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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 […]

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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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...]

miriamZimmerman

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...]

Rabbi Jon Adland

Shabat Shalom – Be Strong As The Leopard, Swift As The Eagle…

Dec. 20, 2013, 17 Tevet 5774, Shemot Exodus 1:1–6:1 Pirke Avot 5:23 – Judah ben Teima used to say: Be strong as the leopard, swift as the eagle, fleet as the gazelle, and brave as the lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven. He also used to say: The impudent are for Gehenna and the affable for Paradise. (He used to pray): May it be thy … [Continue Reading...]

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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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miriamZimmerman

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. […]

HenyaChaiet-200px

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.) […]

Rabbi Jon Adland

Shabat Shalom – Be Strong As The Leopard, Swift As The Eagle…

Dec. 20, 2013, 17 Tevet 5774, Shemot Exodus 1:1–6:1 Pirke Avot 5:23 – Judah ben Teima used to say: Be strong as the leopard, swift as the eagle, fleet as the gazelle, and brave as the lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven. He also used to say: The impudent are for […]

Wiener’s Wisdom

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 […]

Rabbi  Elliot Gertel

Begrudging or Bust – Cinema Jews from Rosh Hashanah to New Year’s Eve

Jack and Jill There’s no denying that Adam Sandler has a talent for playing rather awkward and puerile Jewish men who are surprisingly likable, even appealing. Yet when Sandler applies this formula to portraying a Jewish woman, the result is the awkwardness without the appeal and likability factors. This is all too clear all too […]

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