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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
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Turkey Backs Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

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Youngest Holocaust Survivor from Schindler’s List Tells her Story

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Gaza Terrorists Firing at Southern Israel, Again

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ADL Warns Missionary Group is Using Holocaust – Again – to Lure Jews

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Two books written by siblings about their family's experience during the Holocaust.
 

Two Holocaust Memoirs, Two Perspectives

Posted on: March 19th, 2014

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"The three of us survived the war only because of my father's ingenuity and guts."

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For National Jewish Book Awardees Halevi And Chesler, It’s Personal

Posted on: February 26th, 2014

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For the past 64 years, the Jewish Book Council has spotlighted the best of Jewish books and their authors through its presentation of the annual National Jewish Book Award. On March 5, the winners in nearly 20 categories of Jewish books will assemble at the Center for Jewish History in New York City for a celebratory gathering.

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A Life Not With Standing

Posted on: January 16th, 2014

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Determination is now being studied by educators and psychologists who want to understand why some people born with every gift do not achieve a meaningful adulthood, while others born into a challenging existence rise above their beginnings to enjoy accomplished lives.

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An Angel’s Soft Touch

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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The 100 divrei Torah in this book originally appeared online and were distributed via e-mail. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many of them address contemporary issues. For example, on Parshat Mishpatim (and elsewhere), Rabbi Angel berates Israel’s chief rabbis and others for making life increasingly difficult for would-be converts to Judaism. On Parshat Vayigash, Rabbi Angel scolds 40 Israeli rabbis who signed a proclation prohibiting Jews from selling land in Israel to non-Jews.

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Beyond Pirkei Avos

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

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The sage Hillel summarized the entire Torah by saying, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”

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A Book To Teach Children Middos

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

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Sometimes it is hard to help people, and sometimes you can help people by just using whatever it is you have at the time – even an amazing fishing rod.

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Best Books On The News Media

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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As someone who for the past fifteen years has been writing a column that largely focuses on the news media, I’ve read what is no doubt an altogether unhealthy number of books on the subject. Most of them were instantly forgettable while some created a brief buzz but failed to pass the test of time. And then there were those select few that merited a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

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Books To Curl Up With

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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This time of year, there is little pleasure greater than cozying up with a good book. The problem is, of course, that there is a lot to do.

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A Chumash For All Times

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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I am from the generation that never saw or heard the Rav but lived in his shadow, feeling his recently departed presence in his students' lectures. My poverty in this sense pales in comparison to that of the next generation, who have only a distant notion of who this great man was and his sprawling impact.

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The Whole Wide World Is Waiting

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher) has just written a blockbuster magnum opus about Reb Shlomo that is sweeping in scope and destined to become the definitive biography of a unique personality whose influence on Jewish prayer as expressed musically may be more far-reaching than that of anyone since King David.

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Unveiling Secrets

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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August 1937, Cheyenne Wyoming – Sally Levin, an Orthodox Jewish teenager has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and her family is preparing to institutionalize her.

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A Schlugging Primer

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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The sefer opens with the origins of the kaparot custom. Readers may be surprised to learn that kaparot – at least in some form – might date back to the Talmudic era, with Rashi testifying about a custom to use a plant for kaparot.

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Remembering Through The Story Of A Nazi Collaborator

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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On the one hand, Rashke tells the political story about the motives behind the U.S.‘s welcoming of war criminals onto its land. On the other hand, he successfully balances it with the emotional story of the Holocaust.

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Eat It Up: Jamie Geller’s Latest Cookbook

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Geller, a mother of five who made aliyah from Monsey last year, offers a glimpse – with lots of photos – into her busy family life.

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Prayer By Rote: Is Prayer Really That Simple

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rambam sets forth no less than 15 chapters specifically devoted to the topic of prayer. He includes its laws in numerous other chapters in his magnum opus work, the Yad Hachazakah. The Tur, the Mechaber and the Rema devote no less than 45 simanim to this topic. Notwithstanding, many of our present day practices will not be found in their works. Yet, as these are ingrained in our prayer service, we question why and where. That is, many of these practices seem to have no reason and no obvious source.

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All Of His Wonders

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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A while back I inducted a new rabbi into office. It’s something I do often, and there is a certain predictability to the proceedings. I give the new rabbi my blessings and encouragement. He in reply thanks those who have helped him through the years, and sets out his aspirations as a spiritual leader and his vision for the future of the congregation.

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Continuing An Oratorical Tradition

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Paysach Krohn, the noted speaker, mohel, and author who has delighted hundreds of thousands of people as “The American Maggid,” has produced The Maggid at the Podium, a collection of speeches originally delivered to live audiences and subsequently published in Zman Magazine. Covering a wide spectrum of topics, the articles touch on such subjects as the proper ways to do bikur cholim, nichum aveilim, and kiruv, to name just a few. Rabbi Krohn also discusses human relationships as well as timely topics connected to the Jewish calendar.

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Getting Little Help In The Kitchen

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Cooking and kids – there’s a very special connection between the two. For busy parents and their even-busier children, working together in the kitchen to prepare a Shabbos meal or a weekday dinner can be a terrific bonding time.

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For The Love Of Man

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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Rabbi Dr. Sperber has just added another outstanding volume to his always-interesting and thought-provoking collection of books. In stating the purpose and thesis of this newest book, On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and his Neighbor and Man and his Maker, Rabbi Sperber attempts to show the superiority in Judaism of man to man mitzvot over man to G-d mitzvot.

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Let The Sunshine In

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

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The world can sometimes seem like a very dark and cold place. If you ever feel that way, or are looking for a good dose of inspiration, you must read Stories That Light Up Your Heart. When you read stories of people around the globe who had their prayers answered, who saw that indeed Hashem was with them every step of the way, or who experienced a moment when heaven touched earth, it will light up your heart as well.

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