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The moment of truth is approaching for the plethora of outdoor minyanim that came into existence with the advent of the global pandemic. Which minyanim are going to stay...

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By Rabbi Yitzie Ross Question: I’ve been reading your e-mails for a few years, and most of them apply to younger children. Let’s expand your repertoire. My married son has come to...

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By Malkie Hirsch Chanukah was never that joyful time in our house. When I was nine years old, I remember hearing a phone ring in the middle of the night. I...
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