Opinion

January 2, 2014

In a much anticipated decision issued last week, the Jerusalem District Court nullified the October re-election victory of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. To the extent that the judgment represents the repudiation of the heavy-handed and downright illegal tactics employed by those allegedly allied with the haredi-backed mayor, we applaud the decision. Now the voters CONTINUE »

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Ancient holiday provides opportunity to appreciate
BY Aleeza Oshry
January 2, 2014

Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year for trees” that falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, occurs in less than two weeks, on Jan. 16. Trees get their own New Year for a very practical reason: There is a Torah prohibition regarding eating the fruit from trees for the first three years. CONTINUE »

January 2, 2014

I’m a longtime reader who was shocked to see a recipe calling for “real bacon bits” in the pages of the paper I love so much (“Start Your Ovens!” Dec. 13). Although I’m not Orthodox, I find it offensive to suggest to Jewish readers that they use real bacon in their food. Even though a CONTINUE »

BY Nathan Lewin
January 2, 2014

I have testified unsuccessfully in Annapolis three times over the past 20 years before committees of the Maryland legislature to urge the enactment of a modified version of the “get bill” that I personally drafted in 1982 at the urging of the late Rabbi Moshe Sherer, chief executive of Agudath Israel of America. The “get CONTINUE »

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Parshat Bo
BY Rabbi Nitzan Bergman
January 2, 2014

The following comes from a classic piece of Torah commentary authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman. Popularly known as Nachmanides, he was born in 1194 in Girona, Spain, and passed away in Israel in 1270. What event in Jewish history should we remember more than any other? Its narrative takes up most of this week’s CONTINUE »