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Michael Hunter Ochs

Peace through music

In my brother Rabbi Benzion Cohen’s column, he writes that love is one of the ways to bring peace to the world. I agree and add that music is also a powerful method. For the past several years, we have been publishing stories by Jerusalem Peacemaker Eliyahu McLean. He frequently writes about the interfaith events […]

Marcia Falk

Blessing The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart

Guide for times we seek presence of mind and heart Review by Bonnie Maurer Blessing The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart. By Marcia Falk. Brandeis University Press. 2014. Pages 260. $24.95. If you are new to Marcia Falk’s book for the Jewish High Holiday Season, you may find as I have, […]

Elul and Ethical Wills

Below in italics is the Ethical Will Rabbi Steven Z. Leder created for his children. While ordinary wills tell our loved ones what to do with our material possessions, an ethical will teaches our values that we hope will live on. Elul, the Hebrew month before Rosh Hashanah, is a good time to create an […]

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Yiddish Far Alleh Taug (Yiddish for Everyday)

By Henya Chaiet Ah gooten morgen tzu eich tyereh Yiddisheh kinder. Onshuldicht mir far derfar vaus ich haub nisht gehret mit eich far etlehcheh maunahten. Ich haub geven nisht gezundt, uhn in hauspital. (Good morning, my dear Yiddish children. Please excuse me for not writing to you these past few months. I was ill and […]

Amy Hirshberg Lederman

Passover: Why is My God
Different from Your God?

Ever since I can remember, I have been in a relationship with God. Despite growing up in a family of agnostics, I always believed in, and even felt, the presence of God in my world. My idea of God as a child was that of a Biblical God – all-knowing, omnipotent, father-like, and ubiquitous. God […]

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Filling the Hands of Leaders

Most of us, if we think of ourselves as Jews, inevitably ask this question:  What accounts for the phenomenal survival and success of the Jewish people? By all logic we should have disappeared long ago, as did dozens of other ancient civilizations and nations. The Greeks and Romans, with all their glory, are long gone. […]

View of Atlantic Ocean from Boca Raton’s Resort and Club Beach Facility

Florida’s Boca Raton Resort and Club
is like fine wine (especially on Passover)

One of the linguistic curiosities in the names of some American cities is the startling cleavage between the meaning and reality of those names. A case in point: Boca Raton, in the original Spanish, means “rat’s mouth” a designation which the Spanish explorers gave to the indentation on the Atlantic coastline which eventually became a […]

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Florida’s Sun, Sand and The Arts

South Florida’s flourishing arts scene, and its growing potential as a meeting place for singles, is now drawing more than just snowbirds in the winter. The numerous theaters, concert venues, exhibits, festivals and fairs of all sorts are attracting visitors of every age. Among the singles groups in South Florida there is the Mosaic Outdoor […]

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Why Israel Will Miss Ariel Sharon

JERUSALEM – I was privileged to know, appreciate, and befriend Ariel Sharon for both before and during the years he served as Israel’s 11th prime minister. He became, through the years, a dear friend. In today’s parlance, we were on each other’s “like list.” We frequently spoke on the phone. Whenever I visited Israel, or […]

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Inside Llewyn Davis – (movie review)
“In Ways Normal To His Place”

“Folk song calls the native back to his roots and prepares him emotionally to dance, worship, work, fight, or make love in ways normal to his place.” Alan Lomax, Folk Songs of North America. Over sushi in Brooklyn the other night, I was asked to justify why we made the kids see Inside Llewyn Davis, the […]

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Jim Shipley

Shipley Speaks – What is A Green Grocer?

There are words, expressions and entire languages that rise, spread and then seem to just disappear. Today it would seem even the e-mail is going out of style, replaced by texting which replaces words with single letters (You = U). This is not a judgment, just a statement of fact. Remember when you sent a “letter” in an actual envelope? When you … [Continue Reading...]

Rabbi Jon Adland

Judah ben Teima used to say:
At 5 years Old A Person Should Study The Scriptures

Pirke Avot 5:24 – Judah ben Teima used to say: At five years old a person should study the Scriptures, at ten years for the Mishnah, at thirteen for the commandments, at fifteen for the Talmud, at eighteen for the bridechamber, at twenty for one's life pursuit, at thirty for authority, at forty for discernment, at fifty for counsel, at sixty to be … [Continue Reading...]

