Jews Introduced Spring Cleaning Concept

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Dateline Jerusalem — Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I say “It is that time of year again.”  In two weeks, Jews throughout the world will be observing the holiday of Pesach (Passover), commemorating the Exodus from Egypt to Jerusalem.  Not only has the story of the Exodus under the leadership of Moses been retold for thousands of … Read More

Digging Deep Inside Israeli Justice’s Right Turn

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New Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Flash90
New Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Flash90

Dateline Jerusalem — As a former attorney in California, I am interested in the judicial process, both in the States and Israel.  Both countries are democracies, both founded on vesting the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government in separate bodies.  The U.S. has the Senate and House of Representatives making up its Congress, a President, and a Supreme Court … Read More

Who Wouldn’t Want to Live Here?

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Dateline Jerusalem — I’m back!  After several weeks of the flu and various other ailments, mourning the death of my mother, z”l, and having no energy to think let alone research and write, what better time to get back to writing about Israel than now.  I have often been asked about why I continue to live in Israel. Perhaps the … Read More

How Israel’s Enemies Are Shrinking Jewish State

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Dateline Jerusalem — Where is Israel?  What happened to it?  These might seem strange questions. Considering what is happening in the world today, however, they are not that odd after all. When looking at a map, Israel is just a sliver of land surrounded by the Arab world. In fact, the State of Israel fits into the Arab world 545 times.  … Read More

Secular Jews Who Believe the Opposite of Chanukah Message

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Sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts, an American Chanukah tradition
Sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts, an American Chanukah tradition

Dateline Jerusalem — On Saturday night, Jews throughout the world will be celebrating the first of eight nights of Chanukah, the perfect holiday to represent the age-old Jewish saying “We were persecuted, we won, let’s eat!” Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication and re-capture of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from its Greek-Syrian oppressors.  The Hebrew word Chanukah means dedication.  Chanukah is also called the Festival of Lights … Read More

Now This Is a Serious Celebration

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Photo: http://tradesensation.com/

Dateline Jerusalem — This week I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for a lovely young woman in my community. Next month she intends to have a relatively small wedding by Israeli standards.  The venue for the shower was my apartment. So only those invited to the wedding were invited to the shower. Although I did some baking, which I rarely do, made … Read More

Massive Fires – Arab Arson – Raged Before the Rain

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Worst fires in Israel’s history. Photo: Moran Ma'ayan/JiniPix/Israel Sun
Worst fires in Israel’s history. Photo: Moran Ma'ayan/JiniPix/Israel Sun

Dateline Jerusalem — For the last week, Israel has been inundated by hundreds of Arab arsonist-perpetrated fires which spread due to dry weather conditions.  Sixty percent of the fires were deemed arson.  Thirty-seven   Israeli Arabs and Palestinians were arrested for arson, a crime of terror, according to the Israeli government — the latest form of intifada against Israel.  Many  arsonists admitted to setting the … Read More

Slicing up a History of Turkey

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Wild turkey. Photo: Joe McDonald/CORBIS
Wild turkey. Photo: Joe McDonald/CORBIS

Dateline Jerusalem — The other day Americans celebrated Thanksgiving Day, officially declared a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  However, the first Thanksgiving in America was celebrated by Pilgrims and American Indians in 1621. Not until 1789 did America’s first President, George Washington, declare it a day of thanksgiving and prayer.  Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday but a … Read More

Yom Kippur Looks Different Across the World

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Image: Getty Images

Dateline Jerusalem — Jews throughout the world will be observing the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, this coming week. It occurs 10 days after the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, when G-d inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur the verdict is sealed. … Read More

Time for Baseball All Over World

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Dateline Jerusalem — Coney Island, the seaside resort, was known for its fabulous amusement park. I haven’t been there since I was a child to see Nathan’s hot dogs, saltwater taffy, cotton candy, and all the other fun things to eat as I strolled the boardwalk. Now they are just memories. This week Coney Island will be home to over … Read More