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Uriel Heilman, JTA

Military vehicles and cows are common sights in the Golan Heights, but are usually not seen together. (Uriel Heilman)

In Israel’s north, flower bloom, rooms are empty

I live about two hours south of the conflict zone, so when I head toward the border with Lebanon, I’ve got a bit of a drive ahead of me, and I’m not sure where to...

Biden era symbolizes a different Jewish world

WASHINGTON — When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took office as US president and vice president on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Biden was the oldest person ever to occupy the...

United States of Anxiety

NEW YORK — American Jews are anxious. They’re worried about COVID-19, which already has killed a quarter million Americans and is spreading more rapidly as winter...

Israelis are vacationing in their own backyard

JERUSALEM — There’s nothing Israelis like to do better in August than leave the country. The summertime heat is oppressive, state-subsidized Israeli summer camps...

New Rochelle, where NY’s outbreak began, yearns for normal

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — It was during my own quarantine in Israel following an ill-timed trip to Italy in late February that I learned that my parents were stuck in...

Mt. Hermon: Skiing in a military zone

MOUNT HERMON, Israel — Standing on a peak atop Israel’s highest mountain on a dazzlingly bright February morning, I had just stepped into my skis and begun to...

The coal-powered railroad that runs between Durango and Silverton.

A summer travelogue through Southwest Colorado

With soaring mountains, rushing rivers and stunningly beautiful landscapes, Colorado is a summer traveler’s dream. If you’ve got little kids, however, those same...

Brandeis’ Jonathan Sarna: Academic rock star

WALTHAM, Mass. — When Jonathan Sarna was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1999 at the age of 44, it changed his life. Already a highly regarded historian at...

Shmurah — not your average matzah

PASSOVER EDITION 5776 SECTION B PAGE 6 IT COSTS more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’’s so delicate it often breaks in...

A seder with Hillary — shared with Denverites

NEW YORK —— How was Helene and Bob Fine’’s family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night? First lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea...