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Deborah Fineblum, JNS
Deborah Fineblum, JNS

‘Healing the souls’ of neglected Israeli children

Many a third-grade memory features vacations with family, swimming with friends or getting a new puppy. But Chofit remembers another sort of life. One marked by extreme...

Saluting ‘Smoky’ Simon, a hero of the War of Independence

Nothing really prepares you for the Smoky smile and the twinkle in an eye undimmed by nearly a century on earth. And when Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s...

Shauvuot celebrations at Kibbutz Emek Yizrael

Celebrating Shavuot with kids

It’s one of the most dramatic scenes in the Torah, as amazing as the splitting of the sea. Imagine the Master of the Universe coming down to Earth in an astounding...

Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

Lag b'Omer festivities on Mt. Meron in northern Israel, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

From caves to shaves: the Lag b’Omer Top 10

By Deborah Fineblum Lag b’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays — though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following...

A look inside Jerusalem's new Hebrew Music Museum.

The Hebrew Music Museum: Two Levys’ dream

By Deborah Fineblum, JNS Is it a coincidence that the two people most intimately involved in creating the Hebrew Music Museum are both Levys, descendants of the ancient...

Why fast on Yom Kippur?

By Deborah Fineblum, JNS HERUT Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only 10, but somehow she was able to make it through the whole day. “I...

Lag b’Omer…when I was a kid

By Deborah Fineblum, JNS ONE of Pnina Newirth’’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’’Omer. But this was no ordinary family...