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Chinese Man Dies After Guzzling 1.5 Liters Of Coca Cola In 10 Minutes

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — After reading this story people may have second thoughts about their Coca-Cola habits. A Chinese man allegedly died of a fatal gas buildup in his stomach af...

Siberian Jews Inaugurate A Huge New Jewish Education Center In Tomsk

NEW YORK (JTA) — A century ago, communists shuttered the synagogues of Tomsk, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. It was a painful blow, especially to the local community o...

Last Known Survivor Of Babi Yar Massacre Receives Knesset Medal

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Michael Sidko, the last known survivor of the Babyn Yar Massacre which occurred in September 1941, who made aliya to Israel in the year 2000, received a medal...

‘The Auschwitz Report’: Slovakian Film Follows Real-Life Escapees Who Tried To Warn The World

POLAND (JTA) - Were it not for Rudolph Vrba and Alfréd Wexler, would the world today know the true extent of the mass murder the Nazis inflicted during the Holocaust? The two m...

A German Police Officer Allegedly Sent Fan Mail To The Gunman Who Attacked A Synagogue On Yom Kippur

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GERMANY (JTA) - A female police officer allegedly wrote fawning letters to the imprisoned gunman who attempted to attack a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur in 2019. The...

AOC’s Tears and Aisav’s Tears

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The headlines blasted how in today’s vote on Iron Dome funding – which passed 420-9, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) both cried and changed ...

Visiting Your Rebbe Over Sukkos

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(By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com) It is a little known fact, but Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l did not just learn under the Alter zt"l and Rav Moshe Mordechai Epstein zt"l in Slabod...

16 ABSOLUTE MUST KNOWS For Simchas Torah

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com There are at least 16 things that are a must know about Simchas Torah, and you may want to print this. EARLIEST SOURCE IS ZOHAR AND GAONI...

Why Its Full Hallel on Sukkos and Only Half on Pesach

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Most of our readers will realize, of course, that the topic is Hallel on Chol HaMoed.  There is a difference between the two Chol HaMoeds.  Wh...

National Library Of Israel Releases Rare Photographs Of Sukkot During 1973 War

JERUSALEM (JNS) - Nearly 50 years after the Yom Kippur War, the National Library of Israel has released a number of rare photos showing how the festival of Sukkot, or “Feast of...

Ukraine Passes Law Banning Antisemitism

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KIEV (JTA) - Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law stating that “antisemitism and its manifestations are banned” in that country. The law, which passed on Wednesday thanks to a ...

Jewish Aide To Ukraine’s President Survives Assassination Attempt

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KYIV (JTA) - A Jewish aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky survived an assassination attempt near Kyiv on Wednesday. Several shots were fired at the car of Sergey Nach...

Melbourne Court: Malka Leifer Must Face Trial On 70 Charges Of Child Sex Abuse

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A former school principal who was extradited from Israel after a six-year legal battle was ordered to stand trial Thursday on 70 charges of child sex ab...

A Quick Chol HaMoed Review

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com IMPORTANCE Chol HaMoed is a period of time that lies between Yom Tov and Chol. It is a time that should not be taken lightly. The Rambam (H...

A General Overview of Sukkos

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com SUKKOS – A TIME OF ALIYAH L’REGEL One of the aspects of the Yom Tov of Sukkos is the Mitzvah of Aliyah L’Regel. Three times a year the Jewish...

Why, on Sukkos, 12-4 = 27 and not 8.

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It seems to be a simple enough halachic question. But is it so innocuous? Or is there something more to it that is involved?  Does the ques...

You Are Visiting Your Friend’s Sukkah, but Not Eating: Do You Make a Bracha?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com You are visiting a friend.  You are not eating.  What is the actual halacha?  Do we recite a blessing just upon entering a Sukkah or do we jus...

4 Men Charged For Shouting Antisemitic Abuse In London Through Jewish Area

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LONDON (AP) — Four men were charged Monday for allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse while driving around in a convoy in north London. The suspects, all in their 20s and from the...

Which to Take First – The Lulav or the Esrog?

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By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com “Daddy, Can I have your lulav and Esrog?” The bas-Mitzvahed daughter has asked the question correctly on that first day of Sukkos.  She sai...

Rav Elyashiv zt”l’s Rulings on Sukkos and Arbah Minim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times Below we find some rulings from Rav Elyashiv zatzal in regard to both the Sukkah as well as the 4 Minim. Each of the Yami...