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Offshore Woes and Southern Discomfort
 
Israeli Court Rules: Priceless Kafka Collection Goes to Israel’s National Library

July 8, 2015 - 2:30 AM
 
IDF Tunnel Warning System to be Fully Operational in Days

July 7, 2015 - 11:59 PM
 
Exclusive: First IDF Cyber-Defense Program Opens at Yeshiva

July 7, 2015 - 9:01 PM
 
Shas MK Begins ‘Three Week’s with ‘Senseless Hate’ against Reform Jews

July 7, 2015 - 7:04 PM
 
NBA Star’s Grassroots Campaign Raises $440,000 to Save Lives in Israel

July 7, 2015 - 6:04 PM
 
IDF to Place Four Elite Combat Units under New Command

July 7, 2015 - 4:25 PM
 
Iran Deal to Miss Fifth Deadline

July 7, 2015 - 3:59 PM
 
Twitter Poll: Voters Prefer an Avocado over Trump in the White House

July 7, 2015 - 3:17 PM
 
Gaza ‘Reconstruction’ Taking Place Underground

July 7, 2015 - 2:45 PM
 
Food Poisoning Kills 45 ISIS Fighters

July 7, 2015 - 2:37 PM
 
Ryanair Flying to Israel with Big Boost to Negev

July 7, 2015 - 2:25 PM
 
Iran’s Rafsanjani Reiterates ‘Israel Will Be Wiped Off The Map’

July 7, 2015 - 2:05 PM
 
170 Hamas Men Arrested in PA Sweep of Judea, Samaria

July 7, 2015 - 12:59 PM
 
Yad Vashem Wins the Oscar for Schindler’s List

July 7, 2015 - 12:33 PM
 
Israeli Eye Surgery Breakthrough Uses Stitch-free Cornea Transplants

July 7, 2015 - 11:43 AM
 
No Entry to Jews on Temple Mount for 10 Days

July 7, 2015 - 10:42 AM
 
Iranian Expert: Khamenei Says No to Signed Deal as Iran Already Getting All it Wants

July 7, 2015 - 4:16 AM
 
Russia Steps Up in U.S.-led Nuclear Talks with Iran

July 6, 2015 - 10:52 PM
 
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel Cuts Cost of Milk

July 6, 2015 - 10:17 PM
 
New Elite IDF Commando Unit to be Formed

July 6, 2015 - 9:57 PM
 
‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

July 6, 2015 - 9:39 PM
 
Tel Aviv’s Handshake With China, Doing Business with Iran

July 6, 2015 - 7:24 PM
 
F.A.O. Schwarz Closing Flagship July 15 on NYC’s Fifth Avenue

July 6, 2015 - 6:46 PM
 
Shin Bet Foils ISIS Terror Cell in Negev Bedouin Town

July 6, 2015 - 5:39 PM
 
EU Receives Warning ISIS Infiltrating Among Migrants

July 6, 2015 - 4:22 PM
 
President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

July 6, 2015 - 2:19 PM
 
Rabbi Riskin Delivers Harsh Criticism of Chief Rabbinate

July 6, 2015 - 2:12 PM
 
Obama Trying to Make US Leftist Jews “Mainstream’

July 6, 2015 - 1:34 PM
 
Hamas Returns Cell Phone Service to Gaza

July 6, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
Iranian-Backed Terrorists Tried to Stage Massive Attack in Jordan

July 6, 2015 - 11:05 AM
 
Police Crack Israel-Palestinian Authority Egg-Smuggling Ring

July 6, 2015 - 10:16 AM
 
Samsung Establishes Development Center in Israel

July 6, 2015 - 9:57 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Arabs Trying to Burn Down Israel

July 6, 2015 - 9:31 AM
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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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Posted on: May 23rd, 2014

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Many go about the business of living frum, observant lives, but they are only going through the motions.

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Posted on: May 9th, 2014

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Lately I have been hearing quiet grumblings from people who admit that they regret not encouraging their sons to get a post-high school education after a year or two of learning.

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Posted on: April 11th, 2014

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While it would seem from his question that he is being chuzpadik and dismissive, I wonder if its possible, if just maybe, he is a struggling, confused neshama who actually wants to come back to the fold.

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Posted on: March 28th, 2014

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A young lady in her early 20’s, “Sarah” was redt to “Shlomie” a boy from her home town who learned in an out-of-town yeshiva. The families know each other well, which in today’s shidduch scene is a big plus – since it was therefore unlikely the kids would “fall in” due to misinformation and misinterpretations.

