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Why I Chained Myself to the Temple Mount
 
Stoning Attacks Damage Israeli Bus, Private Cars

January 18, 2017 - 11:05 PM
 
US Secy of State Won’t Attend Inauguration of Next President

January 18, 2017 - 10:13 PM
 
Israeli Professor to Lead Int’l Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

January 18, 2017 - 9:29 PM
 
Saudi Arabia ‘Optimistic’ on Incoming Trump Administration

January 18, 2017 - 9:15 PM
 
Egypt Demands Hamas Hand Over Terror Suspects

January 18, 2017 - 8:47 PM
 
Viruses ‘Overheard’ Talking to One Another

January 18, 2017 - 8:36 PM
 
ISIS Teams With Hamas, Starts Media Center in Gaza

January 18, 2017 - 8:23 PM
 
Bomb Threats Again Close JCCs Along America’s East Coast

January 18, 2017 - 8:03 PM
 
OU’s Torah In The City Offers Blueprint For Future Events

January 18, 2017 - 7:38 PM
 
President Rivlin Getting Pacemaker

January 18, 2017 - 3:15 PM
 
Watch: Bedouin Terrorist Ramming Police [video]

January 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM
 
Rightwing NGO: Fake News, Years of Incitement, Led to Murder of Israeli Policeman

January 18, 2017 - 2:25 PM
 
Otto Freundlich, Len Lye, Lygia Clark, Blinky Palermo in Israel Museum’s The Shadow of Color

January 18, 2017 - 1:56 PM
 
Obama Appoints Anti-Israel Adviser to Holocaust Museum Council

January 18, 2017 - 1:18 PM
 
Obama Pardons General Who Leaked US-Israel Cyberattack on Iran’s Nukes

January 18, 2017 - 12:25 PM
 
Knesset Bids Farewell to Outgoing US Ambassador Dan ‘Island of Stability’ Shapiro

January 18, 2017 - 10:59 AM
 
Rightwing Lawyers: Police Collaborated with Arabs to Entrap Jewish Teens

January 18, 2017 - 10:29 AM
 
Policeman Killed, Arab MK Injured in Clashes over Demolition of Illegal Construction

January 18, 2017 - 9:37 AM
 
Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow Also Hope to Deter Trump From Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

January 18, 2017 - 12:53 AM
 
$10 Million Grant Awarded to Museum of Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot

January 17, 2017 - 11:56 PM
 
Humanitarian Aid for Syrians Undermining Assad Propangada, Opposition Leaders Say

January 17, 2017 - 11:26 PM
 
Trump Talks With Boeing CEO on F-35 Fighter Jet Competitor, Air Force One 2.0

January 17, 2017 - 10:44 PM
 
Israel-Egypt Border ‘Smart’ Fence Raised to 8-Meter Height

January 17, 2017 - 9:39 PM
 
Polish President Brings Stone From Warsaw Ghetto to Grave of ‘Hero’ Yoni Netanyahu

January 17, 2017 - 8:25 PM
 
President Rivlin Bids ‘Farewell’ to US Ambassador Shapiro

January 17, 2017 - 7:38 PM
 
Arab Terrorist Decides ‘Too Many Israeli Soldiers’ To Carry Out Attack

January 17, 2017 - 7:28 PM
 
Terror Attack Stopped at Crossing Near Tulkarem

January 17, 2017 - 6:49 PM
 
Border Guard Officers Foil Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem

January 17, 2017 - 4:28 PM
 
Knesset Debates Kashrut Monopoly and the Calls to Privatize It

January 17, 2017 - 4:07 PM
 
Elbit Awarded Close to $17 Million for BrightNite™ Systems to NATO Country

January 17, 2017 - 3:19 PM
 
Critically Wounded Armon HaNatziv Soldier Improving

January 17, 2017 - 2:52 PM
 
Undercover Video Shows Group Planning Stink Bombs at Trump Ball [video]

January 17, 2017 - 2:16 PM
 
Netanyahu Tells Knesset Session Honoring Shimon Peres: ‘Peace Will Not Be Achieved at Futile Conferences’

January 17, 2017 - 11:54 AM
 
Watch: IDF Soldier Brutally Attacked by Illegal Migrants [video]

January 17, 2017 - 11:22 AM
 
Ben Gurion U. Scientists Offer Intriguing Theory on Joshua’s ‘Sun Stand Still’ Miracle

January 17, 2017 - 10:54 AM
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On Our Own/Cheryl Kupfer
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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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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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