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Tel Aviv won’t change nor should it
Israelis are being pulled in two dramatically different directions, one devoutly Orthodox and the other passionately secular
The Book of Kohelet and a cup of joy
Sure, Ecclesiastes pitches existential dread, but its clusters of optimism remind us that there’s a time for everything, even coffee
Strong back, soft heart: Yom Kippur 5784
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Instead, it highlighted the harm this government is wreaking, not just on Israel’s democracy, but on its Jewish character
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The Battle for Judaism’s Soul on Tel Aviv Streets
I grew up in a traditional household in Tehran, Iran, where my parents frequented the Orthodox Iraqi Jewish synagogue, Ettefagh, in the Laleh Park district of Tehran. Men occupied the main floor for prayers, while women sat in the...
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Cease Fire! A Memory of the Yom Kippur War
The prosthetics ward of Tel HaShomer Hospital was in a lightweight Quonset hut. During the cease fire, twenty beds lined the walls, each filled with a young man who had lost a limb during the Yom Kippur War. My kibbutznik...
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Sukkot: Opening our Eyes to Blessing and Responding in Joy
One of my favorite Chasidic folk tales is the story of the house that is too small. A tiny room, the parents can no longer stand the six children running around making a ruckus. Sleepless and exhausted, they are...
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for Etta Abrams Glazier (1902-1991) Apron—I can hear your voice written in your penciled script on the envelope I saved for many years, tucked under lace-edged handkerchiefs in my dresser drawer. Apron—a single word —told me I would find folded-tissue patterns for the florals, prints, and plaids, fashion-fresh...
Sep 29, 2023, 6:28 PM
How a Jew shot to posthumous fame in Tunisia
He lived in an obscure suburb of the French town of Besançon, spending his meager busker's earnings on food for his pet cats and dogs. Since he died in 2013, no one has combed through the shambles he left...
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The Public Prayer At Habima Square
Last Saturday, the day before Yom Kippur eve, I attended the demonstration in Jerusalem in front of the President’s Residence. It was a respectful and welcoming demonstration of pluralism, with participants including both religious and non-religious individuals from various...
Sep 29, 2023, 6:16 PM
Spiritual Food and Marrying Up Kiddushin 47-49
47 Spiritual Food This daf continues the halakhic discussion of betrothal using money forgiven from a loan. As we explained on Daf 46, a woman cannot be betrothed by allowing her to keep money she had previously borrowed. This is because...
Sep 29, 2023, 6:07 PM
Emotion and Motion
Let’s say you come to two different lines in the Post Office. One is moving quickly but is longer. The other is shorter but moving a lot slower. They will both take the exact same time for you to...
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Ordinary German Men Murdered Jews During Holocaust
Four million Jews were murdered in German extermination camps or succumbed to hunger and disease in Nazi ghettos during the Holocaust. A further two million Jews were killed by German firing squads, mainly in the Soviet Union and Poland. The...