Esther put down the receiver. This time she refused to let her mother make her feel guilty. Why couldn’t her parents understand how stressed out she was, how painful it was for her to send her oldest child away for an entire year! Whose crazy idea was this, she thought for the millionth time, who had decided that it was a good idea to send a child off,
For the past 20 years, since our children were in school full-time, Nina has been a travel agent. She noticed that people in Montreal would never check other sources to see where they could get special deals on flights and hotels and as an avid reader of the NY Times from the day we left the States she would be amazed at the significant differences in prices vis-a-vis
Invented in Israel, the hospital-grade bed can elevate a patient
from a lying to a fully standing position—and all points in between.
Israel 21C—The Israeli-innovated Total Lift Bed is a simple but revolutionary solution that could set a new standard of care in hospitals and rehabilitation centers worldwide.
There is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish. Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates without strain. Unlike many Israeli drivers, Bakish doesn’t express rage when a slower car cuts him off. He sees his opportunity and easily passes on the right. It’s
Recently, in Teaneck, a newly constructed stone wall fell between two properties. The Steins had spent months working with an engineer, a landscaper, and getting permits from the Township, but the wall didn’t last very long due to a defect in some prior workmanship. It bulged and bucked, and was flush against the neighbor’s fence, without causing any
Many Igbo, while practicing Christianity, nonetheless self-identify as Jews. This phenomenon dates back to the late 18th century, when the Igbo encountered Christianity, were introduced to the Bible, and observed similarities between their native customs and those of the ancient Hebrews.
In his popular 1789 autobiography, first published in London,
TEL AVIV--At first glance, Yiddish phrases such as “oy vey” may seem odd when uttered by Samah Jayosi, a Muslim Palestinian citizen of Israel. Yet the headscarf-wearing 24-year-old is one of several dozen Arab students at a major Israeli university learning about the Yiddish language and the culture of Eastern Europe’s Ashkenazi Jews - a rare quest even among
Over 2700 hundred years ago, circa 740 BCE, it was written in The Book of Isaiah: “For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest. . .”(62:1). Whether that famous quote was a prophecy or a mandate we shall never know. But what we do know is that when it comes to Zion and Jerusalem there has hardly been “silence” and
Summer camps (specifically sleep-away camps) are where many children and teenagers go for that uncomfortable stage when we don’t know really if we should call ourselves by the grade we just left or the one we’re going into. But, really, summer camps offer much more than the chance to have fun for four or eight weeks with hundreds of other kids. They teach us many
Kohelet teaches us that there is “a time to remain silent and a time to speak.” When Judy Brown was growing up in a Chassidic community in Boro Park, she was taught that certain words were tainted and forbidden to be read or even spoken. Sexual abuse was not a real phrase; it simply didn’t exist. There were no such children as abused children. To
It’s amusing to us how the meaning of words change over the years. As children we remember our parents going to “the market” to go shopping. It was not as though they were going to A & P (Nina’s mother called that the goyishe market) or to Waldbaum’s. They would say that they are going marketing. Today we identify by name where we are going
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