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DOJ: Ferguson Cops a ‘Collection Agency’

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:42 PM


The Department of Justice released a scathing report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that describes it as a “collection agency” that exploited blacks. Although blacks make up 67 percent of (more…)

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Paul Allen Finds WWII Battleship

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:10 PM


Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, announced Wednesday that he and the crew on his superyacht have found a long-lost Japanese battleship. The Musashi, at 900 feet long, was the largest (more…)

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NYC Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:52 PM


The largest school system in America will recognize two Muslim holidays beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. New York City schools will put Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official calendar by (more…)

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Clinton Built Her Own Email System

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:13 PM


Hillary Clinton created her own private email system that she exclusively used as secretary of state, ignoring “very specific guidance” from the White House by not even creating, let alone using, a (more…)

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Kennedy Doubts Obamacare Challengers

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:39 PM

obamacareSupreme Court Justice Kennedy reportedly said there is a “serious constitutional problem” with the way the challengers read the Affordable Care Act. (more…)

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Important Tips for Those Who Drink on Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:12 PM

wineIt is worth knowing that hangovers can be avoided. With a little knowledge and care, you can still get drunk to the point of “ad delo yada” without suffering from it afterwards. (more…)

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Video: It’s Purim: Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:46 PM

purim1[Video below.] readers are urged to watch the video below, which raises awareness regarding children and the dangers of drinking on Purim. (more…)

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Snow to Cause Big Purim Headache for Northeast

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:40 PM

snowMore snow moves into the Northeast tonight, Motzoei Taanis Esther, after a wintry mix of snow and rain has left roads and sidewalks a slushy mess. (more…)

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Rav Wosner: Can A Litvak Wear A Shtreimel For Davening On Purim?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:13 PM

rav-wosnerAs we all know, Purim is a time when people - even adults - dress up. Thus, a Litvak might wear a shtreimel if he so chooses in the Purim spirit. The halacha clearly states (Orach Chaim 91), though, that one must (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On Mishloach Manos and Other Inyonei Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:51 PM

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

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NFL Players to Donate Brains to Research

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:42 PM


Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice and New York Giants kicker Steve Weatherford said Tuesday they plan to donate their brains to medical research after they die. The two made the (more…)


Defense Admits Tsarnaev Role in Bombing

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:40 PM


In opening statements today, the defense attorney representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted that her client took part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (more…)

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News from Open Orthodoxy

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:15 PM has learned exclusively that an “Open Orthodox” institution has paskened that women should not listen to Parshas Zachor. The מהר״ת (more…)


WATCH: New Video Release by Oorah: “Mitzvah Tantz”

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:11 PM

mitzvah-tantzCan you do the Mitzva Tantz? Watch this newly-released music video, which will have you humming the song on repeat from Purim till Pesach … if not longer!  The Mitzvah Tantz sums up the life of the average Torah-observant Jew, with a hilarious video featuring Lipa, and starring a whole (more…)


OU Welcomes $13 Mil. Funding for NSGP in Homeland Security Bill

Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:37 AM

ou-emblem2The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America welcomed congressional passage of a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes $13 million for the (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Purim “Mishloach Manos Cards” - What Shaychus?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:14 AM

mishloach-manos3By Shmuel Miskin,

The topic of my rant today might not sit well with some people, but it is an issue that has always perplexed (more…)


Iran Calls Obama’s 10-Year Nuclear Demand ‘Unacceptable’

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:48 AM


Iran rejected on Tuesday as “unacceptable” President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi- (more…)

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Purim: May I Wear My Wife’s Shaitel?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 10:22 AM

purimThe following shailos uteshuvos appeared in the American Yated Ne’eman, as transcribed by Rabbi Doniel Travis. The responses were given (more…)

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Video: The Belzer Rebbetzin Shedding Tears in Tefillah After Making Bracha on Challah

Wednesday March 4, 2015 9:13 AM
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Video: The Classic Modzitzer Shoshanas Yaakov with Rabbi Bentzion Shenker

Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:48 AM
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The Danger of ‘Purim’ Fireworks and Explosives

Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:10 AM would like to remind all readers of the dangers of dangerous fireworks and explosives often purchased by children and teens before Purim. (more…)


A Message from the Kalever Rebbe for Purim 5775: What is the Solution for the Iranian-Persian Threat?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:42 AM

kaliver-rebbeHorrific acts of anti-Semitism have recently spiked in Israel, Europe, and even in the United States of America. Jews in Paris, London, Buenos Aires, New York and alas, even in Jerusalem, are feeling (more…)

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Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Issur of Lo Yilbash Applies On Purim Too

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:13 AM

rabbi-shmuel-eliyahuRav Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzefas and a son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, issued a p’sak two years ago that all men are forbidden to dress as women even on Purim, since the issur of “Lo yiulbash gever simlas (more…)

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Clinton Ignored Official Email Guidance

Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:54 AM


Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton went against “very specific guidance” from the White House in not creating a State Department government email account and instead using only her personal (more…)

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Kosher Pantries and Soup Kitchens Praise HRA Commissioner’s Intervention

Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:47 AM

masbia-pantriesSatisfaction and appreciation was the theme of the high level meeting held last week in the office of New York City’s Human Resources Administration at the recently completed World Trade Center in (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Mishloach Manos Gone Mad

Wednesday March 4, 2015 6:19 AM

mishloach-manos3Dear Editor,

I am writing in regard to the ‘mishloach manos syndrome,’ the extravagance and pressure that has gotten out of hand. Priorities are (more…)


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Wednesday March 4, 2015 5:16 AM




Report: Forcing Costumes on Babies Can Ruin Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 4:38 AM

xmas-purim-costumes-smallFrom the archives: Purim is a happy and joyous occasion for Jews, but forcing babies and small children to masquerade in unwanted costumes can cause them trauma, according to psychologist Shlomit Kanotopsky. (more…)

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Purim: Ad Delo Yoda - Until What Exactly?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 3:17 AM

wineThe Gemara, Megilah 7b states, אמר רבא מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן וברוך מרדכי. (more…)


The Chiyuv of Mishloach Manos Themes

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:54 AM

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Video: Reb Eli Scheller’s 2 Minutes On Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:54 AM

eli-scheller[Video below.] The following is 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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Audio: Rav Lopiansky On Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 2:11 AM

rav-aharon-lopianskyRav Ahron Lopiansky is the Rosh HaYeshiva of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington Tiferes Gedaliah. We are happy to present his shiur this week on Purim for (more…)

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Hilchos Uminhagei Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 1:19 AM

krakowskiBy Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Purim. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna (more…)

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Kesubos 30: Paying for Shabbos Damages

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:52 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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Making the Most of Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:38 AM

purim-leibidikBy Jason Gelber

We live in unique times. Baruch Hashem, we have live in a country where we are free to practice our religion without fears or inhibitions. Within our own frum communities, lomdei Torah occupy a (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 13 Adar

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:06 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yehuda (ben Shmuel) HeChasid, author of Sefer Chasidim (1150-1217). His father (1120-1175), led a famous yeshiva in Speyer, and served as Rav Yehuda’s rebbe. (more…)

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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Tuesday March 3, 2015 11:17 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Kesubos 30 - If I am Only for Myself What am I?

Even though Rabi Nechunyah ben Ha’Kaneh holds that kareis can exempt one from having to pay money, says Rav Chisdah, he agrees that one who steals cheilev and eats it is obligated to (more…)

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Combatting the Haman of Today

Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:40 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Much has been made of the timing of Binyomin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Delivered just two days before Purim (just over one day for those celebrating in Israel), it conjures up (more…)

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Bibi’s Triumph Puts Obama on the Defensive

Tuesday March 3, 2015 9:04 PM

netanyahu4By Jonathan Tobin

If President Obama was hoping that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would lay an egg with his much-anticipated and controversial speech to a joint session of Congress, he was gravely (more…)


Hikind: Netanyahu’s Address May Save The World From Nuclear and Disaster

Tuesday March 3, 2015 8:17 PM


NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) says the world owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for sharing the cold, hard facts about Iran. (more…)

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Sen. McConnell To AIPAC: Administration ‘Has Already Given Away Too Much’ In Iran Talks

Tuesday March 3, 2015 7:46 PM

gop-leader-mitch-mcconnellSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Tuesday morning that the Obama administration has (more…)

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Har Habayis Jewish Prayer Upheld In Court Decision On Yehuda Glick

Tuesday March 3, 2015 7:15 PM

har-habayisThe Yerushalayim Magistrate’s Court has announced that it has upheld the right of Jews to daven at the Har Habayis in a case involving activist Yehuda Glick, a promoter of Jewish access (more…)


Israeli-Made Chipset Could Extend Battery Life For Devices Using 4G Mobile Networks

Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:41 PM

smart-meter1The Israeli company Altair Semiconductor says that it has developed the capability for small electric devices to connect better to fourth generation (4G) mobile networks. The new technology could impact devices such as electricity meters or security alarms. (more…)

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Obama: ‘Less Concerned’ With Bibi Speech Than Congress Undermining Iran Talks

Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:09 PM

obama3Hours before Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama said in an interview that such a deal would be reached if Iran can agree (more…)


Video: Obama Says “Nothing New” In Netanyahu’s Speech

Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:00 PM
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Today’s Speech: The Most Widely Debated Address Ever Given By A Foreign Leader To Congress

Tuesday March 3, 2015 5:56 PM


In perhaps the most widely debated address ever given by a foreign leader to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described a “fateful crossroads” on the Iranian nuclear (more…)


Video: Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury Celebrates 15th Anniversary Reception

Tuesday March 3, 2015 5:28 PM

unnamed[Video below.] The fast growing Yeshiva K’tana of Waterbury just celebrated its 15th anniversary reception. Founded in the year 2000 with only 10 students, it now boasts 400 students ba”h. (more…)

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Snowden Talking About U.S. Return

Tuesday March 3, 2015 5:17 PM


A lawyer for Edward Snowden said Tuesday he is working with American and German lawyers to help the former intelligence analyst return to the United States. (more…)