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The beginning of summer

The essence of this past Memorial Day weekend was to remember and honor our brave military, without whom we Americans wouldn’t have the beautiful free and protected...

Gaza is hell on earth — why?

When I was a little girl, living a sheltered religious childhood where profanity was unheard and unacceptable, whenever I would hear people speak of “Aza,” Gaza in...

The illusion of safety

We are living in historic times. Personally, I’ve never understood why it’s significant whether America has its embassy in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. We know Jerusalem...

More like a flashing sign

The older I get, the more I understand about how painful a place the biblical ir miklat, the city of refuge, or sanctuary city, was. According to the Book of Numbers,...

Natalie Portman, meet David Grossman

Sometimes a cluster of unrelated events transpiring in close succession seem to have an invisible dialogue all its own. This past week seems to have been just such a...

For all these . . .

Celebrating Israel’s 70th from afar is, for me, indeed, bittersweet. Not too far off, I hope to be able to live the words of hashiveini v’ashuva el ha-aretz ha-tova,...

If it’s too good to be true — sometimes it is

Sometimes you hear about someone only after he or she has left this world, and you so badly wish you had had the opportunity to meet them face to face in their lifetime....

They have stolen Pesach from us!

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 19 I’ve been inundated with them. The many social media posts about Pesach holiday cleaning. Some have been anxiety ridden, most,...

Pesach speed takes a long time

I feel like I never eat so well, or at least so creatively, as the weeks leading to Pesach. Between cleaning out the pantry, the fridge and the freezer, there are many...

Squawking at Eurovision

I was just a little girl when I first watched the Eurovision song contest. Yet I remember it like it was yesterday. With no TV at home, we had the privilege of staying...