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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…)


A Hate Incident

Tuesday September 2, 2014 9:24 PM

elon-goldBy Elon Gold

This past Friday night, instead of having my usual guests for a festive Friday night dinner in my home, I had three compassionate Los Angeles Police (more…)


Yeshivat Chovevei Torah And The Bad Old Days Of Semi-Orthodoxy

Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:01 PM

chovevei-torahBy I. Schwartz

The Yated was the first publication in the Torah world to uncover the misdeeds of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, otherwise known as YCT, and its rabbis and (more…)


Another Illegal Settlement - Where is the Outrage?

Tuesday September 2, 2014 4:16 AM

west-bank-constructionBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Another illegal settlement has arisen in the Judea-Samaria (West Bank) territories, the New York Times reports. Surely there will soon be an expression of (more…)

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Offer Your Teens Choices

Monday September 1, 2014 11:33 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

The Gemara (Avodah Zara 50b, Bava Kama 38a) informs us that “greater is a m’tzuveh v’oseh (one who is commanded to fulfill the mitzvos and does so) (more…)

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All Part of the Whole The Value of Each Life

Thursday August 28, 2014 11:17 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

A fundamental Jewish principle is that man is created “in the image of God” and therefore, possesses inherent dignity and worth.  The rabbis teach that this (more…)

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SCANDALOUS: Why Did the Israeli Media and Mainstream Ignore the Saga of Aharon Sofer z”l?

Thursday August 28, 2014 6:12 PM

aharon-sofer4By Noam Amdurski

Before the body of Aharon Sofer was found, Allison Kaplan Sommer wrote a pointed article for Haaretz questioning why, in Israel, the media basically (more…)


Aharon Sofer z”l: The Aftermath of a Tragic Loss

Thursday August 28, 2014 4:05 PM

aharon-soferBy Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Director of Interventions and Community Education, Project Chai. ‎

The Jewish nation mourns the death of one of our fine young men, a Torah student and friend, a son, brother and loved member of the Lakewood (more…)


An Elevating Elul Experience

Thursday August 28, 2014 8:57 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Sometimes, as you stand in the elevator and wait out the ride, your gaze rests on the sign stating the weight limit for the car. If the load exceeds a certain (more…)

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Bennett: We Have No Choice But to Fight

Thursday August 28, 2014 7:07 AM

bennett1By Naftali Bennett

On the the surface, Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip appears to have nothing to do with other events taking place right now in the (more…)


Against Open Orthodox

Tuesday August 26, 2014 7:51 AM

chovevei-torahBy Rabbi Barry Freundel

During my almost 40 years as a pulpit rabbi, I have developed a reputation for liberal rulings on many issues, and for (more…)


Exposing The New York Times’ Top Man in Gaza

Tuesday August 26, 2014 3:32 AM

ny-timesBy Jerold S. Auerbach

New York Times readers have reason to wonder how Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren, its primary Gaza war reporter, has gained access to (more…)

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The Box Child - Part 4

Monday August 25, 2014 11:19 PM

rabbi-dovid-abensonBy Rabbi Dovid Abenson

Structure and rules in schools are extremely important, and necessary for the purpose of maintaining order and is conducive to being able to (more…)


Analysis: Obama’s Hypocrisy on Hamas, ISIS, and Iran

Sunday August 24, 2014 10:20 PM

foley1By Noah Beck

The beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley has raised concerns in the West about Islamist threats. But Israel has been facing this specter for (more…)


My War Story: A New Torah For Sderot

Sunday August 24, 2014 8:41 AM

nachum-segalBy Nachum Segal

This summer has been incredibly difficult for our brothers and sisters in Israel. Instead of vacationing with their families or making memories at (more…)


Everyone Eats: Why Are Jews Different?

Thursday August 21, 2014 10:17 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Everyone eats.  Every man, woman, child.  Thief, sinner, or saint. (more…)

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A Message From Above

Thursday August 21, 2014 2:11 AM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

This week’s parashah opens with an allusion to one of the seminal events in Jewish history: the assembly of our nation that would take place on (more…)

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An Academic Union Mobilizes Against Israel

Thursday August 21, 2014 1:17 AM

boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-israelBy Richard L. Cravatts, PhD

Seeming to give credence to Orwell’s wry observation that some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could have thought of them, an open (more…)

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Was Israel Justified in Going After Hamas Terrorist Tunnels? The Key Question for Any Legal Proceeding

Wednesday August 20, 2014 4:10 AM

idf-tunnelsBy Alan Dershowitz

The key question-both legally and morally-in evaluating Israel’s recent military actions is whether the Israeli government was justified in (more…)


Syria Chemical Weapons Deal A Model For Disarming Hamas

Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:13 AM

organisation-for-the-prohibition-of-chemical-weaponsBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

The Obama Administration announced on August 19 that it has finished destroying all of Syria’s known chemical weapons. Those who are (more…)

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Why Our Community Commends Governor Cuomo

Wednesday August 20, 2014 1:10 AM

andrew-cuomoBy Ezra Friedlander

As the world continues to grapple with the uncertainties surrounding the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East, it remains a key (more…)