How is the government shutdown affecting you?

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Alan Rosenblatt: I’m an employee of Social Security and I was furloughed. Ed Kafes:The government isn’t shutdown, it’s partially shut down. The employees are on a paid vacation. Penina Szojchet­:Not at all. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Jewhooing The Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity — Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand

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When Boston returned to normal after the marathon bombings, Neil Diamond pulled off a classy act. Knowing that the Red Sox played his “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch, he flew into Boston unannounced and uninvited and arrived at the first game played after Bostonians again were free to move about the city. He sang… Read More

‘An Insider’s Account’

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Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres, published his insider’s account on those experiences in 2010. “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” was an instant best seller and received rave reviews from… Read More

What is your favorite bar/bat mitzvah memory?

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Marcy Flicker: My granddaughter became a bat mitzvah last weekend. Even though everything leading up to the event went wrong, the day itself turned out perfect. You just have to have faith in Hashem. Sharon Ryterman: My mother made my bat mitzvah dress and I still have it. It is pink with flowers. Ada Grodzinsky: My grandson, Aaron,… Read More

Amidst the Shadow of Trees

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Not long from now, the last survivors of the Holocaust will have passed on. Our collective memory, those of us who were spared this horror, will become secondhand. This is why Miriam M. Brysk’s book could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. There are three basic narratives in her treatment, each of which… Read More

All Abuzz

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The coffee market in Israel woke up last week to a new era with the launch of a new coffee and food chain, Cofix. The coffee shop is kosher and offers costumers food and beverage for only five shekels (less than $1.50). It is only for takeout with no seating or wait staff. On the… Read More

What does it mean to you to be selfless?

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Linda Eisenberg: To share with everyone else — it’s important for us to give back to the community. Tim Thayne: It’s an outward orientation, where you’re more focused on others than you are on yourself. And it’s counterculture these days. Yehuda Hakkakian & Meir Mintz: “Sheli shelach v’shelcha shelach.” What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is yours…. Read More

Goldberg Variations: A Story of Three Cousins and a Fortune

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The premise of Susan Isaacs’ latest novel could not be less Jewish. A wealthy self-made grandmother invites her three adult grandchildren, with whom she has had little contact, to her grand home in Sante Fe. After insulting her handpicked heir to her business, Gloria Goldberg Garrison is conducting a test to see which of her… Read More

On The Road Again

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers revealed earlier this year that data culled from geosocial networks such as the GPS traffic app Waze can help prevent traffic incidents with better deployment of police resources at the most accident-prone areas. The paper, “Data Mining Opportunities in Geosocial Networks for Improving Road Safety,” was presented at the… Read More

How Do You Know The Word Shlep? You’re Not Jewish!

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This book is an autobiography of an ordinary woman who made unusual choices. The story describes her life from childhood to old age, without a lot of detail. I found the book very interesting and well written, but I wanted more. In a way, this story of self-exploration was almost like taking a sneak peek… Read More