Video: Rav Stulberger On Parshas Tzav

Friday March 27, 2015 2:12 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 Tzav

Friday March 27, 2015 1:12 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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Argentine President’s Case Dropped

Friday March 27, 2015 12:43 AM


An appeals court upheld a ruling to dismiss a case against Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Thursday. Kirchner was accused of concealing the alleged involvement of senior Iranian (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History -7-8 Nissan

Friday March 27, 2015 12:02 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yitzchak of Drovitch (1758). He was the father of R’ Yechiel Michel, the Maggid of Zlotschov. In later years, Rav Yitzchak served as the official maggid or “mochiach” (admonisher) and dayan in the beis (more…)

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Sandwiches: Symbol or Meal?

Thursday March 26, 2015 10:41 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

A young construction worker lies in bed, the shrill shriek of his alarm still echoing in his room.  He groans.  He doesn’t want to get up to confront the day.  He’s comfortable under the blankets, with the early morning (more…)

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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:30 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Kesubos 53 - Financial Worries, A Force to Be Reckoned With

What if she sold her kesubah? She was pressed for cash, so she sold it. Now, no one is going to buy it for the total, potential value that it represents. After all, the kesubah is only worth what is written in it (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Puttin Out the Fires

Thursday March 26, 2015 8:42 PM


Dear Matzav Readers,

A thought has been running through my mind and I’m sharing it with you.

Within the last week there have been 4 fires (that I’m aware of). (more…)

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Frustration Abounds On First Day of Coalition Talks

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:28 PM

coalition-talksThe first day of coalition talks ended Thursday evening without any of the parties shaking hands on a deal, but cautious optimism from most. The exceptions were the Jewish Home party, which expressed (more…)

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Houthi Crisis Sheds Light On Anti-Semitism And Plight Of Jews In Yemen

Thursday March 26, 2015 6:11 PM


As Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels continue overtaking Yemen and the country’s capital, Sana’a, after the escape of Western-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour, the Houthis vowed to take revenge on “the (more…)

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Spain Moves Closer To Granting Citizenship To Sephardic Jews

Thursday March 26, 2015 5:46 PM


Spain has moved closer to approving legislation aimed at granting citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled during the Spanish Inquisition. (more…)

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Lakewood: Tomchei Shabbos Truck Tips Over After Rocking

Thursday March 26, 2015 5:06 PM

tomchei-shabbos-truckLakewood, NJ - A box truck rocked back and forth on Cedarbridge Avenue in Lakewood, NJ, this afternoon before it flipped over and took out a utility pole, (more…)


Live Video: Multiple Injuries Reported After Explosion, Collapse At East Village Building

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:20 PM

CBS New York Live Stream

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Photos: Rav Yaakov Edelstein and Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein Baking Matzos for Pesach 5775

Thursday March 26, 2015 3:58 PM



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New York: News Multiple Injuries Reported After Explosion, Collapse At East Village Building

Thursday March 26, 2015 3:31 PM


[Videos and multiple updates below below.] Emergency responders are on the scene of an apparent explosion and collapse at a building in Manhattan’s East Village. (more…)

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Iraq Loses Third of Fighters vs. ISIS

Thursday March 26, 2015 3:16 PM


Three large Shiite militia groups quit the fight against ISIS in Tikrit on Thursday, leaving Iraq without as much as a third of its forces as U.S. planes prepped for a second day of airstrikes. (more…)

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U.S. Soldier Arrested for Helping ISIS

Thursday March 26, 2015 2:42 PM


Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, and his cousin Jonas Edmonds, 29, have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to support ISIS, according to the Justice Department. (more…)

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Prince Charles’ Secret Memos to be Aired

Thursday March 26, 2015 2:10 PM


The U.K.’s supreme court on Thursday ordered the release of Prince Charles’s secret letters to government officials. Known as the black spider memos, because of the prince’s scrawled (more…)

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Bergdahl: Tried to Escape a Dozen Times

Thursday March 26, 2015 1:39 PM


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy by the U.S. Army yesterday, says he was tortured by the Taliban during his five years in captivity and tried to (more…)

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Pre-Pesach Fire Safety Event in the Five Towns

Thursday March 26, 2015 1:08 PM



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OU Kosher Announces Extended Hotline Hours in Preparation for Pesach

Thursday March 26, 2015 12:38 PM

ou-emblem-logoOK Kosher announces special OU Kosher Hotline hours to assist with Passover preparations. The following are the hotline’s extended hours: (more…)

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Kamikaze Co-Pilot Commits Mass Murder

Thursday March 26, 2015 12:12 PM

andreas-lubitzThe co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 took control of the airplane and headed straight into a mountain at more than 400 miles per hour as the passengers screamed in terror, a French prosecutor (more…)


Iran Condemns Saudi Strikes In Yemen As ‘Dangerous Step’

