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Each and Every Day: Holiness is Step by Step

Thursday March 12, 2015 11:12 PM

safranBy Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

- Albert Einstein

Central to the narrative in Shemot is the transformation of the people into the nation of Israel from the (more…)

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How the AP Botched Its Investigation of Civilian Deaths in the Israel-Hamas War

Thursday March 12, 2015 1:11 PM

ap-photographer-adel-hanaBy Richard Behar and Gary Weiss

On February 13, 2015, the Associated Press published and distributed an article that stirred the conscience of the world. It gave its many readers-”AP news content is seen by half the world’s (more…)

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Beyond the Veil

Thursday March 12, 2015 6:18 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

This week’s parshiyos of Vayakhel-Pekudei conclude the five parshiyos that discuss the construction (more…)


The Power of Good Women

Tuesday March 10, 2015 10:34 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

As I get ready once again to accept power of attorney to sell people chometz,, let me share with you the following memory. Several years ago when “facilitating the sale of chometz”, I had a remarkable discussion with one of my (more…)


How Cleaning the Refrigerator Can Help Me Come Closer to Hashem

Tuesday March 10, 2015 7:20 PM

refrigeratorBy Miriam Kosman

Is my destiny really meant to be about obsessing over a bread crumb that has escaped under the vegetable bin?

Life is so interesting, so full of adventures waiting to happen, and here I am, standing in front of my refrigerator a (more…)


Ties To Muslim Extremist Group Haunt U.S. Senate Candidate

Tuesday March 10, 2015 5:42 PM

congressman-joe-sestakBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

An ex-congressman with past ties to a Muslim extremist group has launched a second try for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania. (more…)

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The Most Overlooked Line in Netanyahu’s Address

Tuesday March 10, 2015 3:21 AM

netanyahu6By Robert Satloff

Since Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday, critics and (more…)


Purim Fest 5775

Sunday March 8, 2015 8:40 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Julius Streicher made his melodramatic appearance at 2:12 a.m…. As he reached the platform (of the gallows where he would soon be hanged) Streicher cried out, “Now it goes to God!” He was pushed the last two steps to the mortal spot beneath the hangman’s rope. The rope was being held back against a wooden rail by the hangman. Streicher was swung suddenly to face the witnesses and glared at them. Suddenly he screamed, “Purim Fest 1946.” (International News Service, Nuremberg Gaol, Germany, October 16, 1946)

Streicher’s use of the term “Purim Fest,” a seemingly random comment in his final moments, has long been viewed as a divinely (more…)


How J Street Misled Obama Into Netanyahu Speech Debacle

Sunday March 8, 2015 11:04 AM

obama6By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Who misled President Obama into his losing showdown over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s blockbuster (more…)


Eitzah u’Gevurah - Empowering Advice from a Torah Perspective

Saturday March 7, 2015 11:53 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Lack of Tznius in the Office

Question: I work in a financial office where the pay is pretty decent. It’s enough to support a Kollel family, and that’s what matters to me. Lately, though, there are some tznius issues. I’d rather not go (more…)

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Prager: Obama Dislikes Bibi Because Bibi Confronts Evil

Friday March 6, 2015 11:05 AM

netanyahu-obamaBy Dennis Prager

There is no question about whether President Obama - along with Secretary of State John Kerry and the editorial pages of many newspapers - has a particular dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (more…)


From Purim to Shabbos

Friday March 6, 2015 8:31 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

Rav Klonymus Kalman Shapira of Piaseczna was locked into the Warsaw Ghetto with thousands of famished, depressed Jews. It was 1941, and when Purim arrived, nobody was in the mood for (more…)


Engendering Responsibility

Friday March 6, 2015 5:12 AM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

The Jewish people are bound by a communal sense of responsibility, one which places accountability for personal transgressions squarely on our collective shoulders. Take, for example, (more…)

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The Matzav Shmoooze: Purim “Mishloach Manos Cards” - What Shaychus?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:14 AM

mishloach-manos3By Shmuel Miskin, Matzav.com

The topic of my rant today might not sit well with some people, but it is an issue that has always perplexed (more…)


The Danger of ‘Purim’ Fireworks and Explosives

Wednesday March 4, 2015 8:10 AM

firecrackerinjurysmallMatzav.com would like to remind all readers of the dangers of dangerous fireworks and explosives often purchased by children and teens before Purim. (more…)


A Message from the Kalever Rebbe for Purim 5775: What is the Solution for the Iranian-Persian Threat?

