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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.
July 3, 2013

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mandela without trying to identify another world CONTINUE »

July 3, 2013

In March, just before he was to end his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, handed the phone to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel and initiated the public phase of reconciliation between the two American allies. Now, that process seems to be faltering.  CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

We are now in the period known as the Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim, a period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples. The Three Weeks and then Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) mark the loss of our Jewish spiritual center. The loss is not just CONTINUE »

BY Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff
June 27, 2013

Parshat Pinchas After hundreds of years of slavery and 40 years of wandering, our people were finally ready to enter the land of Israel. We would each be given a piece of this land of promise. According to the Torah, each of us had a claim to the land … except for five sisters from CONTINUE »

June 27, 2013

When the mother bird saw us coming, she whipped up her right wing as if she was going to take flight, but as we watched from the edge of the garden, she never actually left her nest.  Not wanting to disturb her, my husband, Bob, and I quietly inched away from the rain garden and CONTINUE »