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Former Astronaut U.S. Senator John Glenn Dies at 95

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Israel, Honduras Sign Agreement to Upgrade Bilateral, Security, Technological Ties

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EU Bans Iran’s Aseman Airlines From European Air Space

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Update: 2 F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jets to Arrive Monday in Israel [video]

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Israeli Manufacturers Warn New APC to Cost Thousands of Jobs if Made in USA [video]

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Remembering Ezra Schwartz, hy’d, By Creating a Garden at Oz veGaon

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Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

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Germans Pulling Breitbart Ads

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CAMERA Reports AFP Journalist Takes Active Role in Fatah Politics

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ThyssenKrupp AG, Maker of Israeli Submarines, Suffered ‘Massive’ Cyber Attack

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Heirs of Jewish Art Dealer Sue Bavaria over Works by Beckmann, Klee, Gris

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Holocaust Banknote Forger Adolf Burger Dead at 99

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Report: 10% of Israeli Public Servants Are Olim

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Arrangement Act Protecting Judea and Samaria Communities Approved in Preliminary Vote

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Terrorist Neutralized in Attack at Tapuach Junction

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Netanyahu to Hollande: Suspend Peace Summit, I’ll Meet with Abbas

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Netanyahu to Discuss UN Voting Record During Visit to Kazakhstan

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UK Neo-Nazi Found Guilty in Anti-Semitism Trial

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Hamas Diggers Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse Near Israel’s Southern Border

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Wannabe Mugger Nabbed After 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Hits Back [video]

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‘Except Amona’ Regulations Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

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Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz Hospitalized in Jerusalem

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TIME Magazine Chooses Donald Trump as ‘Person of the Year’

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Haifa’s Arab Food Festival Brings Jewish and Arab Chefs Together

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New Zealand PM, Son of Holocaust Refugee, Resigns

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Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

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Reports: Israel Attacked Syrian Airport Overnight [video]

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Trump Tweets Japanese Billionaire to Invest in US, Creating 50,000 Jobs

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Yesh Din NGO Insists No Remedy for Amona Jews, Only Full Demolition, Eviction

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Sharpton Pushing Democrats to Go to War over Trump Nominations

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Israel Approves PA Import of 5 Armored Jeeps

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Lessons In Emunah
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Posted on: July 18th, 2012

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I’d like to believe that I at least have average intelligence. And when in need of inspiration or to learn something to facilitate my personal growth, I gain much from adult tapes and books. I’m greatly inspired by the words of the plethora of writers and speakers who target their words to adult audiences; their sentence structure and vocabulary meant only for us grownups. Their valuable lessons are often arrived at through a series of logical steps any adult with reasonable intelligence should be able to follow. And follow I do.

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Posted on: July 11th, 2012

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Feeling more alone than at any time since arriving in New York, I looked inside myself for anything that could anchor me to bring me back to who I was, to move away from illusions of romance to my central sticking point. Suddenly and unexpectedly, being a Jew meant more to me than anything else in the world.

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Posted on: July 5th, 2012

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You don’t become a ba’al teshuvah overnight. There were many events in my life that contributed to the deepening of my religious commitment, including a party I attended with young, beautiful church members who tried to make me one of them, and how I met their “Jewish priest.” (I’ll discuss both experiences during the course of this continuing column.)

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Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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Yom Yerushalayim, a national day of thanksgiving to Hashem for the liberation and reunification of the Holy City of Yerushalayim, is celebrated in Israel with many different meaningful programs. One of them is the annual bike ride from Hebron to Yerushalayim, celebrating the former’s liberation.

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Posted on: June 20th, 2012

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My husband and I are living in our house for over 30 years. We have wonderful neighbors on both sides. The one on the right, a non-frum Jewish couple, lived in their house longer than we’ve resided in ours. We always got along very well with them, as they are unusually kind, friendly and helpful people.

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Posted on: June 14th, 2012

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Zohara was born in Morocco. With her husband, she raised a large family. A busy woman, she always seemed to find time to help others in need. Her daughter, Aliza, told me of the many sleepless nights her mother spent nursing babies. That is not unusual in itself, were it not for the fact that many of the babies she nursed were not her own.