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:42 AM

iran-alaeddin-boroujerdiIran condemned regional rival Saudi Arabia on Thursday for launching air strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying it was “a dangerous step” that violated “international responsibilities and national (more…)

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Amnesty International Charges Palestinians with War Crimes during Gaza Conflict

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:13 AM

palestinianPalestinian armed groups repeatedly launched indiscriminate rockets and mortars towards civilian areas in Israel during the 2014 Gaza conflict, Amnesty International said in a new report published (more…)


Netanyahu Says He Will ‘Act To Mend The Rifts’ In Israeli Society

Thursday March 26, 2015 10:39 AM


As reported earlier on Matzav, based on the official Israeli election results and his consultations with political party leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday granted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu the mandate to (more…)

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Israeli Researchers Cut Saturn’s Day Short

Thursday March 26, 2015 10:13 AM


Israeli researchers have developed a computation method that has determined the exact length of one day on Saturn, or how long it takes for Saturn to make one full rotation. (more…)


Germanwings Co-Pilot Crashed on Purpose

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:42 AM


Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally crashed the plane in an act of mass murder, according to Marseille public prosecutor Brice (more…)

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Reposted: Audio: The Sassoon Children z”l Recording “Cry No More” in Studio

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:30 AM

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Sassoon Shivah Information

Thursday March 26, 2015 9:17 AM


Reb Gavriel Sassoon will be sitting shivah in Brooklyn today, tomorrow, Motzoei Shabbos, and Sunday morning at Congregation Keter Torah, located at 2220 Avenue L, at East 23rd Street, in (more…)

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Photos: Hachnosas Sefer Torah at Kehillas Bnei Torah of Har Nof L’illui Nishmas the Har Nof Kedoshim Hy”d

Thursday March 26, 2015 8:18 AM



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Great Efforts Being Made To Solve Shortage of Spelt and Gluten Free Oat Matzos In Eretz Yisroel

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:46 AM

matzohWith just over a week left until Pesach, hundreds of individuals who are wheat or gluten intolerant are still without matzos. The shortage of matzos this year has been a concern for many families, (more…)


Phony Obama-Netanyahu Conflict Diverts Attention From Real Issues

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:06 AM

obama-netanyahu1By Abraham H. Miller

Until the Obama administration decided to shift its support away from Israel because of a rather torturous interpretation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric, it seemed (more…)


Photos: Former MK and Minister Gideon Sa’ar Visits Rav Chaim Kanievsky

Thursday March 26, 2015 6:12 AM



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With Valor and Faith

Thursday March 26, 2015 5:31 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

This Shabbos is known as Shabbos Hagadol, the Great Shabbos. Unlike every other special day on our calendar that is commemorated on the date of the month upon which the original neis occurred, (more…)


Photos: Admorim in Bnei Brak at Mayim Shelanu

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:42 AM



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Does Association With James Baker Affect Jeb Bush’s Pro-Israel Credentials?

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:14 AM

james-bakerBy Sean Savage

Former secretary of state James Baker, a prominent figure in president George H. W. Bush’s administration and a critic of the Israeli government’s policies, is under fire from conservatives and pro-Israel activists for his decision to speak at the annual conference of the left-wing J Street lobby. (more…)


Sefardic Gedolei Torah Issue Michtav Chizuk Following Sassoon Family Tragedy

Thursday March 26, 2015 3:54 AM



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CIA Drone Chief to Be Removed in Shakeup

Thursday March 26, 2015 3:21 AM


The CIA’s Counterterrorism Center director, who oversaw U.S. drone strikes and the capture of Osama bin Laden, will leave his role as a part of a larger reorganization effort under CIA Director (more…)

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Only Five Hours Left to the Fast

Thursday March 26, 2015 2:05 AM

obama11By Dov Fischer

Besides being an attorney and law professor, I also have been a rabbi for more than thirty years. Almost every Yom Kippur and Tish’a B’Av — Judaism’s two 25-hour-long fast days — I see (more…)


House OKs Trillions in Spending Cuts

Thursday March 26, 2015 1:12 AM


House Republicans pushed through a budget on Wednesday that prescribes trillions in budget cuts over the next decade in order to eliminate deficits. (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 6 Nissan

Thursday March 26, 2015 12:05 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Shmuel Yehuda Katzenellenbogen (1521-1597). The son of Rav Meir of Padua (the Maharam Padua), Rav Shmuel was born in Padua. He served on the Beis Din of Venice and became Rav of the city (more…)

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President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Task of Forming 34th Government

Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:18 PM

netanyahu-rivlinBy Anav Silverman

President Reuven Rivlin appointed outgoing Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu with the responsibility of forming the 34th government of Israel on Wednesday evening, March 25. At a special ceremony at the President’s (more…)

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