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Educate to End Genocide

September 25, 2013 If your summer reading list included Witness to the Storm: A Jewish Journey from Nazi Berlin to the 82nd Airborne, 1920-1945 by Werner T. Angress (2012) or Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors by Helen Epstein (Penguin Books, 1979), you might be a 2nd generation Holocaust survivor. If you … [Continue Reading...]

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What My Clever Mother Used To Say

  October 2012 Yiddish speaking friends listen “up”, and let’s speak a little. Not a literary Yiddish, but a common every day one: 1. Geh nisht mit shlechteh chaverim. (Don't associate with bad friends.) 2. Ess ah bisseleh nor zaul daus zein eppes goot. (Eat a small amount but be sure it is something special.) 3. Zeye nisht farnotisht. … [Continue Reading...]

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andybachman

Inside Llewyn Davis – (movie review)
“In Ways Normal To His Place”

“Folk song calls the native back to his roots and prepares him emotionally to dance, worship, work, fight, or make love in ways normal to his place.” Alan Lomax, Folk Songs of North America. Over sushi in Brooklyn the other night, I was asked to justify why we made the kids see Inside Llewyn Davis, the […]

Howard Karsh

A New Peace Plan For Israel
And The Palestinians

My wife and I are in preparations for a trip to Israel, the Holy Land, Eretz Yisroel. It will be the 4th time in a year and a half, because we are parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of family in Israel, and because, as long as we can, we want to be at every simcha.  Did we […]

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Shevat – A Month Of Renewal – Kabbalah of the Month

This new month of Shevat beginning sunset on January 1, 2014 is pregnant with new possibilities. Some of us may have lived through a cold and challenging winter this year in our lives, but spring is coming. Be patient and never lose hope. The first part of the month of Shevat may still feel energetically […]

Jim Shipley

Shipley Speaks – What is A Green Grocer?

There are words, expressions and entire languages that rise, spread and then seem to just disappear. Today it would seem even the e-mail is going out of style, replaced by texting which replaces words with single letters (You = U). This is not a judgment, just a statement of fact. Remember when you sent a […]

Rabbi Jon Adland

Judah ben Teima used to say:
At 5 years Old A Person Should Study The Scriptures

Pirke Avot 5:24 – Judah ben Teima used to say: At five years old a person should study the Scriptures, at ten years for the Mishnah, at thirteen for the commandments, at fifteen for the Talmud, at eighteen for the bridechamber, at twenty for one’s life pursuit, at thirty for authority, at forty for discernment, […]

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Focus On Healing 6-20-12

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Wiener’s Wisdom

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How We Celebrated Chanukah

December 2012     By Henya Chaiet Yiddisheh kinder hert zich tzoo un mir vellen redden vegen Chanukah. Oy Chanukah; Chanukah ah yom tov ah shayner. (Yiddish friends listen up and we will talk about the holiday of Chanukah.) Ven ich hob geven ah klayneh kinde flegen mine mutters mishpaucheh cumen tzoo zamen bye dee […]

Howard Karsh

Israel and the Iran Effect

By Howard W. Karsh Within the history of any nation, there is a complex pattern of nature and politics that have shaped the life of the country. There is probably no nation like Israel whose history has been so dominated by its location and the quest for control. It has no buried wealth, but events […]

Sybil Kaplan

Cookbook by Chicago Hadassah Chapter

By Sybil Kaplan B’te Avon III Tasteful Treasures from North Boundary Hadassah, 3-ring binder, $25 plus $7 postage and handling; order from bigchapter.chicago@Hadassah.org or North Boundary Hadassah, 4711 Golf Road, Skokie, IL. 50076 For the 40-some years I’ve been involved with food as a food writer, cookbook author and cookbook reviewer, I have maintained that […]

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Our first Israeli wedding

By Sybil Kaplan We had been in Israel one week short of three years, and although we have attended many simchot, heard about weddings from friends (and from my daughter who has gone to many weddings), when our friend called to ask if we would like to attend the wedding of his daughter, we were […]

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