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Sports, Judaism and Israel

SPORTS AND RELIGION in America go together as naturally as motherhood and apple pie. Schools with predominantly religious students field excellent teams in a variety of sports. In America, it is taken for granted that the religious way of life dovetails with the athletic life, sharing as they do such common principles as commitment, self-discipline, and a positive attitude. When ... Read More »

Shavuot by Tnuva

AS ONE MIGHT expect of the Jewish state, the holy days of the Jewish religion are national holidays. A good example of this is the holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) which begins this year on Saturday night, May 19. While it is possible to go about one’s business in the diaspora without even realizing that Shavuot has come and gone, this ... Read More »

Milky on My Mind

THE MILKY NAME is one of the most highly recognized brand names in Israel. Over 6,000,000 Milky products are sold each month (representing almost 1 for each citizen of Israel). Not that familiar with Milky? You’re in luck. Forthwith: A Milky Primer. Milky, manufactured by the Strauss food company, is the brand name for a score of dessert puddings. The ... Read More »

Israel & Christmas

SOMETIMES CHRISTMAS COINCIDES with Hanukah, sometimes it doesn’t. Last year it did, this year it doesn’t. This lack of contiguity matters a good deal to American Jews but largely goes unnoticed in the Jewish State.  In America, when December 25th falls within one of the eight days of Hanukah, Jews are in sync with their surrounding culture–they celebrate at the ... Read More »

The Big Move

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  A CENTURY OF my family’s living in Brooklyn came to an end recently, when my parents moved out of their Flatbush home of 41 years to the Gurwin Jewish Assisted Living Community in Commack, New York. My paternal grandparents, who married in 1917, raised four children in Brooklyn, three of whom elected to raise their own families there. Of ... Read More »

Twenty Years of Aliyah

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ON JULY 29 we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of our aliyah. When we first told people that we were moving to Israel, almost everyone was encouraging–aside from the four people who would now have to board a trans-Atlantic flight in order to see their grandchildren. Some friends offered us advice on the order of: Things might be very hard at first, ... Read More »

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