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An Open Letter to Religious Zionist Rabbis

Dear Rabbi: With elections approaching in Israel, I am searching for a religious political party for which to vote. When I think about voting for Shas, I remember their support for Oslo, the surrender of parts of Eretz Yisrael, giving rifles to our enemies, and the terrible sea of Jewish blood that was spilled after the Oslo Accords were signed. That is not the Torah I am searching to find.

Is Half a Loaf Really Better than No Loaf?

I do not question Rabbi Zev Farber’s sincerity. I even applaud his resolve to right what he sees to be wrong in the way we practice Judaism today. But I do not agree with him at all on the way to do it. In a recent article on Morethodoxy, Rabbi Farber suggests that we change the paradigm with respect to a woman’s role in Judaism. His contention is that women are (at best) inadvertently ignored and mistreated vis-à-vis their public religious personae. Their current place in the synagogue is where this is mostly felt.

Woman Dies on El Al Flight

An American woman died on El Al's Tel Aviv-New York flight on Tuesday. Medical personnel that happened to be on the flight tried to save...

Israeli Teen’s Organs Save the Lives of Six People

Nine organs donated by the family of a 16 year old Israeli athlete have saved the lives of 6 people, providing some comfort to a family heartbroken by the loss of their son.

Bereshit: The Triple Birth of Woman

In this week's Torah portion, within the majesty and mystery of creation, the woman emerges in three successive stages.

Bereishis: Appreciating The Good

Adom HaRishon was given one mitzvah: not to eat from the Eitz HaDas. When he transgressed it, Hashem gave him the opportunity to do teshuvah. Not only did Adom not repent, he played the blame game – “It was that woman that You gave to me. You gave her to me as a helpmate and she turned out to be my ruination.”

Sukkot, The GPS And Mind/Body Interventions

I sit here mulling over the results of my latest PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography), a nuclear medicine imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional image or picture (in color) of my innards and of the latest actions of the “bad buggars” that have invaded me (as I live through quite a serious case of cancer).

Stories of Yom Kippur

On Erev Yom Kippur, the Gaon Rav Atshal of Frankfurt (Tifereth Avraham) would usually permit the eating of every doubtful fowl, which was brought before him to decide. He would make all the doubtful cases kosher.

Miriam Ben-Porat: A Woman of ‘Firsts’

Miriam Scheinsohn was born on April 26, 1918, in Vitebsk (Belorussia), the youngest of eight children (she had three sisters and four brothers). Soon after Miriam’s birth the family moved to Kovno (Kaunas) in Lithuania, where her parents owned a textile factory.

A World Untouched by Civilization

The way of Meah Shearim is the way of the Mafia. Not civilization.

Iranian Woman Strikes a Few Blows (and Kicks) For Freedom

Reported: Iran Cleric Pummeled by ‘Badly Covered’ Woman After Warning ... An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan...

Iranian Cleric Pummeled After Telling Woman to Cover Up

An Iranian cleric who warned a woman to conform to standards of modesty and cover her eyes was subsequently beaten so badly by the offending female that he spent three days in the hospital.

A Miracle on Siyum HaShas Day

“She didn’t have to elaborate,” says Malka. “Not that she had ever gone into any detail, but I’d read and heard enough to know that she was reliving the horrors that she and innumerable others were forced to endure when they were mercilessly stuffed into the cattle cars… and I also understood that she was overcome with a sense of pride in her heritage that has miraculously survived despite the evil intent of a monstrous dictator that sought to annihilate us.”

African Migrants Stuck at Egypt-Israel Border

A group of some 20 African migrants is trapped between Israel's border fence with Egypt and Israeli soldiers who have been ordered not to let them in.

Divorce And Monetary Documents

The pasuk from which most of the halachos of gittin (divorce) are derived is in this week’s parshah. The pasuk says: “Ki yikach ish isha… vechasav lah sefer kerisus v’nasan b’yadah veshilchah mi’beiso – If a man marries a woman … and he wrote her a bill of divorce and placed it in her hand and sent her from his house” (Devarim 24:1).

Facebook Pictures Provide New ‘Ammunition’ for the Committee to Preserve Purity

Here’s the new method for combating modesty problems: on posters that were displayed publicly on Wednesday in Beitar Illit, Israel, signed by the Committee for the Purity of our Camp, a woman’s picture appeared including her full name and the ‘fact’ that she had gotten married not in accordance with halacha (Jewish law).

The Modern And The Old Jew

The name of the Gaon, Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spektor, was known to Jewry throughout the world. He was also well know to Russian royalty, having visited the Czar many times to plead for his fellow religionists.

Torah Scrolls Returned to Polish Village

Two Torah scrolls, one complete and one incomplete, were found in Poland's Sokolow Podlaski district. The Torah scrolls found Aug. 20 are believed to have...

What Would it Take to Make You as Happy as This Woman?

Watch how this woman's face radiates the joy that comes from recounting how the death toll grew steadily in the hour or so that she spent fleeing the scene via public transport, unhindered by the police.

Two Israelis Charged with Blackmailing a New York Rabbi

The Tel Aviv District Attorney's offices today submitted to the magistrate court an indictment and an arrest order against Shay Cohen and Simon Soriano,...

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