Wednesday March 4, 2015 7:42 AM

kaliver-rebbeHorrific acts of anti-Semitism have recently spiked in Israel, Europe, and even in the United States of America. Jews in Paris, London, Buenos Aires, New York and alas, even in Jerusalem, are feeling (more…)

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Making the Most of Purim

Wednesday March 4, 2015 12:38 AM

purim-leibidikBy Yisroel Gelber

We live in unique times. Baruch Hashem, we have live in a country where we are free to practice our religion without fears or inhibitions. Within our own frum communities, lomdei Torah occupy a respected and admired place on the social strata. But (more…)

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Combatting the Haman of Today

Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:40 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Much has been made of the timing of Binyomin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Delivered just two days before Purim (just over one day for those celebrating in Israel), it conjures up (more…)

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Bibi’s Triumph Puts Obama on the Defensive

Tuesday March 3, 2015 9:04 PM

netanyahu4By Jonathan Tobin

If President Obama was hoping that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would lay an egg with his much-anticipated and controversial speech to a joint session of Congress, he was gravely (more…)


Today’s Speech: The Most Widely Debated Address Ever Given By A Foreign Leader To Congress

Tuesday March 3, 2015 5:56 PM


In perhaps the most widely debated address ever given by a foreign leader to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described a “fateful crossroads” on the Iranian nuclear (more…)


Analysis: John Kerry: A Cossack in a Sukkah

Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:10 AM

kerry1By Edward Alexander

John Kerry generally enters into diplomacy concerning Israel like a bull in a china shop; or, shall we say, like a Cossack in a sukkah. (That is a simile that would have been familiar to Kerry’s Yiddish- (more…)


Opinion: Why Netanyahu Will Trump Obama in the Iran Nuclear Deal Showdown

Tuesday March 3, 2015 9:08 AM

netanyahu-obamaBy Dovid Efune

The prophets of doom are out in full force predicting the great harm that will befall Israel as a result of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech today to Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. (more…)

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Free Stuff for Palestinians

Tuesday March 3, 2015 3:17 AM

unrwa-school-palestinianBy Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Being a Palestinian Arab gets you all sorts of things these days.

In addition to longstanding bonus perks such as sympathetic international media coverage and (more…)

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Analysis: Obama Was As Clueless About 9/11 As He Is About ISIS

Monday March 2, 2015 2:40 AM

538370876By Paul Sperry

That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry (more…)

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Esther’s Story

Sunday March 1, 2015 10:39 PM

rav-moshe-meir-weissBy Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

The Gemora in Megillah teaches us that Esther requested, “Kavuni l’doros - Affix me for all generations,” please write my story for posterity.  This is a very strange request.  We know that a (more…)

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I’m So Bored With The Obama Administration

Sunday March 1, 2015 9:16 PM

obamaBy Ben Cohen

I probably shouldn’t admit this, given that my political views are fairly well-known, but one of my favorite songs is “I’m So Bored With the USA.” (more…)

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Kosher Conundrum: If Water Doesn’t Need Certification, Why Have The Symbol?

Sunday March 1, 2015 12:11 PM

clearly-kosherBy Maayan Jaffe

A new brand of bottled water recently hit grocery store shelves, and its tagline is reminiscent of the 1965 catchphrase for a hot dog company, “We answer to a higher authority.” Fifty years later, Clearly (more…)


Netanyahu’s Address To Congress Will Be Most Important Speech Of His Life

Sunday March 1, 2015 8:36 AM


Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s upcoming address to a joint session of Congress will probably be the most important speech of his career - and one that has already jeopardized relations between (more…)


Eitzah u’Gevurah - Empowering Advice from a Torah Perspective

Saturday February 28, 2015 11:47 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Looking for Direction

Question: I am almost twenty three years old and I feel like I am not really getting anywhere. Life is passing me by in fast-forward and I am stuck in slow-motion. Or perhaps pause. I used to be in a good (more…)

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Of Course There’s a Crisis in US-Israeli Relations

Friday February 27, 2015 7:11 AM

obama-netanyahu1By Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel

We are, again, in the midst of that periodic occurrence: a crisis in Israel/US relations. This one revolves around White House pique over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an (more…)