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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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Kirk Douglas’ underground tunnel to the Playboy Mansion is no April Fool’s joke

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Meet the new ‘Jewish Oprah’

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Ron Kampeas A business held by Alexander Granovsky, a Ukrainian-Jewish businessman battling a lawsuit, will remove “World Chabad” from the name of an affiliated entity. ... [Link]

At historic L.A. synagogue, songwriter pushes interfaith harmony and urban renewal

Anthony Weiss Craig Taubman’s Pico Union Project is working to turn a century-old synagogue downtown into a home for the whole community. ... [Link]

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