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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…)


The Mitzvah of Chesed: An Overview

Monday August 18, 2014 1:01 PM

chesedBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman

The author would like to present the following overview of the Mitzvah of Chessed, l’Zecher Nishmas his mother, Sara Bas Eliyahu Hoffman whose (more…)

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The RCA and the Har Habayis

Sunday August 17, 2014 7:19 AM

har-habayis-yerushalayimBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman

Recently, the RCA issued a call to Israel regarding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. While the sentiment that lies behind the statement is (more…)


Rabbi Shafran: Barack Obama is a Friend of Israel

Friday August 15, 2014 2:10 PM

avi-shafranBy Rabbi Avi Shafran

1) Hamas is evil.

2) Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens. (more…)


Hillary Put The Cement Into Hamas’ Hands

Friday August 15, 2014 1:11 PM

hillaryBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement (more…)


The Box Child 3

Friday August 15, 2014 5:50 AM

rabbi-dovid-abensonBy Rabbi Dovid Abenson

Once again, I have been flooded with emails regarding the controversial topic of The Box Child discussed in two previous articles here on (more…)


Finding Stability During Times of Unrest

Thursday August 14, 2014 10:21 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Our nation has just witnessed (we hope) the conclusion one of the most troubling periods in recent history. Not only were we forced to endure (more…)

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Half Full

Thursday August 14, 2014 11:24 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

With Parshas Eikev we continue our journey of solace, our ascension up the rungs of the shiva denechemta. In Moshe Rabbeinu’s final lesson to (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Why Solving the Shidduch Crisis With the Age Gap Misses the Boat

Thursday August 14, 2014 9:11 AM

shidduchimDear Editor,

With all due respect, the recent discussion here about shidduchim is sorely lacking, because there is a serious flaw in the scaling calculation of the (more…)


What You Need To Know And Aren’t Being Told About Hamas

Wednesday August 13, 2014 11:43 PM

hamas-tunnel-palestinianBy Joseph S. Spoerl

In World War II, the Allies imposed a total naval blockade on Nazi-occupied Europe. They also bombed German population centers, killing (more…)

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TheZone as Jewish Penicillin for the Pew Report Brought to You By Oorah

Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:25 PM

oorah-the-zoneBy Varda Epstein

At the time of its release, a Pew report on the state of American Jewry released last October had the Jewish world in a tizzy. “We’re shrinking!” they (more…)

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10 Palestinian Sites Gov. Cuomo – and the World - Should Visit to See What They Are Truly About

Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:17 PM

palestinian-kidBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is refusing to meet with Palestinian leaders during his visit to Israel this week. Maybe that’s a mistake. (more…)

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The Betrayal of the Intellectual

Wednesday August 13, 2014 3:11 AM

yair-lapidBy Yair Lapid

I don’t accuse intellectuals of bias or of anti-Semitism but too many of them are certainly guilty of intellectual laziness. (more…)


The Box Child - Part 2

Wednesday August 13, 2014 1:11 AM

rabbi-dovid-abensonBy Rabbi Dovid Abenson

I have received many emails, comments and positive feedback, regarding my previous article here on Matzav on “The Box Child.” I am propelled (more…)


The F.A.A. Did Israel A Favor

Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:48 PM

ben-gurion-airportBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Israel and its friends were justifiably shocked and angry when the Federal Aviation Agency briefly (more…)


Post-Article Remarks From Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz

Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:02 AM

shlomo-yehudah-rechnitzFirstly, I’d like to thank those of you who took out the time to read the article. It is my fervent hope, that iy”H this will serve as an impetus to the (more…)