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Entire Family Incinerated in Rehovot Fire

4 Nisan 5772 – March 27, 2012
Less than two weeks before Passover, a terrible disaster destroyed an entire family in a fire that consumed a two-room housing unit in the...

Migron Settlers Signed Evacuation Agreement ‘With a Gun to our Head’

18 Adar 5772 – March 12, 2012
Some 13 years after its establishment, and six years after the court case on the settlement's legality began, all the residents of Migron, a large outposts in Judea and Samaria, arrived Sunday night at their local synagogue and signed an affidavit to be submitted to the court, committing to leave their homes voluntarily and without any forced eviction in three and a half years.

As Netanyahu and Obama Meet: In Post-‘Arab Spring’, Israel is not...

10 Adar 5772 – March 4, 2012
Whether or not Israel builds another porch in Jerusalem or for that matter entire new communities beyond the Green Line has no impact on the resolution of the problems in Egypt, Syria and the rest of the states on the neighborhood.

Extensive Action in Gaza “Imminent”

26 Shevat 5772 – February 19, 2012
Israel Defense Sunday Morning quoted sources in defense circles saying a new ground attack in the Gaza strip is "only a matter of time." Overnight...

Egged Buses Return to Mea Shearim

5 Kislev 5772 – December 1, 2011
Tuesday, saw a cautious attempt by the Egged company to return lines 1 and 2, albeit with heavy police escort. While most of the ride went off without a hitch, a few youths did hurl stones as the buses drove through the community.

Jews Weren’t The Only Ones Who Heard Leiby’s Cry

3 Av 5771 – August 3, 2011
In my last column I wrote about Leiby Kletzky and what I experienced when I made a shiva call to his family. My plan was to continue writing about this tragedy and focus on what we must learn from it and do. In the interim, I received a letter from a non-Jewish reader and felt I should share it.

It’s My Opinion: Teshuvah

2 Elul 5770 – August 11, 2010
As the month of Elul approaches, Jews all over the world anticipate the New Year. Rosh Hashanah is an intriguing time. The notion of teshuvah (repentance) is pivotal to the holiday.

Keeping Time With God

14 Iyyar 5770 – April 28, 2010
This story was told by Mrs. T., a woman in her 60s who I've known for three years. Mrs. T. attends my synagogue and sisterhood functions. Over the years, Mrs. T. always appeared to be shy and tense. She rarely spoke and usually had worry lines between her eyes and around her mouth. When she and her family first moved to our neighborhood, her husband also attended synagogue. However, he suffered from a chronic illness that kept him home on many a Shabbat.

Caf? Roma: Great Food In A Great City

1 Nisan 5769 – March 26, 2009
Nestled away in the Upper West Side lies a kosher restaurant that is choc-full of great options. Besides their unique pineapple pizza and blueberry knishes, Caf? Roma also offers a variety of tasteful basics, such as pizza, calzones, bourekas, baked goods, ice cream, and more.

A Mother’s Lament

20 Kislev 5769 – December 17, 2008
I recently became a bubbe again with the birth of a granddaughter, Kayla Elisheva.

Acknowledgement And Empathy; The Caffeine Of Emotions

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
When we are exhausted but must continue doing whatever it is that needs to be done, we can usually rely on a jolt of caffeine to keep us on task.

Hallandale Beach Mikvaos Project Moving Quickly

19 Av 5768 – August 20, 2008
The three Mikvaos Mei Menachem under construction in Hallandale Beach are being built at a rapid pace, and should be completed, G-d willing, in time for the Jewish New Year 5769.

Time To Retire A Derogatory Term

9 Iyyar 5768 – May 14, 2008
The other day I met a young Orthodox Jew who approached me in Manhattan to say hello.

Something From Nothing

1 Elul 5767 – August 15, 2007
On June 27, 2001, a single mother and her son landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel for a two-week vacation. The plan was that she would go to a seminary and he would go to day camp. Neither of them knew a soul in Israel, nor did they know any Hebrew and next to nothing about Judaism.

The Desire For Help – The Need To Be Independent

25 Tammuz 5767 – July 11, 2007
A well spouse must be independent. There is often no partner to call on for help, physical or mental, and so s/he is left to make all the decisions, carry all the heavy things, make all plans and preparations on her own.

Oceanside, N.Y. – To Be Young Again

11 Tammuz 5767 – June 27, 2007
Youth is the key to a Jewish community. Sure, there are snowbird synagogues, but bocce ball and bingo aren't going to attract young couples.

Summer Travel To Poland (Part II)

27 Sivan 5767 – June 13, 2007
When traveling, it is best to do a little homework first - the more you know and prepare for a trip the more you will get out of it.

Hollywood, Florida – Hooray For Hollywood

5 Sivan 5767 – May 22, 2007
When most people think of Hollywood, they think "lights, camera, action," along with images of movie stars, celebrities and the Lakers.

Jewish Roaches

27 Elul 5766 – September 20, 2006
Cockroaches are not usually associated with Judaism. They might show up unwanted during Pesach cleaning.

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