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October 10, 2013

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, CONTINUE »

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BY John Starrels
October 10, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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October 10, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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October 3, 2013

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. CONTINUE »

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BY Lynne Stern Elkes
October 3, 2013

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 CONTINUE »