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Journey of Larry and Cindy Halpern

Journey of Larry and Cindy Halpern

IN 1993, Ahron Wasserman, then a yeshiva bocher, called Larry Halpern, head of Safe Systems, Inc., about a Shabbat-compliant home alarm system for his father Rabbi Isaac Wasserman, dean of Yeshiva Toras Chaim.

This was the first time that Halpern was asked to put in a home alarm unit for a Sabbath-observant family — and he went to work immediately.

Halpern and his wife Cindy, who were in the process of transitioning to Orthodox Judaism, did not regard the request as unusual. “Our systems are very customizable,” he tells the Intermountain Jewish News. “It was no problem.”

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Kosher Living

A primer for Passover cleaning

Cleaning for Passover is a daunting task because of this fundamental stringency: Since leaven is not a forbidden food — not like pork — a Jew is used to eating leaven all year round. On Passover it would be easy to dip into some leaven by accident. Therefore, all leaven must be destroyed, not merely set aside. To this the Sages added an additional stringency: Leaven is forbidden in the smallest amount (mashehu). For both of these reasons . . . cleaning is the order of the pre-Passover seaso...
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Kosher Living

Modern pre-nups in Jewish law

Modern pre-nups in Jewish law Are pre-nups an extension of the ketubah? Do they prevent the agunah problem? A nice Jewish boy, Neil Sedaka, one had a number one hit with a song about a truism: Breaking up is hard to do. Anyone who has broken up with a boyfriend or girlfriend knows this to be true — not to mention those who have had to endure a divorce. Without going into the myriad and only too well-known reasons why such separations are hard, the sad truth is: there is hard, and then there’s really hard....
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Kosher Living

Is there a real health rationale behind kashrut?

Is there a real health rationale behind kashrut?Kosher living. When it comes to how we eat, what does it mean? The plain answer is following Jewish dietary laws of kashrut, which govern what we eat and how food must be prepared. But for some, kosher living is not merely a set of rules, but a guideline to healthy living. According to Jewish law, kashrut is classified as a hok, or a commandment for which no reason is provided. We fulfill the commandment because it is G-d’s word, not because we understand it. Nevertheless, despite this classi...
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L'Chaim (Spring)

1968: History Colorado looks at the year everything changed

1968: History Colorado looks at the year everything changedMANY MOONS have passed since I navigated the troubled shoals of 1968. The year that changed the world in ways we never anticipated changed me forever. While I’ve never misplaced that time, memories hit like a tidal wave after visiting the History Colorado Center’s “1968 Exhibit,” a historical, visual and sensory timeline of 12 months in the life of America. But I get ahead of myself — or behind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Shana Goldberg, assistant publisher of the Intermountain J...
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Op-Ed: Holocaust education is for memory and action

Phyllis Greenberg Heideman Seven decades after World War II’s end, we must find a way to ensure that the stories of Holocaust survivors are passed on in their absence, the chair of the March of the Living International Ad... [Link]

Hundreds march in Prague against anti-Semitism

mbrodsky The 12th annual “March of Good Will” was organized by the Czech branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a Christian Zionist group. ... [Link]

Abbas: Arab-Israeli lawmakers to meet with Arab League in Cairo, Doha

Marcy Oster The Palestinian leader made the statement in Ramallah during his second meeting in less than a month with Ayman Odeh, the head of Israel’s Joint Arab List political coalition. ... [Link]

Poland wants apology for FBI chief saying Poles were complicit in Nazi atrocities

Marcy Oster The U.S. ambassador to Poland will be summoned to Poland’s Foreign Ministry, where he will receive a “note of protest and call for an apology.” ... [Link]

Poles mark anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto uprising

Marcy Oster Many of the hundreds on hand wore paper daffodils pinned to their clothes, symbolizing the memory of the uprising. ... [Link]

Netanyahu and Putin exchange warnings on potential arms sales

Marcy Oster Netanyahu said Israel views with “upmost gravity” Russia’s proposed sale of missiles to Iran a day after Putin warned Israel against selling arms to Ukraine, which Israel floated as ... [Link]

Netanyahu to meet Rivlin, seek extension for coalition building

Marcy Oster Under Israeli law, the head of the party who garnered the most votes in national elections has 28 days to form a coalition and can request an extension of 14 days. ... [Link]

Palestinian Authority to receive withheld tax revenues without Israeli deductions

Marcy Oster The P.A. has refused the transfer of the tax revenues because Israel wanted to deduct some of the money to cover the Palestinians’ debts for utilities and hospital bills. ... [Link]

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