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Three Divrei Torah for Parshas VaYelech

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com VaYailech This Sidra has 3 sections (Parshios). Preparing for the new leader In preparing for the new leader, Yeshoshua, the pasuk begins, “And Moshe went, and...

Refurbished Torah Honors Soldier Who Fought in Afghanistan

After losing his brother — an American soldier who served in active combat in Afghanistan—more than a decade ago, Michael Steininger wanted to honor that service by donating a...

Shaky Treatment For Lulav and Etrog at Israel’s Airport

A special task force will begin operating at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel in the next few days, charged with preventing the import of three of the four species...

10 Things to Know for Erev Rosh HaShana

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The Shla tells us that it is an obligation to go over the Tefillos so that we familiarize ourselves with the Rosh haShana...

This Sunday is the Halachic Deadline

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Yes, it is true.  This Sunday is the deadline – according to most Poskim. TAX DAY Most everyone has heard of Tax Day.  It is the...

Heard at the Bagel Store: An On-Time Performance

By Larry Gordon How is it that the Jewish holidays — the yomim tovim — are never on time? They are either very early or way too late on our...

The Air Conditioner and Halacha

(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com) It is a debate that reaches, in similar form, back to the times of Rav Yisroel Salanter zt”l.   Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita cites proofs...

Jews Around The World To Participate In International Yom Limud And Tefillah

By Chaim Gold Selichos is upon us, Rosh Hashanah is around the corner. It is a time for introspection, and tefillah. Moreover, it is the week of the Chofetz Chaim’s...

1,100 Congregations Offer Free High Holiday Entry for College Students

Working with Synagogue Connect, Alpha Epsilon Pi — the world’s leading Jewish college fraternity — has established an online system to match college students from around the world looking...

Bris Milah Under Attack

By Rabbi Reuven Roth, PA-C Over the past few years, several religious practices have come under attack in Europe. For Jews, the two most important practices that have been challenged...

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IDF Lieutenant Bar Vaknin of the elite Givati Brigade declared on Sunday that he was saved by a miracle after being shot in the...

Groups Demand U of Michigan Sanction Educators Advocating BDS

Nearly 60 organizations called on University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel to sanction professors at the public research university who engage in the BDS movement. They...

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