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The Klezmatics

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Maimonides Life and Thought

Book Review– Maimonides: Life and Thought.

High praise for English version of Maimonides book By Professor Arnold Ages Maimonides: Life and Thought. By Moshe Halbertal. Translated from the Hebrew by Joel Linsider. Princeton University Press. 2014. 385 Pages. As Voltaire once observed – The Bible is plus célèbre que connu – The Bible is more celebrated than known – a comment […]

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Rabbi Zoberman opening prayer

    On Dec. 11, 2014, Rabbi Israel Zoberman (left) will offer the opening prayer at the session of the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (Va.), on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of this rabbi’s ordination. It will be carried live on C-SPAN. Rabbi Zoberman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth […]

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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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 Coen brothers spectacular new movie. The … [Continue Reading...]

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 realize when two of our five children made aliyah that our … [Continue Reading...]

MELINDA_RIBNER

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 harsh, but that all changes at the time of … [Continue Reading...]

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...]

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February 2014 National Edition

February 5, 2014 – National Edition

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February 12, 2014 – Indiana edition

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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 […]

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 […]

MELINDA_RIBNER

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 […]

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Meineh Shayneh Gehdanke Fun Pesach (My good memories of Pesach)

March 2013     Ich gehdenk ahz glych nach Purim flegen mir aun hayben ramen tzu machen dee hoyz Pesachdik. Mir hauben nisht gehhat kein dindzt flegen mir alleh helfen dermahme. (I remember as soon as Purim was over we started cleaning to ready the house for Passover. We did not have maids so all […]

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A Freilichen Purim

February 2013     “Haynt iz Purim morgen iz ouz, git mir ah groyshen un varft mir ahroys.” (“Today is Purim tomorrow it’s over, so give me a penny and I’ll be gone.”) Many years ago, little children would run from house to house in their little shtetl singing this on Purim. I heard it […]

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Chicago Winters When I Was A Girl

January 2013   By Henya Chaiet Yiddisheh kinderlach hert zich tzoo un ich vel eych dertzalen ah bissel vegn mineh yungeh yoren. (Yiddish lovers listen and I will tell you a bit of my life story when I was a little girl.) Vinter is geven zayer kalt un greyleh shnayen in shtaut Chicageh. (The winters […]

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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 […]

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