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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Special Seattle Sukkah Still Stands In Teaneck

On Erev Sukkot, my neighbor, sent me an email.

Hi. I’m Binyamin Yablok ... We have an unusual sukkah with hand painted decorations which might interest your readers. It’s worth a couple of photos and explanation…

Rabbi Yablock and his wife, Aviva, have devoted their lives to Jewish education. He is the Assistant Principal at

Pen Pals in Prison

What do Robert, age 47, Rebecca, 32, from California, and Henry, 66, from Chicago all have in common? They are all Jewish and in prison. And all are eager for contact from the “outside” Jewish world.

Jewish Pen Pals, a service that’s run by the Aleph Institute, is based in Miami, Florida. The Aleph Institute is a 30-year-old charity that is dedicated to

Out of Africa, To An Israeli Wildlife Hospital

The baby hedgehog, his eyes still closed but his spikes already fully out, arrived with a personal letter. “We found him near our house,” it said. “He was under some stairs, surrounded by our cats and dogs. We don’t know where his mother is. He didn’t eat for a whole day! Please take care of him and we would be happy to return him to

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

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