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Israel Marks Record 345,000 Visitors in April

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Some 354,000 visitors arrived in Israel in April 2012, 19% more than in April 2011 and 12% more than in April 2010, Israel’s record...

Q & A: Harsh Punishments (Part III)

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

It’s My Opinion: Countdown

5 Iyyar 5772 – April 26, 2012
The days after Passover are referred to as sefirot, a semi-mourning period, marking a terrible plague that killed thousands of students of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. Tradition tells us that these deaths were the result of his students not being sufficiently respectful to each other.

Q & A: Harsh Punishments (Part II)

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

Record High for Incoming Tourism in First Quarter of 2012

25 Nisan 5772 – April 16, 2012
Based on data released today by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the first quarter of 2012 registered an all-time record high for incoming tourism...

Riding the Teenage Roller Coaster: Understanding Terminated Relationships

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
The life of a typical adolescent may often combine difficulties and complexities. Adolescents are often faced with issues related to peer pressure, academic stress, and potential family difficulties. Friendships and relationships often serve as outlets for adolescents during times of difficulty and turmoil.

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

12 Adar 5772 – March 5, 2012
The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. In contrast, Israel's exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Did Iran’s Warships Actually Visit Syria This Week?

30 Shevat 5772 – February 23, 2012
Did Iran's warships actually visit Syria this past week as was widely reported, or did was that Iranian disinformation?

Shaking Hands With Women (Part II)

30 Shevat 5772 – February 22, 2012
Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

When Terror Victims Fall Through The Cracks

18 Shevat 5772 – February 10, 2012
The Second Intifada may have ended seven years ago, but countless Israelis injured during that harrowing period, and in the years since, continue to suffer.

Yair Lapid Laments Possible Tal Law Extension on Facebook

15 Shevat 5772 – February 7, 2012
Lapid: "By the 31st of July . . . behind our backs, as always, they will extend the Tal Law again."

Viera Rybarova: A Remarkable Mission

11 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
Last year Viera Rybarova, professor of English language and literature in Bratislava, Slovakia, undertook a formidable task. Having read my Holocaust memoirs, she decided to translate one of the books into Slovak, where there is still a shortage of literature on the tragic fate of the Jews seventy years ago.

Germany Grants 10 Million Euros to Yad Vashem

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
The grant will be conveyed in yearly installments over a ten-year period.

Israel closes Hamas-Affiliated Institutions in East Jerusalem

6 Shevat 5772 – January 29, 2012
The move comes after intensified Israeli action against Hamas individuals and institutions.

Q & A: Tying Knots On Shabbat (Part III)

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
Question: My son recently stopped wearing a necktie and lace-up shoes on Shabbat. He explained that he doesn’t want to transgress the prohibition against tying knots on Shabbat. Is tying a necktie or shoelaces really forbidden? “A Mother in Israel” (Via E-Mail)

Welcome, Mr. Speaker: Rivlin Enters Irish Parliament Through Back Entrance

24 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
Knesset Speaker Rivlin heckled as he tries to enter main entrance.

Israel Sends Teams Of Doctors Around World To Restore Eyesight

21 Tevet 5772 – January 16, 2012
Over 2,000 people have had their eyesight restored.

Resolving Halachic Dilemmas

9 Kislev 5772 – December 4, 2011
Question: Who should resolve halachic dilemmas?

Kosher And Non-Kosher Eggs

16 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Generally speaking, any food produced by a non-kosher animal is non-kosher. Thus, the egg of a non-kosher bird is not kosher but the egg of a kosher bird, such as a chicken, is kosher. If one comes across an egg and does not know which bird laid it, how does one tell a non-kosher egg from a kosher egg?

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