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

How do you preserve your memories?

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Abba Zev Hill:  Looking at my friends’ pictures on Facebook. I don’t actually own a digital camera. Sara Schuman:  Photo albums. Norma Samson:  Albums. … I also keep photos on the refrigerator.. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

The Next WAZE?

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By now almost everyone has heard of WAZE, the Israeli navigation app that Google has agreed to purchase for $1.3 billion.  But most people have not heard of the following six Israeli startups reported by Fast Company most likely to follow in WAZE’s success. More than 34 million users are already using the web-platform WIX,… Read More

Rivka’s War

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By Marilyn Oser Mill City Press 2013, 262 pages “Rivka’s War” is a must-read. When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical. The storyline seemed fine from the cover’s description, but the beginning few pages were hard to endure. However, within a short while, the story encapsulated me, and I was glad I… Read More

Countering Israel Bias on Campus

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  Students facing relentless anti-Israel campaigns on college campuses now have a new resource — CAMERAonCampus.com — a website providing comprehensive information on Arab-Israeli issues and practical strategies for winning the fight. The site, with its student-oriented blog In Focus, was launched by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). There… Read More