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Camp Memories-1962

As soon as I zipped up the dress I felt better. True, it was harder to fasten than it had been at my cousin Phyllis’ wedding just one month before, but I had been drowning my misery in snacks ever since camp started. The only good thing about the 12-year-old staff kids that I was in charge of in Camp Nalila that summer was the never ending supply of goodies

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Even If You Give Up All The Land, It Won’t Solve The Problems In The Mideast

Jerusalem—There is something dignified in the quiet, determined manner of Ayaan Hirsi Ali as she rises from the audience and walks towards the podium to deliver her lecture. Ali’s intricate history starts in Somalia, where she was born to a Muslim family. At the age of five she underwent female genital mutilation. By her teens she was a devout Muslim. In

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Up, Up And Away At Home

Israel Hayom—The Israel Air Force’s newest group of pilots, Class 166, were all promoted to the rank of lieutenant before they received their coveted pilot’s wings.

“The rank you carry on your shoulders is a great privilege and also a great responsibility; it is a privilege to have been chosen from the best of the [nation’s] youth,

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“Summer Loving”

We’ve been driving for more than three hours. I am frantic to locate a bathroom and then find a cup of coffee anywhere on this endlessly curving country road. All I see are cows. And don’t even get me started about the traffic. Would someone please explain where everyoneis going on this rainy Sunday morning when they should be snugly tucked in

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Tisha B’Av in the 21st Century

It is a testament to the amazing variability of Jewish synagogue life in America that the summertime fast of Tisha B’Av is for some a time of momentous communal mourning, and for others a normal and unremarkable day. In contrast to Yom Kippur, which sees widespread observance in one fashion or another across the denominational spectrum, Tisha B’Av and its ritual

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Romance & Real Estate: A Heartwarming Story

“Forty days before the creation of an embryo, a heavenly voice issues forth and proclaims, ‘the daughter of so-and-so is destined for so-and-so, this particular house is destined for so-and-so, and this particular field is destined for so-and-so.’” (Tractate Sotah 2a.) This 1,500-year-old text linking marriage and real estate is the perfect

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Rabbi “Yitz” Greenberg at 80: A Paradigm Changer

On November 4, 1979, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg stood at a podium in the auditorium at Hebrew Union College facing more than 600 people. Many of them were friends and acquaintances who never realized until they saw each other in that space that they shared a status as the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors.  Before the day was over, they coalesced into the roots of

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Changing Demographics – And You

Population demographics in the United States have changed dramatically. Last year, the Population Reference Bureau found the U.S. population is growing at the slowest rate since the Great Depression, and that the U.S. fertility rate “is estimated to have fallen to 1.9.” This drop below the replacement rate of 2.1 is attributed to the recession, and is expected to

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Jewish Heritage Capitol Celebration Honors Bergenites

Washington, D.C.—In 2006, the U.S. Congress designated Jewish Heritage Month to celebrate the talents and contributions of the American Jewish community to American society. Last week, the Friedlander Group of New York hosted a Congressional Tribute to distinguished Jewish Americans, a celebration of Jewish American Heritage, at a kosher luncheon in the

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Jewish Heritage Capitol Celebration Honors Bergenites

Washington, D.C.—In 2006, the U.S. Congress designated Jewish Heritage Month to celebrate the talents and contributions of the American Jewish community to American society. Last week, the Friedlander Group of New York hosted a Congressional Tribute to distinguished Jewish Americans, a celebration of Jewish American Heritage, at a kosher luncheon in the

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A Guide to Marriage: Finding a Shidduch, Making Marriage Work, Preventing Agunot

I hear constant references to the Shidduch Crisis. How are young men and women supposed to meet?

I met my wife through a mutual friend—her college roommate was a friend of mine from Bnei Akiva—and that is a great way. We network for business and we should network for “zivugim.” It is an honorable form of Jewish social

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Graduation Day

With his long gray beard and somber clothes, Ruthie’s father resembled a rebbe or perhaps a mashgiach or a shoichet. He certainly didn’t look like a tailor, but that is how he earned a meager living. Ariel Pfeffer had learned tailoring in the Russian Army where he was trained to sew uniforms for the soldiers. Now, he sewed Kapotehs (long coats) for the few

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