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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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