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Scotland Votes to Remain British

Friday September 19, 2014 6:34 AM

scotlandScottish voters turned out in record numbers Thursday to decide whether to sever their 307-year-old union with England, and in the end decided in a close (more…)

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Audio: Rav Reisman On Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 6:06 AM

rav-yisroel-reisman[Audio below.] The following is a shiur delivered by Harav Yisroel Reisman, maggid shiur in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and mara d’asra of Agudath Israel of Madison. The shiur, on Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech, (more…)

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Reb Eli Scheller’s Two Minutes on Elul

Friday September 19, 2014 5:59 AM

eli-scheller[Video below.] The following is a exclusive weekly feature, Eli Scheller’s Two Minutes on the Parsha. With an original approach and unique videography, Eli Shares a machshavah on the parsha that will make (more…)

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The Chofetz Chaim zt”l, On His 81st Yahrtzeit, Today, 24 Elul

Friday September 19, 2014 5:31 AM

chofetz-chaimBy Rabbi Nosson Scherman

A little more than one hundred years ago, an unknown author was arranging for the publication of an anonymous (more…)

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Audio: Rav Ahron Lopiansky On the Parsha

Friday September 19, 2014 5:21 AM

rav-aharon-lopianskyRav Ahron Lopiansky is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington. We are happy to present his weekly shiur on the parsha for (more…)

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Chagigah 11: The Circle Mikvah

Friday September 19, 2014 4:37 AM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Video: Harry Rothenberg On Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 4:09 AM

harry-rothenberg[Video below.] Attorney Harry Rothenberg offers a five-minute thought on the parsha disseminated by Partners in Torah. (more…)

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Audio: Rav Mintz On Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 3:44 AM

rav-chaim-mintz[Audio below.] Each week, Rav Chaim Mintz, Mashgiach of the Yeshiva of Staten Island and founder and head of Oorah Kiruv Rechokim, offers, via telephone, an insightful and inspiring message (more…)

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France Agrees to Launch Iraq Air Strikes

Friday September 19, 2014 3:31 AM

france-president-francois-hollandePresident Francois Hollande said France has agreed to carry out air strikes Iraq requested to boost its fight against ISIS fighters who have taken over swaths (more…)

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Hadlokas Neiros, Erev Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5774

Friday September 19, 2014 3:07 AM

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Issur Lashuv L’eretz Mitzraim, B’inyan Sukkah Gezulah Umezuzah Sheulah, B’lav D’Lo Sanusu, Ubepeirush ‘Boruch Atah Hashem’ B’brochos”

Friday September 19, 2014 2:50 AM

yaakov-moshe-shurkin[Audio below.] The following shiur was delivered on  Sunday morning at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill (more…)

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Video: Rav Stulberger On Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 2:18 AM

rav-stulberger[Video below.] Each week, Rav Avrohom Stulberger, rosh yeshiva of Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, shares a 3-4 minute message relating to the parshas hashovuah. is (more…)

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Video: The Shmuz On Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 1:37 AM

rabbi-shafier[Videos below.] Rav Bentzion Shafier has impacted thousands of people with his talks and lectures, and especially with his innovative “Shmuz,” a mussar shmuess that draws on Torah, Gemara and the (more…)

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Senate Votes to Arm, Train Syrians to Fight ISIS

Friday September 19, 2014 1:01 AM

syria-isisThe Senate approved by a comfortable margin President Obama’s plan to arm and trained moderate rebels to help in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” (more…)

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Parsha Partner - Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday September 19, 2014 12:46 AM

parsha-partner-with-link[Free download below.] Bring new meaning to your Shabbos seudah by involving your family and guests in discussions on the weekly parsha. Parsha Partner has meaningful divrei Torah and engaging discussion (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History, 24-25 Elul

Friday September 19, 2014 12:08 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesChabakuk Hanavi

Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin (1838-1933). As a 9-year-old boy, he entered the yeshiva in Vilna. (more…)

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Chayim Aruchim Hosts Annual Meeting of Rabbis, Doctors, Lawyers and Activists

Thursday September 18, 2014 11:43 PM

chayim-aruchimChayim Aruchim (The Center for Culturally Sensitive Health Advocacy and Counseling), an Agudath Israel project, hosted its (more…)

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U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:14 PM

congressToday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita (more…)

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Six Neshamos Returned to Yiddishkeit

Thursday September 18, 2014 9:18 PM

yad-lachim“I want to share with you something that happened here, in this very building, a short while ago. Yad L’Achim brought six souls back to Judaism.” (more…)

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From Oklahoma to Yerushalayim: World’s Oldest Siddur Makes Its Way Home

