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  • A Torah Scholar Helps Explain the Age Of Foolishness

    10/05/2016 12:31:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 5, 2016 | JONATHAN B. COE
    Maybe it takes a Torah scholar and religious Jew to help us understand the roots of the inverted values that animate Western civilization. For over ten years, author and radio talk show host Dennis Prager taught the first five books of the Bible verse-by-verse at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. According to Prager there is no greater concept in the Torah than that of “distinction,” or, put another way, the clear separation God makes between certain things: God and man, animal and human, life and death, sacred and profane, good and evil, male and female. He even...
  • Researchers Reconstruct Early Version of Old Testament Text From Burned Scroll

    09/27/2016 10:46:48 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 21, 2016 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ
    From a charred Hebrew scroll, researchers resurrected one of the earliest known versions of the Old Testament using a new digital reconstruction technique that may prove invaluable in revealing words from other previously unreadable finds, said scientists who plan to make the imaging software freely available. In research published in Science Advances Wednesday, computer analysts at the University of Kentucky in Lexington detailed the technology they used to reveal text within a roll of parchment reduced to charcoal in a burning synagogue 1,500 years ago, “virtually unwrapping” the scroll without ever actually touching the artifact. While important to archaeologists, the...
  • Yemeni Jew arrested for saving ancient Torah

    03/24/2016 12:34:59 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/24/2016 | Ari Yashar
    After 19 Jews were airlifted out of wartorn Yemen in a secret operation on Sunday, bringing with them an 800-year-old Torah scroll, a Jewish man still in Yemen has been jailed on charges of helping "smuggle" the ancient Torah, according to reports. The Jewish Chronicle on Thursday said it has learned that in addition to the Jew, a Muslim airport worker was also arrested, and accused of deliberately letting the community's rabbi leave with the Torah scroll which Yemeni lawmakers consider to be the property of Yemen, even though it is a religious artifact of the ancient Jewish community. Israeli-American...
  • Orthodox Judaism Opposes Human Rights

    02/15/2016 4:39:58 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 32 replies
    Weltanschaaung Kampf ^ | 2/12/'16 | Yehoishophot Oliver
    The words that we use matter. When we speak using terms from Torah, our intention is clear. We believe that Torah is the source of our moral values. But once we start using English terms and ideas, we enter a dangerous philosophical minefield. We use words thinking that we’re expressing Torah ideas, but without realizing it, we are employing secular ideas as well. One prime example is "human rights." People use this term as if it's some kind of innate, obvious Truth, yet they fail to explain why it is so. Where oh where do these "human rights" come from...
  • Discourse on the Torah: KJV's OT Isn't An Accurate Translation

    01/28/2016 3:14:07 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 65 replies
  • How Open Minded Should Our Children Be?

    01/27/2016 11:19:57 PM PST · by Phinneous · 18 replies
    The Yeshiva.Net ^ | Jan 2013 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    If you look at an English translation of Ex 18:4, (NIV) and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh." all versions refer to Eliezer as "the other," when in fact this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew original. In Hebrew Moses' children are referred to as: ...ONE of whom was named Gershom....and ONE of whom was named Eliezer. Whenever there are seeming errors in grammar or syntax, the rabbis expound... The attached class explored the deeper meaning behind this "mistake" in the text of our...
  • Yitro’s Surprising Influence

    01/27/2016 4:06:46 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 2 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/27/'16 | Rabbi Naphtali Hoff
    Yitro is one of the most enigmatic figures in the entire Torah. He is introduced to us as an adviser to Pharaoh (Sotah 11a) who was told about a plan to enslave and kill members of the Hebrew nation living in Egypt. In that meeting, Yitro counseled the Egyptian monarch not to harm the Hebrews. His first appearance in the lines of the written Torah occurs in parashat Shemos, as the father of Tziporah, who would marry Moshe Rabbeinu. In this week's parshah, Yitro comes with his daughter and grandsons and meets up with Moshe in the wilderness. Though warmly...
  • No One Is Safe

