Take It For Him!

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The Call

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My Perfect World

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Summons To Court And Process Servers

If the plaintiff lives in Chicago and the defendant lives in New York, the plaintiff may not summon the defendant to the bet din in Chicago but only to the bet din in New York.

What You Don’t Know May Hurt (Siman 75:13) – Continued from Last Week

The plaintiff is entitled to the entire maneh without having to swear.

Who Owns You?

We've fought for woman's rights, and equality for African Americans and other minorities, but our challenges are far from over. Our final war has yet to be won.

Gun Safety Is Our Issue Too

Since Columbine, mass shootings have become much more deadly. NO ONE should have access to a gun without proper screening and training--and, outside of the military, NO ONE should have assault weapons

Deserving Of The Future World

Rav Chaim gave him wine to drink and sat him near the fire to thaw out. He then gave him a meal and prepared a bed for him to sleep in.

Shevi’s Journey – Chapter V

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Ludwig Blum’s Israel

Ludwig Blum (1891 – 1974) was a deeply complex artist who walked the fine line between pure aesthetics and a radical artistic view of the Zionist enterprise. He clearly loved to paint, make beautiful images and provide aesthetic pleasure.

Rendering Women Invisible Is Not Good For Any Of Us

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Maggid Of Kozienice Rav Yisroel ben Shabbethai

The simple man was very impressed with these stories and the following morning he told his wife that he was preparing a sumptuous feast for erev Yom Kippur.

Should The Chazzan Say ‘Ga’al Yisrael’ Out Loud? (Part IV)

Question: In the course of my travels, I have discovered that some chazzanim say “Ga’al Yisrael” right before Shemoneh Esreh aloud while others say it with their voices fading. Is one practice correct and the other incorrect? M. Goldman

A Dynamic New Voice Champions Torah Values In The Public Square

Often, those purporting to speak for Judaism and Jews take positions antithetical to Torah. The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) was created to provide Torah true positions on contemporary issues.

It’s Those Canaries Again!

Oxfam, accused of forcing and starving desperate women into prostitution offers one defense: They are not the worst of the NGO’s by any means! Great defense!

Herzl’s Two Trips To Eretz Yisrael

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Q & A: A Bar Mitzvah Boy And The Four Parshiyot (Part I)

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