Author: Yaakov Menken

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Baruch Dayan HaEmes

UPDATED 9 Iyar, Wed., May 18 The funeral of Aaron Rosenfeld (he was my nephew, the son of my wife’s brother Elie) took place at 1:30 pm Tuesday. He was eighteen. Thank you for...

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Smashing the Copper Snake

Our Torah provided the symbol of the medical profession: a snake wrapped around a pole. You find this symbol used by medical schools, hospitals, and the American Medical Association. The source is the following...

Personal Prayer Request

Please learn, Daven and say Tehillim (Psalms) for the speedy recovery of Refael Aharon Elimelech ben Penina Liba, a young man who is very seriously ill. May he have a speedy healing b’soch sha’ar...

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Looking for Validation

Concerning Jonathan Rosenblum’s post this morning on the topic of non-Jews wearing Yarmulkes, I think the brouhaha over the Turkish Prime Minister not wearing one is a symptom of a larger issue. I think...

A Letter from Berlin

Dear Friends, After reading the letter forwarded the other day, I feel obliged to add a few words. I attended the opening of the Berlin Memorial yesterday, and asked the architect, Peter Eisenman, whether...

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The Holocaust and Daf Yomi

Received via email: An article in the Arizona Republic on the new Holocaust memorial in Berlin (“Memorial divides Berlin,” Sunday May 8, 2005) reports: “The memorial is a maze of 2,711 unadorned concrete rectangles,...

Hadran Alach Maseches Brachos

The above is said when completing Tractate “Brachos” of the Talmud, and those who are studying the Daf Yomi, a page of Talmud daily, completed this, the first tractate, on Tuesday. Yes, I’m a...

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Riding with the Amish

For Jewish day school children everywhere, one potential highlight of the holiday season is a biannual ritual known as the “Chol HaMoed trip,” a family outing taken during the “intermediate days” of Pesach and...

A Valuable Seder Resource

With everyone busy preparing for Pesach [Passover], I thought to pass along the following: Ner L’Elef, a training institute for Jewish outreach and leadership based in Jerusalem, has published a Seder Guide written by...

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That Old-Time Religion?

While the Catholic Church may have undertaken to change its attitude towards the Jewish People more than a generation ago, I think it is taking somewhat longer for Jews to change their attitude towards...

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