Thursday September 18, 2014 8:20 PM

oldest-siddurBy Anav Silverman

It was a historical moment at Yerushalayim’s Bible Lands Museum tonight as the world’s oldest known siddur was displayed for (more…)

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NYC: 25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes

Thursday September 18, 2014 8:11 PM

greenfield-felder-ny-anti-semiticNew York - The NYC Comptroller, Council Members, and members of the state legislature joined Council Members David G. (more…)

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Israeli Envoy: Nuclear Iran Is A ‘Thousand Times’ More Dangerous Than ISIS

Thursday September 18, 2014 7:38 PM

ron-dermerIsraeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer addressed a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at his (more…)


Israeli News Year In Review: 5774

Thursday September 18, 2014 6:07 PM


As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the Jewish calendar turns to 5775, we take a look at the biggest Israeli (more…)

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Hamas: End the Blockade or There Will be Another War

Thursday September 18, 2014 5:18 PM

hamas-deputy-leader-mousa-abu-marzouqHamas deputy leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said today that the group does not want another war with Israel, but warned more (more…)

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Iran Shows ‘No Real Flexibility’ In Nuclear Talks, Israel Says

Thursday September 18, 2014 4:22 PM

steinitzIsrael is “deeply concerned” because Iran is showing “no real flexibility” in negotiations over its nuclear program, Israeli (more…)

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Kibbutz Near Gaza Celebrates Delayed Bar, Bas Mitzvahs

Thursday September 18, 2014 3:03 PM

kibbutz-beeriAfter three postponements due to rocket fire during Operation Protective Edge, 16 youngsters from Kibbutz Be’eri near the Gaza (more…)

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New Policy, New Hope for Parents of Nonpublic School Students with Special Needs

Thursday September 18, 2014 2:27 PM

silver-agudahBy Judith Dinowitz

On Wednesday, September 17, the mood was both jubilant and hopeful at New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s offices (more…)


New ISIS Hostage Releases Bizarre Video

Thursday September 18, 2014 1:35 PM

john-cantlieJohn Cantlie, a British reporter held hostage by ISIS, has been featured in a new video from the terrorists. Cantile went missing (more…)


Manhattan Has Widest Wealth Gap in U.S.

Thursday September 18, 2014 1:13 PM

nycEast Coast politicians talking about inequality might want to look in their own backyard. The top 5 percent of households in (more…)


Scottish Independence Could Escalate Anti-Israel Sentiment, Jews Fear

Thursday September 18, 2014 12:46 PM

alex-salmond-scotlandWhile Scottish citizens as a whole appear to be evenly divided in their opinions on Scottish independence ahead on Friday’s (more…)

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Exposed: The International Scandal Of Israel’s Dead Sea Product Hawkers

Thursday September 18, 2014 11:38 AM

dead-sea“You, you, my friend, come here for a second, let me show you some amazing products made from Dead Sea minerals. Give me your (more…)


Kerry: Assad Broke Chemical-Arms Pact

Thursday September 18, 2014 11:25 AM

organisation-for-the-prohibition-of-chemical-weaponsWhile testifying before Congress on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Syria has violated the Chemical Weapons (more…)


Traffickers “Laughed” as They Capsized Boat to Drown Refugees

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:47 AM

malta-shipwreckSurvivors of Europe’s most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat (more…)

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UN’s Flight Marks New Era on Israel-Syria Front

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:22 AM

syriaAs Syria has plunged into civil war and UN peacekeepers have become targets of al-Qaeda-linked rebels, the UN observer force has (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: “Feel Good Judaism”

Thursday September 18, 2014 9:15 AM

Dear Editor,

I have some questions for the readers of Matzav.

How have we allowed much of Yiddishkeit to be hijacked by those who have decided to rebrand everything so that it is “fun”? (more…)


Likud Suffers Another Loss As Sa’ar Announces Retirement

Thursday September 18, 2014 8:11 AM

saarInterior Minister Gideon Sa’ar dropped a political bombshell on Wednesday evening when he announced a “time-out” from politics. (more…)


Video: “Just One Shabbos” Gaining Momentum

Thursday September 18, 2014 7:26 AM

shabbos-project-1[Video below.]

By Chaya Silber

As the Worldwide Shabbos Project has snowballed into a massive, worldwide event, interest in the Flatbush community has also (more…)

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The Fear of Elul

Thursday September 18, 2014 6:24 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Fear is a uniquely Jewish attribute.

The posuk praises people who constantly fear: “Ashrei odom mefacheid tomid” (Mishlei 28:24). (more…)

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