    01/27/2016 2:47:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/27/'16 | Donny Fuchs
    Victims of Arab TerrorIf one wants to comprehend the cruel ideology of Amalek, of a society so steeped in collective evil that the Torah insists upon collective destruction, one need only look at the latest Arab atrocity in the southern community of Otniel. A fifteen year old Arab teenager entered the home of Dafna Meir (may G-d avenge her blood!) and stabbed her to death in front of her children. A fifteen-year-old monster, whose father celebrated his murderous act. Arab society breeds such evil. In all likelihood, Dafna's killer was groomed to murder Jews from conception. Yet another Arab with...
  • "Lunar" Sabbath

    01/24/2016 12:28:18 PM PST · by Phinneous · 18 replies via YouTube ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | William Hall with Rabbi Tovia Singer
    Brothers and sisters of the Most High (to quote Rabbi Singer,) Come hear a short discussion on the meaning of "sabbath," and how it's translation into English Bibles leads to misguided, not-Jewish (and even not-standard-Christian) interpretations. Apologies to the host's use of the word "conspiracy" in the beginning of the discussion regarding the Christian doctrine of Lunar Sabbaths-- he's usually pretty sensitive. Rabbi Singer is always sensitive but pulls no punches, allegorically (I mean, come on-- he's a rabbi-- who's he gonna fight literally?)
  • The Person in the parsha: Simple belief, genuine belief

    01/21/2016 6:14:55 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 3 replies
    INN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Nowadays, we consider ourselves too sophisticated to relinquish the God of the philosophers in favor of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But thereby we miss a wonderful spiritual opportunity. One does not need academic training to achieve spiritual experience, nor does one need to be a theologian to serve the Almighty. All one needs is emuna peshuta, the kind of faith that the simple maidservant of the Midrash on this week's Torah portion modeled for us.
  • The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

    01/20/2016 1:18:54 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 3 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/20/'16 | Roy S. Neuberger
    Six months ago I wrote about Tu B'Av, a Yom Tov that brings hope after the terrible events of Tisha B'Av. There is something about the fifteenth day of the Jewish month that relates to redemption. The first day of Pesach and the first day of Sukkos, as well as Tu B'Shevat and Shushan Purim, all occur on the fifteenth of the month. As we approach Tu B'Shevat, an appropriate question would be: Why is the fifteenth so special that momentous days of redemption consistently fall upon that day? What sets it apart from all the other days of the...
  • Jew Hunting Season

    01/13/2016 6:36:16 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 30 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/12/'16 | Donny Fuchs
    "Justice, justice, shall you pursue, that you thrive and occupy the land that the L-rd your G-d is giving you. (Deuteronomy 16:20) JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh Duma. Once upon a time, my only association with this unusual word was from a work of horror fiction from American novelist, Stephen King, "Duma Key." That association is gone forever. Non-fiction replaces fiction. Other horrors, true nightmares in every sense of the word, now come to mind. The Arab town of Duma. Some words transcend a specific time, place, or geological location. Deir Yassin was one such place. Duma will become another. It will...
  • A Deeper Torah Perspective: Trump, Obama, Hillary and the Elections

    01/13/2016 11:29:11 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 43 replies
    Israel Beyond YouTube ^ | 1/13/'16 | Rabbi Mendel Kessin
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  • Chosen People...miracle nation pt 3

    For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.(Deuteronomy 14:2)Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;(Exodus 19:5)But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.(Isaiah 41:8)God created a new nation, in the days when all of the world’s peoples defected from Him.He started with one...
  • This Week's Torah Portion: Why Did Rachel Fool Jacob Into Marrying Her Sister?

