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“And Yaakov Left…” A Year Since Rav Yaakov Litman and His Son Were Mudered

A year has passed since the Litman's were murdered, and in that year I have begun to understand in a different way what our sages meant when a tzaddik is alive even in their death.

42 Teams, 4 Planes Fighting Zichron Yaakov Fire through the Night

According to weather reports, eastern winds are expected to reach 55 MPH speeds in the north and be in the 40 MPH range in central Israel.

Vichna Kaplan: America’s Bais Yaakov Pioneer: An Interview with Rebbetzin Danielle Leibowitz

There were all kinds – litvish, chassidish, the daughters of roshei yeshiva and girls who weren’t even shomer Shabbos. Rebbetzin Kaplan took them all in

Life at Rachel’s Tomb

Yes, it's true, the Arabs are repeatedly attacking Rachel's Tomb to destroy it like they do Joseph's tomb and keep the Jews away, but...

Shwekey in Hebron… Dedicates Song to Gal Koby

Each year, tens of thousands of Jews take one of these days and go to Hebron...

For Better or for Worse

Hashem simply goes beyond the letter of the law in His love for us.

Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El

The Israeli government has announced a new step in plans to build 300 new homes in Beit El, in  northern Samaria, just as U.S....

Asking For Advice

At the age of seventeen, Yosef was wise in the ways of the Torah and in the ways of the world. He was called a “ben zikunim” because even at such a young age he showed the brilliance of an elder scholar. He had already absorbed all the Torah Yaakov had learned in the many years he had spent in the yeshiva of Shem.

In Memory Of My Abba, Dr. Ivan Mauer

Recently I went to a shiur on Yitzchak Avinu and found that it applied in many ways to my own father whose name was Yitzchak.

The Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

When Yaakov met Rachel at the well, he experienced conflicting emotions. He felt tremendous joy at having finally met his bashert, yet he raised his voice and cried. Rashi explains that he cried because he came empty-handed. He said, “My father’s servant came with ten camels laden with gifts and finery, and I come with empty hands.”

Letter to Our Son After Shabbat

So know that I am with you. So is your mother. The whole Shabbat, she waited for the moment she could turn on the radio to learn what was happening.

The Power Of Prayer

Once again I must postpone the continuation of my Oct. 5 column, “Technology, Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad,” this time due to the heavy reader response to last week’s column.

OU To Host Annual Marriage Enrichment Retreat

The Orthodox Union will hold its seventh Marriage Enrichment Retreat from Friday, July 13through Sunday, July 15 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, New York.

Pesach Video: Baking Passover Matzah in Israel’s Heartland

Yishai Fleisher takes us to Beit El in Israel’s heartland, the location of Yaakov’s (Jacob’s) ladder, to bake matzot (unleavened bread) the old fashioned...

Hashgachah Pratis: Readers Respond

In last week’s column I shared the remarkable story of hashgachah pratis that two terrific young yeshiva boys, Yedidya and Yaakov, experienced. Their story evoked an enthusiastic response. Many were motivated to reassess their own lives and discover their own hashgachah pratis.

Hashgachah Pratis – Guidance From Above

Most people have difficulty discerning Hashem's call since His messages are usually hidden behind many veils. On occasion however, hashgachah pratis – Divine providence – is so clear and obvious that even a blind man has to see it, a deaf man has to hear it.

The Wedding of the Maharal of Prague and His Wife Pearl

Rabi Yehuda ben Bezalel Lowe, known as the Maharal of Prague, was born in 1525, in Posen. He married Pearl, the only daughter of the wealthy and prominent Reb Shmuel ben Reb Yaakov, but not without the help an anonymous soldier.

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.

Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

Yaakov Avinu spent the final seventeen years of his life in Mitzrayim. While there he lived in peace for the first time in many years and remained in that state for the rest of his life. Near the end of his days he called in his beloved son Yosef and made an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.”

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