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Colorful and Creative: The Work of Tamar Messer

  Anyone who has been to Israel – or has even seen pictures – knows that the Land is renowned for its beauty and vibrancy. There’s something about color in Israel: it’s just brighter, deeper and more real. From the verdant forests, grassy peaks and…

Je-wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At this time of year, many Jews struggle with finding the right message to teach our kids about Christmas. Even something as harmless as wishing neighbors and coworkers a ‘Merry Christmas’ makes some Jews uncomfortable. Raising proud Jewish children in America is no easy task…

Saying Goodbye to Ezra at the Airport

It is not uncommon to find people saying farewell in an airport. People hug each other. Sometimes you will see people wiping away tears. Saturday night was totally different. A thousand people came to the airport to say goodbye to Ezra Schwartz, who was being flown…

When Terror Hits Close to Home

Whenever, wherever terror strikes, it is painful. We hurt for victims in Paris as well as Jerusalem, and the steady stream of attacks reported is a constant reminder of our vulnerability. But Thursday’s attack in Gush Etzion hit just a little bit closer to home…

Meet the Beasts of the Bible

What does the Bible say about cheetahs, hyenas, and giraffes? Why does the prophet Daniel portray various nations as winged lions and three-headed leopards? What is the “unicorn” mentioned in the King James Bible? Rabbi Natan Slifkin, also known as the “Zoo Rabbi,” has spent…

Cheshvan: Great Plenty and Great Power

  Cheshvan does not have any holidays. It is known for the month that King Solomon completed the seven year building of the sanctuary, but it was not celebrated until 11 months later. It is also the month in which the matriarch Rachel died giving…