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Speak No Evil: Cholent, The Sassoon Tragedy, And The Arrogance Of Evil

Thursday April 23, 2015 11:41 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

If you don’t have something nice to say…

How often our silence resonates more profoundly than our words!  In music, it is the balance of notes and rests which create the beauty of the melody.  If a song is comprised of nothing but unrelenting notes it is (more…)

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Tools of Healing

Thursday April 23, 2015 6:16 AM

pinchos-lipschutzBy Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Parshas Tazria, as Metzora which follows it, deals with the halachos of a person struck by tzoraas. Though its laws are quite complex, scaring off the less learned from studying them, we are all familiar (more…)

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Editorial: A Matter of Priority

Thursday April 23, 2015 2:18 AM

pollard1Imagine what would have occurred had Jewish leaders decided to use the rare opportunity of a meeting with the president to actually do something important and meaningful.

When President Obama held back-to-back meetings with leaders of major Jewish organizations and Jewish supporters - including major political contributors - it would have been the perfect opportunity (more…)

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Op Ed: Uncomfortable Truths for Comfortable Collaborators

Thursday April 23, 2015 1:19 AM

hikind1By Assemblyman Dov Hikind

I applauded when James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so candidly and guilelessly admitted last week the terrible truth that too few people ever want to acknowledge: (more…)

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The Time is Now, Vote Today

Wednesday April 22, 2015 1:31 AM

rabbi-pesach-lerner1By Rabbi Pesach Lerner

Executive Vice President Emeritus,

National Council of Young Israel

It is not every day that we can do something simple and easy that will provide tremendous short and (more…)

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Analysis: Israel Quietly Fights Terror, As PA Stands Idly By

Monday April 20, 2015 5:27 PM

abbasBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Three quiet anti-terror actions by Israeli security forces this week shed more light on the Israeli-Palestinian situation than all the speeches, diplomatic pronouncements, and “expert” opinions that fill (more…)

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Why I Require FBI Agents To Visit The Holocaust Museum

Monday April 20, 2015 4:50 PM

fbi-director-james-comey2By James B. Comey

The writer is director of the FBI.

This commentary is adapted from a speech given Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial (more…)

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Sharansky: When Did America Forget That It’s America?

Sunday April 19, 2015 2:31 AM

sharanskyBy Natan Sharansky

On a number of occasions during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli government has appealed to the United States and its allies to demand a change in Tehran’s (more…)

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We Really Can Change!

Thursday April 16, 2015 4:43 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

Recently, I gave a shiur on sholo-m bayis-marital harmony.  A day later, I asked one of my friends who attended with his wife if he thought it was helpful.  He told me the following candid response. (more…)

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My Sin is before Me Always

Thursday April 16, 2015 4:21 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

We live at a time when even the most “humble” amongst us seems to have a blog, or a Twitter account, or a website or, or, or… or some other way or means for amplifying his voice, perspectives, “teachings,” etc. As (more…)

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The Wisdom of When

Thursday April 16, 2015 6:07 AM

pinchos-lipschutzBy Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

­­Pesach is over, but it shouldn’t be a distant memory. Our lives are formed by the actions we perform (more…)

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Analysis: Hillary’s Fingerprints On Three Threats To Israel

Thursday April 16, 2015 4:11 AM

hillary-2016By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Hillary Clinton is hoping for a “new tone” in the U.S.-Israel relationship, one Jewish leader recently claimed. But in the meantime, Israel is stuck dealing with the deadly consequences of her policies as (more…)

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Certain U.S. Abortions Tear The Fetus Apart, ISIS-Style

Wednesday April 15, 2015 12:21 PM

baby-fetusBy Nat Hentoff

An April 8 New York Times front-page story reports that “a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican and longtime abortion opponent, outlaws what it calls ‘dismemberment (more…)

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Bolton: Why the Iran Deal Will Trigger a Nuclear Arms Race

Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:12 AM

boltonBy John Bolton

Specifics of Barack Obama’s incipient deal legitimizing Iran’s nuclear-weapons program (and even whether a final understanding can be reached) will doubtless provoke debate for the next several (more…)

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Hillary’s Big Iowa Flip-Flop

Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:10 PM

hillaryNow that Hillary Clinton has launched her second bid for the White House, we will see even more scrutiny of her on everything from her time at State to the Clinton Foundation’s funders. But the issue that best exposes Clinton’s enormous ambition - and her readiness to (more…)

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PROFILES IN MORAL COURAGE: How the Opponents of Bris Milah and Metzitzah B’peh Were Defeated

