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My Father, Buffalo Bill From Bochnia

Finding ourselves with a large merged family as a result of our marriage, we had little chance to contemplate a honeymoon of any kind.

The Mutiny Against Captain Uriah P. Levy

Levy’s historic seafaring career began rather inauspiciously when, at age 10, he ran away from his Philadelphia home to join the trading ship New Jerusalem as a cabin boy, returning to his family for his bar mitzvah at Mikveh Israel, where he read the Torah.

The Levush: His Life And Works

The more I read, the more confused I became. The sefer followed the same order of the Shulchan Aruch, chapter by chapter, but unlike the Shulchan Aruch’s matter-of-fact approach, this sefer included the reason behind each halacha.

The Early Zionist Celebration Of Tu B’Shevat

The fifteenth day of the month of Shevat was designated for calculating the age of trees both for harvesting and tithing purposes, and this “Jewish Arbor Day” was celebrated at least as far back as Talmudic times.

Who Is A True Zionist?

About a thousand years ago, a large group of Yemenite Jews decided to leave the diaspora. One cannot imagine the hardships these pioneers encountered.

Blossoming From The Ashes

“How? How do you go on? You have to,” she says with a simplicity that hides more than it reveals.

Thirteen Outrages In The Rubashkin Prosecution

In denying a request from an AgriProcessors employee that she recuse herself from his criminal case, Judge Reade did not disclose to him or to Rubashkin’s trial lawyers that she had participated in the planning of the raid.

The Bernice Chronicles: A Second Chance At ‘Honor Thy Mother’

Just as had happened when I was working on my grandmother’s book, here, too, previously unknown family members and those with whom my mother-in-law had lost touch suddenly emerged.

Gen. Patton’s Appalling Anti-Semitism

Patton not only showed utter contempt, even hatred, for Jewish survivors, he also expressed a kind of admiration for the Nazi prisoners of war under his watch and bitterly criticized attempts to bring Nazi leaders to justice for war crimes.

Rav Kook On The Lights Of Chanukah

Like Rabbi Akiva of old, Rav Kook was able to laugh in the face of adversity, while his contemporaries could only cry.

Education Through Connection

As this story illustrates, there is a huge difference between spending time with your children and offering them quality time.

The Centenary Of Allenby’s Entering Jerusalem

Brooks predicted that Jerusalem would be liberated in 1917, an idea that intrigued Allenby, who began to view his own role in Eretz Yisrael in prophetic terms.

The Bernice Chronicles: The Schwartzes Of Riverdale

Unlike other retirees of their generation, they never considered Florida a possible venue – despite the Northeast’s cold winters.

Prayers For The Czar – But Not For Israeli Soldiers?

No, it is not to such bloodthirsty jackals that we look to understand why terrorist incidents in Israel have significantly decreased since the early- and mid-2000s.

No Impartial Observer: Jimmy Carter and the Israel-Egypt Peace Accord

For those with eyes to see, there were hints during the 1976 campaign of the troubles to come.

The Significance Of The Balfour Declaration

One of the proximate results of the Balfour Declaration was an influx of Jewish immigrants, primarily from Eastern Europe, which only served to exacerbate Arab opposition to the Declaration.

The Bernice Chronicles: A Son Makes Aliyah

It was a war that would change the country's destiny. It would also change the destiny of Joshua Schwartz of Teaneck, New Jersey.

Reaffirming Israel’s Centrality To Modern Orthodoxy

The flight represented the remarkable diversity of the Jewish people, united by a common thread: each passenger was fulfilling a dream to live in Eretz Yisrael and contribute to its culture and its burgeoning economy.

Developing The Special Bond

We have neither of the mitzvos at this point. The tefillin were sold and the esrog is invalid. Let us at least have shalom bayis [marital accord and harmony].

Sukkot And The Nations

It is a world in need of atonement, which means a redirection of its energies and objectives.

The Mysterious Nature Of Yom Kippur

Moses, when he saw the frenzied partying and dancing before the calf, threw down the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments in a fit of rage, shattering them into small fragments.

Keeping Our Eyes Open

Why are our concerns during the rest of the year limited to ourselves and our close family, to our own narrow social group and to our immediate geographical environment?

Rosh Hashanah Cards Of WWII And The Holocaust

Most of these cards were hand-drawn and, as such, uniquely reflect the thoughts of writers extending holiday wishes from the depths of hell.

TV And The Holocaust

Shandler acknowledges that in the years immediately following the war, the Nazis’ systematic assault on Jews was not yet understood as a singularly distinct historical phenomenon.

The Bernice Chronicles: The Schwartzes Of Teaneck

Living more than two miles from the only Orthodox shul in Teaneck, the family joined the Conservative Teaneck Jewish Center a few blocks away.

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