Journey to Uman

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Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of… Read More

‘Jews Are Still At Risk’

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Late last week, federal officials, along with representatives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington formally announced at a news conference the seizure of the long-lost “Rosenberg Diary.” The book, which had gone missing following the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, is a loose collection of the recollections — from spring 1936 to… Read More

What‘s Shakin? The Lulav And Etrog

Leviticus 23:39-43 discusses the Children of Israel wandering about after the Exodus, and God directs Jews to live in sukkot in commemoration. But it’s not just a matter of building the temporary home. God also tells His people to take “the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of thick trees and… Read More

Unique Israeli Bling Dazzles

In the early decades of the Jewish state, brilliant green Eilat stones and intricate Yemenite silver filigree were the hallmarks of Israeli jewelry. Of course, there were also traditional Judaica pieces: tiny mezuzot, chai charms, Jewish stars, names spelled in Hebrew letters. The more classic designs captured the attention of my Israeli grandparents, who gifted… Read More

Helping Israel’s Economy

Don’t buy Israeli products just because you love Israel. There’s a better reason, says Eli Groner, minister of economic affairs at Israel’s embassy in Washington, D.C. “People want to give business to their friends and to their neighborhood,” he says, “and Israel is part of the Jewish neighborhood. But most buyers are interested in quality,… Read More

Experience One of Israel’s Sweet Sides

Israel isn’t just the land of milk and honey — it’s the land of milk and cocoa, too. Maybe you enjoy whimsical candies like candy canes, jellybeans and gummies. Maybe you revel in the nostalgic feeling evoked by eating halva. Maybe you enjoy chocolate with popping candy inside. Whatever your tastes, Israeli candies have something… Read More

Not Your Grandfather’s Israeli Wine

You can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine from one of Israel’s big five wineries — Carmel, Barkan, Golan Heights, Binyamina, Teperberg — or from other well-known brands, such as Tishbi, Dalton, Galil Mountain and Recanati, whose consistent quality has earned them a solid place on American retail shelves. These wines have been winning… Read More

Buy Israel Week

Pick a Jewish holiday, any holiday. Let’s take one of my favorites: Sukkot. This is a holiday bursting with meaning. Inside a sukkah, we can experience the fragility of life and appreciate some great Jewish values, such as gratitude, modesty and hospitality. Now, ask yourself: After the eight days of the holiday are over and… Read More

A Song Of Hope In A Time Of Despair

A national anthem written more than 50 years before the birth of the state for which it was composed, “Hatikvah” has served as a source of hope and inspiration for Jews who have found themselves in the most dire of circumstances. During the darkest hours of the Holocaust, Jews defied their tormentors by singing the… Read More