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April 2019

It’s an Ancient Hatred

Anti-Semitism Semitism is a hatred that never goes away. Once upon a time it was a hostility to Jews because they rejected idol worship...

Holocaust Survivors

Walter Lachman was 17 when he was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Jenni Unterman was a hidden child in Holland until age seven....

Creating Light

They bore witness to some of the most horrible atrocities known to humanity, and yet their message is one of hope. As they age,...

Journey Toward Freedom

Slavery is an extreme. Imagine that you are a slave. You have no control over your time. You are bruised from back-breaking labor and...

The Deal with Dill

Dr. Elliot Weinstein has a love affair with pickles. Ever since he discovered an old family recipe for making them, Weinstein’s become something of...

Meaning & Matzah

Once again, I am going overseas for Pesach to see my children, leaving the husband behind. Because I love him, I prepare the house...

Bris?

Warning: Please be advised that there might be some information in this article that may offend some people, scare others, comfort some moms. This...

Passsover at Grandma’s

My personal memory that most symbolizes Passover is the Yellow Pages phone book. Two volumes—one per child—placed atop the formal,wider, seats of Grandma’s dining...

United We Stand?

In last November’s elections, two new Jew-haters entered Congress: Rashida Tlaib, representing a Michigan district with anti-Semitic roots dating back to Henry Ford’s weekly...

Women in Pesach

I remember how excited I was to attend my first women’s seder when I was a teenager. It was a revolutionary concept in the...

Jlife Extra

From recognition to tikkun olam, from Passover seders to Yom HaShoah commemorations, April is an exciting month for the Orange County Jewish community. For...

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure...

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JLIife Extra December 2020

Zooming as Usual Jewish organizations wrap up year By Ilene Schneider The last month of 2020 will continue with an assortment of remote programs for the Jewish...

Lighting the Way

If Mattathias were alive today, how would you define him? American-Jew, Greek-Assimilated Jew? Every year at Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of light. What...

Miracle of the Oil

A pervasive paranoia has swept through our health-conscious nation—alas, the fear of frying. If you want to enjoy Hanukkah, however, get over it! Although the...

Ready to Begin Again

Not all miracles in Jewish history get holidays unto themselves. What was so special about Hanukkah that it became something to celebrate every year?  ...