A Day of Memorial Ceremonies on the Jewish Calendar

 

 

 

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Today, March 31, 2014 is the eve of the new Hebrew month of Nisan. The month of Nisan is designated as the month of Passover, the month of the Exodus, and the month of redemption for all. 

Because of the special holiness of this month, it is customary not to visit grave sites for the duration of the month. Thus, anyone whose beloved passed away in Nisan, the family holds the memorial on the eve of the new month - today.

 

 

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Purim Pics Direct from Jerusalem

After a Jerusalem Center City meeting with the King of Brooklyn Jewry Rubin Margules, we enjoyed some amazing people watching on Jaffa Street. Here’s a glimpse at the Jerusalem Purim scene:

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Julie V with Cellphone store worker

 

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A PurimSanta?

 

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Guys, these are two single Jewish girls waiting for you in Jerusalem

 

 

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The Clash Between Hareidi Torah Study and Enlistment

The article below by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed presents one of several religious-Zionist positions on the issue of hareidi yeshiva students and IDF enlistment. Key paragraphs are highlighted in red.

By Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Translated and edited by Baruch Gordon and Yonatan Bahar

Are yeshiva students obligated to serve in the army?

Question: Are yeshiva students required by Jewish law to serve in the IDF or are all those who learn Torah exempt, regardless of their numbers?

Answer: The obligation to enlist in the army is based on two great mitzvoth – 1) rescuing a Jew and 2) settlement of the land of Israel. There are, in fact, 17 mitzvot (Torah commandments) connected to army service, and Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, a Chabad Rabbi who served as the first editor of the Talmudic Encyclopedia, listed and explained them in his book L’eor HaHalacha. Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Valdenberg  in his important response Tzitz Eliezer and Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook in his book L’Netivot Yisrael also clarified the mitzvah of enlistment in the Israeli army. Other great Torah sages delved into this same topic of the mitzvah of military service in Israel.

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Hesder Yeshivas

By Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

In recent years, various people have criticized and attacked the Hesder program of Torah study and army service because of its shortened military track. True, they acknowledge that the Hesder yeshiva students are good soldiers, but they claim that specifically because of this, the argument is even stronger: Why shouldn’t they contribute three years like their secular brothers?

Let’s go back to square one.

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How One Woman Took Revenge on Hitler

In the New York offices of Fesco, I met a Satmar Hassid named Nachum Schwartz who told me that his grandmother, Yitta Schwartz, who passed away several years ago, survived the holocaust and made her way to the USA.

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Baruch together with Nachum Schwartz

 

At the time of her passing, she was 93 and had over 2,000 living descendants. She herself had 18 children, and every time a child, grandchild, great grandchild or great great grandchild was born, she would rejoice and say, "Another blow to Hitler."

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Can Building In Bet El Affect Kerry’s Initiative?

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The Jewish Town of Bet El, located just outside of Ramallah, has launched three separate public building initiatives in the last three weeks: 1) an 18-unit housing project in the Hasmonean Neighborhood, 2) a 30-unit housing project of replacement homes for the 30 units taken down on the Ulpana Hill last year, and 3) a new multi-million dollar Bet Midrash (House of Study) for the Bet El Yeshiva Center.

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Herby's Bake Shop Secret Challah Recipe Cracked!

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[Note: I am reposting this blog post due to the postscript added below]

Anyone who has spent a Shabbat in the Jerusalem area has very possibly experienced the bliss of sinking his teeth into a Challah (bread baked for the Sabbath) from Herby's Bake Shop, located in my home town Bet El.

The recipe is obviously a trademark secret, but read on.

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Ask The Rabbi: My Wife Won’t Make Aliyah

 

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By Rabbi David Samson

Question:
When my wife and I married almost 25 years ago we were both reformed jews. Recently, I have a strong desire to become much more orthodox. I put on Tefillin daily, go to an orthodox Minyan each Shabbat, seek to have a kosher home and have a strong desire to move to Israel today. Through all of this I have realized that I am Jewish first and American second. My wife and family resist these changes and would never consider moving from the U.S. In the conflict between my love of Hashem and love of family, who should win?

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Why Was the Levy Report Buried?

Last year, The Prime Minister of Israel appointed a committee led by former Israel Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy to examine the status of Israeli building in Judea and Samaria.

The committee concluded that based on international law, because of both historical and legal factors, Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is not an “occupation” or “illegitimate” and that Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. The report was quickly buried because if international pressure.

LIKE and SHARE this page to join the campaign for the recognition and implementation of the Levy Report, Israel's legal claim to Judea and Samaria.

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Israel the Beautiful

By Rabbi Dov Berl Wein

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This summer as usual Destiny Foundation conducted its annual weekend retreat at Kibbutz Lavi in the Lower Galilee section of Israel. Being the city dweller that I currently am, I must admit that I rarely leave Jerusalem and thus do not get to see and appreciate the natural beauty and wonders of our wondrous country. But the journey to and fro Jerusalem-Lavi-Jerusalem (and by different routes) afforded me the opportunity to again witness the innate natural beauty of Israel.

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