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Chanukah Mission

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:29 AM

rabbi-pinchos-lipschutz-By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz

As we observe the Yom Tov of Chanukah, it is interesting to note that there is a mitzvah of zeh Keili ve’anveihu to perform a mitzvah in its most perfect form. (more…)

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Photos: Mesibas Chanukah at Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, NJ

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:05 AM

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Photos: Chanukas Habayis on Wednesday of New Kiryat Sanz in Tiveriah

Thursday December 18, 2014 6:02 AM

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Rubio: Obama ‘Worst Negotiator’ in Cuban Prisoner Swap

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:40 AM

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio blasted President Barack Obama as the “worst negotiator” and “naïve” for the manner in which he brokered the release of an American who had been held captive in Cuba since 2009. (more…)

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Photos: Rav Dovid Soloveitchik Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:02 AM

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Video, Photos: Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush Invites Jason Lyons to Light Menorah in His Office

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:55 AM

jep-bushContinuing the tradition of lighting the Chanukah Menorah by prominent public officials, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush who announced an exploratory (more…)

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Photos: Skulener Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 4:14 AM

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U.S. Finds North Korea Behind Sony Hack, Debates Calling it Terrorism

Thursday December 18, 2014 3:11 AM

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The U.S. government has determined that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The U.S. penetrated North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking. (more…)

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Photos: Belzer Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:58 AM

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Photos: Toldos Aharon Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:51 AM

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Photos: Rachmastrivke Rebbe Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:32 AM

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Video: Alan Gross Addresses Media After Release

Thursday December 18, 2014 2:04 AM
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The following is Alan Gross’ full remarks:

Chag Sameach. What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America. Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. (more…)

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Photos: Rav Shalom Cohen, Nosi of Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah of Shas, Lighting Menorah

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:37 AM

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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Thursday December 18, 2014 1:09 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 75 - Mikdash Va’Kodesh, Reflections about the Shloshim

The words practically jumped off the page for me: mah Mikdash davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama af kodesh davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama, just as (more…)

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MLB: It’s Still Illegal to Scout in Cuba

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:49 AM

baseball-cubaWednesday’s landmark announcement that President Obama plans to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba sparked new speculation as to how soon Major League Baseball could begin signing players from the island’s isolated talent pool. Within hours MLB quickly sent a directive to all 30 teams that it remains (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 26 Kislev

Thursday December 18, 2014 12:01 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Avraham ben Dovid, Ravad III, also known as the Baal Hasagos (1121-1198). The 3rd of three great Jews named Avraham ben Dovid who lived in the same era, this Rav Avraham was born in Provence in the

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Video: Ari Goldwag’s “Chanukah Lights”

Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:44 PM
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Shining the Light on “Self-Hating” Jews

Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:28 PM

naphtali-hoffBy Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Throughout the recent explosion of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric all around the world, the Jewish people have felt particularly vulnerable, isolated (more…)

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American-Jewish Couple Names Son After Slain Israeli Druze Police Officer

Wednesday December 17, 2014 9:12 PM

zidan-sayifA Jewish couple from New York has named their newly born son after Israeli Druze police officer Zidan Saif, who died while defending Yidden during last month’s Palestinian terrorist attack at the (more…)

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Iran and Hamas Mend Ties

Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:20 PM

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Iran and the Palestinian terror group Hamas have mended their political and military ties, which were strained by differences over the Syrian civil war, a Hamas leader said. (more…)

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TSA: We Target Nationalities, Not Races

Wednesday December 17, 2014 7:21 PM

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Outgoing Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole said the agency targets passengers based on nationality and gender, but stressed that the practice should not be considered the same as (more…)

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Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim That West Bank Mosque Fire Was ‘Indefensible Price Tag Attack’

Wednesday December 17, 2014 6:23 PM

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Secretary of State John Kerry has described a fire that broke out in a mosque in the West Bank village of Mughayer, near Ramallah, on November 12 as an “indefensible price tag attack” carried out by (more…)