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Posted on: March 14th, 2014

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I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I have to do what is right for me – as long as it’s “ halachically kosher” and doesn’t negatively impact on others – and not worry too much about what others think.

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Posted on: February 28th, 2014

SectionsMagazineOn Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that is precisely what almost always happens in situations where a reference knew someone had serious but hidden emotional issues, but did not reveal the information to the person making inquiries.

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Posted on: February 14th, 2014

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Time never stood still for anyone – why would I be the exception? In my hubris, I thought that somehow I would live forever – and I suspect we all have secretly felt that way, even though we know it’s a fantasy.

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Posted on: January 31st, 2014

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One can argue that forgetting something on a regular basis is a sign of advancing age and it’s time to for a neurological evaluation, but based on the number of young people who need to replace a lost smart phone (too bad it’s not smart enough to warn its owner that that they have become separated – or is there an app for that too?), I safely can say that losing “stuff” cuts across the generations.

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Posted on: January 17th, 2014

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For quite a few days in late December, Toronto was transformed into a breathtaking – literally and figuratively – frigid winter wonderland, where every twig, leaf, car door, and outdoor wire and cable was totally encased in ice. When the sun shone the landscape was blindingly brilliant as if billions of diamonds had been glued to everything the eye could see.

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Posted on: January 6th, 2014

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Outside is a winter-white wonderland replete with dazzling trees, wires, and sidewalks seemingly wrapped in glittery silver foil. It’s quite lovely to look at, which is about all I can do since I’m stuck indoors. Icicle-laden tree branches are bent and hunch-backed by the frozen heaviness of their popsicle-like burden, and the voices squawking from the battery-operated transistor radio I am listening to are warning people not to go out since walkways and roads are extremely slippery, and there is real danger from falling trees.

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Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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The necessity of speaking up when you “have a hunch” applies even more when it comes to shidduchim. One little girl did just that – she said something – and I was fortunate enough to be in town for the very joyful, lively wedding that resulted from her speaking up.

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Posted on: December 6th, 2013

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Let me begin by congratulating my dear machatunim, Soraya and Jay Nimaroff, on being the recipients of the Community Service Award at the Sderot Hesder Institutions 18th annual anniversary dinner.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

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The Hebrew month of Kislev has a special, albeit bittersweet, significance in my family, as it is the month my father was born and passed away.

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Posted on: November 8th, 2013

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But even though their medical situations were similar, how they mentally dealt with their new status quo was often as different as night and day.

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Posted on: October 25th, 2013

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How confusing it was growing up with conflicting messages. On the one hand, we were told, even admonished, to eat everything on our generously piled up plates (it was a sin to waste food), yet we were made to feel like we were a lower form of human being if we were overweight.

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Posted on: October 11th, 2013

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While in New York recently, I was invited to see a performance of "Waiting for Godot" – a multi-layered play on the human condition that I was introduced to in high school. What was fascinating and unique about this particular production was that this renowned play was being performed in Yiddish - with English and Russian subtitles beamed onto a screen for non-Yiddish speakers. (Staged by the New Yiddish Rep, at the Castillo Theatre, and directed by Moshe Yassur, it stars Shane Baker, David Mandelbaum, Rafael Goldwaser, Avi Hoffman and Nicholas Jenkins.)

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Posted on: September 25th, 2013

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Now and then my Bubby would open up about what she went through in the camps, of what she witnessed... From time to time she would talk about her baby sisters - twins - and how she would sew them identical dresses and braid their hair the same way challenging everyone to guess who was who.

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Posted on: September 13th, 2013

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Our community has a very different mindset - we live to have children. Each child is considered a bracha - a priceless commodity to cherish and nurture.

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Posted on: August 30th, 2013

SectionsMagazineOn Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer

I read an article recently that described the fascinating phenomenon of mainstream, well-educated, responsible men and women deciding not to have children. According to the article, these people have given the matter a great deal of thought and have come to the conclusion that parenting is not for them.

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Posted on: August 16th, 2013

SectionsMagazineOn Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer

Now and then you read or hear of a tragedy – typically a car accident - where those involved are suffering from life-threatening injuries or unfortunately have lost their lives. Frequently, in the initial reports, the victims remain nameless “pending notification of next of kin.”

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