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Posted on: June 6th, 2012

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Huge crystal chandeliers sparkled with points of light that shone like diamonds. Hundreds of ornate, gilded chairs had been arranged on the ballroom’s thick, blue and brown carpet in the palatial Miami Beach hotel. This elegant space had been converted into a temporary synagogue for the holiday.

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Posted on: May 31st, 2012

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Judaism holds that nothing happens by chance, that everything is orchestrated by Hashem. And so it was long ago on a Sunday morning, about a month after Pesach when my father ran an errand for his parents.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

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It was a brisk fall day in late October some years ago when Chavy (name changed) decided that since the weather was perfect she would walk to work. She had, Baruch Hashem, just resumed her work schedule after being home for six weeks due to her maternity leave for the birth of her latest child. She felt the exercise was good for her, as it was only about a half mile to her job. She put all of her work papers into her knapsack and gingerly swung it over onto her back for the trek to work.

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Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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“Mum, you’ll never guess what happened.” My daughter Tammy’s tone of voice at the other end of the phone indicated that it wasn’t something pleasant. “Someone took my baby stroller from the bus. When I went to pick it up and get off the bus, it wasn’t there any more. I couldn’t believe it. Who would do such a thing?”

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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My daughter, son-in-law and three children had reason to move to Buffalo, NY from Brooklyn this past summer. As we watched our grandchildren’s cute little faces peeled and waving through the back window, we knew we were in for a huge adjustment. We knew we would obviously miss them but we also were aware that we gave our children wings to do as they saw necessary (and they saw it necessary to drive seven hours away to their new home).

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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My son lost his backpack when traveling back to his base. He had put it in the hold of the bus in which he was traveling. He would need to replace his wallet, tefillin, clothes, books, phone charger and all of his documentation. Of course the tefillin was the most important item of all. It was a bar mitzvah gift from his grandparents and specially written for him, and we all know how expensive tefillin are. But obviously the sentimental value was irreplaceable.

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Posted on: April 25th, 2012

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It was early evening in Jerusalem. I was exhausted, and thankful that the light rail train had arrived. Along with all the other passengers, I jockeyed for a place to stand where I could place some of my bundles on the floor. At the next stop a seat became available, and I was grateful to be able to claim it.

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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A little more than six months ago, my sister-in-law passed away after battling a serious illness. For more than 30 years she had given symposiums on the Holocaust to youngsters in the Philadelphia area, and we talked about her activities many times on our visits to the U.S. After her passing I was determined to do some kind of volunteer work for Yad Vashem in her memory.

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Posted on: April 12th, 2012

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It was an ordinary day and Dovid (name changed) was preparing to catch the late afternoon EL AL flight to Eretz Yisrael. He had yahrzeit for his father and planned his trip so he’d arrive there just in time to join his brother at the kever. He parked his car in the area that facilitated a faster trip to JFK for his flight. Little did he know that he was being observed by a team of thieves who were “working” the Diamond District that day in order to rob the merchants of their goods.

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Posted on: April 6th, 2012

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It was Moishele, and Itche, and me. We did everything together. We even made our own language, which only we understood. In shul they jokingly called us “the troika,” after the three bishops whose authority extended across Poland.

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Posted on: April 5th, 2012

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It is said that giving charity can save one from death. We also believe that there is no such thing as a “coincidence.”

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Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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The Schwartzes had three vehicles but only two drivers. At any given time the third vehicle, the 2005 red Ford van, could be seen on different driveways throughout the neighborhood – and sometimes even in Miami Beach and Hollywood, Florida. The Schwartzes kept a third vehicle, knowing that not everyone had a car.

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Posted on: March 21st, 2012

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It’s my first moment of wakefulness, and I’m chilled to the bone. Pull the covers over myself, I’m thinking, while I decide to roll over to look at the clock. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m exhausted. But attending morning minyan – even once – is the least I can do.

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Posted on: March 7th, 2012

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I lost control of my car while driving in Brooklyn when a speeding taxi slammed into me. I thought my life was about to end when my car slammed directly into a tree. Baruch Hashem I survived, even though the taxi driver never stopped to help me.

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