Fighting for a dream

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By Rachel Meyers “Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your […]

Reflecting, Marveling, Looking for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Markers

By Sigal Tavel Coming of age ceremonies are evident in almost all cultures around the world. In Australia and New Zealand, a party called The Twenty-First marks the 21st birthday of a boy or girl. The Japanese celebrate a similar day for 20-year-olds as a national holiday called the Coming of Age Day on the […]

Dear Mrs. Ruby Bridges

By Isabelle Rose Shevitz There are many things wrong in this world and also things that are wrong in a community. In my community, there are a few subjects that I am deeply concerned about. One of the main problems that I am concerned about is racism. Another problem I am concerned about is the […]

What Does Freedom Mean To Me?

By Yosef Chincholker[whohit]What Does Freedom Mean To Me?[/whohit] Freedom means so much to U.S. citizens and is very important to us. We all need freedom so we can reach our full potential. Unfortunately, not everyone always has freedom and even today people still suffer from oppression. Just a few years ago, in the 1960s, people […]

Chayat Hashavua: God’s wisdom in creating spiders

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By Rabbi Moshe ben Asher, Ph.D. Do you know the Hebrew name for the spider? It’s akavish, but we don’t know anything about the root meaning of the word. Is there anything likeable about spiders? The rabbis 2,000 years ago thought that a crushed spider was a cure for a scorpion’s bite. I’m not sure […]