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October 24, 2016 / 22 Tishri, 5777
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Israeli soldiers dance with Torah scrolls.

Posted on: October 20th, 2016

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So we dance, and do hakafot with the Torah in appreciation and gratitude for the divine gift to the Jewish people.


Posted on: October 13th, 2016

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Many of our greatest artists have produced striking graphic works on these subjects; what follows is a selection of original artwork from my Sukkot collection.

Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff

Posted on: October 6th, 2016

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So if we have people like that to look to for guidance and direction in terms of how to deal with others’ actions, why is it that so many of us struggle in this area?

Rav Dovid Hofstedter

Posted on: September 28th, 2016

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A world from which America retreats is a dangerous world indeed.

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Posted on: September 21st, 2016

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Believing in the imminent arrival of the Messianic Age, he stressed the importance of aliyah to Eretz Yisrael and was a great supporter of the Jewish community there.

Siblings, October 1974 (left to right): Tula, Sheindl, Elish (in bowtie), Freida Sima, Benny, Abie.

Posted on: September 14th, 2016

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After Max's death, Shirley and Chaskel had bought an apartment in Israel for the future. Suddenly the future was now.

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Posted on: September 7th, 2016

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I decided that I was going to attempt to go down to the Kotel, which at that stage no one had yet reached.

Roy S. Neuberger

Posted on: August 31st, 2016

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There was no Ruler of the Universe I could call upon to save me, and so I had to fight this lonely battle until I found the One Strength that could save me.


Posted on: August 24th, 2016

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In his later years he spoke out in favor of war crimes trials for the perpetrators of genocide in the former Yugoslavia, and he lent his name to the Holocaust study center and Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Freida Sima, Max, and the author.

Posted on: August 17th, 2016

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Watching the puppy's wobbling walk, she named him Umbriago, similar to the word "drunk" in Italian and Spanish (embriagado).

Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Posted on: August 10th, 2016

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The Messiah, a descendant of the house of David, will establish a reign of righteousness and truth.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016

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Torah and halacha are based on a different language, one that teaches responsibility and pride, freedom and merit, self-acceptance and natural morality.


Posted on: July 27th, 2016

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The discovery ultimately established the major defense mechanism in innate immunity, for which he won his Nobel Prize.

Roy S. Neuberger

Posted on: July 20th, 2016

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At that point we begin to understand that fast days provide us with a great gift: the chance to become close to the King of the Universe.

Freida Sima and her sisters-in-law in Israel. Left to right: Freida (Leibush's wife), Freida Sima, and Toni (Tuleh's wife). In front of Freida Sima on the ground is Anna (Srul's wife).

Posted on: July 13th, 2016

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Taking her daughter's hand, Freida Sima once again rued her husband Mordche's communist polemics and political pessimism that Shirley had grown up with.

The Kotzker Rebbe’s grave (third from left).

Posted on: July 6th, 2016

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Religious man struggles first with maintaining the daily commitment but then with infusing that commitment with vitality and enthusiasm.


Posted on: June 29th, 2016

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The defeat of the Japanese there provided an important foundation for our ultimate victory over Japan, and the battle became a symbol of the great sacrifices made by our fighting forces during the war.

Freida Sima’s parents, Nachman and Devorah, before the war.

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016

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“We took nothing, as we thought we would come home in a few days, but we never came home,” Sheindl recalled. She never saw Shaja again.


Posted on: June 15th, 2016

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While he frequently brought “friends” home, Josh never let on how this one was friendless, or how the other was someone he’d spotted sitting on a stoop outdoors looking miserable.

Rabbi Naphtali Hoff

Posted on: June 8th, 2016

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Throughout the early years of his reign, Yannai had resisted taking any actions that the people would deem overly provocative.

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