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Reb Elimelech’s Ascent To Leadership (Part XIII)

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
In 1648 and 1649 Bogdan Chmelnitzky and his hordes of Cossack warriors perpetrated an annihilation campaign against the Jews of Poland and the Ukraine....

The Four Most Common Financial Mistakes

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
As a financial adviser I notice that certain money mistakes are very commonplace. Are you making these kinds of errors that can destroy a fortune? Instead of learning from your own mistakes, try learning from other people’s mistakes. Here is a list of some of the most common mistakes in financial planning.

Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Tunes Out Netanyahu’s ‘Noise’ (Video)

In his Sunday interview with CBS 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu's relentless pressure regarding the Iranian nuclear threat as "noise" that must be ignored in order for the president to be able to focus on American interests. He also referred to Israel as "one of our closest allies in the region." That's two snubs in one interview (Remember when we used to be THE closest ally?).

What is More Virtuous: Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Being forced to pay taxes does not make us more virtuous people. If it did, our founding fathers would have thanked George III for his coercion.

ZOA Loses Tax Exemption Status, Will Apply for Reinstatement

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
The Zionist Organization of America has lost its 501(c)3 tax exemption status, due to failure to file tax returns for the last three years.

Transferring Wealth with Stocks, Bonds, and Bicycles

20 Elul 5772 – September 7, 2012
Wealth transfer is a hot topic in financial planning. Thinking about how to pass funds from one generation to the next can be emotionally difficult. Perhaps the older generation doesn’t approve of the way the younger spends the money, or the younger generation isn’t involved in the family business. Furthermore, tax and legal issues can complicate matters.

Flying Back to the US? Better Ask your Accountant First, You Could Get Arrested

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
U.S. taxpayers traveling to the United States with unpaid U.S. tax assessments can be detained at the border, questioned, and flagged for follow-up enforcement. If a taxpayer has an unpaid tax liability and is subject to a resulting Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the IRS may submit identifying taxpayer information to the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), a database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Tischler Brothers Tout Their Commitments To Public Service

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Avraham and Moshe Tischler, 20-somethings brothers and ambitious political neophytes, recently met with The Jewish Press editorial board to discuss their current political plans and future prospects.

Florida debate: ‘Should Jews Vote for Obama or Romney’

4 Elul 5772 – August 22, 2012
If you are already bored with the US presidential campaign rhetoric, do we have a debate for you!

‘Paul Ryan Will Not Be Mitt Romney’s Running Mate’

24 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
This is too delicious for words. On Friday, Bruce Bartlett of the Fiscal Times published a column under this very headline. It should obviously be filed under the "Dewey Beats Truman" category.

Surviving an IRS Audit in Israel

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
Numerous Americans in Israel have received their $1000 tax credits per child. Now Uncle Sam wants to make sure you deserved to get it.

Pelosi: Republicans Exploiting Jewish Voters

11 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans "are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy."

Risks You Need to Know Before Buying Dividend-Paying Stocks

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
There’s no such thing as a perfect investment.

It’s About The Children, Mr. Barron

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
A watershed moment took place in Brooklyn last month on primary night. Those who care about private school education should sit up and take notice.

Fighting The Tuition Crisis With Financially-Driven Parent Volunteer Programs

A recent CNN Money article focused on how more students than ever are requesting need-based financial aid from the private schools they attend. “Private schools are getting flooded with financial aid applications, and a growing number of the parents seeking help are earning $150,000 or more a year,” the article stated. It also pointed out that “overall, the average cost of tuition at private schools across all grades is nearly $22,000 a year, up 4% from a year ago and 26% higher than it was in the 2006-07 academic year, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.”

J.E. Dyer: A Fun Independence Day List of Things That are Now Considered Taxes

15 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
We must not let our concept of the purpose and character of a tax be corrupted, precisely because taxing us is a power accorded Congress in the Constitution. The definition of “tax” is, in fact, the most important limit on what Congress can do with its power to tax. In the wake of the Obamacare ruling, defining “tax” is defending our liberty – or, from the opposite perspective, attacking it.

Eyes on the Ball, Folks: SCOTUS has Ruled Congress Can Make Us Buy Stuff

11 Tammuz 5772 – July 1, 2012
Understand this: it doesn’t matter if ObamaCare is repealed next year. Repeat as necessary until understood. The SCOTUS ruling is on the books. Congress can make you buy anything, as long as it fines you if you don’t. The concept of constitutional limits on the power of government has been effectively removed from our guiding idea of law and jurisprudence.

Israel’s Gas Cost Drops, Tax Still 55%

The price of gas was lowered overnight Sunday by 2.15%, making the maximum price of self-serve 95-octane gasoline 16 agorot per liter less - NIS 7.27.

J.E. Dyer: Implications of the New ‘Tax-Mandate’ in Obamacare

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
This is what a tax now looks like? This is an open invitation to “tax” via whatever mandate sounds good to you. What sort of unequal-before-the-law mandate would not fit this definition of a tax? Congress can do anything it wants, by the logic of this decision, with the judicial precedent set that levying mandates equals using the power to tax.

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