The Kotel, How holy is it?

Author: Yonina Zauzmer Little more than two decades ago, the cries of “Hakotel B’yadeinu” rang in the streets. The remains of the Second Beis HaMikdash were again in Jewish hands, and daveners flocked to the Kotel with awe and respect. Yet today, the Western Wall plaza often resembles a campground for

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Distinguished Service

Author: Rabbi Avi ShafranDirector of Public Affairs, Agudath Israel of America;American Director, Am Echad Are haredi men in Israel freeloading draft dodgers, contemptuous of their fellow citizens and unconcerned with their safety and security? Some ardently secularist Israelis readily answer in the affirmative; and some American Jews,

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Tearing for Jerusalem

THE OBLIGATION TO TEAR ONE’S CLOTHINGON SEEING YERUSHALAYIM AND MAKOM HAMIKDASH IN RUINS WHY:      Upon seeing the hills of Yerushalayim and Makom HaMikdash in ruins, Chazal established that one should express his personal mourning over the destruction by tearing one’s clothing similar to that done by a mourner [upon the death of/]for a close relative.  This should be

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Ice Cold Peppers

The Jerusalem Post Newspaper: Online News From IsraelWEIN ON-LINE: Ice-cold Chili PeppersBy Berel WeinAugust, 22 2001(August 22) The entertainment world in Israel was thrown into abject sadness last week when the American rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled its scheduled appearance. The promoter promised to refund

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Facts on Israel

The following material was written by an American Christian professor. HERE’S THE BRIEF FACTS ON THE ISRAELI CONFLICT TODAY Nationhood and Jerusalem Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of

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