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Portraits of a Heroine

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
Corporal S., hero of the Caracal Unit, in her own words:     "I ran under fire until I got to Netanel. But when I saw his...

Saturday’s Chicago Bar Car Bomb Latest in Ongoing Muslim Attacks on...

4 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Thinking that he had loaded a car bomb into the Jeep Cherokee that he was driving, he parked it outside a bar in downtown Chicago and walked away into an alley after doing everything he thought necessary for it to detonate. Safely distant, he then pressed the trigger mechanism in the presence of the agent, intending an explosion and deaths to follow. He was then arrested. Unknown to him, the bomb was inert and was designed not to explode. A preliminary hearing is set for Monday at a U.S. courthouse in Chicago.

Thoughts Make the Man

20 Elul 5772 – September 7, 2012
Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

The Ravages of Justice

18 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
Here are the refugees from Migron in their relocation camp, in Givat Hayekev. They are cleaning up their new homes, also known as "caravillas" (combination...

A Tale Of Two Friends

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Dear Readers The grass is always greener on the other side. Or is it? Below is a fictional illustration of this human foible – focusing on the perceived benefits in another person’s life while failing to appreciate your own.

Romney, Ryan, Rule

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Following a hard couple of years of campaigning—debating a man who makes pizza, a man who wants to cut off aid to Israel and...

For Love or Money – The Real Cost of a Wedding

9 Elul 5772 – August 26, 2012
Mazal tov! Your son or daughter has just got engaged.

Around The World In Three Hundred Days: Reflections On A Year...

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
As a person who grew up close to New York City, where everything is impressive and accessible, I never felt much of a need to go anywhere. In typical New York fashion, I considered local parks sufficient greenery, and never thought about traveling to places where the sky might be visible or that might have clean air. So it is not surprising that until last year the extent of my world travel consisted of several trips upstate, going to visit friends in New Jersey and Connecticut, and a couple of trips to Boston.

It’s My Opinion: A Perilous Journey

30 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
A dilapidated old boat recently came ashore in South Florida. The rickety vessel was a small, old fishing boat. Eighteen passengers were crammed aboard. Its engine was recycled from an old Soviet automobile and had a fuel leak. A tree branch propped up the sail. The hull was cracked.

Why Your Best 20th Birthday Present is a Pension

27 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
You’re never too young to start planning for retirement.

Olympic Runners Would Die…

24 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
I wonder if anyone in the Olympics has thought of the reality that people in Israel's south live with every day.

The Children Are Ready

19 Av 5772 – August 7, 2012
Yishai is joined by Rabbi Chiam Richman, executive director of the Temple Institute to talk about a recent video produced by Richman's organization along with the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish People.

Misunderstanding Anger (Part II)

9 Av 5772 – July 27, 2012
In Part I, we discussed how misunderstandings trigger anger and how different people can see the same trigger differently. I wondered if we could identity a common denominator in most disagreements and if so, was it possible we could eliminate teen aggression, couple aggression and arguments between friends, family and peers? Is there a way to bring about fewer altercations, better family unity and understanding between people with less arguments and fighting?

Rocket Hits Eshkol Region

2 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
A rocket from Gaza hit the Eshkol region in an open area at 2:49PM on Friday. No injuries or damage was reported. Perhaps they thought...

Three Reasons To Buy Dividend-Paying Stocks

28 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
Have you thought about investing in dividend-paying stocks? As the name suggests, these are stocks that pay out a certain percentage of the company’s earnings as a dividend periodically (usually quarterly) to the investor. Recently, dividend-paying stocks have received a good press in publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Have you considered why dividend-paying stocks might be good for you?

Free Stock Trades Can Make You Lose Money. Here’s Why.

26 Tammuz 5772 – July 15, 2012
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Words As Weapons: Learning To Use Words Positively

24 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
Just a few days ago, I bumped into a former student in the supermarket. When she saw me, she stepped away from her shopping cart full of fruits and vegetables and warmly hugged me. “Mrs. Schonfeld, I wanted to tell you something that you said to me a few years ago that has stayed with me until today.” We had worked together on social skills to help her feel more comfortable when meeting new people. I tried to jog my memory and remember something specific I had said to bolster her confidence, but nothing particularly stood out. Instead, I smiled and said, “Yes, Sarah, what was it that I said?”

Shopping For Priestly Garments

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
I receive letters and e-mails every day from all parts of the world. Sadly, there is no shortage of problems. Pain and suffering abound. How to navigate the turbulent waters of the world we live in is a challenge for everyone.

Let’s Do Lunch

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
A homeless man feeds a cat on the streets of Nachlaot, Jerusalem. We were looking for a cheerful image this morning, but one that won't...

Midrash and Talmud

10 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
Man is seldom satisfied with his life. Even when he has done great things, amassed vast amounts of wealth and achieved great fame, he still yearns for more and his soul is not fulfilled. "No man dies with even half of his ambition fulfil­led," say Chazal.

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