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Before The Deluge: The Jews Of Holland (Conclusion)

15 Iyyar 5773 – April 24, 2013
Under the influence of the Age of Enlightenment, the cultural union “Toalet” was formed, which published a number of works of by Hebraic scientists and works of fiction. In recent times, the Jewish-scientific movement has found its stride with the “Union of Jewish Science,” which was founded by S. Seeligmann, a historian and a bibliophile. In its university library, Amsterdam possesses a most valuable Jewish section, the so-called “Rosenthaliana,” which was named after the philanthropist Leiser Rosenthal, who was the father of the Baron von Rosenthal.

Informational Interviewing – Your New ‘Best Friend’

10 Iyyar 5773 – April 19, 2013
One of the best aspects of the frum community is our dedication to chesed. From a myriad of organizations to shul committees to neighbors doing whatever they can do to help those in need, chesed is one of the main pillars of our community.

‘He Had A Vision And Was Always Right’: The Life Of A Ukrainian Jewish...

9 Iyyar 5773 – April 18, 2013
Single-minded and dutifully on a mission, Leah Shmist is sitting at her mother’s kitchen table in Ashdod, sorting through a box of papers. Her father, Dr. Aharon Arkady Shmist, was among the first Jewish lay leaders in Ukraine who began to rebuild the Jewish community as soon as Mikhail Gorbachev initiated Perestroika and Glasnost in the mid 1980’s – allowing for greater freedom to religious groups. Much has been written about Shmist, documenting his work as a Jewish lay leader, and now his daughter Leah says she wants to complete the last project he was in the middle of before his untimely death.

A Show Without a Camera

8 Iyyar 5773 – April 17, 2013
On my third visit to the annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show, I did not take any pictures.

Machon Ayalon – Pre-State Clandestine Bullet Factory

3 Iyyar 5773 – April 12, 2013
About four years ago a group of orthodox senior citizens from Bnei Brak arrived to tour the Ayalon Institute. One woman seemed to be exceptionally moved and cried a lot. Nearly two week later, she sent a letter to the Institute explaining why. She wrote that she was a Holocaust survivor and between 1943 and 1945 she had been a forced laborer making bullets to help the Nazi cause – bullets that were used many times against Jews. After the war, she had concentrated on raising a frum generation, suppressing all the terror of those horrendous years in order to do so.

Unsung Heroes: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Jewish Music Business

26 Nisan 5773 – April 5, 2013
I know this is supposed to be a consumer column, but let's face it. We have all just spent the last few weeks preparing, cleaning and shopping until our credit cards begged for mercy and our family members have started wondering if Windex is our new signature scent. The last thing anyone wants to be thinking about right now is buying more stuff, making home improvements or otherwise planning ahead.

The Hazan Family: Formerly Of Neve Dekalim; Now Of Nitzan

“My name is Itzhak Hazan. I was raised in a traditional Jewish family in France. I initially came to Israel in 1977 as a lone backpacker and felt an immediate attachment to the people and country. I realized that there was a difference between the French culture in which I was raised and Jewish culture.

Reading Emma Lazarus In Hong Kong

19 Nisan 5773 – March 29, 2013
It started as my daughter’s third grade assignment: choose a person to write about, preferably an American, preferably a Jew. We were going to do just that. I intended to help my daughter choose the topic and then to back away yet, Emma Lazarus ended up drawing me in.

The Jews Of Iran & Afghanistan

15 Nisan 5773 – March 25, 2013
The present kingdom of Persia, which recently officially took the name “Iran,” encompasses a region of over 1,640,000 square kilometers with about 15 million inhabitants. The most important cities are the capital Tehran as well Tabris, Mesched, and Isfahan (the former capital).

A Special Winery’s Special People

9 Nisan 5773 – March 20, 2013
JERUSALEM – Since he was a kid growing up in the town of Kiryat Tivan, Roy Itzhaki would regularly see them in the street, on their way to work, in coffee houses, as free as anyone else in the village to live their lives.

Chol HaMoed Walking Tour

5 Nisan 5773 – March 15, 2013
We will start our tour at Agripas No. 12, exactly where the first round stone pot-plant of pansies stands, on the same side of Binyan Klal, but walking towards King George Street and opposite the traffic circle. Entering HaRav Chaim Elboher Alley, we find ourselves in Even Yisrael.

Akko: Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

27 Adar 5773 – March 8, 2013
Always seeking to increase our knowledge of Israel's tourist sites, from time to time, us tour guides take refresher tours.

The Fascinating Hula Valley

15 Adar 5773 – February 25, 2013
The crane is the king of the Hula Valley with welcoming squawks and shrieks of sheer delight from the thousands on the ground and the many hundreds in the skies above. They are surely calling out “Shalom aleichem, my friends, alechem shalom, so glad you arrived,” for it is known that cranes inform each other of favorable domiciles.

Prayer and a Smile

12 Adar 5773 – February 21, 2013
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the home of Little League Baseball, is also the home of the Ohev Shalom Congregation and Rabbi Shaul and Michal Rappeport.

Before The Deluge: The Jews Of Iran & Afghanistan

11 Adar 5773 – February 20, 2013
The present kingdom of Persia, which recently officially took the name “Iran,” encompasses a region of over 1,640,000 square kilometers with about 15 million inhabitants. The most important cities are the capital Tehran as well Tabris, Mesched, and Isfahan (the former capital).

One Blessing Leads To Many More: G-d’s Hand Can Even Be Found In Batches...

In 2001, David Ehrlich, an Israeli promotional filmmaker originally from New York, was down on his luck. He and his wife, Gail, a pre-school teacher, had recently moved their family from Jerusalem to Efrat, but the Second Intifada and a dip in the finances of non-profits had thrown a wrench into his business.

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

5 Adar 5773 – February 14, 2013
Two weeks ago I found myself at the International Conference of Chabad Shluchos in Crown Heights running a program together with my friend Rivka Kotlarsky for 120 Guests of Shluchos – many of them not yet especially observant.

After Long Feud, Shul Evicted From 16th St.

22 Shevat 5773 – February 1, 2013
What may be the final chapter in a long standing debate between a real estate developer and a Manhattan synagogue has been written, as a New York State appellate court judge ruled in favor of developer Jack Braha, owner of the building, and denied the Sixteenth Street Synagogue's interim stay of eviction, enabling Braha to oust the synagogue from its home of 67 years.

Rivka Shech – Formerly Of Moshav Gadid; Now Of Be’er Ganim

The family: My name is Rivka (Teitlebaum) Shech. I have 3 grown children and I’m divorced. Background: My parents, my sister and I came to Israel from Hungary in 1950. We entered at Haifa Port and were taken to the Bat Galim immigrant transit camp. I was 1½ years old at the time and my sister was 4.

Watch: Behind the Scenes and Underwater – a Jewish Video Hit

16 Shevat 5773 – January 27, 2013
It’s not every day that a chassidic singer, a guitarist and a drummer find themselves submerged in six feet of water.

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