Tuesday, June 28, 2022


From the UFC to the IDF

Days after winning his Ultimate Fight­ing Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choos­ing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas


Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam as a Means for Peace

Jews around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Moham­mad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, “I am an Israeli and will remain an Israeli. Israel will re­main a Jewish and a democratic country.”

What few realized is that within days af­ter the video went viral, Israeli police


Where Synagogues Once Stood: A Tisha B’Av Exploration

Tisha B’Av the world over is observed through fasting, expressions of mourning, the reading of Megillas Eicha, and the recitation of the Kinos. In our times, at least, communi­ties and individuals have often supplement­ed these activities with additional experiences, hoping to create added meaning and relevan­cy to the commemorative day.

In the


A Summer’s Bat Mitzvah Chesed Project

Hi, my name is Elisheva Hermann. I am an incoming 7 thgrader at Yeshivat Noam and I just celebrated my bat mitzvah. I have two siblings: my older brother, Ezra, and my younger sister, Avital. Yes, that makes me a middle child, but I always like to do my own thing.

For my bat mitzvah, I did not want a typical bat mitzvah party with simcha


Intern Life

Staring at a screen for hours each day, for a large chunk of my summer! Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

Let me rephrase that a bit. Doing vital research and important computer work, helping out and learning some new skills in the process. Sounds much better, huh? Even if it’s mostly on a screen.

I’ve discovered the work world, as an intern


Boris Gulko: Master of The Game

Fair Lawn—Some games require participants to be physically fit, spending hours in the gym, lifting, stretching, etc. Then you have the game of chess. Accessible to everyone, young and old, tall and short, slim and chubby, the game is played everywhere, from cafes to parks. Anyone can play but not everyone can be a champion.

Boris Gulko of Fair Lawn


Parenting the Adult Child

Years ago I visited a friend, the mother of one of my son’s classmates, who had to go across the street to get something from her neighbor’s house and asked if I would mind going with her. I had already met the neighbor and was comfortable with that.

The neighbor had two children, both younger than our sons, who were, at the time, either in first or second


Say Cheese!

Oh my how times have changed. Televisions are now hanging on walls, Walkmans have turned into iPods, eight-track tapes have turned into thin air, cameras have turned into phones…the list is endless. When we went to sleepaway camp (and when I say “we” I am not referring to me because my one month in camp Hillel aka the longest month of my life, does not count) our


Gone Fishing

In today’s society, what with all these enormous kitchen appliances that serve essentially one function but need two people to get it into the cabinet, the litmus test to tell whether you really need any given item that you buy is to see how long it takes before you actually toivelit.

In our house, our kitchen-tool-buying process is as


Israel Under Attack: Preliminary Reflections

I have been in Israel for the past several days attending conferences on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem and at the Ghetto Fighter’s House, near Nahariya, all amidst the shelling.

Sirens go off in the morning and the evening and we face a decision of whether to hasten to the shelter or choose a windowless room and wait it out. My sister carries a blanket in the


The Ground that Gives Life

As I am sure you heard, on July 1 sta funeral was held for the three kidnapped and murdered boys that was attended by some 200,000 people and an estimated 5,000,000 people who watched on TV and live on the Internet. There we were, doing what we unfortunately do best: saying Kaddish. Three more Jews had died al Kiddush Hashemand the ground


Stepping Over the “Wealth Threshhold” (Part 2)

Is the Wealth Gap an employment problem or a strategy problem?

The roots of the widening wealth gap in the United States reach back to the 1970s, when technology and global competition forced American corporations to reshape their workforces in order to remain competitive. As a result, many middle-class jobs have either migrated overseas or been replaced by

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