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A Generation of Children Growing in the Shadow of Gaza’s Terror Rockets

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
Almost half of Sderot’s preteens suffer from signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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.

Dog Saves Owner from Rocket Strike

5 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
For Alex Leibowitz and his wife Olga, parents of four, the rocket attack could have had much more serious consequences had it not been for their dog, Louisa.

The Ache in the Heart

4 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
Over time, the incredible connection that began when they were within you stretches.

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

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."

Rockets on Gush Etzion – A Personal Story

4 Kislev 5773 – November 17, 2012
We were walking to shul on Friday night when the siren went off. I had to quickly decide which was closer, running to shul, or running home...

Chinese Lanterns In The Sukkah

3 Kislev 5773 – November 16, 2012
A Hong Kong symphony of sounds fills the air as local laborers shout across the shul courtyard in Cantonese while tossing bamboo in a pile for the sukkah: Filipino maids chatter in Tagalog hovering over the children in their charge, the radio of the Nepalese gurkhas, the Synagogue security, crackles and jackhammers provide the background music. The thick air and humidity within the walls of the partially constructed bamboo sukkah sharply contrasts with the crisp fall air of Sukkot in the northeastern corridor of the United States, where the sukkahs of my childhood were laden with dried fruit and autumn color. Dozens of colorful miniature Chinese paper lanterns dangle from the sukkah and here replace the burnt orange and golden gourds of autumn.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
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Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returning Home

IDF Radio confirms that Israeli Embassy staff in Egypt are returning home due to security concerns. It's not known if Israel's ambassador will be returning...

Do They Stay or Do They Go?

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
Conflicting reports on IDF radio. Egyptian sources claim entire Israeli diplomatic staff returning home to Israel. Reuters says that the embassy staff are remaining...

Light In The Face Of Darkness

As I write these words I am still in my new adopted home. Originally I came to my wonderful friends’ warm apartment with the intention of staying just overnight and I did not even bother packing. My children kept pressuring me – “Ima, you have to go!”

Egyptian Foreign Minister: Israel Mast Stop Bombing Gaza Immediately

Amid rumors that Egypt is planning to send home the Israeli ambassador to Cairo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Amr issued a statement Wednesday...

Life in Southern Israel: A Student’s Blog

Greetings to all, my name is Nachalah, I am a 24-year-old student. I am studying communications and graphic designing at Sapir College… Sapir College in Southern Israel is under fire, situated near Sderot and the surrounding Kibbutzim, where the bravest children in the world live.

Gangster to Be Charged in Haredi Abduction, Rabbi under House Arrest

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Israel's police will charge renowned gangster Charlie Abutbul with kidnapping a Jerusalem Haredi yeshiva student. Rabbi Meir Fadida, who is suspected of involvement in the abduction of the yeshiva student, has been released from police custody and is under house

Marriage Compromises

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Dear Dr. Yael: I am struggling in my marriage after just five years. I am, by nature, a very outgoing person. I love to go out with friends and have people over for Shabbos meals. My husband, on the other hand, is quieter and would rather be home and stick to our routine. This causes a great deal of friction; between work and the kids, I do not have much of a social life and always want to invite people over or go out with other couples.

Road To Recovery

Dear Brocha, As I write this letter I am overcome with emotions. Relief, fear, trepidation, elation…the feelings are all jumbled up inside of me. Please allow me to back track. My daughter, who recently turned 20, just left to rehab. After four years of denial, lies, manipulation, anger and chaos she finally admitted she has a problem with alcohol.

Chief Rabbi: Stop Ingesting Pesticides to Avoid Bugs

Some of the supervised, ‘bug-free,’ leafy vegetable growers are using higher levels of pesticides than allowed by Health Ministry standards.

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.

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