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Season of Thanks

Tuesday October 7, 2014 5:18 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

The theme of the beautiful pesukim that comprise Shir Hashirim focuses on the Ribbono Shel Olam’s boundless and enduring love (more…)

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Eating Some Humble Pie… In the Sukkah

Monday October 6, 2014 11:20 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Why do we make the sukkah (shortly) after Yom Kippur? Since we find the Holy One, blessed be He, sitting (in judgment) on Rosh Hashana before the entire world, and on Yom Kippur He signs the judgment, perhaps the Jews’ judgment that year was to be exiled. Therefore, we … “exile ourselves” from our homes into the sukkah, and the Holy One, blessed be He, considers it as if we were exiled to Babylon. (Yalkut Shimoni, Emor) (more…)

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Netanyahu vs. Carter

Monday October 6, 2014 4:05 PM

jimmy-carterBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that preventing Jews from living and building in mostly- (more…)

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The Nullity Of Being, The Greatness Of Being

Friday October 3, 2014 12:36 AM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

At the core of man is duality.  Some might suggest contradiction.  Regardless of how it is characterized, man’s essential duality creates tension in his life.  For man (more…)

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The BBC’s Ongoing, Pervasive Distortion of Gaza Casualty Figures

Thursday October 2, 2014 3:03 AM

bbcBy Hadar Sela

On September 1, the BBC News website published a feature titled “Gaza crisis: Toll of operations in Gaza,” which has since become a frequent appendage to (more…)

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Let’s Make it Real

Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:44 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

As we begin the Jewish year of 5775, all of us want to get off to a good start. I’d like to discuss here an area of life we can enhance that will impact upon many (more…)

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What We Need Is Grassroots Activism

Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:30 PM

avi-bermanBy Rabbi Avi Berman, Executive Director, OU Israel

During a recent visit to New York I stayed with friends in Manhattan. Having visited with them numerous times, (more…)


Envisioning a Better Tomorrow

Monday September 29, 2014 10:55 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Vayikra 16, the chapter that details avodah of Yom Kippur, is presented as having occurred in the direct aftermath of the deaths of Aharon’s two sons, Nadav (more…)

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The New York Times’ Obsessive, Unsubstantiated Criticism of Israel Reaches New Depths

Monday September 29, 2014 1:34 AM

ny-times“Struggles for freedom continued across the Middle East and North Africa in 2013, but several countries faced worsening violence as antidemocratic forces (more…)


A Message from the Kalever Rebbe for Rosh Hashanah 5775

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:21 PM

kaliver-rebbeRecently, the whole world is looking on with fear at the Islamic terrorist organizations who are decapitating their victims, who (more…)


A Sure Way to Please Hashem

Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:16 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

One of the highlights of the Ten Days of Repentance is the saying of HaMelech HaKodosh in our Shemoneh Esrei.  This insistence (more…)

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United States Attack in Syria Parallels Israel’s in Gaza

Wednesday September 24, 2014 1:24 PM

Dershowitz PapersBy Alan Dershowitz

The air attack by American and Arab forces against ISIS and other terrorist targets parallels Israel’s air attacks against Hamas (more…)

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A Mother’s Rosh Hashana Prayer

Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:10 AM

baby1By Bracha Goetz

Udel was the daughter of the Baal Shem Tov. When this story happened, she was the young mother of a delightful baby boy. It was (more…)

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Hashiveini Ve’ashuvah

Wednesday September 24, 2014 7:05 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

In one of the Al Cheit confessions that we recite on Yom Kippur, we beg forgiveness “al cheit shechatanu lefonecha besimhon leivov,” for the sins we committed through confusion of the heart. (more…)

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Marking Time: Moments of Our Lives

Tuesday September 23, 2014 9:19 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Just as the ticking of the seconds become minutes which become hours and which become days, the days become weeks, become months (more…)

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Maximizing Our Spiritual ROI

Sunday September 21, 2014 11:13 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

