From Bodega Vendor To Business Mogul

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When Rami Levy, a severe dyslexic who failed out of school, took over his grandfather’s store in Jerusalem’s famous Machane Yehuda Market, no one could have imagined that 36 years later he would be worth an estimated $500 million.  Rami’s chain of supermarkets, Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd., operates by offering the… Read More

Record-Setting Shabbat Table?

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The central Israeli city of Bnei Brak set what is believed to be the world’s longest Shabbat table earlier this summer. At 197 feet long, the table — set with china plates, crystal goblets and silver candlesticks, as well as traditional Shabbat foods — comfortably seats more than 300, Ynet reported. The municipality, in conjunction… Read More

Peace for Peace

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Shiloh Israel Press 2013, 228 pages Welcome to the “grand illusion” is the theme of “Peace for Peace.” David Rubin clearly defines why peace in the Middle East has never happened and never will. The book provides a great history of how the Jews came to inhabit and own the land of Israel.  He defines… Read More

What is the hardest part about transitioning from summer break back to school?

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Josh Cohen: It’s hard going from waking up at 9 in the morning to 6:30 in the morning. I’m used to sleeping in. Maxime Cohen: During the summer, you can see your friends when you want and have a lot of fun. Jacob Cohen: We interact with the grand-children more during the summer because they are free and… Read More

What does it mean to keep kosher?

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Tammy Bass:  I know that meat and dairy are separate. The animals are also killed in a very specific way. Mervyn Brown:  I don’t observe kosher. But, for those who do, they have a very good reason, and God bless them. Renee Shields:  Kosher means that I have to pack a lunch everywhere we go!… Read More

$5 For A Sounder Night’s Sleep

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Israeli techies have developed an app to show snorers just how often and how loud their nighttime habit is. According to an article published by “Israel21c,” Snoring U is a $5 application you can download from the Internet for your smartphone or tablet. The app won’t only monitor your snoring lows and highs during the… Read More

Yiddish Genesis

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Brick House Books, Inc., 2012, 90 pages Richard J. Fein, poet, essayist and Yiddishkeit maven, has published a compilation of his work related to the first book of Torah, Genesis. There is a play on words here as well, as Fein muses about his own relationship to Yiddish and how the language and its nuances… Read More

What’s your take on the Royal baby news coverage?

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Steve Bond:  It’s an absolute waste of time. … They are figureheads making much ado about nothing. Alon Diamant-Cohen:  It’s a good distraction, but nothing more. Marcelle Cohen:  I think it’s great that the world is now fully aware that the idle rich can procreate. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Water, Water Everywhere!

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With rising temperatures and severe droughts worldwide, water has become a scarce commodity. For desert countries such as Israel, this is nothing new — making the quest for a consistent water supply a priority. But through forward thinking, the country has managed to build four desalination plants, removing salt and waste from the Mediterranean Sea… Read More

Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch

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Yale University Press, 2012 216 pages There have been dozens of attempts to write biographies of major biblical characters. Some attempt to delve into a character through the pshat, simple meaning of the text. Others look toward midrash, traditional and modern interpretation, to fill out a character. Still others use modern scholarly techniques to get… Read More