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Netanyahu, Putin Speak by Phone on Eighth Night of Chanukah

3 Tevet 5777 – January 1, 2017
PM Netanyahu spoke with Russia's Pres. Putin about the situation in Syria, security coordination between the two nations, and about "peace."

Temple Mount Closed to Jews On the Eve of Rosh Hashana,...

27 Elul 5776 – September 29, 2016
The Israel Police won't allow Jews to enter the Temple Mount on the eve of Rosh Hashana due to a conflict with a minor Islamic holiday.

Happy New Year…But….

21 Tevet 5773 – January 2, 2013
We live in a world that runs by the sun, and yet it is the moon the reminds my people of who we are and where we are going.

December 31st, 1912

20 Tevet 5773 – January 1, 2013
America has not fallen, no more than it did when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 1912.

January 1st is Not New Year’s

12 Tevet 5773 – December 24, 2012
In galut, wee become possessed by the foreign lands and cultures where we live.

Q & A: Tu B’Shevat: The Hidden, The Revealed

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
Question: Why is Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for Trees, in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of the month – like all other New Years? Pesach Bernstein (Via E-Mail)

Understanding America’s ‘Holiday Period’

13 Tevet 5764 – January 7, 2004
As Americans, we Jews share with our fellow countrymen (more or less) certain portions of the annual "holiday period." Extending from the secular holidays of Thanksgiving to New Years, this span imposes on all the United States the breathless rhythm of a machine. Noisy and relentless, it is a rhythm associated in the popular imagination with enhanced reverence and spirituality, but in reality it produces a decidedly opposite effect.

Questions & Answers

12 Adar I 5763 – February 14, 2003
QUESTION: I am intrigued by the fact that the New Year for trees is in the middle of the month and not at the beginning of a month, as all the other New Years. Even the gentiles begin their New Year at the start of a month. Do you have an explanation for this?

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