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Sukkot, the antidote

If an extraterrestrial alien were to drop onto Earth next week, the visitor could see people eating and sleeping in fragile huts outdoors, even in cool weather. It would...

The case of Prof. Sternhell

Prof. Ze’ev Sternhell returned to his home in Jerusalem after a long period abroad, only to be greeted by a pipe bomb two weeks ago. He was wounded and no […]

Dog biscuit for the Jews

Pardon our cynicism, but when Sarah Palin said in the vice presidential debate that a McCain administration would relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv...

The D word

Just how does one pray on Yom Kippur and Sukkot when the world might be headed for a ?. . . depression? What will become of people and institutions that […]

Guests across the generations

One of the more fond and beloved customs of Sukkot is ushpizin. Ushpizin means guests in Aramaic. Each night of Sukkot, as we stand at the threshold of the thatched...

Holiday time

As I’m sure many of you know, the chaggim in Israel comprise a very special time. The month or so beginning with Rosh Hashana and ending with Simchat Torah marks...

The end is near…or is it already here?

Our most recent posting asked readers to contribute humorous links they’d come across regarding the upcoming election. Perhaps not surprisingly we didn’t...

The once-in-every-7-years-ritual is upon us

When a person is about to die, his last words are laden with meaning. How much more so when the person is the most significant leader the Jewish people has […]

The once-in-every-28-years-ritual is upon us

Remember back in 1981 — 27 years ago! — the last time of the blessing of the sun? One may be forgiven for not keeping this rarest of Jewish rituals […]

Jews do not disinvite

VP candidate Sarah Palin and US Senator Hillary Clinton were invited by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to address an anti-Iran...