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LOL: NFL Fighting Brain Injuries

I recently received this press release from the Department of Defense: Army, NFL Team Up to Fight Traumatic Brain Injury OK, the headline itself is a...

A Modesty Request in Williamsburg – Or Is it?

A couple of years ago as I was walking down Williamsburg’s famous shopping district of Lee Street, I recall seeing a sign in one of the stores that had a message written in both Yiddish (Hebrew characters) and English. The English sign said “Closed”. The Yiddish sign said “Offen” – which is Yiddish for “Open”.

Shmuel Hakatan

In the days of Shmuel Hakatan a terrible drought held the land in its deadly grip. The wheat withered in the field and the grass dried and died. Day after day, the skies remained leaden and no clouds appeared to bring rain and salvation to the parched land.

Kashrut

Hashem gave the Jewish people the special privilege to keep kashrut. Kashrut is a decree that we just do because God commanded us to; we do not understand why we are doing it. When one keeps kashrut, he only eats pure, fit, and halachically permitted food. Even when one eats non-kosher food unintentionally, the non-kosher food becomes a part of a person and has harmful effects. Hashem is making us keep kashrut because He loves us; Hashem only wants the best for us and our health.

Jewish Tradition and the Secrets of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

What can explain the "Shades of Grey" phenomenon? Why are so many married women reading about submission in an age of feminine liberation?

Report: Israel Uncovers Terrorist Plot to Abduct Israelis, Hatched in Israeli Prisons

The revelation is particularly disturbing because Israel recently agreed to ease restrictions on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails so that they would end their hunger strike. An explicit term of the agreement required the prisoners to sign a pledge forswearing terrorist activity.

Hebron Jew Arrested for Refusing to Sign Own Restraining Order

A Hebron resident summoned for routine interrogation was asked to sign a restraining order banning him from Mitzpe Avichai, an outpost of Kiryat Arba-Hebron....

Hollywood to the Holy Land (Part 2)

"Dear God," I said. "I don’t know why you have come into my life and done this great miracle for me. But I am certainly grateful, and I would like to make You happy some way in return. Tell me what You want me to do, and I will do it."

Three Females Among IDF Naval Officer Course Graduates

This week the 124th class of IDF Naval Officers, including three women, completed their training and were stationed on deck Israeli Navy vessels. While most IDF women serve only two years, these three officers have already served through the 36-month naval officers' course, as graduates will be required to sign up for at least an extra 16 months.

Jewish Cemetery in Poland Vandalized

The AP reports that last Sunday vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, eastern Poland, spraying swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on tombstones and...

Ahmadinejad’s Sister Lost in Iran Election

CNN reports that Parvin Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President's sister, lost her bid for a seat in the parliamentary elections, which is viewed as a...

Israel in Discussions to Stationing Israeli Air Force Jets on Cyprus

Relations between Cyprus and Israel have been intensifying since Israel's fallout with its former regional ally and Cyprus' adversary, Turkey.

Report: Bedouin Take 70 Hostages at Sinai Resort

Incident comes amid growing lawlessness and discontent among Sinai Bedouin

PM Netanyahu to Visit Cyprus in February

Netanyahu will discuss natural gas, security cooperation.

Yaakov’s Three Lives

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt”l, notes that Yaakov Avinu’s years can be divided into three periods.

Signing On Shabbat

Question: What should a person do if he brings a relative to the hospital on Shabbat and is asked to sign his name? Can he sign if the hospital will not admit the patient otherwise?

Israeli medical residents agree to return to negotiations

Israeli medical residents, who have been on strike for months, with many of them going as far as tendering their resignations, have agreed to return to the negotiating table today.

Turning Holocaust Remembrance Into Israel Bashing

The German Holocaust foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, Future - EVZ - is in a state of denial concerning misuse of public funds meant to largely compensate the victims of the Shoah but used instead to finance anti-Semitic student exchange programs in Israel and Germany.

The Message Is Simple

If you live in Queens, chances are that you will be seeing a sign around town over the next few days. That's because this coming Shabbos - Parshas Vayetze - is the community-wide Queens Shabbos Hatzolah, the most important annual fundraiser for Hatzolah's Queens division.

Title: The Equation of Life: Making Your Life and History Add Up

Twenty five plus 11=36. That is "the equation of life, since it is the operating principle of all Creation," writes Rabbi Pinchas Winston. A former Aish HaTorah professional, the teacher, public speaker and author proves that these numbers indicate what should have happened in Gan Eden: history would have come to a glorious, painless end and we'd be better off for it.

Disabled Deserve Full Share In Jewish Life

In February, Yachad/the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, an agency of the Orthodox Union, presented NAIM -- North American Inclusion Month - as a national initiative to develop sensitivity and knowledge of what it means to live with disabilities and to educate communities on how they can do their part to make sure all Jews are properly included in all aspects of Jewish life.

New Site Aims For ‘One Million Refuah Shleimahs’

Almost every American Orthodox Jew who owns a computer either checks or knows about OnlySimchas.com. If Naftali Mark, a young Flatbush financial representative, has his druthers, the same will one day be true about www.Refuahs.org.

Po-Lin

Purim in Tarnow        On March 9, 2009, the first Purim celebrations in many years took place in Tarnow. The program included the reading of...

Aliyah Journal: Giving Birth To My First Sabra

As readers of this column know, our aliyah experience has been studded with many "firsts." Baruch Hashem, as of a few weeks ago, I can proudly add a new one to the list: my first Sabra.

Let’s Make More Global Warming!

For years many of us believed the Nobel Peace Prize could not possibly be debased any worse than it was when Shimon Peres and mass murderer Yasir Arafat were honored for plunging the Middle East into an endless cycle of terrorist aggression against Israel and for putting Israel's very survival in jeopardy.

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