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Israel Rocks Shushan Purim in Jerusalem and Walled Cities!

15 Adar 5777 – March 12, 2017
During the day expect to see LOTS of costumes and happy faces in Jerusalem, especially around Safra Square, the biggest Purim street fair in the country.

Diapora Yeshiva T’shuva Movement Pioneer Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein Dead at 82

2 Kislev 5777 – December 2, 2016
Unlike traditional Orthodox academies, Rabbi Goldstein's Diaspora Yeshiva appealed to students who identified with the nonconformist beatnik and hippie subcultures, adopting a neo-Chasidic approach.

Maj. Gen. Mordechai to World Vision: ‘Assume Responsibility and Set your House in Order’

1 Av 5776 – August 5, 2016
But World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello said he was “mystified” by the charges, because independent audits had found the charity's programs in Palestine were "clean."

The Origins of Purim

14 Adar 5775 – March 5, 2015
There are many questions surrounding Purim, here are a few answers....

Was Mordechai Crazy? A Torah Thought for Purim

14 Adar 5775 – March 4, 2015
Just like Moses and Aaron, Mordechai decides to ruin the party…

The Capacity to Change

5 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
Esther's name, which means “hidden,” reminds us that at the outset she hides her Jewish identity.

Those Jerusalem Views, Always Changing

12 Elul 5773 – August 18, 2013
It doesn't matter how many apartments are built. Housing prices still go up in Jerusalem.

Vacationing Tip: Get Lost

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
If you’re looking to get away from the irritations of technology and people in your way, the best place to go is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Zechut Avot : An Eternal Birthright

29 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
The first time was many years ago. I had just concluded explanations about Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael” which arrived in Hebron from Slobodka, in Lithuania...

Why Most Marriages Can Work

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Mordechai, 36, and Chani, 35, were married for six years and came to me for advice on how to save their relationship. They seemed to have everything going for them. They were working professionals, successful and upwardly mobile; they shared many common factors including similar religious beliefs, intelligence levels, and were both pleasantly extroverted.

Awkward Timing

24 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
Welcome once again to “You’re Asking Me?” where we answer any and all questions sent in by readers. It’s a lot like all the other “ask the expert” columns, except that, whereas the other experts are interested in giving you a well-researched answer, our interest is more in meeting our deadlines so we can get back to looking for our car keys. Most of the time, we tackle advice questions, but once in a while we have to take a break from those, because of the lawsuits.

The Claim Of The Daughters Of Tzelaphchad

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
The Gemara in Baba Basra 119b relays the following conversation that took place in this week’s parshah: Moshe Rabbeinu was teaching the halachos of yibum when the daughters of Tzelaphchad approached him with the following question: Our father died in the midbar and did not have any sons. Why then is our mother not required to fulfill the obligation of yibum? And if the fact that he had daughters is the reason that she is not obligated to fulfill this requirement, why then can we (his daughters) not receive an inheritance – just like sons would?

A Little Gallows Humor

16 Adar 5772 – March 9, 2012
Achashveiros of Poras, Beset by domestic tzoras, Got a quickie fivoras... But being single again just wasn’t the same.

Yoram Ettinger: Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2012

13 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
Purim is the holiday of contradictions and tenacity-driven-optimism: Grief replaced by joy; Esther's concealment replaced by the disclosure of her national/religious identity; Haman's intended genocide of the Jews replaced by redemption; Haman replaced by Mordechai; national and personal pessimism replaced by optimism.

The Megillah: How-To Manual on Defeating Anti-Semites

Israel must demonstrate confidence in ourselves and an iron determination to defy our antagonists. Mordechai teaches that it is not through appeasement that one achieves peace but rather through strength, self-assurance and unequivocally firm resistance to tyranny and injustice.

Inside Purim: Even More Fascinating And Intriguing Insights On Purim And The Megillah

8 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
These are excerpts from the sefer “Inside Purim” which contains additional answers to the following questions and much more.

Bully To You, Haman

Purim is just a few days away, and Jews young and old are gearing up to celebrate this most festive of holidays, during which all will eat, drink and nosh merrily and in great relief over our come-up-from-behind triumph against a vicious Jew hater whose goal was to annihilate the Jewish people, but who instead had the tables turned against him in a dramatic and unforeseen manner. Sadly, bullying is alive and well in the 21st century afflicting all societies and the individuals that comprise them. For those who think that our heimishe communities have been spared the scourge of bullying - it's time to get their head out of the cholent.

Understanding The Mitzvah Of Megillah

7 Adar 5772 – February 29, 2012
To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard. If a word is missed, the listener should read it quietly to himself from the text in his hand. The principal purpose of reciting the megillah is to publicize the miracle of Purim. Accordingly, many poskim permit the megillah to be read in English if the reader does not understand Hebrew.

Drinking on Purim: Holy or Wholly Irresponsible?

5 Adar 5772 – February 28, 2012
The word the Gemara uses to get drunk on wine is “l’besumai,” literally - to become fragrant. Not stinking drunk, but rather like the incense in the Holy Temple; a sweet smelling aroma.

Leftovers Exchange Program

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Welcome to “You’re Asking Me?” where we answer any and all questions -- not necessarily in the hopes that we can make your issues go away by waving a newspaper at them, but more in the hopes that if we make enough jokes, you’ll forget what your problem was, unless you reread the beginning of the article, where we helpfully put your problems in bold face.

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