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Israel’s Debate Over the Separation of Powers

The authority of the Israeli Supreme Court may be somewhat curtailed, but Israel’s robust democracy will survive.

The debate over the separation of powers is said to have originated in a proposal by the French political philosopher Montesquieu, first described in De l’esprit des

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Voting Against an Antisemite Should Be an Easy Decision

History will remember which congressmen voted to remove
Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee and which didn’t.

There should be bipartisan consensus in support of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s move to remove antisemitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from

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Fair Lawn Community Marks Baba Sali’s Yahrzeit

(Courtesy of Community Kollel of Fair Lawn) Nearly 100 people attended the yahrzeit of Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira (the Baba Sali), z”l in Fair Lawn on Jan. 26. The event took place at Ahavat Achim and was organized by the Community Kollel of Fair Lawn (CKFL) and the new Netzach Yisrael Israeli community of Bergen

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The Face of Evil

After 9/11, when the horror and trauma had subsided, Americans found themselves asking what had happened and why. Was it a disaster? A tragedy? A crime? An act of war? It did not seem to fit the pre-existing paradigms. And why had it happened? The question most often asked about Al Qaeda was, “Why do they hate us?”

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Who Is Pathetic? Not the Orthodox Jew!

Anti-Orthodox Insults

Sadly, Orthodox Jews are occasionally verbally assaulted (too often by non-observant Jews) with denunciations of being pathetic! I have experienced several such encounters. For example, I devoted the summer of 1984 to work in an extremely poor community, the Hatikva

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The Song of Miriam

Parshat Beshalach

We have—in the past—reviewed the many similarities that connect our haftarah—the story of Israel’s victory and Devorah’s song of praise—with the parsha and its story of Israel’s victory and Moshe’s song of praise. In analyzing the miracle at Yam Suf,

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Nazir 5-6: Rav Matna I

A mishna on Nazir 5a declares that an unspecified nezirut (abstinence from wine) is for 30 days. In the Gemara, Rav Matnah and Bar Pada present competing numerical derivations, and, perhaps, conclusions. Rav Matnah explains that Bamidbar 6:5 says קָדוֹשׁ יִהְיֶה, “holy shall he be,” and the gematria the two yuds and two

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Yosef’s Oath

Editor’s note: This series is reprinted with permission from “Insights & Attitudes: Torah Essays on Fundamental Halachic and Hashkafic Issues,” a publication of TorahWeb.org. The book contains multiple articles, organized by parsha, by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mayer Twersky.

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Yosef’s Oath

Editor’s note: This series is reprinted with permission from “Insights & Attitudes: Torah Essays on Fundamental Halachic and Hashkafic Issues,” a publication of TorahWeb.org. The book contains multiple articles, organized by parsha, by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mayer Twersky.

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Blessed

The great tzaddik, Rabbi Chaim haGadol (died 1845) of Mogador (Essaouira), Morocco, was a link in the illustrious, holy chain of chachamim in the Pinto family. He was a talmid chacham who rose for tikkun chatzot in the middle of each night, and then learned Torah until dawn. He was renowned for his love and sacrifice for others, he

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Kiddush Wine, Whisky, Beer, Coffee, Tea, Milk, Soda, Water

Nedarim 4a

Just because God has given us a weekly, lifetime subscription to paradise, that does not mean that we may take the Shabbat for granted. No gift should go unacknowledged and no giver should go forgotten. “Zachor et yom haShabat lekadsho, Remember the Shabbat and bless

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How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

לעילוי נשמת
יואל אפרים בן אברהם עוזיאל זלצמן ז"ל


(Periodically, we re-issue our discussion on the proper position of tefillin shel rosh (last time it was discussed was 7 years ago). Many people do not realize that tefillin extending too far

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