Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf,

Wednesday March 25, 2015 10:22 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Kesubos 52 - Inject a Spirit of Magnanimity

Kesubas bnin dichrin. It’s a very interesting takanah, and the rationale behind it is no less interesting. If a woman dies during her husband’s lifetime, her husband inherits her. Then, when he passes on, all (more…)

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To Reb Gavriel

Wednesday March 25, 2015 9:12 PM

gavriel-sassoonDear Rabbi Sassoon,

Although I do not know you personally, our souls are bound closely together as all neshamos of acheinu beis yisrael are. I will not try to console you, as I don’t believe any human truly can. That job (more…)


Iranian Foreign Minister: No Nuclear Deal Unless All Sanctions Immediately Lifted

Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:30 PM


Iran is insisting that all sanctions against the country be lifted immediately as part of any nuclear deal with world powers. (more…)


Global Jewish Genealogy Database Grows To 1 Million Entries

Wednesday March 25, 2015 7:20 PM


A growing Jewish genealogy database announced that it has reached 1 million entries.

The Knowles Collection, which globally links generations of Jewish families, launched about seven (more…)


French Firm Pulls Out Of Jerusalem Cable Car Project After Palestinian Pressure

Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:36 PM

yerushalayimThe French consortium SAFEGE has decided to end its participation in a Yerushalayim cable car transportation project over what the firm called “political” concerns. (more…)

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Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit Abbas In Ramallah

Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:13 PM


Newly elected Arab members of the Israeli Knesset visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday evening. (more…)

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Israeli Court Sentences Hamas Terrorist To 15½ Years In Prison

Wednesday March 25, 2015 4:48 PM

muhammad-abu-drazIsrael’s Beer Sheva District Court on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Muhammad Abu Draz, an operative of Hamas’s Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, to 15½ years in prison after convicting him of (more…)

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U.S. Ready to Back Iran With Airstrikes Against ISIS

Wednesday March 25, 2015 4:26 PM


The U.S.-led coalition is preparing to expand its air strike campaign into the city of Tikrit where Iraqi forces, backed by Iranians, have stalled in their efforts to reclaim the hometown of Saddam Hussein (more…)

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Heter Iska Awareness

Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:41 PM

ribbis-posterIn the ever-changing world of business, it has become increasingly common for business people to fund business projects while using funds from an investor. Often, this means that the capital available to them comes at a (more…)


Kraft Foods and Heinz Announce Merger

Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:13 PM


Two of America’s biggest food brands have announced a merger that will make them the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company. Kraft Foods and Heinz are set to become the Kraft Heinz Co., (more…)


Pregnant UPS Worker Wins at Supreme Court

Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:41 PM


In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court decided Wednesday that lower courts’ decisions to block a discrimination lawsuit against UPS by a pregnant worker were incorrect and that the woman had a (more…)

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Yemeni President Flees by Sea

Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:15 PM


Yemen’s president has fled the country by boat, officials tell the AP, leaving the port city of Aden. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi reportedly left with aides on two boats, as Houthi rebels came ever closer (more…)

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Bowe Bergdahl, Once Missing U.S. Soldier, Charged With Desertion

Wednesday March 25, 2015 12:47 PM


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to his lawyer. (more…)


Video: Reb Gavriel Sassoon Speaks About His Personal Tragedy

Wednesday March 25, 2015 12:33 PM
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Congress Totally Cool with Reports of Israel Spying on Iran Negotiations

Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:44 AM

sen-tim-kaine-virginiaIsrael is spying on the U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks? No problem, key Democrats and Republicans in Congress say. “I don’t look at Israel or any nation directly affected by the Iranian program wanting (more…)

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Germanwings Crews Refuse to Fly

Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:40 AM

germanwingsAuthorities resumed search and recovery operations early Wednesday for the Germanwings plane that went down with 150 people on board in the southern French Alps. Officials said the recovery (more…)

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Defense Minister Ya’alon: False Claims that Israel Spied on U.S. Were Aimed at Damaging Ties

Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:15 AM

yaalonResponding to reports that Israel had spied on the U.S. during the Iranian negotiations, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday. (more…)

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Obama: US Can’t Base Policy On ‘Dim’ Peace Hopes Under Netanyahu

Wednesday March 25, 2015 10:43 AM

obama13President Barack Obama expressed doubt Tuesday about the prospect of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians emerging in the coming years under Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and (more…)


Ben & Jerry’s Unveils Charoses-Flavored Ice Cream for Pesach

Wednesday March 25, 2015 10:16 AM

ben-and-jerrysHaving already come out with an ice cream containing pieces of matzoh and chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s is now offering a charoses-flavored ice cream as a kosher-for-Pesach dessert option over the upcoming (more…)


WSJ: Google Visited White House 230 Times Since Obama Took Office

Wednesday March 25, 2015 9:57 AM


Google executives and lobbyists have met with top Obama administration officials as many as 230 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 - including visits as the Federal Trade (more…)

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What Are You Doing for the Sassoon Children?

