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Israel’s Transportation Revolution is Underway

27 Tammuz 5772 – July 17, 2012
It is no secret that transportation development has suffered neglect and lack of promotion in the past two decades. Until recently, roads have not been revamped, the train's route was not developed, and traffic jams across the country intensified due to an increase in the number of private vehicles. Lately, however, Israel has witnessed developments everywhere. Across the country, from north to south, there are new roads, interchanges have been built, railroads placed and more.

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Four: ‘Thou Shall Not Murder’

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
The Zionists were happy to have Tevye and his family join them. Feeling no pain from the vodka, Tevye invited their young leader to sit alongside him in the wagon. In a feeling of brotherhood, he even offered him a drink. Ben Zion refused. Alcohol, he said, was a drug which the wealthy class used to keep the peasants content in their religious stupor. He and his friends were drunk with the spirit of freedom, so who needed vodka?

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Three: Off to the Promised...

13 Tammuz 5772 – July 3, 2012
Tevye saw him when they reached the outskirts of the village. At first he wasn't sure, but when he saw Hava keep turning her head, his suspicions proved true. It was Hevedke Galagan, the Russian who had stolen his daughter, the gentile she was supposed to have left – he was following the procession of Jews as they made their way down the bumpy dirt road.

Summer Safety

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
While for many of us summer is synonymous with vacation, relaxation and a time for a well deserved break from the rigors of the daily grind, the dog days of summer bring with them the need for an extra dose of vigilance as we head for the pool, fire up the barbeque or just spend our days enjoying the great outdoors.

Big Men, Little Man

29 Sivan 5772 – June 19, 2012
The Combat Engineering Corps is greeted by a jubilant little fellow after completing their treacherous trek for their gray berets. The Combat Engineering Corps symbol...

IAEA Expert Killed in Road Accident in Iran

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
An International Atomic Energy Agency expert lost his life in a road accident in Iran on Tuesday, the Iranian Mehr News Agency reported. According to...

An American Odyssey (Part 9)

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
On Sunday morning, after breakfast at the Elite Café, we loaded the van, filled the gas tank and travelled the famous Route #1 from Los Angeles toward San Francisco, along the Pacific Ocean coast. It was the 4th of July weekend and the narrow route was crowded with miles of RV’s, campers and fellow travelers. Traffic was a bit slow along the way.

National Union Recess Tour

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
The National Union went on the road this week, despite the Knesset's recess. Faction members visited Naot Kedumim and pledged to increase awareness of the Biblical landscape reserve. They also visited Ateret, where they were shocked to see a new access road being built by Arabs in Area C, an area under Israeli civilian and military control.

Kindliness: A Reflection Of Hashem

14 Nisan 5772 – April 5, 2012
After months and months of rebellion, Pharaoh finally admitted he was wrong. The Dos Zakainim explains that the plague of barad moved Pharaoh more than any other. And it was because of one factor: Moshe had warned him that the hail would kill anything living. Again and again, Moshe cautioned Pharaoh to take his livestock and his slaves inside. Because Pharaoh was repeatedly warned to save the living creatures, he was moved and recognized his error.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part VI)

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
The popularity of the rise of chassidus did not go unnoticed by those who did not share the same allegiance. As long as the movement was limited to the commoner and isolated in a few pockets of Poland no one perceived it as a threat. But all of this had changed by 1772.

Who’s Watching Anyway? (Me’ilah 2b, 9a)

If you pay only $5 or if you creep back, retrieve your $10 bill and make off with the money and the flowers. Doing that would be a breach of trust.

Settlers: On Road to New Palestinian City We’ll Be Moving Targets

25 Adar 5772 – March 19, 2012
Jewish residents of the Benjamin region fear the new connection of the road leading to their home with a road connecting the Arab city of Ramallah and the Rawabi luxury real estate project, burgeoning to the south of their settlements. "We know the wild manner of driving of many of the Palestinians," one settler said. "Put them here on the road, and they'll turn it into a major traffic artery, with us as moving targets."

Video: UFO in Rishon Lezion, Israel, Sky?

15 Adar 5772 – March 8, 2012
A resident of Israel's central region driving last night on the Ayalon Highway spotted two unidentified objects glowing in the sky, and decided to pull over and capture the strange phenomenon. "It was unusual, I was shocked and could not stop myself," he told News 2. "I never believed it but now I think again." Watch the documentation: an illusion or a discovery?

Shidduch Challenges – How To Find The Right One

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Several weeks ago, in response to a letter from by a young woman in her thirties who wrote of the painful plight of singles, I wrote a column that has since mushroomed into a series of articles.

An American Odyssey (Part 4)

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
“Remember the Alamo” was an important lesson in history class when I was a child and this was our first visit. It was a bit unimpressive but we enjoyed the History Channel movie about the Alamo in one of the rooms.

Sensitivity Of A Tzaddik

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
Yaakov Avinu spent the final seventeen years of his life in Mitzrayim. While there he lived in peace for the first time in many years and remained in that state for the rest of his life. Near the end of his days he called in his beloved son Yosef and made an impassioned request: “Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim.”

Divided And Broken

I have always been proud of the Jewish people, even when I wasn’t Jewish. I’m a convert. I looked up to the Jews, to their strength in times of trial, to their faith when giving up all hope would have been more practical.

New, Severe Traffic Enforcement in Israel

7 Tevet 5772 – January 2, 2012
New measures to enforce driving rules announced by the Israel Police Traffic Division, the Knesset, and the State Prosecutor’s office this week will mean severe punishments for driving infractions, and a significantly increased likelihood of being caught committing them.

Big Bang On Glenbrook

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
For 10 years our front door was 35 feet from the busiest road leading in and out of Morristown, New Jersey. Zoom, zoom, zoom…one car after another going 40-50 miles per hour, not only during the morning and afternoon rush hours, but all week long. Even when we stood by our front door, we had to yell at the top of our lungs to call to our children who were playing in our tiny front yard.

Coming Out Of The Cancer Closet (The Conclusion)

29 Shevat 5771 – February 3, 2011
Back in the fall of 2002, nine years after my initial diagnosis of thyroid cancer - and hearing for four years that I was cured - my doctor found, to his great surprise a lump in the area where my thyroid used to be. The pathology report indicated that I had recurrent metastatic thyroid cancer.

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