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Video: Rav Moshe Twersky Hy”d

Wednesday December 17, 2014 6:04 PM

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Guardian Op-Ed on CIA Torture Uses Picture of Menorah

Wednesday December 17, 2014 5:34 PM

the-guardianBy Adam Levick

The Observer (sister site of the Guardian) published an official editorial on Sunday (The Observer view on torture, Dec. 14) in response to a report issued by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee into (more…)

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Video: Alan Gross Arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, MD

Wednesday December 17, 2014 4:55 PM
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Video and Photos: Tallest Mayor Lit Tallest Menorah in New York City

Wednesday December 17, 2014 4:13 PM

de-blasio-menorah[Video and photos below.] At 6-foot-5, Bill de Blasio is the tallest New York City mayor of the modern era - and possibly of all time.

And on the first night of Chanukah last night, the recently-elected Mayor lit the (more…)

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White House: Alan Gross Was Not Part of Prisoner Swap, Cuba to Free U.S. Spy Held for 20 Years

Wednesday December 17, 2014 3:26 PM

cubaSenior Obama administration officials clarified that the release of Alan Gross was not part of the prisoner swap with Cuba announced today. Three Cuban spies who had been held in the U.S. for over (more…)

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New York Bans Fracking

Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:50 PM

andrew-cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo officially banned hydraulic fracturing in New York on Wednesday, citing public-health concerns and environmental risks. (more…)

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EU Lawmakers Stop Short of Palestine Recognition Vote

Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:12 PM

european-unionEU lawmakers has stopped short of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognize a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress. (more…)

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Alan Gross: ‘I Support the President’

Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:00 PM

alan-gross1At a press conference on Wednesday, American Jewish contractor Alan Gross spoke for this first time since being released from Cuban prison after (more…)

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Obama Announces New Era for U.S., Cuba

Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:38 PM

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In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in (more…)

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Report: U.S. Will Veto Palestinian Resolution For U.N.-Imposed Peace Plan

Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:06 PM

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The U.S. will use its veto power at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to block an upcoming Palestinian resolution that asks the UNSC to outline the territorial terms of a peace deal with Israel, (more…)

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Rav Moshe Bransdorfer Shows a Four-Legged Chicken to Rav Chaim Kanievsky

Wednesday December 17, 2014 12:41 PM

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Israel Discovers Its Third Offshore Gas Field

Wednesday December 17, 2014 12:15 PM

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The Israeli government announced the discovery of a new offshore gas field located 90 miles from Israel’s coast that holds at least 3.2 trillion cubic feet of gas. (more…)

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Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:49 AM

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Shaare Tzedek Hospital Performs Israel’s First Single-Incision Lung Surgery

Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:08 AM

dr-danny-finkA malignant lung tumor was removed with just one incision for the first time in Israeli history by doctors at Jerusalem’s Shaare Tzedek Medical Center. (more…)

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Palestinian Boycott of Israeli Goods Faltering

Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:47 AM

palestiniansThe Palestinian boycott of goods made in Israel is faltering, both because of a lack of substitutes for Israeli products, and the dissipation of some of the anger over last summer’s fighting in Gaza. (more…)

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U.S. To Open Embassy In Cuba And Normalize Relations After Gross Release

Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:28 AM

alan-grossThe Associated Press reports American officials say the United States will normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, ending a half-century standoff that began at the (more…)

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EU Court Annuls Hamas Terrorist Designation

Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:18 AM

hamas-ramallahYesterday, the EU General Court annulled the terrorist designation of Hamas on “procedural grounds.”

In 2002, the EU had banned the group’s military “wing,” the Izz a- (more…)

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True Friend of Israel, Canada to Boycott Fourth Geneva Convention Meeting in Geneva

Wednesday December 17, 2014 9:42 AM

canadian-foreign-minister-john-bairdCanada criticized the convening of the Fourth Geneva Convention set for today to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Canada has conveyed its deep concerns and has communicated (more…)

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