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Jun 13, 2018, 7:35 AM
My father carried a gun most of his adult life
FATHERS DAY: I am older now than Dad lived to be, and I think of him every single day.
Jan 1, 2018, 7:54 AM
Another year… another year
In this, my first article in the new secular year 2018, I remember how my mother used to describe the annual calendar change. “Another year….another year.” Will 2018 be any different than 2017? The happy-go-lucky cuckoo Americans and foreign tourists...
Dec 12, 2017, 6:02 PM
Starlight and menorah light: Three Hanukkah teachings about holy darkness
I. There’s a custom to gaze at the menorah, to receive its light as the purest of gifts. Gazing at the Hanukkah candles or oil lamps becomes a kind of fixing for the eyes, a training in how to see....
Dec 4, 2017, 6:40 PM
It is now over a week since Thanksgiving but we are still celebrating. Although we all try to be equitable about sharing the holiday, most of us are lucky to have assorted parents and other relatives all of whom would...
Nov 30, 2017, 11:52 PM
Encountering Truth, Complexity, and Memory
“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” — Elie Wiesel We’re in the time now between Thanksgiving and Chanukah, a time when American Jews sense two histories behind us, an...
Nov 28, 2017, 10:56 PM
Giving Tuesday Roundup: My Favorite Jewish Charities and Why You Should Give to Them
You know that a week is special when half the week has unique, semi-official names. With Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday behind us, we have officially entered into Giving Tuesday. For people still looking to find a Jewish charity to...
Nov 24, 2017, 10:13 PM
Comprehensive Activism: The Art of Detail in Supporting the Refugees of Ritsona
During this holiday season, it is so important that we remember all that we have to be thankful for, and that there are so many out there in the world that struggle, worry, and wait to find their home. In...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Nov 24, 2017, 12:44 AM
The mothers named all of the tribes
After each tribe was born, Yaakov did not get involved in naming the children. His wives were given the space to choose each child’s name and speak from the heart as they explained its significance: Leah’s first four sons: Reuven: “God...
Nov 23, 2017, 7:53 PM
Today, November 23, most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a paid federal holiday. All government offices and financial markets are closed. We will gather together with family and friends, eat turkey and other traditional foods, watch football...
Tzippy Cohen Perlstein
Nov 23, 2017, 12:59 PM
Thanksgiving of biblical proportions
I consider myself an Orthodox, practicing Jew. I try my best to keep the commandments relevant to me. Some come easier, even naturally, while others require some effort. One of those Mitzvot that come a little easier is that of...