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Who Am I?

Wednesday March 12, 2014 2:14 AM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1Behind Our Masks

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

In the musical, Les Miserables, Jean Valjean was a good and decent man who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family.  Imprisoned for his crime, he is given a chance to (more…)

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Author of Hate-Filled Article Says Jewish Press Approved It, Firing Is Ufair

Tuesday March 11, 2014 2:55 PM

the-jewish-pressThe man fired from the JewishPress.com this week for an article he wrote regarding the atzeres tefillah in New York City on Sunday says that the newspaper’s apology is not genuine and that the article was posted (more…)

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A Muslim Sheikh Remembers an Orthodox Settler Rabbi

Tuesday March 11, 2014 11:25 AM

sheikh-ibrahim-abu-el-hawaBy Anav Silverman

A year since the passing of peace activist and settler Rabbi Menachem Froman, his wife, Hadassah and close family (more…)

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Analysis: The War Against the Rabbinical Council of America

Sunday March 9, 2014 9:38 AM

avi-weissBy Rabbi Dov Fischer

Readers outside America may not realize what is unfolding in the United States Jewish community - and they should, (more…)

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Jeffrey Goldberg Says He Interpreted Obama Comments on Israel as a ‘Veiled Threat’

Friday March 7, 2014 10:12 AM

journalist-jeffrey-goldbergJournalist Jeffrey Goldberg said that he interpreted U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent comments on Israel as a “veiled (more…)

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The Modern Orthodox Straw Man

Friday March 7, 2014 9:14 AM

shulBy Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer

There are times when one must take a firm stand and stake out a principled position, or deal with what may be the nightmarish consequences of (more…)

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Putin Plays The Anti-Semitism Card In Ukraine Crisis

Thursday March 6, 2014 6:31 PM

putinBy Ben Cohen

Back in 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused his regional rival Viktor Yushchenko, who was then the pro-western president of (more…)

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Obama’s Big Fat Lie About Israeli Settlement Construction

Thursday March 6, 2014 7:41 AM

obama-phoneBy Evelyn Gordon

Since John PodhoretzElliott Abramsand Jonathan Tobin have all written excellent takedowns of the fallacies, outright lies and destructive (more…)

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Hearts Connected

Thursday March 6, 2014 6:20 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

The wondrous account of Megillas Esther annually reinforces the closeness Jews feel with the world’s Creator. (more…)

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Surprise: Obama Kills the Peace Process

Tuesday March 4, 2014 12:13 PM

obama-abbasBy Jonathan Tobin

President Obama may have thought he was being very clever ambushing Prime Minister Netanyahu with scathing comments about Israeli policies (more…)

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Ultra-Cation

Tuesday March 4, 2014 2:44 AM

avi-shafranBy Rabbi Avi Shafran

It was gratifying to see that a recent essay of mine in the Forward stimulated thoughtful responses. I had made the case for jettisoning the time- (more…)

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Barack Obama’s Prophetic Threats to Israel

Monday March 3, 2014 1:15 PM

obamaBy John Podhoretz

In an extraordinary-and I don’t use the word in a complimentary way-interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg, President (more…)

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The Day After the Atzeres…. What’s Going to Be?

Monday March 3, 2014 8:19 AM

atzeres-video1By A. Traiman

Close to half a million members of Israel’s Charedi public rallied in Yerushalayim on Sunday, shutting down roads in and around the city to (more…)

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Barack Threatens: Obama Warns Of ‘Fallout’ For Israel If Peace Effort Fails

Monday March 3, 2014 7:25 AM

obama-netanyahu2By Jeffrey Goldberg

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House today, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a (more…)

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Analysis: The ‘Iran Deal’ is Washington’s Gravest Foreign Policy Mistake

Monday March 3, 2014 2:47 AM

iran-nuclearBy Walid Phares

The Obama Administration, in its first and second terms, has committed strategic mistakes in the Middle East that will undermine U.S. national (more…)

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Why Did Ramaz Not Allow Rashid Khalidi to Address its Students?

