Sunday, September 27, 2020


The Ophel Excavations-Summer 2013

When Matanya Schnieder, 18, signed up to join the archeological excavations at The Ophelin Jerusalem’s Old City, upon recommendation of a friend, he thought it would be a fun and interesting experience and a nice way to make some money over the summer. What he didn’t realize was that he would be a part of archeological history.

“The work was not


Shiva Wimps and Heroes

My wife lovingly refers to me as a shiva wimp.

I would use any excuse to avoid making the traditional visit to the home of one in mourning for a close relative. “We weren’t that close. I don’t want to burden them with conversation. There will be a lot of other people there.”

I felt very awkward at shiva calls. But the deeper


Through the Roof

Today’s topic, now that winter is upon us, is how to save on home-heating costs.

It’s not easy to save money, because no one else is really helpful about it. You sit down and try to make a budget, which you hate to do because it means cutting things you want in favor of things you need. You figure out how many extra jobs you have to take


The Three-Branched Mitzvah

Kochav Hashachar—A hadass is only a myrtle branch, but for Jews worldwide this simple branch takes on important significance before the holiday of Sukkot. For Araleh Antman and Efraim Tzipilevich, hadassim are a year-round occupation.  In the hills of Samaria, about 20 miles from Jerusalem, is the yishuv Kochav Hashachar, where


Law and Life in Israel

JerusalemOne of the newest and biggest trends in the corporate world of the 21st century is outsourcingletting an outside group manage part or a department of a company at a much lower cost than hiring employees directly. This model has already been commonly adopted for less expensive janitorial help, or


Sticks and Stones

The hot Jerusalem sun bounced off the window of the Gal-Paz record shop and burned through my shirt. Ignoring the heat, I stood outside the store reveling in the Erev Shabbos atmosphere of the Geulah neighborhood while my husband paid for our purchases inside. The tantalizing aroma of simmering gefilte fish and just baked challah soon proved to be too much for my diet.


Back to School Night Woes

For a few years I managed to avoid going to “Back to School Night.” I thought it was something optional, something most parents dismissed in favor of an evening at home. My own mother never went. I think she thought it was too hard to meet all of the teachers for her six children in such a short time span, and besides, she knew the teachers from having other kids


Camp HASC: Where “Ordinary” Summer Becomes Extraordinary

This past camping season was quite an “ordinary” Camp HASC summer, similar to summers in the past. . . But an “ordinary” summer in Camp HASC is absolutely extraordinary!

Campers with a wide variety intellectual and physical disabilities had the greatest summer of their lives. They enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. They


The Sigd: An Ethiopian Jewish Tradition Comes to Life in Israel

Jerusalem—Until the middle of the 20th century, the Jews of Ethiopia lived in almost complete isolation from other Jewish communities across the globe, preserving and developing distinctive religious traditions not found in the rest of Jewry. In the 1980s they began leaving Africa for Israel in the thousands, and at present almost none remain in


Jewish Life At West Point

While Jewish contributions to America in science, medicine, politics and particularly arts and entertainment are colossal, there is one area where the Jewish role may be overlooked: the military.

Jews have fought in all of America’s wars, crossing the Delaware with George Washington and at Valley Forge, storming Normandy and Iwo Jima in WWII and


Lemon Sole Dijonaise

During the busy holiday week, it’s helpful to serve a dish that can be prepped in advance. This recipe for lemon sole is one of my favorites. It has great flavor and texture, and can tempt even those who are not fish aficionados. Serve with the following recipe for brown rice and seasonal sautéed zucchini. And with only two pots to clean, you’ll enjoy



and some Yemenite influences from Rayzel Yaish

As a child on Rosh Hashanah in my home, we ate pomegranate and new fruit as is customary to symbolize our wishes for the upcoming year. However, as my husband and I began developing our own family customs, we were drawn to the idea of eating symbolic foods that express our hopes and aspirations for the