Wednesday March 25, 2015 9:07 AM

sassoonJews the world over are davening for the speedy recovery of Mrs. Gayle Sassoon, Gila bas Frances, and her daughter, Tziporah bas Gila. (more…)


The Next Crisis? United States Might Limit Aid to Israel by Amount it Spends on Settlements

Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:26 AM

psagotBy David Daoud

The State Department might be attempting to limit the loan guarantees Israel receives from the United States, based on Israel’s expenditures on West Bank settlements, according to an Israeli media (more…)


Photos: Rav Chaim Kanievsky Baking Matzos for Pesach 5775

Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:12 AM



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Report: Switzerland Comes to Aid of Hamas, Will Pay Salaries to Gaza Operatives

Wednesday March 25, 2015 7:38 AM

switzerlandBy David Daoud

Switzerland has put together a plan to reconstruct the Gaza Strip which includes paying the salaries of Hamas operatives, according to Palestinian officials interviewed by Israel’s NRG website. The plan (more…)


Photos: Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau Baking Matzos for Pesach 5775

Wednesday March 25, 2015 7:11 AM



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Israel’s Supporters Shouldn’t Fear Obama’s Threats

Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:34 AM

obama2By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

Why is the Obama Administration reportedly threatening to support a United Nations resolution calling on Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 armistice lines? (more…)


Photos: Yahrtzeit of Rav Yaakov Yosef of Skver zt”l Marked by Skverer Rebbe in Shikun Skver

Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:04 AM



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The Big Inversion: White House Soft On Khamenei, Hard On Netanyahu

Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:42 AM

ayatollah-ali-khameneiBy Alina D. Sharon

This week, the Obama administration had decidedly different attitudes about statements from leaders of the Jewish state of Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran. (more…)


U.S. Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Task Force On Combating Anti-Semitism

Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:06 AM


A bipartisan group of eight U.S. lawmakers HAVE launched a new task force aimed at combating the growing levels of anti-Semitism around the world. (more…)

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OU Calls Out Illinois Congresswoman’s ‘Pejorative’ Use Of ‘Orthodox’

Wednesday March 25, 2015 4:18 AM


The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) criticized U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s (D-Ill.) “pejorative” use of the word “Orthodox” in remarks at the annual conference of the left-wing J (more…)

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New Orleans Student Group Launches Petition To Divest From Palestinian Authority

Wednesday March 25, 2015 3:11 AM


A group of students at the University of New Orleans has launched an initiative to both combat the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement against Israel and call on the U.S. government to (more…)

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As Budget Looms, NY Legislators Tell OU Mission To Keep Up Pressure On Albany For Education Tax Credit

Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:20 AM


With just days left until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, state legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegation in Albany today to keep up the pressure on elected (more…)

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Audio: Rav Shurkin On “Petur Misasek U’B'inyan Misasek B’lavin D’bal Yira’eh U’bal Yimotzeh U’misasek B’mitzvos Aseh”

Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:13 AM

rav-yaakov-moshe-shurkin[Audio below.] The following shiur was delivered at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 5 Nissan

Wednesday March 25, 2015 12:06 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, the Ohev Yisrael (1755-1825). He learned under Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk and Rav Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov. In 1800 he accepted the post of Rabbi of Apta. Although he held  (more…)

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Kesubos 51: Paying for Alternative Medicine

Tuesday March 24, 2015 11:36 PM

gemara[Audio below.] Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he received (more…)

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Daf Inspired - Culling Gems of Inspiration from the Daf

Tuesday March 24, 2015 10:22 PM

yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Kesubos 51 - Mum’s the Word

“Chieftains withheld [their] words, and the palm [of their hands] do they place upon their mouth (Iyov 29:19).” This is the pasuk that Rav applied to Avuha d’Shmuel when he responded with silence (more…)

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Dirshu European Shabbos Convention

Tuesday March 24, 2015 9:12 PM

modzitzer-rebbeThe first European Dirshu Shabbos Convention that took place last Shabbos was truly an historical event.  Many hundreds of hours of preparation had been invested into the occasion in order to ensure its success.  The Convention had been widely advertised beforehand as ‘an experience not to be (more…)

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White House Chief Of Staff: Israel’s ‘Occupation’ Of Disputed Territories ‘Must End’

Tuesday March 24, 2015 8:48 PM

denis-mcdonoughContinuing the wave of Obama administration criticism of Israel following Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s re-election, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Monday called for the end of Israel’s “occupation” of the disputed territories. (more…)


Netanyahu, Rivlin Send Condolence Letters to Reb Gavriel Sassoon

Tuesday March 24, 2015 8:10 PM

rivlinIsraeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin each sent letters of condolence to Reb Gavriel Sassoon, the father of seven neshamos who perished in a fire at their home in Brooklyn (more…)

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Ted Cruz Vows To Support Israel ‘Unapologetically’

Tuesday March 24, 2015 7:22 PM


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), upon announcing that he will run for president, said he would support Israel “unapologetically.”

“Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, (more…)


FULL VIDEO REPLAY: Dirshu’s Daf Hayomi B’Halacha Siyum in Yerushalayim Ihr Hakodesh

Tuesday March 24, 2015 6:40 PM


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Video: Rabbi Joey Haber On Making Sense of the Sassoon Family Tragedy

Tuesday March 24, 2015 6:29 PM


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