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CAN WE EVER SURRENDER?

Two Jews were standing and talking on a Moscow Street. One of them did not have official papers permitting him to be in Moscow at the time. When a police officer approached them to verify their documents, the Jew with the documents told his friend not to worry and then proceeded to run from the officer.
The officer began to chase him. When he finally caught up, the officer asked him to show his documents, which he did. The officer asked him, "Why did you run away from me when you have the right documents?"
"My doctor told me to run one mile each day," responded the Jew.
"But why didn't you stop when you saw me running after you," asked the officer.
"I thought your doctor told you the same," said… Read More »

WHAT ARE THE LIFE ALTERING WORDS AT EVERY CHUPPAH?

Jewish trivia question: Under each Jewish chuppah, the groom utters the nine life-altering words of the marriage declaration, as he places a ring on the finger of his bride: "Behold you are consecrated to me, with this ring, according to the Law of Moses and Israel."
Giving a ring to the bride for the sake of marriage is essential to the halachik process of entering a marriage. But why does the groom add these words: “according to the law of Moses and Israel?” Every mitzvah we do is “according to the law of Moses and Israel.” Why don’t we say this before we eat the matzah, blow the shofar, don tefillin, or affix a mezuzah on our door?
Better yet, we should have said “According to the laws of… Read More »

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