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The soldier who led Yom Kippur services in Saddam’s palace

ATLANTA — Near the start of the Iraq War in 2003, David Goldstrom found himself leading a Yom Kippur service for about 50 soldiers in one of Saddam Hussein’s former...

Who is the headless Sukkot celebrant?

By Chen Malul, National Library of Israel In 1661, a book of Jewish customs was published in Amsterdam. Uri Weibash originally wrote Minhagim (“Customs” in Hebrew)...

‘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...

Ceen Gabbai

Growing up Jewish in Iraq

NEW YORK — When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking. The year...

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...

Rabbi Sanford Akselrad (Josefin Dolsten)

Rabbi says image of ‘sin city’ is off

LAS VEGAS — Congregation Ner Tamid is located a half an hour drive away from the Las Vegas Strip, where each luxury hotel seems more extravagant than the next and even...

Rosh Hashanah identifies an irreplaceable humanity

By David Bashevkin Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind. But if Rosh Hashanah is indeed the collective birthday of humanity, why do we celebrate with all...

Ahead of Yom Kippur, Mayim Bialik’s mea culpas

By Mayim Bialik In the Reform synagogue I was raised in, they taught us a song around the Jewish New Year: “Let’s be friends. Make amends. Now’s the time to say...

Transnistria: ‘It’s like a time machine’

TIRASPOL, Transnistria — Officially, this disputed sliver of land between Ukraine and Moldova is called the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. But to visitors to...

Jewish day schools are investing in special needs

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5780 SECTION D PAGE 8 By Stacey Ilyse NEW YORK — About five years ago, Jennifer Rosenberg faced a conundrum. As head of a Jewish day school in...