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Fania Bergstein
 

Fania Bergstein: Immortal Melodies

Posted on: June 28th, 2013

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You planted melodies in me, my mother and my father, Melodies, forgotten hymns. Here I listen to my distant lullaby, Chanted from mother to daughter. Here will sparkle in tears and laughter “Lamentations” and Sabbath tunes. It’s within me that your faraway voices teem. My eyes I’ll close and I am with you Above the darkness of the abyss.

Aviv Tsalik
 

Aviv Tsalik: My Champion

Posted on: June 14th, 2013

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She was a voice on the telephone, a pleasant, friendly voice: “How can I help you?” I had heard this question in the past five weeks more time than I care to remember. As soon as I explained what my quest was the questioner would switch me to another voice on the telephone, then onto another, and another, without any results. This went on daily ever since we moved to a new apartment and wished to have our landline telephone number reinstated, instead of the temporary one arbitrarily assigned by the company.

Devora Omer
 

Devora Omer: ‘Our Fountainhead Of Culture’

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

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An enormous crowd of admirers turned up at her recent funeral. From members of government to those in the arts and sciences, all came to pay their last respects to the beloved author. Minister of Culture Limor Livnat expressed her deep sorrow, and called her "the greatest writer for children and youth in the history of Hebrew literature,” elaborating: “Devora Omer gave unusual expression to values ​​of Zionism and made them an important part of our lives."

Yolande Gabai Harmer
 

Yolande Gabai Harmer: Israel’s Secret Heroine

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

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Moshe Sharett, the head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department, visited Egypt in 1945. In Cairo he met a most remarkable young woman, a beautiful journalist who was the darling of Egyptian high society - from high-ranking military brass, to culture icons and Muslim sheikhs, to the court of King Faruk.

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Margaret Thatcher: A Friend Of The Jewish People And Israel

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the famous “Iron Lady,” often said that her greatest accomplishment was not her work in helping to topple the Soviet Union or being the first British woman to hold the post of prime minister, but rather her efforts “to save a Jewish teenager in Austria from the grasp of Hitler’s terror.”

Irena Sendler
 

Irena Sendler: Let’s Remember A Remarkable Heroine

Posted on: April 18th, 2013

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“I’m no heroine. I only did what any moral person would do,” Irena Sendler protested with understated modesty. “I simply tried to help the people in need.”

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Maurice and Ruchama Cabilo
 

Ruchama Cabilo: Motherhood

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

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Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur, not only on this day but also throughout March to mark the social, economic and political accomplishments of women.

 

“Daughter Of Zion” – Our Historic Right

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

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The Prophet Yeshayahu’s messages of Geula/ Redemption are apt answers to our present-day prayers. They are tailor made for our times. He exhorts the people of Israel to abandon their self-image as aniya soara -- a poor tempest-tossed woman ( 54:11) -- and rise as bat Tziyon -- the daughter of Zion, a nation with a sense of pride and dignity.

Juliette Samama
 

Juliette Samama: Volunteer Par Excellence

Posted on: March 8th, 2013

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Volunteerism is in her DNA. Juliette Samama was born in Tunis, Tunisia, daughter of Rav Ishua Shtrug, the rabbi, chazan (cantor), mohel (circumsciser) and shochet (ritual slaughterer) of the city’s Jewish community. He performed the functions of four men, yet did not draw a salary.

Lyndell Higgins
 

Lyndell Higgins: Dance In The Face Of Hate

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013

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In recent months I have been profoundly affected by the news of growing anti-Semitism in most European countries and in the United States, especially on college campuses. When, at the end of World War II, I emerged a living skeleton from the German concentration camps, I believed that the horror of Jew-hatred was defeated forever. And now, as I watch my grandchildren raise their young families, the news of the ancient hatred’s revival strikes fear in my heart for their safety. For the Jewish future.

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Miriam, The Sister of Aharon

Posted on: February 1st, 2013

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I have always been overwhelmed by the sense of responsibility the message of Har Sinai has placed upon women. The Midrash teaches that the Almighty asked Israel: “What can you give as an assurance that you will keep my covenant?”

 

Exodus: The Invisible Center Stage Of Redemption (Conclusion)

Posted on: January 17th, 2013

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Galut Mitzrayim -- the Egyptian Exile -- has come to epitomize exile in Judaism. It is the ultimate galut, the ultimate exile and it embraces all aspects of the later exiles: displacement, foreign subjugation, powerlessness, and exposure to extreme physical and mental torture.

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Exodus: The Invisible Center Stage Of Redemption

Posted on: January 4th, 2013

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Ask any child who the main heroes of the drama are and he will say, Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon HaKohein. No need to elaborate, the Torah is clear and explicit in assigning these roles. Despite his reluctance, Moshe is singled out for his assignment and so is Aharon. The voice of the Almighty is distinct in reiterating their mission, and they, faithful servants, obey the Divine command and earn their place in the limelight.

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Irene Burg
 

Irene Burg: A Multifaceted Personality

Posted on: December 20th, 2012

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About a year ago, my husband and I joined a new synagogue in Netanya. In the women’s section a strikingly elegant lady caught my attention. Only later, did I come to know that Irene Burg’s looks were only the tip of the iceberg.

Rama Burshtein
 

Rama Burshtein: A Window Into Her World

Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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“Fill the Void” is the title of Rama Burshtein’s film that played to critical acclaim at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and earned seven Ophir Awards -- the Israeli Oscars -- including one for best film and best director, and has become Israel’s entry into the 2012 Oscars' foreign language category.

 

Batsheva Sherman And Yad L’isha

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012

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Yad L’isha - Helping Hand for Woman is a Legal Aid Center and Hotline where free legal advice and representation is offered to women locked in marital prisons who would otherwise have nowhere to turn.

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The Fascinating Life of Our First Matriarch

Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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From the moment she is introduced as Avraham’s young bride (Bereshit 11: 29,30,31) till her death in this week’s Torah portion appropriately titled Chayei Sarah -- The Life of Sarah , the fascinating image of our first matriarch is the subject of many intriguing Midrashic commentaries.

 

Sarah And Hagar

Posted on: October 25th, 2012

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A historical drama unfolds before our eyes in this week’s Torah portion. It is a dramatic confrontation whose impact has shaped Jewish history for thousands of years. Sarah and Hagar, two women – two worlds - faced each other.

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Bereshit: The Triple Birth of Woman

Posted on: October 14th, 2012

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In this week's Torah portion, within the majesty and mystery of creation, the woman emerges in three successive stages.

Sherri Mandell
 

Sherri Mandell: The Blessing Of A Broken Heart

Posted on: October 5th, 2012

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How can one fathom the depths of a mother’s pain upon the brutal loss of her child? Sherri Mendell’s first-born son was viciously murdered near their home on May 8, 2001. How does a mother cope with the news that her spirited thirteen-year-old, while hiking in the neighborhood, was bludgeoned to death by rock-yielding Arabs?

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