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A South Korean woman and her child read Talmud-themed books at a Seoul bookstore. (Tim Alper)

The chavruta comes to South Korea

By Tim Alper SEOUL — In 2014, Kim Hye-kyung found herself staring into an educational abyss. The mother of two lives in study-mad South Korea, a nation where parents...

Arlan Preblud

‘We Don’t Waste’

A Denver boy is riding the bus to school. The buzz centers on music, girls and sports — but he’s too worried that he will go to bed hungry for the third night in a...

Canadian Jewish soldiers in Palestine with workers and children from Ben Shemen on Tu B'Shevat in 1919.(Israeldailypicture.com)

Tu b’Shevat — as we know it — got started in Nebraska

By Hizky Shoham It’s a little-known quirk of timing and history that the transformation of Tu b’Shevat from an obscure kabbalistic holiday can trace its origins to a...

Cnaan Liphshiz at Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp Market, Jan. 5, 2018.

Synagogue going inspires dumpster diving

AMSTERDAM — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on. It happened all because I wanted to start...

Nashville Puppeteer Brian Hull's has adapated Janusz Korsczak's children's book 'Kaytek the Wizard'.(Erika Chambers)

Janusz Korczak comes alive — again

NASHVILLE — In 2013, Nashville puppeteer Brian Hull was browsing through the stacks at the Nashville Public Library when he came across an obscure Polish children’s...

Jay Feinberg

Stem cell and marrow registry focuses on speed

By Faygie Holt In 1991, Jay Feinberg was facing a battle with leukemia and needed a bone-marrow transplant. Some 55,000 people got tested in the hopes of finding him a...

Mikhl Baran with some Kinder Ring campers.

A look back at feel-good from 2018

NEW YORK — This year hasn’t been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the US...

David Shrayer-Petrov, in front of a portrait by the Russian-American artist Anatoly Dverin.

Once a refusenik, now a literary light

BROOKLINE, Mass. — The well-worn books that fill the shelves in David Shrayer-Petrov’s living room reveal the remarkable literary life of the influential refusenik,...

The tail of a Syrian plane shot down during the Yom Kippur War. (Oren Rozen/Wikimedia)

Downed Israeli pilot honored as hero 45 years later

By Yaakov Lappin Israel’s Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Epstein has shot down no fewer than 17 enemy aircraft — the most of fighter jets (plus a helicopter) destroyed in...

Asael Lubotzky pictured in his lab.

‘Miracle’ saves life of soldier, now a doctor

By Larry Luxner JERUSALEM — When Asael Lubotzky led his soldiers into battle against Hezbollah 12 years ago during the Second Lebanon War, he knew he might be wounded...