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Olympic Dreams for Jerusalem’s Marathon Mom

If there’s one thing to know about Israeli marathon runner Beatie Deutsch, it’s that despite her diminutive size, she doesn’t think small.

Taking up running as a way of getting back into shape, the 4’11” Passaic native and mother of four, decided to train for a full length 26.2-mile

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Historical Tidbits for Sukkot

How the Temple Was Almost Rebuilt in Time for Sukkot in the Fifth Century

In the biography of the monk-soldier Bar Sawma who was active in the Land of Israel in the fifth century, it is told that Jews and Samaritans virtually governed the land and they

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Hashem Is Winking at Me

Early this morning, my husband, who was up earlier than me, came into the bedroom and said urgently, “You have to call Zisha right now!” Of course, my first reaction as a Jewish mother was, “Is everything okay?” It’s like when the phone rings in the middle of the night and your first response is, “Who died?” I was nervous. Why

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What Is Love?

After having a bagel with egg salad following the fast, I began to wonder what I should write about this week. The last few weeks have been challenging for our family, but I am determined to see the sunshine each day as best I can in the coming year. I asked Mordechai what he thought I should write about, and his suggestion was that I

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What If...?

Part Two

(continued from last week)

The second occurrence I referred to happened a few months later, in early 1946, on board the troopship en route from San Francisco to Korea. Yes, I was being sent to Korea instead of to Germany, despite my ability to read, write

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The Yom Kippur Controversy and RBG’s Sandy Koufax Moment

In 2003, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, fell on October 6. That year, October 6 was also the first Monday in October. By federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court term commences on the first Monday in October of each year. And beginning in 1975, the Court opened each term with oral argument presentations. Not in 2003, though.

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Better Than ‘Sweetish’ Meatballs

Welcome back to “How Should I Know?”—the column that’s about 33% advice, 33% “Where did this minhag come from?” and 33% sugar.

Dear Mordechai,

Where did this minhag come from to give kids candy on Simchas Torah?

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Edible Etrog

Sukkot may be the most difficult holiday for the average Jew and not for the obvious reason. Eating outdoors in huts during inclement weather certainly is no easy task but that is not the most challenging aspect of Sukkot. Far more onerous for your everyday Jew is having to walk around holding something edible (an etrog) and not

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The Faith We Need

Elementary and high school graduates have a range of emotions towards the schools they leave. Some students miss their old stomping grounds and enjoy reminiscing about the good times. Many of these students will visit old teachers, donate money to their alma maters and eventually want their children to follow as students. Others might want

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I Need Help Falling Asleep

Dear Shayna,

Every night I have a very hard time falling asleep. In the morning I am exhausted and I find it impossible to get up and get ready for school. I’ve tried counting sheep. It hasn’t worked. Any ideas?

Sleepless Sarie

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Ariella Steinreich: Our Woman in the Gulf

The Jewish New Year kicked off with the hope of longed-for peace for Israel and its neighbors with the signing of treaties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, a move that one Jewish public relations executive who has worked extensively in the Gulf countries predicted will have a domino effect in the

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