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Life

Blessed and Protected

December 7, 2016, by

“May the L-rd make you like Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah.” The lights in the chandelier are dimmed. Four candles are burning in brass candlesticks on the side table in the next room over. The frenzied rush of cooking, straightening up, and showers has been replaced by a quiet calm. My parents, sister Alexis and

The Fires of Israel, Up Close: Eyewitness Testimony

December 1, 2016, by

My friends and I are beyond excited. We are in Neve Soff for Shabbat. A beautiful place, surrounded by hundreds of leafy trees, planted by the hardworking people living in the Yishuv. We ask our hosts Amy and Mickey, both doctors of science, why they decided to live in the middle of the Shomron –

Vayeira: Transforming Strangers Into Guests

November 14, 2016, by

We all know that the Jewish religion stresses the importance of guests, of hosting, of providing hospitality to strangers. What are Shabbat and the holidays (among other things) if not an opportunity to host?  When I became religious and started going to families as a guest I couldn’t believe the meals that were lavished on

Torah Thoughts for the Post-Election

November 8, 2016, by

There are close to 250 million adults in the United States. How can 100 million people come to terms with the fact that the candidate they chose did not win? Actually, the issue may be more how can they deal with the fact that the one they were certain they did not want to win,

Orthodox Girls Find Their Performance Spotlight at Camp Maor

November 3, 2016, by

Gillian Herszage spends 48 weeks a year away from her best friends. As a ninth grader from Columbus, Ohio, Gillian had spent most of her life straddling two groups and never fully fitting into either: there were the frum kids at her school, who mostly didn’t share her passion for dance and acting; and there

Noach: Protest and Prayer

November 3, 2016, by

Language and the lack of it is important in this parsha. Noach is an almost silent Biblical character. He found favor in G-d’s eyes, yet few Biblical commentators praise him. He saved the world physically–but he didn’t ask for more. He didn’t  cry out to G-d to stop the destruction of the world, to ask

Oldest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem found on rare papyrus from 7th century BCE

October 27, 2016, by

A rare, ancient papyrus dating to the First Temple Period — 2,700 years ago — has been found to bear the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew. The fragile text, believed plundered from a cave in the Judean Desert cave, was apparently acquired by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a sting in 2012 when

A Jewish Bucket-list?

October 10, 2016, by

If you go on Bucketlist.org, you can create your own bucket list of crazy antics, and you can also compare and contrast your lists to those of others. The last time I looked, the site claims 48,924 participants with 889,936 goals. That’s a lot to do. Better get them done quickly: you might run out

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