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She wants to light candles

Dear Tzviling,

I moved to Long Island last year and decided to send my daughter Naomi to a Hebrew Day School even though we are not religious.

Before Rosh Hashanah she comes home excitedly saying her teacher taught them about lighting candles and wants them to light before Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

What do you think I should I do?

Linda of Great Neck

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View From Denver

Werner and Lucie waited seven years

DR. Werner Prenzlau was a respected physician and mohel in Denver. Quite formal. Quite charming. Quite distinguished. He died in 2001.His wife Lucie, nee Spitzer, is a former a nurse. Quite charming. Quite distinguished. Quite the matriarch, with generations of her descendants healing the sick or studying Torah around the world.That is now.This was then: He, crossing three continents. She, climbing a rope ladder to an American ship in the waters off Port Said, Egypt.In the middle of World War II...
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View from Central Park

Coming up short

ONCE the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to terrorist Yasir Arafat, I knew it was, on some level, utterly meaningless. At the same time, one might argue that Obama’s selection was batel b’shishim, “nullified in 60,” as the halachic principle goes when a forbidden substance is outnumbered by a ratio of 60:1.Because if you look at the long list of distinguished Nobel Prize laureates, many worked tirelessly — for decades — to make the world a better place.Well, friends, Romans and country...
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Jewish on Earth

Sukkot harvest: organic or petrochemical?

SUKKOT, the harvest holiday, provided a good time to remind ourselves about how much we depend on petroleum products for our industrially-produced food — for the fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, and for the fuel to power irrigation, farm machinery, processing plants, shipping and distribution systems, and the car you drive to the store to buy it.Sukkot was also a good time to look at the s’chach draped over our sukkah roofs, and remind ourselves of our available local reso...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:22 )

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View from Central Park

A different Sukkot

I WON’T lie to you and tell you that I don’t miss the holiday of Sukkot in Israel. I won’t pretend that I don’t long for that Jerusalem landscape of beautiful, hand built, wooden sukkah bungalows, artistic fabrics structured into little huts, or elegant garden lattice gazebo-like charms filling every space, every nook and cranny of the city, as far as the eye can see. On balconies, in courtyards, in apartment building lots . . .  just everywhere. It’s that tangible and magical Sukkot ...
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