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Mar 26, 2018, 7:49 AM
March for Our Lives and Shabbat HaGadol; my life lived in two places
This is not a memoir or a journal entry, though it may appear to be at first glance. It’s about how I spent last week's Shabbat, my Sabbath on March 24th, 2018. The day known as MARCH FOR OUR...
Sep 26, 2016, 8:52 PM
Devoted Japanese Supporters of Israel, Invite YOU to a Concert!
It's gratifying to learn that Israel and the Jewish people have devoted friends in Japan, despite the fact that BDS is in the air, that anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, and that anti-Israel sentiment remains in the media. There...
Jun 3, 2016, 9:28 AM
An Unusual Home…for a Torah
My mother, Bessie, died on the 11th of Sivan in 1990. Lung cancer claimed her life at the age of 76; she spent the last two months of her life in Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. At that...
May 6, 2016, 8:56 AM
RETREAT! On Passover you can ‘Retreat,’ and then ‘Return!’
When it comes to Passover, the old joke of ‘two Jews, three synagogues’ no longer applies. A visit to a Judaica store or even Amazon will offer hundreds of Haggadahs , and Haggadah source materials, as many as there...
Apr 18, 2016, 11:45 AM
Yom HaAtzma’ut … New York style!
RIDDLE: What Could Be ALMOST as Fantastic for Yom HaAtzma’ut as a Trip to Israel… But Not Be a Trip? Seven years ago master pilot Robert Keleti had the magnificent idea to support Israel on Yom HaAtzma’ut with a unique...
Jan 27, 2016, 8:51 AM
“10, 9, 8, 7, … liftoff!” Remembering Ilan Ramon 13 Years Later
Anyone growing up in the age of Russia's Sputnik, when America's space program literally took off as well, was fascinated with space travel and all that NASA developed in the next decades. Who can forget the day man first walked...
Jan 24, 2016, 10:22 PM
A teachable moment: Anyone Can Do It!
In Judaism, ‘tzedakah’ is the act of giving for charitable purposes; according to the Torah the amount should be 10% of one’s income. Jewish homes often have a box for collecting coins for the poor, and it is common...
Jan 18, 2016, 12:05 AM
The Silence Is Now Broken on the NGO ‘Breaking the Silence!’
On a recent trip to Israel, I had the pleasure of meeting the national bird of Israel, the ‘hoopoe,’ in a Tel Aviv park. While researching this bird, I learned that unlike most other birds, this one has an unusual...
Dec 8, 2015, 9:40 PM
Let the GIANT Menorah Building Begin! It’s CHANUKAH!
Public menorah displays for Chanukah date back to the mid-70s in the US, with the first public menorah in 1974 in Philadelphia and then another much, much larger one in 1975 in San Francisco, both part of the CHABAD...
Oct 30, 2015, 2:41 AM
The ‘Costume Dilemma’
Every year in the fall, just about the time we change our clocks, Jewish families in the US are confronted with the ‘costume dilemma,’ when the Halloween question rears its ugly head. Whether to allow Jewish children to dress up...
Sandy Wasserman is a wife, mother, grandmother- LOVER of Israel and all things Jewish! She is a retired teacher and children's author.