    11/20/2015 8:34:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY AVNER ZARMI
    Dëvar Torah – Parashath Va-Yétzé' (Genesis XXVII, 10 -- XXXII, 3)Our parasha tells the story of Ya'aqov's ("Jacob's") sojourn with his uncle and father-in-law, Lavan. As we read at the end of last week's parasha (XXVII, 42 -- XXVIII, 9), Rivqa ("Rebecca") persuaded Ya'aqov to flee to her brother in Charan both to escape from the wrath of his brother 'Esav and to find himself a proper wife. Just as Avraham had opposed the marriage of Yitzchaq to any daughter of the depraved Canaanites (XXIV, 3), so too did Rivqa consider any such prospect repugnant.When Ya'aqov arrived in Charan,...
  • JESUS "IS" LORD [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/28/2015 2:09:09 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Your obligation to Me is a standard of excellence drenched in worship and intimacy for it is only in the secret place that secrets are revealed and it is by My spirit these scrolls are opened and revelation knowledge speaks wisdom through understanding for I AM The Jot and Tittles you Truly seek and come through intimacy to know. So let it be this knowledge you use for I AM THE WORD and MY WORD is only revealed through Me for I AM THE SPIRIT and My freedom is the understanding of KNOWING ME for I alone am your Rabbi,...
  • Spiritual Survival In An Immoral World

    09/22/2015 2:57:49 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 9/22/'15 | Rav Dovid Hofstedter
    On the upcoming Yom Tov of Sukkos, we will say the berachah of “Ata Bechartanu,” the blessing thanking Hashem for having chosen us from among the nations. Interestingly, that very closeness has been the cause of terrible persecution the Jews have experienced. Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky would say that those who have made us suffer for calling ourselves the “chosen” people do not realize that being chosen comes with extraordinary responsibilities as well, as we say in Selichos, “Ashamnu m’kol am – We are guiltier than all of the nations.” As the am hanivchar, it is our responsibility to uphold human...
  • Happy "Let There Be Light" Day

    09/08/2015 9:22:58 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 11 replies ^ | 9/9/15 | Editor
    Rosh Hashana is coming up. "Head of the year" But what makes it the head, the "first" day of the year. Especially perplexing since in Jewish tradition, it is celebrated on the 6th day of creation, the day Adam was formed, gained knowledge of himself and his Creator-- and "coronated" Him as his King. This was Rosh Hashana. ...It follows then, that now, today, 5 days prior to Rosh Hashana, would be the first day of creation. Therefore: Happy Let There Be Light day!

    08/04/2015 8:01:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/04/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    A few years ago "Rabbi" Eric Yoffie, a Reform clergyman spoke at an Islamic Society of North America convention, an anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood organization that supported Hamas, and denounced Dennis Prager for criticizing the Koran. At ISNA, Eric Yoffie sanctimoniously warned that... There exists in this country among all Americans — whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers — a huge and profound ignorance about Islam. It is not that stories about Islam are missing from our media; there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to Islamic religion, and that violence and...
  • Biblical Text from 500 A.D. Deciphered from Charred Scroll

    07/21/2015 8:17:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Discovery ^ | Jul 20, 2015 06:06 PM ET // by | Rossella Lorenzi
    Virtual unwrapping software has revealed verses from the Book of Leviticus in a charred parchment scroll, making it the oldest biblical text after the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday. Found 45 years ago inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, the 2.7-inch scroll was dated by C14 analysis to about 500 AD. “This is the first time in any archaeological excavation that a Torah scroll was found in a synagogue, particularly inside a Holy Ark,” the IAA said in a statement. ... To...
  • Phinneous the Leader

    07/10/2015 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    (his FB site) | Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Denburg
    This is the post in its entirety. Sorry of not formatted. Not sure if the FB is open to all: PINCHAS vs. NEWSPEAK aka The GAY MARRIAGE Debate Balak, King of Moav had failed, and so the Jews marched on. His sorcerer for hire, Bilaam, then came up with Plan B. Seduce them, lower their moral standards. He was successful. Now the Jews marched to a different tune. They traded, “Do you feel G-d?” to “Does it feel good?” A plague broke out and thousands died. One man turned the tide. Pinchas. For his bravery, G-d granted Pinchas immunity from...
  • Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

    07/04/2015 2:11:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    Chabad ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior editor
    Just to magnify your question somewhat, you’ll note that Torah presents the original paradigm of marriage—that of Adam and Eve—as monogamous. Furthermore, virtually every instance of polygamy recounted in the Torah is related directly by the narrative to some sort of calamity—whether strife between competing wives, as was the case with Hannah and Peninah,1 or between rivaling half-siblings, e.g. Jacob’s2 and King David’s sons.3 Even the very verse4 in which the Torah provides a green light for polygamy frames it within an undesirable circumstance: “If a man will have two wives, one beloved and the other hated . . .”...
  • The Definition of Marriage

