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Celebrating 70 Years of Israeli Heroes and Hope

FOR JEWS THE world over, Israel remains central to their very identity, and inspires the hopes and dreams of the Jewish people. Every single day, the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) put their lives on the line to protect those hopes and dreams, and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is in turn ... Read More »

Hakarat haTov

LONG AFTER MY parents stopped using their portable dishwasher as a dishwasher, Dad and I used the wood top surface as a drop point for Dad to read my high school writing assignments. Dad worked in the post office in downtown Binghamton—a small city in Upstate New York’s snow belt.Dad would clock out from the PO at 11 PM and ... Read More »

L’dor v’dor

IT’S RARE THAT I get to turn the lens (or computer in my case) and focus on myself in an article. It’s much easier for me to spotlight someone new to the community or interview a celebrity for an upcoming event. But this month’s theme of Generations got me thinking about my own generation and my future son who is ... Read More »

Family Lore

OCTOBER: A MONTH for stories and events that evoke fear, excitement and awe. And, no, I am not talking about Halloween. It’s Family History Month! I am not trying to trick you; tracing your lineage can actually be quite a treat. Why not start with some of the legends your families have passed from one generation to the next? Did ... Read More »

Graceful Aging

ON HIGH HOLIDAYS we traditionally chant: “Al tasheicheni l’et ziknah”- “Do not cast me into old age” (Psalm 71:9). My dear teacher, Rabbi Abraham Twerski was healthy until he was 85. He is now over 87 and struggling with pain and physical limitations. He explained that the line of liturgy means, “O G-d, do not bring my decline suddenly. Let ... Read More »

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