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KOLOT – A Jew in China

December 4th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Daniel Blas After eleven straight meals of white rice and vegetables – with the occasional edible nostalgia (peanut butter and jelly) thrown in – it was time for some meat. Kosher meat. I took the ... Read More


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Chanukah is the Stuff(ing) of Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Freida Hecht This year as we light the first candle of the Chanukah menorah, Jews in America will also be celebrating the Holiday of Thanksgiving.  Interesting fact: The last time this happened was in 1888. ... Read More


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Torah Portion: Shabbat Chanukah – Miketz

November 26th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin Why is there no clear religious prohibition against the study of Greek wisdom and intellectual involvement in philosophy, mathematics, the sciences, secular music, art, literature and theater? Why was no prohibition made against ... Read More


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TorahPortion – Vayeshev

November 20th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “They said to one another, ‘Here comes that dreamer! Come, now, let us murder him and throw him into one of the pits…’” (Gen. 37:19). “We are such stuff as dreams are made ... Read More


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Kosherfest 2013

November 20th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Howard Blas SECAUCUS, N.J. – This year, even the ticket agent in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal knew about Kosherfest – and that the 320 bus, leaving from gate 231, takes visitors to the annual ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayishlach

November 13th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the south whose lives were constantly being threatened by rocket fire from Hamas, the same ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayetze

November 6th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set …”’ (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Toldot

October 30th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Disillusionment. I first learned about it on a park bench on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where I attended high school. I learned about it from three old gentlemen, each ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Chayei Sarah

October 23rd, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb I grew up, as I imagine most of you did, believing in the basic principles of democracy. My parents and grandparents deeply appreciated the freedoms that they experienced in the United ... Read More


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Torah Portion – Vayera

October 16th, 2013 | by ledger_admin

By Shlomo Riskin “And the two of them went together… And the two of them went together” (Genesis 22:6, 8) In previous commentaries, I have queried which of the two major protagonists of the akeda (binding of ... Read More


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