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Spiritual Cafe: Fighting The Sin of Forgetfulness
 
Netanyahu, Kahlon Cut Taxes to Spur Sluggish Economy

September 3, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
Attempted Lynch Attack on 5 US Jewish Tourists in Hebron, Saved by Local Arab

September 3, 2015 - 8:03 PM
 
A Jewish Family’s Search To Save a Daughter With Familial Disautonomia

September 3, 2015 - 7:23 PM
 
Head of Joint Arab List Hospitalized with Chest Pain

September 3, 2015 - 6:28 PM
 
Pres. Rivlin Meets in State Visit with Pope Francis at Vatican

September 3, 2015 - 6:08 PM
 
French Investigators Rule ‘No Evidence’ Yasser Arafat Murdered

September 3, 2015 - 3:48 PM
 
Analysis: New Pew Report Has Seen the Jewish American Future and It’s Orthodox

September 3, 2015 - 3:08 PM
 
Knesset Approves Budget in 1st Voting Round as Shas Threatens to Pull Support

September 3, 2015 - 2:29 PM
 
Australian PM in Trouble for Saying ISIS Evil Worse Than Nazi Evil

September 3, 2015 - 2:25 PM
 
Unabashed Hungarian PM: Muslim Refugees a Threat to a Christian Europe

September 3, 2015 - 2:21 PM
 
Upgraded Counter Terrorism Bill Passes First Knesset Reading

September 3, 2015 - 2:07 PM
 
Unique 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagus Found at Ashkelon Building Site

September 3, 2015 - 11:16 AM
 
Father of Naftali Bennett, Jim Bennett, 73, Passes Away

September 3, 2015 - 10:10 AM
 
IAF Strikes Hamas in Gaza After Gunfire on Netiv Ha’Asara

September 3, 2015 - 9:02 AM
 
Sen Cotton in Israel: ‘It Isn’t Over ‘Til the Votes are Counted’

September 3, 2015 - 12:36 AM
 
Shemitah Doomsday Predictions, Blood Moons, Happy 5776!

September 3, 2015 - 12:18 AM
 
Israeli Budget Passes First Reading 57 – 53

September 2, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
Arab Terrorist Shot Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

September 2, 2015 - 10:51 PM
 
Update: Gaza Gunfire Hits Israeli House

September 2, 2015 - 10:25 PM
 
UNRWA Teacher in Jordan Promotes Hatred of Jews on Facebook

September 2, 2015 - 10:00 PM
 
Secular Leftists Applaud New Hareidi Minister

September 2, 2015 - 6:56 PM
 
President Rivlin Flies to the Vatican

September 2, 2015 - 6:39 PM
 
Maryland’s Sen. Mikulski Gives Obama Magic Number for Iran Deal

September 2, 2015 - 5:36 PM
 
Netanyahu May Allow Soldiers to Shoot at Terrorists

September 2, 2015 - 4:15 PM
 
Government Decides not to Abandon Gush Etzion Memorial Park

September 2, 2015 - 3:55 PM
 
Israeli Beekeepers Help Make New Year Sweeter for President and First Lady

September 2, 2015 - 3:25 PM
 
Biden Combining Iran Deal Push with Possible Presidential Campaign, Both Involving Jews

September 2, 2015 - 2:59 PM
 
IDF: Hamas Using Building Materials to Dig Terror Tunnels

September 2, 2015 - 2:50 PM
 
Three Opposition MKs Resign to Pursue More Exciting Careers

September 2, 2015 - 2:37 PM
 
Update: Missing Teen Found Safe, Police Thank Israeli Public

September 2, 2015 - 2:20 PM
 
Netanyahu’s Grandfather’s Tombstone Smashed in Mount of Olives Arab Desecration

September 2, 2015 - 1:41 PM
 
Anti-Semitic Bank Card Emerges in Norway

September 2, 2015 - 12:23 PM
 
Researchers Ponder World’s Oldest Qur’an – Is It Older Than Mohammad?

September 2, 2015 - 11:13 AM
 
Bad Day for Nuclear Iran Deal Opponents

September 2, 2015 - 4:48 AM
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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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Posted on: September 23rd, 2009

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In my previous column, I wrote that helping to foster a positive self-image in one's children is the greatest gift parents can give them. Similarly, self-like (not to be confused with narcissistic self-worship) is a key component in having a successful life.

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Posted on: September 9th, 2009

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The new school year is starting and parents across the board are busy getting their children ready for school. New clothing, books and study aids like calculators have been bought and bus service and car pools organized. As the year progresses parents will do whatever it takes to help ensure their offspring do well in their Limudei Kodesh and secular studies, including helping with homework or even enlisting a tutor.