    06/22/2015 4:34:18 AM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 29 replies
    06/22/2015 | Yomin Postelnik
    It's amazing how quickly much of society seems ready to change the definition of an age old institution that has been at the core of its growth and development, without so much as a second thought. No societal institution has been as responsible for the growth and development of every individual, and of society as a whole, as has traditional marriage, the bedrock upon which stable children, stable families and flourishing personal and societal growth spring forth. One must also ask whether we would be equally as unquestioning were someone to suggest changing the other age old definition that is...
  • The Difference Between Power and Influence

    05/31/2015 10:36:26 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies ^ | Spring 2013 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A beautiful class on Moses' leadership and a seeming contradiction between his response to the two saying prophecy in the camp (Num 11:26) and the challenge from Korach (Num 16:1.) What is real strength? What is real leadership? Give a listen!
  • Making Sense of Today's World

    05/18/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 10 replies
    5/18/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Maybe someone can explain this. Making sense of this can't be easy. The question is whether or not it can be done and even greater, whether it should. How did society come to a point in which a person can sue for forced abortions on minority children and be lauded as an advocate? Isn't this something that anyone on the most basic of levels, and I'm talking real basic over here, should find loathsome and disgusting? At the same time, a person who says that the life of a potential or developing baby is worth more than that of a...
  • Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about SSA

    05/06/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 33 replies ^ | 2/4/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    By the Grace of G-d 25th of Shevat, 5746 Brooklyn, N.Y. Greeting and Blessing: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Jan. 26th, in which you write about a serious problem. As requested, I will remember you in prayer for the fulfillment of your heart's desires for good. While all blessings come from HaShem [G‑d], a Jew is expected to do what is necessary in the natural order. In the matter of the said problem, you surely know that there are doctors and psychiatrists who treat it, and have been successful in many cases. I know of a...
  • “Rights” or Ills

    05/06/2015 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Sichos in English ^ | 5/30/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    The persistent problem of the so called Amendment to “Local Law 2” has been plaguing some people for several years. Although this problem has much wider national and international ramifications, the New York version of this problem has taken on a strange political hue. During the Purim Farbrengen (gathering) of 5746, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, addressed this issue. He touched upon the fundamental problem, its social, emotional and health risks, its psychological manifestations and its actual threat to society and individuals.1 At the same time, the Rebbe suggested clear-cut remedies and proposed a humane therapeutical approach, which takes account of...
  • Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver?

    05/01/2015 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 4 replies ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver? Exploring the literal, poetic, and mystical interpretations of the Book of Ruth. This is part one (with links contained within to subsequent classes) of an incredible series about the Book of Ruth, it's classical teachings, and messages for the future. On the night of the up-coming Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, many Jewish congregations read the Book of Ruth? Give a listen and learn the incredible depth of the story.
  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 5 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number.  Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • Thoughts on the 7th of Adar (Moses' birthday) and the Miracles of Today

    02/26/2015 4:21:12 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 02/26/2015 | Yomin Postelnik
    Today is the 7th of the month of Adar on the Jewish (Torah) calendar. It is the birthday of Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) and also the anniversary of his passing. On this exact day four years ago, Hosni Mubarak, then President of Egypt, was forced to resign. What made the already incredible timing extra significant, is that every few years there are 2 months of Adar (a Biblical "leap year") and Moshe/Moses was actually born on the 7th of the first month of Adar. Four years ago, that was the case, it was the 7th of Adar I. The reverberations of...
  • Right-Wing UK Independence Party Backs Shechita Ban

