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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:52 PM

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Yevamos 76 - Diamonds are Created Under Pressure

Two interesting stories, both having to do with yichus, appear in today’s Daf. The first is the (more…)

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Hamas Claims to Have Caught an ‘Israeli Agent’

Thursday December 18, 2014 9:53 PM

hamasHamas is claiming that its security forces in Gaza arrested an “Israeli agent” who was tasked with gathering information on the weapons presented by the Al-Qassam Brigades during a parade held this week to mark the (more…)

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CAMERA Launches Latest Billboards Accusing NY Times Of Biased Reporting On Israel

Thursday December 18, 2014 8:34 PM

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A series of new billboards in New York City calls out The New York Times for what a media watchdog group says is persistent anti-Israel bias in the newspaper’s reporting. (more…)

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Abbas Continues To Pursue U.N. Measure On Israeli Withdrawal From West Bank

Thursday December 18, 2014 7:23 PM

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Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution outlining Israel’s United Nations-imposed withdrawal from the West Bank. The measure is (more…)

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White House Weighs Response to Sony Hack

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:39 PM

white-houseOn Thursday, the White House called the Sony hack a serious national security matter and said the Obama administration is weighing a proportional response. The U.S. determined the attack was “state sponsored” and that (more…)

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Israeli Archaeologists Uncover Entryway To King Herod Palace

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:23 PM

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Israeli archeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have announced the discovery of an elaborate entryway to the Herodian hilltop palace in Herodium National Park. (more…)

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Lieberman To Boycott Swedish Counterpart’s Visit Over Palestinian State Recognition

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:39 PM

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is refusing to meet with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem during her upcoming visit to Israel next month, in response to Sweden’s recent recognition of a Palestinian state. (more…)

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Video, Photos: Chanukah Part at the White House

Thursday December 18, 2014 3:50 PM

chanukah-aprty-white-house[Video and photos.] “Welcome to the White House,” called out President Barack Obama, standing beside his wife Michelle, to a full crowd of Jewish guests attending his annual Chanukah reception on Wednesday. (more…)

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Mastermind of Attack on Mumbai Chabad House Gets Bail

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:35 PM

zakiur-rehman-lakhviIn a move likely to stoke the ire of India and many others, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court today granted bail to the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who plotted the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. (more…)

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Boko Haram Takes 185 Women, Children

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:26 PM

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According to officials in Nigeria, Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people during a raid this week. (more…)

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Air Pollution Linked to Autism

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:54 PM

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According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to give birth to a (more…)

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US Death Penalty Hits 20-Year Low

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:22 PM

death-penalty1A total of 35 death-row inmates were executed in the U.S. in 2014, the lowest number since 1994. Meanwhile, death sentences hit a 40-year low, to about 72, according to the Death Penalty (more…)

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Levi Yitzchok Rosenblatt Released From Hospital After Stabbing in Crown Heights

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:44 AM

levi-yitzchak-rosenblattLevi Yitzchok Rosenblatt was released from the hospital Wednesday, about eight days after being stabbed by a man who was later shot and killed by police at 770 Eastern Parkway, Chabad (more…)

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Harvard Suspends Purchases From Sodastream After Anti-Israel Pressure

Thursday December 18, 2014 11:12 AM

harvardAfter anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria. (more…)

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Video: Despite P’sak of Gedolim, Yehuda Glick Says ‘G-d Gave Me My Life Back to Continue With My Mission’ to Fight for Har Habayis Rights

Thursday December 18, 2014 10:20 AM

yehuda-glickJust a month and a half after a near-fatal assassination attempt, veteran Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick spoke to Arutz Sheva about his incredible recovery, and shared his hopes for the future of his struggle for Jewish prayer rights at Judaism’s holiest site. It should be noted that the leading poskim of the (more…)

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Palestinians: Israeli Withdrawal by 2017

Thursday December 18, 2014 9:13 AM

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An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 was submitted to the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, setting a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces by the end of 2017. (more…)

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Obama Grants 12 Pardons and 8 Commutations

Thursday December 18, 2014 8:15 AM

obama10President Barack H. Obama issued 12 pardons and granted commutations to eight Americans serving time for drug-related offenses Wednesday. The eight men and women are the first inmates to receive reduced sentences as a part of the administration’s change of clemency criteria announced in April. (more…)

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Video: President Obama Addresses White House Chanukah Reception

Thursday December 18, 2014 7:14 AM
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Chanukah Mission

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:29 AM

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As we observe the Yom Tov of Chanukah, it is interesting to note that there is a mitzvah of zeh Keili ve’anveihu to perform a mitzvah in its most perfect form. (more…)

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Photos: Mesibas Chanukah at Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, NJ

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:05 AM

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Photos: Chanukas Habayis on Wednesday of New Kiryat Sanz in Tiveriah

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:02 AM

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Rubio: Obama ‘Worst Negotiator’ in Cuban Prisoner Swap

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:40 AM

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio blasted President Barack Obama as the “worst negotiator” and “naïve” for the manner in which he brokered the release of an American who had been held captive in Cuba since 2009. (more…)

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Photos: Rav Dovid Soloveitchik Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:02 AM

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Video, Photos: Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush Invites Jason Lyons to Light Menorah in His Office

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:55 AM

jep-bushContinuing the tradition of lighting the Chanukah Menorah by prominent public officials, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush who announced an exploratory (more…)

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Photos: Skulener Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:14 AM

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U.S. Finds North Korea Behind Sony Hack, Debates Calling it Terrorism

Thursday December 18, 2014 3:11 AM

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The U.S. government has determined that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The U.S. penetrated North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking. (more…)

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Photos: Belzer Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:58 AM

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Photos: Toldos Aharon Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:51 AM

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Photos: Rachmastrivke Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:32 AM

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Video: Alan Gross Addresses Media After Release

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:04 AM
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Chag Sameach. What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America. Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. (more…)

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Photos: Rav Shalom Cohen, Nosi of Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah of Shas, Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:37 AM

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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:09 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 75 - Mikdash Va’Kodesh, Reflections about the Shloshim

The words practically jumped off the page for me: mah Mikdash davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama af kodesh davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama, just as (more…)

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MLB: It’s Still Illegal to Scout in Cuba

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:49 AM

baseball-cubaWednesday’s landmark announcement that President Obama plans to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba sparked new speculation as to how soon Major League Baseball could begin signing players from the island’s isolated talent pool. Within hours MLB quickly sent a directive to all 30 teams that it remains (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 26 Kislev

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:01 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Avraham ben Dovid, Ravad III, also known as the Baal Hasagos (1121-1198). The 3rd of three great Jews named Avraham ben Dovid who lived in the same era, this Rav Avraham was born in Provence in the

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Video: Ari Goldwag’s “Chanukah Lights”

Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:44 PM
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Shining the Light on “Self-Hating” Jews

Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:28 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Throughout the recent explosion of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric all around the world, the Jewish people have felt particularly vulnerable, isolated (more…)

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American-Jewish Couple Names Son After Slain Israeli Druze Police Officer

Wednesday December 17, 2014 9:12 PM

zidan-sayifA Jewish couple from New York has named their newly born son after Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who died while defending Yidden during last month’s Palestinian terrorist attack at the (more…)

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Iran and Hamas Mend Ties

Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:20 PM

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Iran and the Palestinian terror group Hamas have mended their political and military ties, which were strained by differences over the Syrian civil war, a Hamas leader said. (more…)

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