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9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy, the Blums still had no electricity. They had run extension cords to a neighbor's house to power some basic items, like the fridge and telephone, but the protracted living without power was taking its toll on the family.

Our Friend, Adversity

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
It is painfully difficult to start and end the hectic day seeing my daughter wander, almost lifelessly, from room to room and sibling to sibling with no desire to venture out into the scary world of society. With her bundle of strengths and weaknesses, and despite my countless pep talks, our 27-year-old daughter chooses to spend most of her time in the comfort and safety of our home. That is until recently, when terrible loneliness finally pushed her out the door.

Wedding During War

Last Wednesday evening, Miri and Daniel were savoring their last few hours together for the week because, as Ashkenazi Jews, they would not see each other during the week preceding their wedding. Shortly before they were to say good-bye, Daniel's phone rang. He answered it, and learned he was being called up for military service.

Letter from the Front: The Dean of Lander College for Women...

While spending Shabbat with her family in Jerusalem, Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D, dean of the Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW), and the vice president for Online Education at Touro College, heard the piercing sound of an air raid siren, a warning that a rocket attack from Gaza was imminent. The following is a letter she sent to the students of LCW about her harrowing experience:

My Great Grandmother

6 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
If you look up the word "role model" in the dictionary you will find the following definition: "a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

The Morally Reprehensible ‘Iron Dome’ – Hamas’s Best Friend

Israel and the world have become one dysfunctional family, with the crazy member being the Gaza Palestinians.

In Thousands of Israeli Homes, Wives Await Return of Reservist Husbands

4 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
When asked if she feels safe living in Haifa, far away from Gaza and it’s rockets, Elisheva says, quite simply, "no place is safe."

Social Networking And The Blended Family

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
It still amazes me how the Internet has completely changed our lives and how we view communication these days. My children hardly believe me when I tell them that there was a time when being in touch with someone, meant we actually saw them, spoke to them on the phone, or wrote them a letter and mailed it.

Rocket Attacks 8-9 a.m.

From personal messages received from family and friends, and from scanning the online sources - here are the rocket attacks, just in one hour this morning.

Host a Family from Israel’s South

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
You can help a family from Israel's south this Shabbat.

More Beautiful than Everest

29 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Last week, I drove with my wife toward the coastline to do a little seaside touring. As we were driving there, she mentioned that someone in her family was going for a vacation to Austria. “Austria?” I blurted, nearly losing control of the wheel. “Why would any Jew in Israel want to go to Austria?”

Hashem’s Power

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
On October 29th, the verdict was revealed As we faced what was destined as the Din was sealed With a storm that echoed the words we know to be true of B'Rosh Hashanah Yikaseivu.

Talking to Myself

Ever since I started this question-and-answer column, people have been coming over and asking me questions. Baruch Hashem, right?

We Are All Children Of One Creator

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
It was the mid ‘60s and I was living with my mother and brother in public housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. We moved there from Brooklyn a decade earlier to be near my mother’s family when my father died suddenly of a stroke.

Israeli Jewelry Entrepreneurs Give Back to Ethiopian Community

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 6, 2012
The company’s employees are mostly immigrants who have come to Israel from places like the United States, Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. The Levys’ business philosophy is firmly rooted in social responsibility and philanthropy.

Score! Susie Fishbein Strikes Again

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
Your mother may have taught you how to separate an egg and how to dice a mango, but I am willing to bet your mother never taught you to spatchcock a chicken. No, that is not a typographical error.

On The Interface Of Science And Torah Ethics Human Genomics: Scientific...

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
“G-d formed man from the earth and breathed into him a living soul.” The greatest achievement of the biological sciences since that moment in creation...

The Prison Cell Of Laziness

Hashem appeared to Avraham and told him that the people of Sodom were wicked and would be destroyed. The only ones who would be saved were Lot and his family, because of the merit of Avraham. Hashem then sent two malachim, Gavriel and Michoel, to accomplish this task.

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