Shelach?

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It’s time to hit the books! As American students return to school this season, like their Israeli counterparts, they will study world history, math and science. But there is one subject they won’t have — a subject core to the Israeli curriculum. Shelach, a Hebrew acronym for field (land), nationhood and society, is a hands-on… Read More

In The Courtyard Of The Kabbalist

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At times whimsical, at times scary, Ruchama King Feurman has crafted a novel portraying a panoply of occasionally realistic characters living in Jerusalem. Somewhat Oz-like, there is an expatriate — a confirmed American bachelor who gave up his life in the states and traveled to Israel to find purpose in his life. Opposite him is… Read More

What is your favorite Shofar blast?

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Florence Brill: I like the long one. I like that they can hold their breath that long. Shuey Goldstein: Teruah because it is the hardest one to blow. Tammy Lerner: The long one; it’s loud and makes you want to daven (pray). Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

My Mother’s Secret

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“My Mother’s Secret” is an intense look at four families and their struggles, fears and courage in the face of the Holocaust. Told from the perspectives of Helena, Bronek, Mikolaj and Vilheim, each with a story of their own, this novel tells the tale of Franciszka Halamajowa, a poor Polish woman, who, with the help… Read More

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