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Ear to the Ground
Do you recognize this little girl?
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

BlogsEar to the Ground

Pnina Gutman asking, "Who am I? What is my name?" isn't a philosophical query, it is one of identity

U.S. President Barack Obama.
 

Posted on: August 10th, 2015

BlogsEar to the Ground

Yesterday, I wrote a mealy-mouthed piece entitled, Obama/Fareed Agree: Bibi is Pushy, Inappropriate. Why mealy-mouthed? Because I wanted to say so much more. I wanted to say, for instance, that Fareed had asserted as fact an antisemitic trope and Obama approved: Joos=Pushy. Now of course, Zakaria has no great love for Israel. Of Zakaria, Haim […]

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American-Jews-100413
 

Posted on: March 30th, 2015

BlogsEar to the Ground

How do you put a love of Judaism into a middle-aged man when it was never there in the first place?

Zone Bar Mitzvah JPress Resized (2)
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2014

BlogsEar to the Ground

In this Catskills summer camp, the custom is “Rocking this place like it’s never been rocked before”

The triplets (left to right): Esther, Aliza, Judi.
 

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

BlogsEar to the Ground

"I don’t think my kids have any difficulties that are specific to the Israeli school system."

techelet
 

Posted on: January 8th, 2014

BlogsEar to the Ground

Finding Tekhelet is about fulfilling an ancient mitzvah that was there the whole time.

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Tekhelet tying methods on display at the Ptil Tekhelet conference.
 

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014

BlogsEar to the Ground

While tekhelet is a biblical commandment, it’s one full of "buts" that bring me up short.

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The "Cheder Tanach" (Bible Room) at Aseh Chayil School in Efrat. Parents identify with the school's National Religious and Modern Orthodox ideology, and its allegiance to the old-time HaPoel HaMizrachi path.
 

Posted on: December 16th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

"We very strongly identify with the Aseh Chayil National Religious and Modern Orthodox ideology."

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The Moore children are thriving in Israel.
 

Posted on: December 10th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

"Everything we have done and learned regarding the gifted students has also come from speaking to more experienced Olim, not through the system."

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Team ALEH at the Jerusalem Marathon 2013
 

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

She had a heart problem but no one imagined she would pass away the next day.

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Yisrael Simcha, age 6
 

Posted on: November 26th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

After they made Aliyah, Randi discovered she was pregnant with Yisrael, who has Down syndrome.

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A scene from Sarah Aaron's short film "Ties."
 

Posted on: November 19th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

I speak to Esther Aaron about the Aliyah process, revisit Rachel and her daughter Dena, still struggling with the matriculation exams, and pass on some general information.

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat with Special Ed children at Sulam, special educational center.
 

Posted on: November 5th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

We tried to put him in kindergarten but the Jewish day school couldn’t handle him. Their solution was to put him in "time out" all day.

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Posted on: October 29th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

Dena was just on the cusp of turning 16 when her parents, both well-established professionals, made Aliyah from a major American metropolis.

A young olah accessing The "Tehila" E-government project.
 

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

Part of the problem of making Aliyah with kids involves the black and white nature of religious education in Israel.

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ice-cream
 

Posted on: September 10th, 2013

BlogsEar to the Ground

I recall the shock and pain of seeing my ruined ice cream on the street.

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