Despite A Life Sentence In Prison – Jonathan Pollard Refused Suicide As A Solution

Excerpt from https://www.jonathanpollard.org/2021/032621.htm ‘You’re smart, finish it’ Pollard says that at one point in his sentence, when he was at Butner Federal Prison, someone from Israel he didn’t know came to visit him. The man was “official” enough to be … Continued

Mitzvot in Space (Halacha in Extreme Places Part 3) – Rabbi Anthony Manning – Delivered at the OU Israel Center, February 19, 2020, 24 Shevat 5780

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The presentation by vilnagaon.org of Rabbi Manning’s views on “Mitzvot in Space” is not to be seen as an endorsement of his conclusions. It is meant just to encourage research into this fascinating topic. The link to the audio: https://audio.vilnagaon.org/outer-space/Mitzvot … Continued

FROM JAPAN TO JERUSALEM: THE STORY OF MOSHE HATTORI

FROM JAPAN TO JERUSALEM: THE STORY OF MOSHE HATTORI   Quote from https://jewishaction.com/religion/shabbat-holidays/shavuot/choosing-judaism-life-stories-remarkable-converts-2/ While still in high school, Hattori notes, he and his classmates were taught very little about the Jews. “I remember being surprised by the fact that even … Continued

When Is It Permitted to Bow to Men and When Is Bowing Considered Forbidden Intermediary Worship , According to Rabbeinu Nissim

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When Is It Permitted to Bow to Men and When Is Bowing Considered Forbidden Intermediary Worship , According to Rabbeinu Nissim Table of Contents A Saudi Cleric Admits That Some Muslims Stumble by the Sin of Idolatry via the Grave … Continued

Dear Ben Tzion: Proud Jews Should Not Visit the Mosque of the Killer of 24000 Jews

Dear Ben Tzion: Proud Jews Should Not Visit the Mosque of the Killer of 24000 Jews There are Muslim places that Rambam explicitly noted that it is forbidden for us to visit there under certain conditions. In Iggeret HaShmad, Rambam … Continued

Is One That Accepts Charity From Gentiles Disqualified To Serve As A Witness In A Jewish Court?

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The Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 26b states (as translated by https://www.sefaria.org.il/Sanhedrin.26b.19-20?lang=en&with=all&lang2=en )   Rav Naḥman says: Those who eat something else, a euphemism for pork, are disqualified from bearing witness. This is referring to those who accept charity from gentiles, thereby causing a desecration of … Continued

‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming Jan. 31 = 15th of Sh’vat, 5778 (California Time)

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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31 The picture below is from that NASA site https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/lunar_eclipse_01182018a.png See the Talmud’s differentiation between Solar and Lunar Eclipses Tractate Succa 29a. But see Rashi to Breishit 1:14 Excerpt from my article Rabbi Yissachar S. Teichtal (H”YD) A Victim of … Continued

The branches of the Menora of the Temple were curved!

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Stone carvings from a synagogue that existed at the time of the Temple depict the Menora with curved brances. See http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32797473/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/-year-old-menorah-depiction-found/ for details. Despite the claims of Chabad, also Rambam and Rashi agree with the shape of the branches, depicted … Continued