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Rabbi Rosenfeld

Ezekiel the prophet links Noah, Daniel and Job together (14:14) as righteous men. What was the connection?

Rashi and the rabbis explain that these three men saw their worlds destroyed, and then somehow found the wherewithal to rebuild. Noah, on a universal level (the utter destruction of civilization, then its subsequent rebuilding); Daniel, on a national Jewish level (from a Temple in its glory to its destruction, exile and then its rebuilding); and Job, on a personal level (painfully bereft of his flourishing personal life, only to find a way to rebuild a new one).

These three individuals were witnesses to the painful collapse and devastation of a world, and to living through its unlikely rebuilding.

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Like vertical shards of colored glass

When I first moved to Israel as a twenty something, I found myself one day preparing for an autumn holiday, wanting to make a fruit salad. The fruit salad I had always made was inspired by my mother’s recipe, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and cantaloupe, with an orange citrus and mint sauce to go with it. I searched high and low for the fruits so I could make this delicious and refreshing fruit salad, but alas, there were none to be found.
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The Boss of the Plains

The Boss of the PlainsYee-haw! It’s here. The National Western Stock Show. And last Thursday at noon, under a perfect blue Denver sky, with the charming and vintage silhouette of a pale gray Union Station and its orange lettering, its clock, and Mount Evans looming far behind it, towering over the crowd, the annual Stock Show parade hit Seventeenth Street.
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The pen is mightier than the sword

As a human being, as a Jew, and as a writer, I stand in solidarity with the heartbreaking tragedy at Charlie Hebdo. Adding to that, like my fellow writers, I bleed ink. It is that fire in the blood of every writer to share the story, to make people think, truth or consequence, that aside from the profound tragedy and loss of life in this week’s painful Paris, it is the writers’ way that has come under attack. I feel personally touched seeing the crowds at Paris’ Republic Square holding p...
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Funny {VIDEO}

WELL, IF politics doesn’t work out for MK Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Communications, he can always pursue comedy instead. By now most of you have probably seen his catchy campaign “I’m Sorry” video. Like him or not, agree with him or not, Bennett’s video was funny. To sum it up, you basically see this Israeli hipster guy, his pug by his side, apologizing to the entire Tel Aviv....
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