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The Real Bible Belt

As the forefather Jacob lies on his deathbed in Egypt he makes Joseph, his beloved son, take an oath: don't bury me in Egypt! Hebron spokesman Noam Arnon joins Rabbi Yishai for a deep read of the Biblical passages.

Israel Inspired: In Those Days in These Times [audio]

Today on Israel Inpsired Rabbis Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel connect the dots between Hanukkah, Joseph and the miracle unfolding in the hills of Judea.

2,000 Jews Pray at Joseph’s Tomb Overnight Thursday

Throughout the night dozens of Arabs threw stones at IDF soldiers who guarded the entrance to the holy site, and the Jews inside. They also threw Molotov cocktails.

Title: Halakhic Morality: Essays on Ethics and Masorah by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

The Rav begins his project with an in-depth examination of the first four mishnayot of Pirkei Avot, raising topics such as the sources of ethics, power and persuasion, elitism and democracy, educational philosophy, freedom and coercion, among others.

Ben Gurion U. Scientists Offer Intriguing Theory on Joshua’s ‘Sun Stand Still’ Miracle

The mention of both the sun and the moon led the three researchers to the conclusion that the text refers to a solar eclipse, during which the moon moves between the sun and the earth, blocking the sunlight.

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

In this week's parsha, Judah offers to sacrifice himself instead of Benjamin, because Jacob's soul is bound up in the soul of Benjamin. Where do we see the same language used centuries later?

The Judaism Of Joseph Pulitzer

Among other evidence, researchers have uncovered any number of official records, including passports and issued passes that conform Pulitzer’s mother was a Hungarian-born Jew.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Miketz: Joseph, Social Economist

A balanced economic policy seems to have been exactly what Egypt needed and Joseph's policies insured that Egypt survived the famine.

Vayeishev: Who Really Sold Joseph?

This week's parsha course unravels the sale of Joseph and discusses the implications "blame." Where does responsibility begin? And most importantly, how do I make moral decisions?

Former Chief Rabbi of France Joseph Sitruk Dead at 72

In 2001 Rabbi Sitruk suffered a stroke and after his recovery took the additional name Haim, following the traditional Jewish protection against illness by altering or changing one's name.

Analysis: Thursday the Hon. Judge Joseph Haim Shapira Decided to Outlaw Hate

The politics of the left rears its ugly head in several spots along the report, and it is most noticeable in Judge Shapira's directive to include the numerous NGOs "working for a shared society and prevention of racism."

Joseph Wilf, Real Estate Developer And Supporter Of Jewish Causes, Passes Away At 91

The Wilfs, both Joe and Harry, were not just philanthropic donors to the RCA, stressed Herson, but took an active role in the continued growth of the educational institution.

‘Pop Chassidic Melodies Are Neither Pop Nor Chassidic’: An Interview with Cantor Joseph Malovany

I actually originally wanted to become a conductor and studied classical piano and conducting at the Academy of Music of Tel Aviv.

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Arson of Joseph’s Tomb

"This reprehensible act is yet another example of the escalating violence in the region [but] all sides [must] respect the sanctity of all holy sites."

Pesach’s Dusty Windows (Part Four)

Yet the windows of Pesach are crucial. Through them we can see our bitter exile.

The Dangers of Favoring One Child Over Another

What is it about Jacob that he seemingly can’t stop the favoritism?

The Refusal To Be Comforted

The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their father, saying: “Look what we have found. Do you recognize it? Is this your son’s robe or not?” Jacob recognized it and replied, “It is my son’s robe. A wild beast has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces.”

Two Very Different Jews Memorialized on Saturday

Memorials for two memorable Jews took place this weekend, though they stood, perhaps, on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Rosa Katzenelson: Paintings Beyond Hasidic Expressionism

Passion of belief can certainly lead to passion of expression, especially for an artist. Rosa Katzenelson’s paintings and digital artwork, currently at the Hadas Gallery in Brooklyn, could easily define the very essence of religious expressionism. As a Chabad devotee, every aspect of her work exudes a passion for both the chassidic subjects she depicts and the visceral act of making a painting. Nonetheless, upon closer inspection her work yields considerably more complexity.

Miami Beach Chabad House Torah Studies Catalog

Chabad House in Miami Beach has released its Torah Studies catalog of classes for the first season of the 2013 academic year. All classes will be held at The Chabad House, 669 North Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach. The sessions are open to men and women.

Thoughts Make the Man

Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

Father’s Day

Though my parents were not happy when I told them that I was moving to Israel, I made aliyah anyway. While honoring one’s parents is an essential tenet of Judaism, if parents do not want a child to move to Israel, the child does not have to listen to them, since going on aliyah is a mitzvah, and parents are not allowed to prevent a child from carrying out a commandment of God.

Artifact Found in Time for Shavuot Proves Bethlehem Existed During First Temple

Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation announced that a clay seal was discovered bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem, evidence that the city existed during the period of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The find coincides with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, during which time Jews from around the world focus on the story of the biblical figure Ruth, set in the city of Bethlehem.

The Purim Narrative At The Pardo Palace

Located about nine miles north of Madrid, the Palacio Real de El Pardo (Pardo Palace) dates back to the early 15th century. Devastated by a March 13, 1604 fire that claimed many works from its priceless art collection, the Pardo Palace and its vast gardens were used as a hunting ground by the Spanish monarchs.

Closeness And Distance

What do porcupines do in winter? asked Schopenhauer. If they come too close to one another, they injure each other. If they stay too far apart, they freeze. Life, for porcupines, is a delicate balance between closeness and distance. It is hard to get it right and dangerous to get it wrong. And so it is for us.

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