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The Internet, Halacha, and Olam HaBah

15 Elul 5773 – August 20, 2013
I happen to know Gedolei Torah and Roshei Yeshiva who use I-phones and the internet. Are they all doomed?

Spain’s New ‘Fornicators’

The imam had threatened to burn down the woman's house because, according to him, she is an "infidel" as she works outside of the home, drives an automobile and has non-Muslim friends.

Temptations, Tests, and the Search for Spiritual Courage

Temptations are ways of teaching people about G-d and the incredible human capacity for compassion and spiritual depth.

A Woman of Courage and Strength

12 Elul 5773 – August 18, 2013
When a doctor told her there was no hope... she decided not to listen.

Infidel

30 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
Hirsi Ali was handed the microphone and, 16 months later, her words remain imprinted on my brain: "Even if you give them Jerusalem, there will be no peace."

Whose Values Do They Represent?

26 Av 5773 – August 1, 2013
I don’t know that the majority of the Haredi world actually considers memorials to IDF fallen soldiers to be idolatry.

Can Women say Kaddish?

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
I do not see this as a feminist issue at all. This is a human issue.

Nita Lowey Gets Appropriations Top Dem Spot

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives elevated Rep. Nita Lowey of New York's 18th congressional district (Westchester and Rockland counties), to their ranking...

Couple Suspected of Aiding Toulouse Killer Merah Taken Into Custody

21 Kislev 5773 – December 4, 2012
A man and a woman in the Toulouse area were arrested on suspicion that they helped Mohammed Merah "commit crimes" that may have included the murder of four Jews.

David Petraeus and the Biblical Lessons of Why Men Want Two Women

14 Kislev 5773 – November 27, 2012
When Jacob is fooled into marrying Leah, he accepts her as a partner and eventually the mother of his children. But his yearning is for Rachel.

Yaakov Avinu’s Delayed Marriage

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
The Rambam writes in the 10th perek of Hilchos Ishus (halacha 13-14) that if a man marries a woman, he is obligated to have sheva berachos for seven days. If one marries several women at once, he must have separate sheva berachos for each one for seven days – consecutively. The reason for this is because we cannot mix one simcha with another simcha.

Arab Stabs Policeman in Eastern Jerusalen

A Border Policeman was stabbed by a female Arab assailant in eastern Jerusalem near the Shalem police station. He is lightly injured. Other police nearby...

Woman Critically Injured in Rocket Strike

1 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
8:40 AM In the past 20 minutes, 30-40 rockets fired from Gaza. There was a direct hit on a house in Kiryat Melachi. Reports...

Rocket Update

IDF Radio reports that 70 rockets were fire at Israel from Gaza today. 25 were successfully intercepted. One woman was injured y shrapnel in...

Whose Watchdogs Are They?

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
It is morning and my car glides down the mountains of the Shomron into the smog of greater Tel Aviv. Another crazy day of running in the primaries is about to begin. My cell phone rings. A young, determined voice is on the other end.

Petraeus: Did a Great Man Have to Fall?

27 Heshvan 5773 – November 11, 2012
Petraeus seems to have resigned over marital infidelity. And if so, did he have to leave his position? Why, because he displayed personal weakness? But this was a public, as opposed to a private, position. And years of counseling unfaithful husbands and wives has taught me that private failings do not necessarily indicate public faithlessness.

Haredim Throw Rocks, Eggs, at ‘Abomination Apartment’

Pashkvils (warning posters) were spread around the neighborhood, criticizing women wearing tight clothes, calling them "animals." According to the website Hadrei Haredim, the woman in question is being accused of luring young Haredi women to her path.

Yad Hashem – Shown With A Foot!

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
As the expression goes, “Hashem fir zich der velt” – Hashem orchestrates all the events that occur in the world. Most of what Hashem does is hidden from us. However, on occasion something happens in such an open way, one would have to be totally oblivious to the world around him to not see the powerful display of Yad of Hashem.

Can an Orthodox Jewish Woman Have it All?

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
As I began reading an article in the Forward by Aurora Mendelsohn about whether a Jewish woman can have it all (meaning a career and an observant family) I received a call from my daughter about an article in the Chicago Tribune about one woman who does have it all.

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