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Planting Seeds to Allow Your Children to Grow Strong

January 13, 2016, by

We just celebrated Rosh Chodesh Shevat. That means that Tu B’Shevat is coming up in two weeks. I have fond memories of this holiday. During lunch when I was an elementary school student, all of us were given little brown paper bags filled with dried fruit and almonds. I also loved the songs related to

French Jewish Politician Found Dead

January 12, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: Alain Ghozland, a French politician and city councilor in the heavily Jewish Parisian suburb of Créteil, was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. Ghozland, 73, originally from Algeria, was found by his brother, who came looking for him after he didn’t show up to synagogue a day earlier. The

American Historians Reject Anti-Israel Resolution

January 11, 2016, by

The largest society of historians and history professors in the United States rejected a resolution condemning what it calls Israel’s restriction of Palestinians right to education in the West Bank and Gaza. The American Historical Association resolution, submitted by the independent group Historians Against the War, was voted down 111-51 on Saturday during the association’s

A Message for Eternity: A Review of Rabbi Weinreb’s Koren Tehillim

January 11, 2016, by

Although usually billed as a very readable English translation of Tehillim (which it is), the unquestionable value of the new Koren Tehillim lies in the commentary written by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, a musmach of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Yeshiva in New York, and Executive Vice President Emeritus of the OU, with translation by Rabbi

Two Dollars for the License to Dream

January 11, 2016, by

I have a confession to make – I bought a lottery ticket for the Power Ball. After all, you’ve got to be in it to win it and this Wednesday night, winning it means winning $1.3 billion. True, the lump sum payout comes to only $806,000,000 but I think we can find a way to

What Not to Say to Couples Struggling with Infertility

January 5, 2016, by

Nosei B’ol Im Chaveiro – Carry the Burden with Our Friends Those struggling with infertility or secondary infertility come to shul, go to work, shop at the supermarket and often nobody knows what they are going through – the devastating disappointments, the painful procedures and treatments, the mounds of debt incurred, and bearing the insensitive

Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Cooperman Passes Away

January 5, 2016, by

From Arutz Sheva: Professor Yaacov Katz, the president of Jerusalem College for religious women, known in Hebrew as Michlalah, eulogized Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Cooperman, the founder of the college who passed away at age 87. Rabbi Dr. Cooperman was laid to rest yesterday in the Sanhedria cemetery in Jerusalem. In an interview with Arutz Sheva Professor

French Jews Live Under Armed Guard

January 5, 2016, by

From the AFP: Ever since a jihadist attack on a kosher store left four people dead a year ago, France’s Jews have grown used to soldiers patrolling their neighbourhoods and schools. While a comfort to some, the fact that the large Jewish community is forced to live under armed guard only heightens the sense of

Thousands Gather for Victims of Tel Aviv Shooting

January 4, 2016, by

From The Jerusalem Post: Some 2,000 friends, acquaintances and family members attended the funeral of Alon Bakal in the northern town of Karmiel on Sunday, following his murder in an attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon. Bakal, 26, was shot outside the Simta bar which he helped manage, as was Shimon

Jedis in Halacha

January 4, 2016, by

I. Jedis as Warriors As a child growing up with the original Star Wars movies, I developed an impression of Jedis as space-monks, serene individuals immersed in wisdom and trained in self-defense. While disciplined warriors, they were ideologically opposed to violence except as a last resort. However, the later prequel movies developed the Jedi perspective

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