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Jordan Adds to Western Wall Mixed-Gender Prayer Controversy

28 Shevat 5776 – February 7, 2016
Jordan demands that Israel "return jurisdiction" over a part of the Western Wall to the Islamic Waqf.

Jerusalem Menorot

19 Kislev 5773 – December 2, 2012
The bronze, four and a half meter high Menorat HaKnesset stands in the Menorah Plaza by the main entrance to Gan HaVradim. This impressive menorah, in the shape of that which appears in the Arch of Titus, was created by Jewish sculptor Benno Elkan of England. It was given in 1956 by the English parliament as a gift to the State of Israel.

Torah Lengthens Life

13 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
Chazal tell us that Torah is our life and the length of our days. Here is a story that proves this statement quite literally. In Yerushalayim there lived a family in which all the children passed away at an early age. Everything possible was done to protect the children from illness and the slightest danger, however, it was to no avail. Not one child lived past the age of 18.

Nicholas Tries To Russify The Jews

27 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
In the 19th century, the heart of European Jewry – its centers of Torah learning, its crown of glory – was centered in the vast expanse of the Russian Empire. There, under the hand of the czars, lived millions of Jews – poor in material wealth but blessed with a love of Torah and a dedication to their faith that was unshakeable.

Achrei Mos/Kedoshim: ‘Going To The In-Laws’

13 Iyyar 5772 – May 4, 2012
In sixteenth-century Cracow, there lived a Jew named R’ Isserl. He was a scholar, philanthropist, and a well-respected community leader, who made a fine living manufacturing and selling fine silk. Many member of the Polish nobility were his customers.

The Great Civil War

1 Shevat 5772 – January 25, 2012
After the Chasmonaim defeated the Greeks their descendants assumed the throne of Eretz Yisrael and ruled over Bnei Yisrael. In the first years of their reign, they followed the path of Hashem and He was good to them.

The Translation Of The Torah

7 Tevet 5772 – January 2, 2012
King Ptolemy of Egypt had heard that the Jews possessed the Torah, the five books of Moshe, which contained much wisdom and excellent laws. He desired to have this Torah translated into Greek so that he, too, might learn its contents.

Shemayah and Avtalyon

9 Kislev 5772 – December 5, 2011
From the descendants of Sancherev, a heathen King of Ashur who attempted to destroy Yerushalayim, arose great teachers in Israel — Shemayah and Avtalyon.

The Sword In The Tongue (Readers Respond)

10 Kislev 5771 – November 17, 2010
I've received an inordinate amount of mail in response to the letters I published two weeks ago regarding onas devarim - painful and abusive language. It seems this problem is prevalent in many circles, among children as well as adults, indicating this is a societal condition that is unfortunately reflective of our culture.

Princes Indeed

21 Adar I 5768 – February 27, 2008
The Torah relates how the Nessiim, the leaders of each tribe, donated the precious stones that were worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) in his priestly garments, the Ephod and the Choshen.

Title: One Special Prayer

24 Av 5767 – August 8, 2007
Author: Yaakov Meir Strauss Translator: Nehemiah Klein Publisher: Feldheim Publishers

Parshas Vayakhel – Princes Indeed

24 Adar 5767 – March 14, 2007
"V'Hanesi'im haviu es Avnei HaShoham v'es Avnei HaMiluim (Shemos 35:27) - And the princes [of the Jews] brought the shoham stones and the miluim stones."

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