    02/04/2015 3:57:02 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 86 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/4/'15 | Hana Levi Julian
    Britain's right-wing Independence Party has outraged Jews by announcing it is backing a ban on shechita, a reversal of its prior policy.Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) has voted to support a plan to outlaw the ritual slaughter of animals for meat without prior stunning. UKIP is the fourth largest British party in the European Parliament. Britain’s RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association have called on the government to ban ritual slaughter. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to allow exemptions for religious purposes such as the Jewish practice of “shechita” and the Muslim tradition of “halal.”Both forbid stunning the...
  • Lots and Lots of Rabbis Who Change the World

    11/23/2014 4:12:53 PM PST · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    Chabad Online Live, Weblog ^ | 11/23/14 | COLLive
    Link to the (ongoing) "Kinut haShluchim" Conference of the Emissaries, the rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement throughout the US (all stated but SD!) and abroad.
  • Marrying His Wife's Sister [Jewish/Noachide Caucus]

    11/19/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/13/'14 | Raphael Grunfeld
    Being married to two wives is biblically permitted but rabinically prohibited in Ashkenazi circles since the prohibition of Rabbeinu Gershom in the tenth century. Even under biblical law however, a man may not be married to two wives who are sisters. Neither may a man divorce his wife and marry her sister. Such a marriage belongs to the category of arayot, carries the punishment of karet, and is ineffective. The only situation in which a man may marry his wife’s sister is after his wife is no longer alive. Yibum, levirate marriage, cannot be entered into with a woman whose...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • The Subterranean Temple

    07/15/2014 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 26 replies ^ | 1981 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    I am asleep, but my heart is awake Song of Songs 5:2 Our sages tell us that “when King Solomon built the Holy Temple, knowing that it was destined to be destroyed, he built a place in which to hide the Ark, [at the end of] hidden, deep, winding passageways.”1 It was there that King Josiah placed the Ark twenty-two years before the Temple’s destruction, as related in the Book of Chronicles.2
  • A Rabbi Cross-Examines Christianity (Jews For Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christians, Michael Brown)

    06/08/2014 8:26:19 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 137 replies
    Jews for Judaism You Tube Video ^ | April 9, 2012 | Rabbi Michael Skobac
    Jews defending Judaism with the best defense...
  • My Invisible Emotions (An Article about Lag BaOmer)

    05/16/2014 10:15:15 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 5 replies ^ | 5/16/2014 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    This coming Sunday, May 18, known in Hebrew as Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the omer (1), is the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages and spiritual giants in Jewish history, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon, who lived in Israel under Roman occupation around 165 CE (approximately one hundred years after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E.), was an extraordinary scholar (2) and author of the Zohar, the most basic Kabbalistic work. He was responsible for revealing to the world the wisdom of the Kabbalah, initiating a new era in the...
  • Report: Netanyahu Promises Talmud Will Be Israeli Law

    05/09/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly revealed at a Likud conference on Wednesday some remarkable facets of the Basic Law he submitted last Thursday, which would enshrine Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Netanyahu told the head of Likud's hareidi division Yaakov Vider at the conference that he intends to make the Hebrew calendar, which is based on Jewish law, the official calendar of Israel, reports Kikar Hashabat. The new law also would establish the Talmud, the core work of Jewish law, as an official basis for Israeli state law. "I'm going to personally be involved in the...
  • New Book by Rabbi Moshe Meiselman on Torah, Chazal, and Science

    04/09/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • Talking back to Dennis the Menace

    03/27/2014 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    t is surely indicative of our secular era that the error-filled bloviations of media figure and self-styled moralist Dennis Prager have such wide acceptance. I think I’ve finally figured out why, but more on that later. At this point, let’s take a look at his recent column entitled “Noah: One of the Most Moral Stories Ever Told,” sparked by the upcoming release of Darren Aronofsky’s film. Prager begins by reminding us that he has taught the Torah for more than 40 years, and that most of his teachings are available for download—for a small fee. He doesn’t go into much...

    01/16/2014 5:43:07 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-16-14 | Jedediah
    My augmentation is "purely" spirit led and guided every step of the way FOR MY WORD IS IN YOU , nothing lacking or missing FOR I AM THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT so do not be anxious that something is missing FOR I AM WITH YOU and will "never" forsake you and this is why I AM your Yes and Amen to all you do in and through Me! Acts 17:27-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each...
  • New Book By Rabbi Meiselman On Torah, Chazal, and Science

    12/31/2013 5:40:08 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • How Do You Know The Torah is True?

