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Chanukah Mission

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:29 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

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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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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Chanukah Musings

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:59 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

Let me share with you some short Chanukah thoughts to add extra sparkle to your Chanukah - to go with the delicious latkas, cheese platters, and sufganiot. (more…)

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How The Grinch Stole Chanukah - and How to Get It Back

Tuesday December 16, 2014 8:28 AM

giftBy CJ Srullowitz

We have this argument, er, discussion every year.

“Why can’t we get Chanukah presents?” my children want to know. (more…)


Why Do 80% of Palestinians Support Murder?

Tuesday December 16, 2014 4:40 AM

har-nof-massacre1By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

In most parts of the world, it’s not easy to find a major issue on which 80 percent of the population agrees. An election victory in the (more…)


Israel and the Betrayal of the Intellectuals

Thursday December 11, 2014 11:14 PM

jimmy-carterBy A. H. Miller

The problem with being an intellectual is that you rarely have your ideas tested in the real world. But sitting on the sidelines enables you to use extreme (more…)

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Celebrity? Stardom? Glory

Thursday December 11, 2014 9:24 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

- Andy Warhol

We are bombarded with images of politicians, starlets and posers; those who would be famous - or infamous.  Too many, and too embarrassing to mention. An endless list of those who (more…)

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Thursday December 11, 2014 6:39 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Of course the headline grabbed my eye, a bold caption announcing the arrest of several rabbis. The article described how a group of (more…)


New York Teens Teach a Lesson in Helping Terror Victims

Wednesday December 10, 2014 6:10 AM

har-nof-massacreBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

They don’t have plush offices or secretaries or gala dinners, but a group of 15 year-olds on Long Island are providing an inspiring (more…)


A Match Made in Heaven

Monday December 8, 2014 9:18 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

One aspect of the “shidduch crisis” is the money issue. In Yeshivishe circles, when a boy wants to continue learning, it has become (more…)


Not A Chokehold: Truth Of The Garner Arrest

Sunday December 7, 2014 6:30 AM

garner-fergusonBy Bo Dietl

It wasn’t a chokehold.

That’s just the biggest single distortion in all the talk about the Eric Garner case, in which the public has been misinformed and misled from the start. (more…)


When Sharing is Not a Virtue

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:28 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

We live in a very public world. This is in large part thanks to the proliferation of blogs and media outlets as well as our own ability to share news, personal (more…)

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“I Have Lived With Lavan”: Our Galus In The Secular World

Thursday December 4, 2014 11:46 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

The Har Nof slaughter is just the latest atrocity in a history of atrocities perpetrated against Jews.  The wickedness pressing in around us feels relentless.  It is (more…)

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Eternal Battle

Thursday December 4, 2014 6:40 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Every year, on Rosh Hashanah, just before the shofar is sounded, the Jewish heart pounds with anticipation and awe. During one of (more…)

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The UN and Unequal Justice: The Case for Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries

Wednesday December 3, 2014 8:33 AM

un-united-nationsBy Irwin Cotler

The UN marked the 67th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947, with an (more…)

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Obama’s Ferguson Dog and Pony Show

Tuesday December 2, 2014 8:47 AM

obama3By Jonathan Tobin

As protests against the decision of a grand jury not to charge Officer Darren Wilson with the murder of Michael Brown continue, the White House is scrambling to catch up with President Obama’s liberal (more…)

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What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel

Monday December 1, 2014 12:20 PM

gazaBy Matti Friedman

During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the (more…)


The Har Nof Massacre: What Do We Do Now?

Friday November 28, 2014 7:20 AM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

Although we are thousands of miles away, aftereffects of the Har Nof massacre stare us in the face.  Last Thursday, I davened Mincha in the famous Shomer (more…)


Managing Life’s Fluctuations

Thursday November 27, 2014 11:46 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

This week’s parsha opens with Yaakov Avinu’s famous vision, which he dreamt while in flight from his enraged brother Esav. On that historic evening, (more…)

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Failure Is Our Only Option: Success Is Built On A Foundation Of Failed Attempts

Thursday November 27, 2014 10:22 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

- John F. Kennedy

Look the day is still long, it is not yet time to bring the livestock in; water the flock and go on grazing. But they said, we will be unable to, until all the flocks will have been gathered and they will roll the stone off the mouth of the well; we will then water the flock.” (Breishit 29:7)

The Sfas Emes asks, Why was Yaakov so critical of the shepherds, especially that they are idle? (more…)


The Inconvenient (And Tragic) Truths - And Why Michael Brown Brought His Death Upon Himself

Thursday November 27, 2014 11:11 AM

darren-wilson-michael-brownBy Rich Lowry

The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don’t shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. (more…)

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What is Going On?

Thursday November 27, 2014 6:10 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

The Jewish world is still in a state of shock over the last week’s Har Nof massacre of kedoshim utehorim. People wonder how such terrible events can transpire in our time. How has this happened (more…)


Pollard Parole Denial Is Unjust

Tuesday November 25, 2014 11:48 PM

pollardBy Jonathan S. Tobin

Throughout the decades during which the fate of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been debated, (more…)

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A Jewish Perspective on Obama, Lincoln, and Gettysburg

Monday November 24, 2014 11:10 PM

rav-menachem-genackBy Rabbi Menachem Genack, Englewood, N.J.

In light of President Obama’s recent drubbing in the mid-term elections, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is a good time to see what Abraham (more…)


Chizuk from Rebbetzin Heller

Monday November 24, 2014 12:26 PM

by-rebbetzin-tziporah-hellerBy Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller

So many of you have showed concern and written, and even more of you have davened. I have no words to tell you how much this means not only to me, but to (more…)


A Message from the Kalever Rebbe: How Could Such Cruelty Exist in the Civilized World?

Sunday November 23, 2014 1:07 PM

kaliver-rebbe“And the youths grew up, and Esau was a man who knew how to hunt, he was a man of the field, while Jacob was an Ish Tam, a simple-straightforward man who sat in tents [studying Torah].” (Bereishis (more…)


A Tribute to my Rebbi, Hagaon Hakadosh Rav Moshe Twerski zt”l

Sunday November 23, 2014 8:15 AM

rav-moshe-twerskyBy a talmid

The Messilas Yesharim writes that the highest levels of avodas Hashem are not generally reached by (more…)


R’ Aryeh Kupinsky Hy”d - An Appreciation

Sunday November 23, 2014 7:13 AM

aryeh-kupinskyBy Rabbi Moshe Cohen

I returned home, emotionally exhausted, from burying my friend R’ Aryeh Kupinsky. I entered my (more…)


As Palestinians Praise Shul Atrocity, Mahmoud Abbas Walks Back His ‘Condemnation’

Sunday November 23, 2014 6:44 AM

abbasBy B. Cohen

Hours after this week’s terrorist atrocity at a shul in Jerusalem, in which four rabbis and a Druze (more…)

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As Iran Deadline Approaches, European Leaders More Skeptical Than American Counterparts Over Prospects for Final Nuclear Deal

Sunday November 23, 2014 5:10 AM

iranian-foreign-minister-javad-zarif-in-vienna-with-eu-negotiator-catherine-ashtonBy B. Cohen

With four days to go before the international deadline for an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program (more…)

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