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Poll: 83% of Israelis Expect Trump to Be Pro-Israel

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Religious Leaders Call for Negotiation, not Legislation on Muezzin bill

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Arab Party Wants Netanyahu Investigated for Incitement over Arsons

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Israeli Military Industries Demonstrate 80-Mile Range Magic Spear Rocket

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Emerging Amona Deal: Compensation for Arab Claimants, Regulations Act Preserved, Evacuation On

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1.1 Million Israelis Volunteered in 2015

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6 Jerusalem Arabs Arrested for Incitement Via Social Networks

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Report: Mall Operator Won’t Hire Bedouin Security Guards

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US Secy Kerry Asks Saban Forum: What’s Your Vision of a Unitary State?

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Amsterdam Police Foil Jihadist Attack on Synagogue While Dutch Lawmakers Hope to Reduce Security Costs

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Trans-Israel Highway Extension Reaches Northern Negev

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Hamas Digger Electrocuted, Killed in Gaza Terror Tunnel

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Firebombing and Stoning Attacks Kick Off New Week in Israel

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Finance Committee Approves Long Term Savings for Every Child Retroactive to Jan. 2015

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Arab Media Report Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishermen

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Yesh Atid Calls to Dissolve Israel’s Parliament

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PM Netanyahu Seeking 30-Day Amona Expulsion Delay

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Report: Leftwing Reporter Tried to Derail Religious Brigade Commander with False Accusations

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Not Trusted to Evict Jews? IDF Plans Relocating Haredi Troops from Amona Vicinity

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Netanyahu to Cabinet: ‘Working Overtime’ in Search of Amona Solution

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PM Kicks Out Habayit Hayehudi MK for Saying Netanyahu Isn’t Rightwing

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Israeli Chasidic Rebbe Permits Use of Filtered Internet, Smartphones

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Hamas Holding Emergency Drill in Gaza

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Friday Night Infiltation into Beitar

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Police Arrest Jewish Man for Saying Sh’ma Israel [video]

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Egypt Destroyed 7 Gaza Smuggling Tunnels

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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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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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Posted on: October 22nd, 2008

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When my oldest grandchild, Penina Bracha, was born three years ago on Yom Kippur, the fact that there was now a third generation in the family - two after me, didn't really have any major impact on how I viewed myself.

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Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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Every year as we sit in shul during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we make a chesbon nefesh - a reckoning of our actions and reactions.

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Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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It's hard to believe Rosh Hashanah is just days away. It seems like we were just putting away our Pesach dishes and hoping that the looming summer months would not be too unbearably hot and humid.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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According to the Talmud (Ta'anit 30b-31a), on the 15th of Av unmarried girls would dress in plain white clothing, so that those from wealthy families could not be distinguished from the poorer ones.

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