“The construction of the neighborhood is of strategic importance connecting Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem. The time has come to stop talking and start building neighborhoods and homes in the settlement blocs. Without building the neighborhood, there is no future for Ma’aleh Adumim as a strong and prosperous city.”

This is the ninth in a series of classes entitled “Great Decisions”. In this series Rav Pruzansky, the Mora D’Atra of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ, examines some of the most important decisions made by the Jewish People in the 20th Century.

Understanding the Heter Mechirah, Otzar Beit Din, and Perot Goyim. This shiur gives the background on the controversy of what fruits and vegetables one should eat during the Shemitah year in Israel.

Well-known media figure Larry King is spearheading a project which will bring the two entities together, alongside Israeli-American business partner Niv Yaakobi and the Technion – Israel’s Institute for Technology.

Upon arriving in Jaffa, he met with Rabbi A.I. Kook who had a tremendous influence on the young hasid. Unfortunately, World War I broke out and Rav Shapira decided that his place was with the family he had left behind in Poland.

From Rav David Sperling – Machon Meir

Bungy jumping? Cliff diving? Hang gliding? What does halacha say about putting your life in danger for an adrenaline rush?

Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett said “This morning we embark on a revolution, to organize the kashrut of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Until now, the topic of kashrut has been been left to run wild, with no clear standards and today we embark on a process of change, to include legislation.”

“We must not be tempted by pressures, I do not know what the position of the Prime Minister is, but I hope he will be a good Zionist and resist the pressures. I’m not going to quarrel with him, I don’t want to be another Naftali Bennett, but I totally oppose dividing Jerusalem.”

Tens of thousands of religious school pupils gathered on Thursday for a mass prayer rally for the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the US for 29 years. The prayer rally was attended by Israel’s chief rabbis

Last Sunday, Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister Tzipi Livni met each other by chance and Bennett asked Livni: “What do you think about the initiative to abolish the presidency?”

Livni smiled and commented that following their joint initiative to reduce the number of Chief Rabbis from two to one, the next stage is to reduce the number of Presidents from one to none.

How Can I Relate to Such a Lofty Concept? By Rabbi Moshe Kaplan of Machon Meir

Enjoy this audio shiur in which Rabbi Kaplan explores the Unity of Existence through the teaching of Rav Avraham Yitzchak haKohen Kook ztl

As the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for the delegitimization of Israel gains ground and becomes a strategic threat, it has become important to go back to those very basic principles: the basic values which the Jewish state represents.

In the last few years, there have been several cases of rabbis considered experts in various fields requesting money for their services, especiallymystical subjects. Rav Aviner has written an article in which he comes outstrongly against the practice and declares that “they are not true Sages of Israel”.

(by Yehuda HaKohen) “Speak to the Children of Israel and they shall take to Me a portion, from every man whose heart will motivate him you shall take My portion.” (SHEMOT 25:2) It is important to note that the above verse does not state “give Me a portion,” which would imply that property belongs to…

While the Haredi commnuity is suffering a crisis following the passing ofboth Rav Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia and have found themselves to be without “Gedolim” (great Torah sages), Rav Chaim Navon has come out strongly against this phenomenon which has permeated into the Religious Zionist community.

Words without actions? Actions without intent? What matters more – faith or action? Ari & Jeremy discuss spiritual discipline – it’s benefits, its challenges, and it’s primary role in our lives.

What, indeed, is the seemingly incomprehensible preoccupation we seem to have with land and can any piece of property ever be worth fighting, much less dying for?

This week’s portion, Terumah, introduces us to one of the most challenging concepts in Judaism.
“And they shall make for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in their midst.” (Shemot 25:8)

Technically, one can find a distinction between the Sefardi school and the Ashkenazi equivalent. The former primarily relies on the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch which was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo (16th Century).

In a recent poll, Education Minister Rav Shai Piron was given the highest satisfaction rating of all current Ministers. The Religious-Zionist received a positive rating of 46%, beating the Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon into second place with only 32%. In third place…

Rabbi Mottle Wolfe –

The Month of Adar is the Hebrew month where we are told we experience the greatest joy. What is the essence of true joy? and how does the month of Adar differ from the month of Av?

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