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Posted on: August 26th, 2009

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Last time I wrote about the misguided attitude toward sports and exercise that seemingly permeates many frum circles. Some askanim view physical activity as unnecessary, needlessly diverting precious time from Torah study.

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Posted on: August 12th, 2009

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A recent article that appeared on the haredi website, yeshivaworld.com, described how askanim in Israel had approached HaRav Aryeh Yehuda Leib Shteinman, shlita, armed with a kol korei against vacations during bein hazmanim. Their goal was to get his haskamah in their mission to stop bachurim from doing what they felt was an inappropriate and wasteful use of time - hiking, swimming, nature walking, sightseeing, etc. (generally vacationing from their studies).

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Posted on: July 29th, 2009

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Maybe because Tisha B'av was on our minds, as were recent dismaying events both in Israel and closer to home, but what had started as a relaxed, light-hearted lunch with friends took a dark turn when someone mentioned a recent tragedy involving a young child. Another friend shared an equally horrible story. We acknowledged that lately we all had heard of so many "umglicks" - horrific events afflicting members of the community.

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Posted on: July 8th, 2009

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The other day, while schmoozing with a friend, the conversation (as chats often do) turned to food. My friend talked about a delicious dish she had eaten as a guest during Shavuot. She mentioned how she planned to replicate it in her kitchen, but hadn't gotten around to it yet.

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Posted on: June 24th, 2009

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Like most people on this planet whose abodes are wired to electricity, I have a computer and go online. It is amazing to me that information on any subject or on any matter can be instantly retrieved with a few clicks of a mouse.

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Posted on: June 10th, 2009

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Human nature is such that we tend to procrastinate the attainment of important milestones and goals, such as an education or a shidduch. This is so because we delude ourselves into thinking that we have all the time in the world.

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Posted on: May 27th, 2009

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I wait at the airport for the arrival of my youngest son, along with his wife and baby. Upon arrival, they will rent a car and make their way in an unfamiliar city to his oldest brother's house.

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Posted on: May 6th, 2009

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My mother's recent yahrzeit after Pesach, coupled with Yom HaZikaron and recent Yom Tovim and Shabbatot spent with my children and grandchildren, has cemented my belief that I was robbed of a major life asset - my grandparents. While I knew that having them was a life-enhancing relationship, I didn't truly comprehend it until I became one.

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Posted on: April 22nd, 2009

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Over the years, I have been to many, many theatrical productions, most in Toronto, some in Israel and of course, in New York - on Broadway, off-Broadway, and even off-off Broadway. At times I have been entertained, amused, moved, and educated by what I have seen ( and on the negative side, sometimes bored or disgusted or angered) but I don't think that I have ever been imbued with a much needed sense of hope.

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Posted on: March 18th, 2009

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I know Purim is over, but Megillat Esther is so rich with lessons on how people should live their lives - along with the consequences of not doing so - that I wish to share one of the many wisdoms that I have gleaned from reading it. I believe that the world wouldn't be in the mess it is in - economically, socially and spiritually - if people would only open their eyes to the megillah's masterful insights on how to behave.

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Posted on: March 4th, 2009

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In many countries around the world it is required by law to put warning labels on products, activities or places that can cause injury or death. Thus the labels of many medications and foods or items, such as cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, contain strong warnings on them saying that they are harmful. Likewise beaches that are unsafe to swim in due to a strong current, lack of a lifeguard, or high bacterial count also have signs posted cautioning people not to go swimming. Hospital rooms that contain radioactive products have signs warning about entering.

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Posted on: February 11th, 2009

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I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

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Posted on: January 28th, 2009

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In my case, the answer to the above question is, "Yes, too much pressure (in my case blood pressure) led me to indulge in not so smart (actually stupid) "avoidance" behavior.

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Posted on: January 14th, 2009

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For me, the moments before sundown every Friday evening are like a "mini" Yom Kipper.

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Posted on: December 17th, 2008

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I recently became a bubbe again with the birth of a granddaughter, Kayla Elisheva.

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Posted on: December 3rd, 2008

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I recently had the good fortune to be able to attend a musical in New York City that was entirely in Yiddish, a presentation of the National Yiddish Theatre Folks­biene.

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Posted on: November 19th, 2008

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Many of us, especially those who are in mid-life, have weathered certain "storms" in our lives - some easier to cope with and "get over" than others.

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Posted on: November 5th, 2008

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The first half of the following poem is loosely based on a true situation as shared with me by a very close friend whose family "culture" was to "good- naturedly" tease one another or make gentle fun of each other's looks and actions.

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