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'Where are you, oh my hamsa?'

'Where are you, oh my hamsa?'

THANKSGIVING WAS a cold, snowy affair this past November. I cleaned off my car several times that afternoon in order to see my way clearly to Chris and Lisa Leppek’s house. From there, they would transport me to our host’s residence in the Highlands.

As people made final preparations to depart, I was sitting on the couch when I felt something slip from my neck. It was the chain that held my hamsa — and the hamsa was gone.

I searched the floor and retraced my footsteps through the living room. Then I went to my car. Heavy snow covered the ground. If my hamsa was buried beneath those rising white mounds, I would never find it.

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A man's view of childlessness

A man's view of childlessnessDOZENS IF not hundreds of books have been written about the childlessness of Jewish women — and the stories are told from their perspective. But in his recently released volume, The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness (Toby Press), Elliot Jager explores a topic that to his knowledge has never been deeply examined before: childlessness from the vantage point of Jewish men. “Pater” is the Latin word for father. The author, a former editor at the Jerusalem Post, tackles his relati...
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One-armed soldier rejoins IDF combat reserves

One-armed soldier rejoins IDF combat reservesJERUSALEM — The hardest part was loading the assault rifle. That’s not because he was a newbie, unaccustomed to the workings of a Tavor rifle. Rather, 1st Sgt. Izzy Ezagui had lost an arm in combat. He’d overcome seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles and got a posting on a base in the Negev. His next challenge began: He had to prove he could still fight.
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Hummus with a side of politics

Hummus with a side of politicsTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Like many Israelis in Europe, Yuval Gal and Muawi Shehadeh decided to market their hummus restaurant specifically to health-minded vegetarians. A Jew from Tel Aviv and an Arab-Israeli from Nazareth, the duo this year began peddling their native country’s signature chickpea paste at an eatery in this city called Love & Peas, which Gal, 36, says specializes in “green, healthy foods.”
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Hollywood's Holocaust survivors share their memories

Hollywood's Holocaust survivors share their memoriesLOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. The project, released on Dec. 16 online and in print, includes emotional, revealing video interviews with the subjects, including director Roman Polanski and producer Meyer Gottlieb. Director Steven Spielberg, the founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, wrote an essay for the feature. Below is a look at some of the s...
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