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Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Tunes Out Netanyahu’s ‘Noise’ (Video)

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
In his Sunday interview with CBS 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu's relentless pressure regarding the Iranian nuclear threat as "noise" that must be ignored in order for the president to be able to focus on American interests. He also referred to Israel as "one of our closest allies in the region." That's two snubs in one interview (Remember when we used to be THE closest ally?).

The Whole-Brain Child: An Effective Approach to Parenting

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
I have often talked about parenting the “explosive child” or a child who struggles with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). In that context, I often mention Dr. Ross Greene’s groundbreaking work on using “Plan B.” Both in my office and in my columns, I have great responses to my work with explosive children using Dr. Greene’s techniques. However, recently, another approach has been gaining popularity, both in my office and in parenting circles. This approach is from Daniel J. Siegel, MD and is often used to promote “the whole-brain child.”

The Moderate Paradox

26 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
Our current political grammar, which leans heavily on ideas such as moderation and extremism, was crafted by the left. Like Orwell's Newspeak, the meaning of such words is relative and varies unpredictably. That relativism has given us the moderate Taliban and the moderate Muslim Brotherhood. Before long, it might give us the moderate Al-Qaeda member.

Australian Sprinter Steven Solomon Advances to 400-Meter Finals

18 Av 5772 – August 6, 2012
Australian sprinter Steven Solomon qualified for the Olympic finals in the 400 meters. Solomon, 19, finished third in his heat on Sunday in London, but...

New Worm Takes Down Iranian Nuke Plant, Plays Loud AC/DC

6 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
An Iranian nuclear scientist told a colleague in Finland about the newest cyber worm which has paralyzed Iran's nuclear plants.

IOC Adds Insult to Injury: Widows ‘Get’ their Minute of Silence 4 Days Too...

5 Av 5772 – July 23, 2012
I suggest Monday, July 23, 2012, will go down in the annals of Olympic history as Throw the Widow a Bone Day.

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part VIII)

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part VII)

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

“There Ain’t No More Middle-Ground”

11 Tammuz 5772 – July 1, 2012
Our forefathers passed on to us a Bill of Rights, and we shall pass on to our descendants a Bill. A tremendous Bill which can be unrolled from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam... and all the way across the ocean to China.

Audiologist in Training Writes

10 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
It's time for finals and I've been studying hard for all of my exams. My favorite class this semester was audiology, and studying more about the field has solidified my decision to pursue audiology as a career.

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part VI)

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part V)

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Tomorrow 2012 – Inspiration

30 Sivan 5772 – June 20, 2012
Keren Leibovitch is an inspiration because, as she said, she has learned that failure is only a step towards success. She asked everyone, "please do not be afraid of failing. it is the step you take to success. I am the best in the world for what I do." And for who she is - a true inspiration.

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part IV)

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Bubbles on Ben Yehuda

23 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
A young woman blowing large soap bubbles in the middle of Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. Ben Yehuda Street, known as the "Midrachov," or pedestrian...

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part III – continued from May 18)

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches Kedushahh and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of Kedushahh out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of Kedushahh and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: Chazzan And Congregation (Part I)

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
Question: I understand that at a minyan, the chazzan is required to repeat Shmoneh Esreh out loud so that people who may not know how to daven can fulfill their obligation to daven with the chazzan’s repetition. What, however, should the chazzan do when he reaches kedushah and Modim? I hear some chazzanim say every word of kedushah out loud and some only say the last part of the middle two phrases out loud. As far as the congregation is concerned, I hear some congregants say every word of kedushah and some say only the last part. Finally, some chazzanim and congregants say Modim during chazaras hashatz out loud and some say it quietly. What is the source for these various practices? A Devoted Reader (Via E-Mail)

Here’s My Problem with the Dalai Lama

9 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
That’s right. I’m calling out the Dalai Lama. And here’s my problem with His Holiness in particular, and with Buddhists in general – and it also happens to be one of the first things that drew me to Judaism: Jews understand evil. Buddhists do not.

Arab Stabs Breslav Hasid in East Jerusalem

28 Nisan 5772 – April 19, 2012
A Breslav chasid, about 20, has been stabbed in an attack by an Arab in Jerusalem Thursday. The chasid was coming back from praying...

Chai’s Rabbi Metzger Pays $40 Million for Midtown Building Shared with Lubavitch

19 Nisan 5772 – April 11, 2012
The NY Post reported that Rabbi Joshua Metzger has signed a contract to pay $40 million for the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot building at 509 Fifth...

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