ROI (return on investment) is something that we think about routinely. Investors want to know what type of return they can expect to receive on their (more…)

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Taking On The Terror Trio: Israel’s Strategy vs. Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State

Sunday September 21, 2014 10:43 PM

OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGEBy Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage

Following Israel’s Operation Protective Edge this summer, Hamas continues to control the Gaza Strip and openly considers any (more…)

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This Past Shabbos…I Cried

Friday September 19, 2014 7:10 AM

goldingRabbi Yosef C. Golding, Executive Director, Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society

It was toward the end of Mincha, when the aveilim gather around the bimah to say Kaddish. The cutest looking four-and-a-half year old was among them. (more…)


The Fear of Elul

Thursday September 18, 2014 6:24 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Fear is a uniquely Jewish attribute.

The posuk praises people who constantly fear: “Ashrei odom mefacheid tomid” (Mishlei 28:24). (more…)

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National Lawyers Guild Seeks to Indict Obama for Helping Israel Build Iron Dome

Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:08 AM

national-lawyers-guild-logoBy Alan Dershowitz

The National Lawyers Guild - a hard left assortment of radical lawyers and “legal workers” - is seeking to have President Obama, Secretary of Defense Hagel (more…)

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Doctor By Day, Sukkah Savior By Night

Tuesday September 16, 2014 6:04 PM

dr_jay_robinowBy Maayan Jaffe

In the office or the hospital right after morning minyan and working extended hours, radiation oncologist Jay Robinow (more…)


Is Renting A Sukkah A New Trend?

Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:02 PM

sukkahBy Robert Gluck

Many observant Jews own a sukkah that they put up every year for the weeklong fall Yom Tov of Sukkos. Renting (more…)

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OU Kosher’s Primer for Upcoming Shemittah Year

Tuesday September 16, 2014 2:31 PM

farmerBy Rabbi Moshe Zywica

Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher

“The laws governing the shemittah year were designed to strengthen the Jewish people’s trust in Hashem and to serve as a reminder that as important as our efforts are, ultimately everything comes from above.  It is an opportunity, every seven years, to witness the manifestation of Hashem’s presence in the world.”

As we are little more than a month away from a shemittah year it is helpful to review some of the laws and customs as they pertain to us in (more…)

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Constructive Criticism: Making a More Perfect Vessel

Friday September 12, 2014 1:49 AM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

- Norman Vincent Peale

We devote so much time and energy to how we appear to the world.  Each of us wants our students to think we are the wisest, most knowledgeable teacher; each of (more…)

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The Elul Vacation

Thursday September 11, 2014 6:22 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

The great Chassidic master, the Mezeritcher Maggid, taught that three (more…)

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What is True Achdus? Could it Really Happen?

Wednesday September 10, 2014 9:16 AM

rabbi-ron-yitzchok-eisenmanBy Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman, Rabbi, Congregation Ahavas Israel, Passaic, NJ

Lately there has been much fan-fare about achdus, unity, which many have claiming has prevailed amongst us over the summer and during the tragedies (more…)


Is The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge A Model For Jewish Fundraising?

Sunday September 7, 2014 10:14 AM

ice-bucketBy Maayan Jaffe

The hottest month of summer was ice cold, as thousands of people poured buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral (more…)


The Matzav Shmoooze: A Single’s Perspective

Friday September 5, 2014 9:17 AM

shidduchimDear Editor,

As I sit here trying to gather my thoughts on the recent shidduchim article written by Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, I can’t seem to get a resounding (more…)


We Forget Amalek at Our Peril

Thursday September 4, 2014 11:20 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

We are incredible beings for so many reasons, perhaps none so much as our ability to embody so many seeming contradictions with such ease.  We are both soul (more…)


Choose Life

Thursday September 4, 2014 6:19 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

If you would have to sum up all that the Torah encompasses in one commandment, what would you choose? Would it be kashrus? Would (more…)