Tuesday April 14, 2015 4:18 PM

bris-milahBy Debbie Maimon

Jewish heroes in our day often seem in short supply. That is not because they don’t exist, but because the nature of a true Jewish hero is that he or she is publicity-shy. Often, we can only identify these noble individuals in hindsight. This is true of (more…)

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New York Times Implies Israel Purposefully Started War After Pope Called for Peace

Tuesday April 14, 2015 9:14 AM

ny-timesSheesh:

“Since becoming pope in March 2013, Francis has made a habit of inserting himself into delicate foreign policy issues, usually in the role of broker. Last June, after visiting the Holy Land, he played host to the Israeli and (more…)

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Analysis: Sanitizing Iran, Demonizing Israel

Tuesday April 14, 2015 3:11 AM

obama4By Ben Cohen

As expected, the Obama administration is having a hard time selling the American public on the feeble understanding-it’s not a “deal,” since nothing was signed-that was recently reached with Iran (more…)

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Analysis: Deal’s Sanctions Relief Gives Iran Billions For Terror Actions Obama Admits Deal Allows Iran Nukes in 13 Years - State Department Lies About It

Monday April 13, 2015 6:41 PM

obama-iranExperts have criticized the insult to the intelligence of the American public - the preposterous claim offered by the State Department that President Obama did not concede in a recent interview that, in (more…)

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Matzah Is Just the Beginning

Monday April 13, 2015 5:15 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Pesach ended the other night and the immediate, desperate reaction from Jews worldwide was (more…)

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Iran Nuclear Deal’s Fate Could Swing On Decisions Of A Few U.S. Lawmakers

Monday April 13, 2015 7:10 AM

schumer-obamaBy Alina Dain Sharon

In the aftermath of the recently reached framework understanding on Iran’s nuclear program, the agreement’s fate on American soil could rest in the hands of a small group of federal legislators. (more…)

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Dangers to Democracy in the Prosecution of Senator Menendez

Monday April 13, 2015 2:16 AM

bob-menendezBy Alan Dershowitz

Whenever a prominent political figure is indicted on charges of alleged corruption, serious questions arise. Is the prosecution part of a growing and dangerous trend toward criminalizing policy (more…)

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Thomas Friedman Shamelessly Promotes Obama’s Spin on Iran and Israel

Wednesday April 8, 2015 1:31 PM

thomas-friedmanBy Abraham H. Miller

Leave it to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to shill shamelessly for President Barack Obama. In a lengthy interview about the Iran nuclear framework, (more…)

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Pesach the Rabbi Served Chometz – Pesach Teachings from the Open Orthodox Rabbinate

Tuesday April 7, 2015 8:20 AM

avrohom-gordimerBy Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer

The Chassidic masters explain that matzah represents humility and self-negation, as matzah is flat, simple and unassuming, whereas chometz signifies vanity and egotism, as symbolized by the (more…)

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Burying Our Heads in the Sandbox: Ignoring Security at Jewish Summer Camps

Friday April 3, 2015 12:21 PM

camp-By Joshua Gleis

With signs of spring just barely starting to show, it might be hard to imagine that camp directors from coast to coast are dusting off their handbooks and starting to plan for summer. Yet apart from the (more…)

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Analysis: Should Israel Fear the UN?

Friday April 3, 2015 3:44 AM

un-united-nationsBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

President Obama is now reportedly threatening to support –or to at least not veto– a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding creation of a Palestinian state on Israel’s doorstep. (more…)

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The Sassoon Family Tragedy - Why, Oh Why? - Part Three

Thursday April 2, 2015 11:21 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

As we approach the shloshim for the Sassoon family’s precious children, of blessed memory, our minds are still overwhelmed by the tragic loss suffered in that horrible fire.  It reminds me of the (more…)

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The Art of Preparation

Thursday April 2, 2015 10:33 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

A thing without its place is lost.  This is true of trivial things from computer files to puppies.  How much more is this simple observation true when it comes to our obligation to prepare a place at Passover? (more…)

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What I Learned While Being Menachem Avel R’ Gavriel Sassoon

Thursday April 2, 2015 9:19 AM

sassoon8By Gavriel Sitrit

The words of Shlomo Hamelech that it is better to go to a house of mourning than a house of joy took on a whole new meaning for me after I paid R’ Gavriel Sassoon a shivah visit this past Friday. (more…)

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Chosen, Blessed and Free

Thursday April 2, 2015 6:23 AM

pinchos-lipschutzBy Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

As we approach one of the many peaks of the Seder, we raise the matzah and recite Ha Lachma Anya, opening the Maggid section. Speaking in unfamiliar Aramaic, we begin by stating that the (more…)

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