Meir Panim’s Tiberias Free Restaurant not only provides warm meals, but the opportunity to socialize as well.
Posted on: November 14th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
As I put on my tefillin, I knew we needed a miracle.
Posted on: October 17th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
To me, the biggest joke of it all was the gleeful announcement by Rabin that “We are no longer an am livadad yishkone, a nation that dwells alone!”
Posted on: September 18th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
Hashem simply goes beyond the letter of the law in His love for us.
Posted on: August 14th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
I just celebrated the 29th anniversary of my aliyah to Israel. I have experienced two intifadas, the disastrous results of the Oslo agreements, the assassination of a prime minister, and the tragic expulsion of thousands of our citizens from their beautiful homes in Gush Katif.
Posted on: July 17th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
What were you thinking on Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the year? The day when we mourn the destruction of our two Temples; our expulsion from Spain, England and France; the Crusades, the Holocaust; our two thousand years of wandering the earth?
Posted on: June 20th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
In recent years, the way people greet each other in Israel has changed. For as long as I can remember the greeting was always, “mah shlomcha,” which is equivalent to “How are you?” The Israeli answer was generally, “B’seder, Baruch Hashem,” equivalent to “I’m OK, thank God.”
Posted on: May 22nd, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
My mother, the eldest daughter of Reb Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, was niftar last month at the age of 92. She took her last breath in her home in Efrat, Israel, next door to the shul that was my father’s for 24 years before his passing in 2007.
Posted on: April 17th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
I want to share a Holocaust story as told to me by Heshy Frank, owner of Quality Carpet and my radio sponsor for the past 32 years.
Posted on: March 13th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
For days and weeks before Pesach, we meticulously clean our homes, making sure that not a crumb of bread might, God forbid, be found when we begin the festival of matzahs.
Posted on: February 14th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
The post-election coalition negotiations are underway and it may take several weeks for the country to finally have a new government, with Prime Minister Netanyahu once again at its helm.
Posted on: January 23rd, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
I’m writing this on the day before Israelis vote for our Knesset, but one thing I can presume is that unless a cow is seen jumping over our ten-day-old new moon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be asked by Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, to form the next government.
Posted on: January 9th, 2013InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
My most recent column elicited a fascinating response from an American woman. Before I share that letter and my reply, I will briefly reiterate the substance of that Dec. 28 column, which was titled “My Reasons to Be Jolly.”
Posted on: December 26th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
I’m wrapping up my trip to the U.S., a visit that for the first time in many years happened to coincide with Christmas.
Posted on: December 12th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
I write this column with my bags packed. I’m lighting four candles in Israel and my fifth I will light Wednesday evening at about 9 p.m. in the lobby of the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Boro Park. I’ll have my guitar in hand, and everyone is invited.
Posted on: November 29th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
As I write this, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has just announced, during a televised press conference, his decision not to run in the coming elections and to leave politics.
Posted on: November 14th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
On the Shabbat when we read the portion of Chayei Sarah, Chevron residents are joined by thousands of people from all over Israel and around the world in celebrating Father Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpelah and its surrounding fields as a burial place for Sarah Imeinu.
Posted on: November 1st, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
As Americans prepare to vote, allow me to hold up a banner with the words of the wisest man ever. The words are those of King Solomon (Koheles 1:9): “What was will be, what was done will again be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
Posted on: October 17th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
Hoshana Rabbah is, according to tradition, the day the judgment of Yom Kippur is sealed and finalized. There are some changes in the morning prayers. We circle the bima seven times with our lulav and esrog and then we put them down and take five aravos and beat them on the synagogue floor as if to say, “These are being beaten instead of me.”
Posted on: October 4th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
You know, it’s amazing. Here we stand before the Heavenly Judge, asking for a year of health for our families and for the nation plus everything else good. That’s what judgment day is for all of us. The unique text of the liturgy for the High Holy Days begins with the daily Ata Kadosh – You are holy…and “holy ones [that’s us] praise you daily.”
Posted on: September 12th, 2012InDepth → Columns → Dov Shurin
As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the ten days of repentance, and the awesome day of Yom Kippur when our judgment is sealed for the coming year, it’s so important for me to tell my readers how much I love the Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe.
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