almost all the readers of this publication are Orthodox Jews – those that pride themselves on serving G-d through fulfilling His commandments. Keeping in mind the rabbinical edict, "A mitzvah that comes your way—don't miss it!" (Rashi, Bavli Megillah 6b), it would behoove the readers to know that an oft-missed mitzvah has come their way.

Hasbara In The Rubble

5 Sivan 5771 – June 7, 2011
Berachah - blessing - says the Gemara, is found only in things that remain unwatched and out of sight. Hasbara - the way Israel explains itself to the world - might be in better shape taking a cue from that Gemara.

In Elul, We All Need To Be Kids Of Courage

23 Elul 5770 – September 1, 2010
The one hundred and thirty children and young adults share two things. They are all Jewish, and they all contend daily with serious and debilitating illness. Many of them have done so all of their lives. You would think spending time with them would provide the ultimate mussar ride for Elul, an in-your-face confrontation with your own mortality, and the need to be grateful to God for life itself and the parts of it we take for granted.

In Honor Of G-d’s People (Continued)

24 Nisan 5770 – April 8, 2010
I arrived in Paris on a Monday and over 1,500 people were waiting. I do not speak French, but no matter, for there is a language that transcends all difficulties and barriers, and that is the language of our people - the language of the heart based on our timeless truths: "Words that emanate from the heart must enter into another's heart," and that is at the root of our "Jewish Law of Gravity." It is a law that never fails and its veracity has been proven in every generation, in every century. I saw it unfold a thousand and one times ... Most recently, I witnessed it in France, Hungary and Israel, and I never cease marveling at its power.

On Quashing Anti-Government Dissent In West Bank Communities: Perspectives Of National Law, International...

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
In the Jewish tradition, the principle of a Higher Law is not only well established; it is the very foundation of all legal order.

Opposing Olmert On Golan Surrender: Civil Disobedience As A Legal Imperative (Second of Two...

28 Tishri 5768 – October 10, 2007
Can the Olmert government protect Israel's citizens? After last summer's Lebanon war, this is hardly a serious question. Further, following Iran's continuing defiance of the international community in its illegal nuclearization, a defiance carried out with literal impunity, the consequences of Israel's national impotence could soon be genuinely existential. Let us be candid. This is the case even before Mr. Olmert proceeds with his plan to give up the Golan.

On IDF Refusals To Follow Orders: The Interlocking Perspectives Of National Law, International Law...

7 Tishri 5768 – September 19, 2007
Can the current government of Israel protect its citizens? Clearly, Israelis have already experienced the Oslo and Road Map "peace process," as a Terror Process. If Judea/Samaria are soon transformed into "Palestine," the peace process will once again become a war and terror process.

On ‘Disengagement’ And Disobedience (Second Of Two Parts)

28 Adar I 5765 – March 9, 2005
Can the Sharon government protect Israel's citizens? Clearly, "disengagement" will open the door widely to "Palestine." In consequence, once deprived of its remaining strategic depth, Israel will become an irresistibly tempting object for aggression by certain enemy states.

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