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Kansas Hate Crime Didn’t Emerge From A Vacuum

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:23 PM

frazier-glenn-miller1By Ben Cohen

When you look at the image of Frazier Glenn Cross, AKA Glenn Miller, the shooter who cold-bloodedly (more…)

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50 Years On, Remembering The Rally That Launched The Soviet Jewry Movement

Sunday April 20, 2014 9:10 AM

D523-036By Rafael Medoff

“We didn’t know you couldn’t organize a mass rally in four days, and sometimes if you don’t know, then you (more…)

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Can Bunker Busters Solve Israel’s Iran Dilemma?

Monday April 14, 2014 10:20 AM

bunker-bustersBy Dmitriy Shapiro/JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week

Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration in nuclear negotiations with Iran, leading scholars of a (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Remember the Singles

Sunday April 13, 2014 9:29 AM

shidduchimDear Editor@Matzav:

I just want to get a message out to your readers:

For families: As Pesach is fast approaching and the families are getting together, please remember your single sisters and brothers. While most (more…)

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A Message from the Kaliver Rebbe for Pesach 5774

Saturday April 12, 2014 9:09 PM

kaliver-rebbeThese days we seem to live in a results-oriented society where people expect practical action to yield tangible, predictable and often immediate (more…)

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Cleaning the Home, Cleansing the Soul

Thursday April 10, 2014 6:50 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Leading up to Pesach, Jews everywhere scramble, utilizing all their energy to thoroughly clean  their possessions, whether chometz could have (more…)

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Give Me A Troika: The Hillel Sandwich

Thursday April 10, 2014 1:01 AM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

When fulfilling the commandments that G-d has given us, I often think of dedicated high school athletes who, when their coaches say, “Jump!” do (more…)

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Are Pesach Medicine Lists Doing More Harm Than Good?

Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:31 AM

pillsSeveral years ago, The Jewish Homemaker featured an article by Rabbi Avrohom Juravel about taking medications on Pesach. When Rabbi (more…)

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Matzav Mom: Pesach On a Budget

Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:41 AM

matzav-mom-1When panic set in that we need to start planning for Pesach we emailed Mara to come to our rescue. Mara from Kosher on a Budget is the queen of budget and planning, but even more so she has a gift of explaining things so clearly that it makes the process so much easier - CookKosher

With Passover just three weeks ago, it’s time to get serious about making your lists - and check them off. In addition to your cleaning, shopping (more…)

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Metzorah: The Art of Speech

Friday April 4, 2014 1:15 AM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

We speak, therefore we exist. (more…)

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Korb: Release Pollard

Thursday April 3, 2014 8:27 AM

former-us-assistant-secretary-of-defense-lawrence-korbBy Lawrence J. Korb

Almost 30 years after he pleaded guilty to providing classified information to Israel, Jonathan Pollard might be catching a break from President (more…)

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Hearts Opened Wide

Thursday April 3, 2014 6:29 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

One of the most resonant proclamations made at the Seder is the one recited right at the beginning of Maggid, when we say, (more…)

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The Truth: Shechitah Is Humane, Other Forms of Slaughter Are Not

Tuesday April 1, 2014 4:42 PM

 shechitahBy Jonathan Sacerdoti

Kosher slaughter methods are being called into question across Europe, with a ban on shechita now in place (more…)

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The Art of Preparation

Friday March 28, 2014 12:38 PM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1By 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 (more…)

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Rav Schachter’s Ruling: The Embodiment of Classical Halachic Methodology

Friday March 28, 2014 9:31 AM

rav-hershel-schachterBy Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer

Although I would otherwise be hesitant to address a critique by non-Orthodox rabbis of an halachic ruling and the halachic methodology of one (more…)

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Historic Lessons

Thursday March 27, 2014 6:51 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

A cursory glance at newspaper headlines is enough to fill the perceptive person with a sense of fear and helplessness. Despite the most advanced (more…)

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May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?

Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:06 AM

rav-mayer-twerskyBy Rav Mayer Twersky (republished with permission from TorahWeb)

I. The Ruling of the Ramo and Modern Reaction

ואם הנשים רוצין להחמיר על עצמן מוחין בידן
and if the women wish to act stringently [and don tefillin] we rebuke them (more…)

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The New York Times and the Politically Correct Mindset

Monday March 24, 2014 11:11 AM

ny-timesBy Myron Kaplan

The New York Times is often guilty of bias by commission and omission in its Arab-Israeli coverage. In the March 11, 2014, print edition (as well (more…)

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Plans to Overthrow the Rabbanut - A Special and Urgent Report

Sunday March 23, 2014 3:05 PM

rabbinateBy I. Schwartz

The non-Orthodox American Jewish establishment, with its Open Orthodox allies, have teamed up in an (more…)

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Currying Favor With Al Jazeera: Response to Rabbi Hart

Friday March 21, 2014 9:39 AM

al-jazeera-americaBy Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer

Peace, shalom, is one of the noblest and most fundamental of Jewish values. As Jews, we must strive hard to get along with people and work (more…)

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Words Matter: Deeper Meanings and Understanding

Thursday March 20, 2014 10:23 PM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Words matter to Jews.  Language matters.  Hebrew, filled with beauty and poetic power, is a language in which words carry not just superficial (more…)

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Day 13: What if Flight 307 is Never Found?

Thursday March 20, 2014 11:08 AM

malaysia-plane3The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart’s.

Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the (more…)

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Yad Vashem Forgets Orthodox Jews

Thursday March 20, 2014 9:11 AM

yad-vashemBy Dr. Meir Wikler

Throughout this coming year, the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Yad Vashem will be commemorated with public lectures, ceremonies (more…)

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Purim Pride

Thursday March 20, 2014 6:25 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Purim came, Purim went, but what did it do to us? A day spent in prayer, study, and mitzvos bein adam lachaveiro brings joy to Jews of all ages. (more…)

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Historic Siyum to Be Held at 70 MPH

Wednesday March 19, 2014 9:12 AM

lirrOn Monday, March 31, 2014 (29 Adar II 5774), history will be made, as a unique Daf Yomi shiur celebrates a rare milestone. The completion of (more…)

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Purim is Forever: A Purim Insight by Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner

Friday March 14, 2014 4:58 PM

rav-hutner1Retold by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper

Our Sages teach that when the Messiah arrives the festivals will cease to be observed, but Purim will continue to be observed. The Midrash (Mishlei (more…)

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“Don’t Allow Your Seichel To Be Overwhelmed By The Sight Of Jewish Soldiers”

Thursday March 13, 2014 2:31 PM

rav-yaakov-kamenetzkyBy Dovid Landesman

One of the more famous stories about R.Levi Yitzchak zt”l recalls his visit to the local marketplace. There he came across a wagon driver wearing (more…)

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PURIM: Blame it on the Rabbis

Thursday March 13, 2014 8:24 AM

pointing_fingers_small3By Rabbi Aharon Spetner - Director of the American Citizens Gemach (a division of Agudath Israel of America)

(Adapted from Michtav M’Eliyahu Vol. I p.75 - מכתב בדבר אמונת חכמים) (more…)

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Purim is Personal

Thursday March 13, 2014 6:33 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

It was at that last Purim hour, during the moments when day slowly recedes to night and the sky begins to darken. Inside the crowded room, a (more…)

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Dershowitz: Europe’s Alarming Push to Isolate Israel

Wednesday March 12, 2014 10:12 AM

alan-dershowitzBy Alan Dershowitz

Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews? (more…)

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