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By Rabbi Yehuda Spitz | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Have you given any thought to how you are going to make Havdallah this Motzoei Shabbos? The proper way to perform Havdallah on Motzoei Shabbos Chazon, the Shabbos preceding Tisha B’Av, is one annual issue that seems to always have disparate approaches. The main problem is that the very essence of Havdallah is ending Shabbos, resulting in the fact that it is actually recited during chol, weekday. That is fine for an ordinary week, but Motzoei Shabbos Chazon is halachically part and parcel not only of the Nine Days, but shovuah shechal bah Tisha B’Av. This means that even the Sefardim, who are generally lenient with the Three Weeks’ and Nine Days’ restrictions,1 are still required to keep them this coming week. And one of these restrictions prohibits drinking wine,2 the mainstay of Havdallah.3 So how are we supposed to synthesize making Havdallah while not transgressing this restriction?
By Malky Feig | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Malky Feig Reports from the Front Lines
UNDATED JOURNAL ENTRY
It’s nine fifty five. The kitchen is strewn with the aftermath of supper; the steps are laden with a full day’s clutter. Waterlogged towels lie in a heap on the bathroom floor, not to mention damp socks, soiled pants, and undershirt entangled shirts, despite repeated admonitions to their owners to either lay them out neatly or toss them in the hamper (disentangled, thank you very much!). Laundry? Happily rising like twin towers in the respective light and dark hampers.
By Debbie Maimon | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
With global reporting this week covering a wide range of disastrous events around the world, the latest chapter in the scandal of the missing IRS emails seems almost orchestrated for comic relief.
Consider the scenario, reported by CBS and NBC, in which the head of the IRS suddenly revealed to a congressional Oversight committee that a hard drive at the heart of the scandal did not necessarily crash as he claimed to Congress a month ago.
By Chaim Bashevkin | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It seems a cry defined the night
A cry that was in vain
As spies came back and told of woe
Evoking so much pain
And from the Heavens
A cry to all their ears
You cried for naught
You foolish folk
But now you’ll have real tears
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetsky | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ever since they shot Kennedy, the words “conspiracy theory” attach themselves to every major historical incident. Even “They shot Kennedy” epitomizes that very essence, the proverbial “they” you know, the guys who are responsible for everything that does not get done or is moved out of place.
Even in the grocery store, when something is not on the shelf and the clerk tells me, “They must have moved it to another part of the store,” I feel like asking, “Who is ‘they’? The guy who shot Kennedy?’
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