    12/30/2013 8:39:57 PM PST · by Phinneous · 121 replies ^ | Dec 2012 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    If you've never heard of mass-revelation (it's not a realization of having gained weight nor an encounter with a creep in the old Combat Zone in Boston...) Rabbi Kelemen's concise class on why Jews not only believe in G-d's revelation at Sinai, but why we KNOW this to be fact.
  • The Bible is Wrong!!! (Grammatically)

    12/28/2013 7:17:56 PM PST · by Phinneous · 85 replies Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    How can this thing be divine?!? The Pentateuch, if divine, is full of mistakes from the very first word (we're talking Hebrew here...the basis of the Greek/Latin/English translations everyone in the world uses.) How could that be? Example: In the beginning G-d created, in the Hebrew version, is actually literally "In the beginning OF... G-d created" There are thousands of examples of the Pentateuch making no sense in its grammar or syntax. So how do we know how to interpret it even on a literal level? Well... behold, the Oral Torah... The link is to an hour-long class (in English...
  • A Rational Approach to the Divinity of the Jewish Torah Oral Tradition

    12/25/2013 9:27:27 PM PST · by Phinneous · 13 replies Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    An hour-long (don't be discouraged) class with rational explanations about the unbroken chain of Judaism's Oral Law from Mt Sinai. Fear not-- no Yiddish or unexplained Hebrew terms (like a lot of my audio class posts...) Enjoy!
  • The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

    12/07/2013 6:43:11 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies ^ | December 3, 2013
     The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts. The four-year project will digitize the collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) related to their Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and fifteenth-century printed books. They include a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, an autographed and annotated manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, and the oldest surviving Hebrew codex.The project is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky said, “In today’s fast-paced, digital-driven world of scholarship, easy...
  • New Hamas textbooks: Torah and Talmud are 'fabricated'

    11/04/2013 12:24:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Israel HaYom ^ | 11/4/13 | staff
    New York Times reports that Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into Gaza schools, as part of effort to spread its ideology • Books do not recognize Israel and describe Palestine as encompassing all land between Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into schools in the Gaza Strip this fall, as part of an effort to spread its militant ideology among Palestinian youth, The New York Times reported on Sunday. According to the report, the books do not recognize modern Israel, or mention the Oslo Accords that Israel signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in...
  • The Sun Never Sets on Chabad's Empire

    10/31/2013 7:25:05 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 40 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 10/30/13 | Jonathan Mark
    Thirty-three miles into the Arctic Circle, in the village of Kotzebue, Alaska, where more than 70 percent of the people are Eskimo, the local elementary school had guests one day: two Chabad shluchim (emissaries) from Anchorage, some 550 miles away. The children showed them Eskimo dances from the Inupiat tribe. The shluchim danced chasidic dances. Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz asked, “Did any of you ever meet a Jew?” One girl raised her hand, yes, and she pointed to her mother, the fifth grade teacher. The mother had intermarried with a native man. The mother asked if the visitors could tell something...
  • Was the shape of the menorah in the Holy Temple...round or straight branched?

    07/16/2013 7:09:03 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 21 replies ^ | 7/14/13 | Rabbi Mendel Kaplan
    A video class regarding the shape of the Menorah (candelabra) used in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Man Drives Car into Torah Procession in London

    06/20/2013 4:09:46 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    London man broke into a Hachnasas Sefer Torah procession this Sunday, driving his car into the Jewish gathering. The Hachnasas Sefer Torah was held on Sunday in Stamford Hill, London into the Beis Midrash of Vizhnitz, the Behadrey-Haredim news portal reported. When the procession arrived in the area of Stamford Avenue, loud sirens were heard and a car drove quickly into the crowd. "We were in the middle of the dancing, the joy was great. There were hundreds of people, men, women and many children. I suddenly heard a car honking behind me followed by screaming," said bystander Moshe Birenbaum....