Monthly Archives: September 2015

Celebrate a birthday with a huge mitzva

As we get older we still want to celebrate our birthdays, especially our “special” ones, but by the time we hit our 50s and 60s we rarely need or even want presents. We already have a houseful (and maybe even … Continue reading

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A different Palestinian perspective on Israel, BDS, and human rights

The media are full of bad news, but as much as possible I shall try to stick to good or positive news over the Sukkot holiday. There’s plenty of time to catch up afterwards. Today’s relatively good news relates to … Continue reading

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Sukkot 5776 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, begins tonight, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shalom

Due to festive overload (and a dash of writer’s block), I’m posting a Shabbat Shalom post instead of my usual Good News Friday. Normal programming will resume some time after the chagim (after the festivals) – that is the usual … Continue reading

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Israel coordinates with Russia on Syria as Obama abandons the region

Between Shabbat and chagim and more Shabbat and more chagim the world still goes on, and it’s not always happy reading. Before Yom Kippur we learned of the  Russian military buildup in Syria: Russia ramped up its military buildup in … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5776 – Gmar Hatima Tova!

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is upon us once again, beginning in a few hours time here in Israel, when we will be entering a 25-hour fast with day-long prayer services, composed of beautiful, spiritual and emotional prayers and … Continue reading

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