On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

A plaque engraved with names of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is mounted on a fence outside Station 7, their home base in Prescott, Ariz.
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On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of the Ninth of… Read More

Hillel Taps Eric Fingerhut, Former Congressman, As CEO And President

Eric Fingerhut, a former U.S. congressman and leader of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges, has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Hillel. Fingerhut’s hiring was approved Sunday in a unanimous vote by Hillel’s board of directors during a meeting in New York. He comes to the international campus… Read More

Specialized Medical Team Averts Recurrent Miscarriages

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Following nine miscarriages and 17 years of marriage, a couple from Georgia, Eastern Europe, finally has become parents thanks to Israel’s thorough treatment. Michael and Tamari Berikashvili of Tbilisi, Georgia, last week miraculously welcomed their beautiful daughter Mariam into the world. Following almost two decades of the heartbreak resulting from an inability to carry their… Read More

Machzorim for Lund: A Ray of Hope

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In last week’s article, I wrote about the “kippa walks” that have taken place in Malmö, Sweden to help combat the anti-Jewish sentiment in that city. The week before, you read about Maynard Gerber, the hazzan-mohel who performs numerous circumcisions for a grateful Muslim community. This week, you meet another unique individual who is making… Read More

Israel Launches Information War Against Hizbullah

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If you click on the Israeli army’s new Hizbullah website, you will see a red and black logo that reads, “Hizbullah, Army of Terror.” The site is a combination of graphics, text and videos, all focusing on the Lebanese-based, Iran-proxy terrorist organization and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Na’srallah. One link refers back to what Israelis… Read More

Paying It Forward

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore closed its campaign on June 30 with $30 million in annual campaign revenue and an additional $15.7 million from other funding sources. The income allowed The Associated to allocate to its agencies at a rate of 99 percent in the aggregate and to launch some new initiatives, although… Read More

Farm Fresh

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The Maryland foodie’s hallmarks of summer used to be a proliferation of snowball stands, then tomato stands, then stands for silver queen corn. In the past few years, the demand for healthy, organic and local food has popularized a new culinary staple of summer in our state: the farmers’ market. It starts right now and… Read More

Wall-to-Wall

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At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer… Read More

To Washington

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I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the… Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans with… Read More