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On The Jewish Star’s cover for Rosh Hashana, 13 rabbis from the Five Towns and Far Rockaway each say a few words meant to encourage members of their shuls and the entire community to get vaccinated now. … more
A couple of years ago after giving a speech, I was confronted with what struck me as a bizarre query during the question-and-answer period. Why, I was asked, hadn’t then-President … more
Paul is an Australian Jewish man in his late 40s who lives in the city of Brisbane, in the state of Queensland. Paul (the name he has been given by local media to protect his identity) was … more
It’s that time of year, when we look forward to the temperatures dropping as well as the number of Covid cases. So the possibility of hiking the Israel Trail, the country’s longest at … more
Sometimes, it is the little things that children remember and carry with them into the next generation. I wonder if that is why we have continued to build sukkot each year for so many millennia? We … more
“Israel is your home away from home,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a Rosh Hashana message to “the people of Israel and the Jewish people at large,” which he referred … more
The Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan, followed by the ISIS-K bombing that killed 13 US military personnel and scores of civilians, underscores the far-reaching implications of the US … more
I live in Shiloh, where I came with my family—that is, my wife and five children—in 1981. Decades have passed. Four grandchildren now live nearby at Ofra. Shiloh is now … more
What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give them? Vayelech is the place to look for the answer, because it is here that Moses finally handed the reins over to Joshua, and he and … more
It was a nasty time in a nasty place: Ramallah, 1988, at Mutzav Sivan, next to the Arab “refugee” camps of Al Bireh and Al Amari during the first intifada. After a week of intense … more
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