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Z’man Matan Torateinu

5 Sivan 5777 – May 30, 2017
Jews in Hebron celebrate a new Torah scroll that was written in memory of Rabbi Moshe Levinger.

Women of the Wall Caught in Mix of Bad Timing, Bad Taste

25 Sivan 5776 – June 30, 2016
Happy birthday, Frannie, may you grow up to marry a Jewish guy.

New Torah Scroll Gifted to Nevatim Air Force Base

1 Sivan 5775 – May 18, 2015
A new Torah scroll is gifted to the IDF Nevatim Air Force base in southern Israel in memory of murdered soldier Almog Shiloni, z'l.

Torah Stolen from Ziv Hospital in Tzefat

22 Iyyar 5775 – May 10, 2015
A Torah scroll has been stolen from Ziv Hospital in Tzefat. Police are investigating.

Dr. Ella Kanner Gets New Sefer Torah

2 Adar II 5774 – March 4, 2014
Dr. Ella Kanner (Ph.D.) is an Orthodox member of the Women of the Wall. Her Ph.D. is in Gender Studies. Personally, I hate it...

A Place To Call Home

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
Coming to Kever Rachel one cannot help but recall the traditional domed structure that once stood as a humble memorial to the greatest of women. Unfortunately a fortress like edifice of towering large concrete slabs has now replaced that familiar picture. It was here, at this holy site, that I first met Evelyn Haies, an American mother, grandmother, and globetrotter.

The Last Command

5 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
By now Moses had given 612 commands to the Israelites. But there was one further instruction he still had to give, the last of his life, the final mitzvah in the Torah: “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be My witness against the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31: 19).

A Megillas Esther In An Ir Hanidachas

28 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
In this week’s parshah the Torah teaches the halachos of an ir hanidachas – a city where a majority of the inhabitants serve avodah zarah. The halacha is that all of the city’s inhabitants are killed and all of their possessions are burned.

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Five: A Husband For Ruchel

27 Tammuz 5772 – July 16, 2012
When Tevye walked back to his wagon, Ruchel was missing. Tzeitl reported that a young man from the village had unharnessed Tevye's horse and taken it to the barn for a feeding. Apparently, he had taken Ruchel with him. Tevye's eyebrows rose in surprise. Of all of his daughters, Ruchel most resembled his Golda.

Your Tax Dollars in Action

Left to right, at the Aloha Jewish Chapel, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, are Susan Hodge, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Timothy Koester, Chaplain, Capt. Donald Hodge,...

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
One does not have to be superstitious to recognize facts. It is a historical fact that the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Tenth of Av was plagued by recurring tragedies.

My Machberes

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012

The Gift Of Unity

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
During the past several weeks I have shared many of my own personal experiences and those of others. I am referring not only to my recent hospitalization following the breaking of a hip, but also to my series of articles on hashgachah pratis – events that befall us that can easily be attributed to random happenings but upon closer scrutiny and honest introspection testify to the ever-guiding Hand and mercy of Hashem.

New Sefer Torah For Hong Kong

15 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue recently celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah. Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Lady Elaine Sacks joined Rabbi Asher Oser and Assistant Rabbi Ariel Zamir of Ohel Leah at the festivities. Also present were Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon of Chabad of Hong Kong, Rabbis Meir Azarzar and Avner Cohen from the Shuva Israel community, and the sofer, Rabbi Yehonatan Yitzhak-Halevy. Hundreds of members of the Hong Kong Jewish community participated as well.

Itamar, a Year Later – “We Will Prevail”

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
A year after the devastating Fogel family massacre – Itamar is still strong and growing.

Writing A Torah In Memory Of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, April 29, at Chabad Chayil Synagogue in Highland Lakes to pay tribute to South Florida’s Rabbi Dovid Bryn, z”l, and launch a project of writing a new Sefer Torah in honor of the rabbi’s 10th yahrzeit.

Three Torahs to be Donated by the Young Israel Movement to the IDF Between...

28 Nisan 5772 – April 19, 2012
The donated scrolls are brought to Israel from synagogues throughout the world. They are in a worn or damaged state and donors are found to repair them and rededicate them in honor or in memory of loved ones or on special occasions. Upon their arrival in Israel, the scrolls are placed in different army, navy, and air force bases according to the needs of the IDF.

Praying For The Sick

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

Q & A: What Constitutes Shemot (Part II)

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Does shemot only include items, such as books and sheets of papers, with Hashem’s name on them? Or does it even include items containing Torah concepts or even just Hebrew letters?

Anim Z’mirot (Part l)

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
Question: May Anim Z’mirot be recited without a minyan?

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