Sunday March 2, 2014 7:25 AM

rashid-khalidiBy Jeremy Rosen

The Ramaz School was wrong to refuse to allow Rashid Khalidi, the Palestinian apologist, to speak to its senior students. The purpose of any good (more…)

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The Prejudice and Bureaucratic Barriers Facing Israeli Yeshiva Graduates

Thursday February 27, 2014 10:36 AM

bochurimBy Yerach Toker

Contrary to many people’s perception, students in an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva don’t recite Psalms or mumble prayers all day long. A yeshiva (more…)

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Adarific Joy

Thursday February 27, 2014 5:39 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

With the laining of Parshas Shekolim and Birkas Hachodesh of Adar Bais this Shabbos, we know that Purim is fast approaching. In order to (more…)

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Each and Every Day: Holiness is Step by Step

Wednesday February 26, 2014 5:18 PM

rabbi-eliyahu-safran1By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Central to the narrative in Shemot is the transformation of the people into the nation of Israel from the remnants of our slavery.  Through the (more…)

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What Does The Dismantling Of A Jewish Olympic Myth Have To Do With The Israeli Chief Rabbinate And The Future Of Israel?

Tuesday February 25, 2014 6:31 AM

avi-shafranByRabbi Avi Shafran

My interest in the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi was roughly equivalent to my interest in the recently concluded International (more…)

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Pipes: Pollard Pardon? Not Now

Monday February 24, 2014 8:12 AM

pipesBy Daniel Pipes

Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence for the crimes he committed nearly 30 years ago is, without a doubt, both a travesty of justice and completely (more…)

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The Unity Prerequisite

Thursday February 20, 2014 12:10 PM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

This week’s parsha of Vayakheil makes a point of stating that the mitzvos contained therein were transmitted by Moshe Rabbeinu to the entire (more…)

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New Obama Promise: If You Like Your Life, You Can Keep It

Thursday February 20, 2014 7:16 AM

obamaBy Ann Coulter

Liberals are winning wild praise for their candor in admitting problems with Obamacare. It shows you the level of honesty people have come to (more…)

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Halachic Process and Rabbinic Authority: R. Yissocher Katz’ Response to R. Schachter

Sunday February 16, 2014 8:46 AM

mishnah-berurahBy Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer

When challenging a world-eminent halachic master, be prepared. Nice try, but…

These thoughts immediately came to mind upon reading the response of R. Ysoscher Katz chair of the Department of Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: The Truth About Smoking

Thursday February 13, 2014 4:21 PM

smokingDear Matzav,

In response to this letter on Matzav: I’m a head and neck, ear nose and throat surgeon. I get paid to cut out peoples tongues and throats when (more…)

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The Secret of Simcha

Thursday February 13, 2014 6:30 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

What did Chazal have in mind when they said, “Mishenichnas Adar marbin besimcha“? (more…)

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Thank You Mr. Mayor

Wednesday February 12, 2014 9:09 AM

de-blasioBy Ezra Friedlander

The Mayor of New York City is primarily responsible for the crucial services that keep the city running properly. But the city does not exist in a (more…)

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Unpublished Heroes

Monday February 10, 2014 1:42 PM

write-By Rabbi Avi Shafran

I think it’s time I came clean regarding my doubts about Judaism, about everything I was taught by my parents and rabbaim in yeshiva. How can (more…)

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Opinion: Bnei Torah Should Boycott Coca Cola

Monday February 10, 2014 9:32 AM

coke-coca-colaBy Yisroel Feldman, CA

You probably heard that this last Sunday at the Super Bowl game, Coke Cola ran a special advertisement. (more…)

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UN’s Misguided Year Of “Palestinian Solidarity” Is Antithetical To Peace

Sunday February 9, 2014 4:11 AM

palestinianBy Oren Kessler

Israel is the only country to have a dedicated agenda item at every session of the UNGA’s Human Rights Council, which has included Muammar (more…)

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