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  • Ad campaign to bring Israelis back is right on-target

    Ad campaign to bring Israelis back is right on-target

    The current buzz is all about that article by Jeffrey Goldberg called “Netanyahu Government Suggests Israelis Avoid Marrying American Jews” in The Atlantic.  In it, Goldberg writes about the current ad campaign being run by Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, targeting expatriate Israelis in the States to come back to Israel. Goldberg reports that, ‘The Jewish [...]

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  • Shvushim: Get it or not, here they come

    Shvushim: Get it or not, here they come

    “Hey Mom, I’ve got shvushim!” my oldest son said to me recently one day. “Huh?” You’ve got what? I thought, vaguely wondering if it was something communicable… “Shvushim,” he repeated, as if he were saying a word I could ever hope to say without immediately giving away my immigrant status. “Shavua yeshiva” he added, ever [...]

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  • The Second Most Spectacular Thing in Israel this Sukkot

    The Second Most Spectacular Thing in Israel this Sukkot

    Just days before Gilad Shalit’s expected release, I was perusing a list of the “Top 5 most spectacular things to do in Israel on Sukkot,” I was struck by the amazing-looking, two-day Hot Air Balloon Festival, sheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday of Chol HaMoed in the Lower Galilee. I was captivated by the [...]

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  • 1000 for One: Is It Worth It?

    1000 for One: Is It Worth It?

    [I did not write this piece. The author wishes to remain anonymous.  ~LBD] Over 1000 of the most despicable people on the planet are about to be released from jail, for one lone Jewish soldier. Worse than that, say many, these 1000+ can kill and injure many more Jews, both soldiers and civilians. May we [...]

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  • It all begins here

    It all begins here

    *Poof!* Just like that. After four months of thinking and dreaming, of meetings and planning, of lists and more lists, of elation and aggravation, of spending money like water and scraping together every last agura; five incredible hours went by and it was all over. Well, just beginning really. That’s how weddings are, of course. [...]

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  • An Overwhelming Majority

    An Overwhelming Majority

     (Article was written August 6, 2005, a week before the evacuation and dismantlement of Gush Katif, and appeared in dozens of media outlets. Posted today to commemorate 6 years since the destruction of Gush Katif)  Today’s scheduled anti-disengagement activity was a prayer service at the Kotel. I dashed home early from work to don an [...]

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  • Aliyah: A photo essay

    Aliyah: A photo essay

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  • Aliyah l’Chupah: A Matter of Taste

    Aliyah l’Chupah: A Matter of Taste

    Tonight I felt like a food critic. No, let me rephrase that: tonight I WAS a food critic. One of six. Or 60. Depending upon your perspective. Around here it is fairly common to come a month or so before a wedding or other event (Aaaah! Are we nearly that close? Time is flying like [...]

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  • And I’m not even from Canada…

    And I’m not even from Canada…

    Lucky for me my passion for Aliyah has not only led to my Aliyah, but to several paths wherein I could help others in their Aliyah. In fact not much gives me a better feeling than when people attribute even the smallest part of their Aliyah to inspiration they received from me either through my [...]

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  • A rude awakening

    A rude awakening

    Shabbat is my favorite day of the week. Among other delightful and culinary reasons, it includes a morning without an alarm clock. It is a day that I can allow the gentle rising of the sun to slowly rouse me from blissful slumber. That or a crying baby; whichever comes first. This Shabbat, however, sleep [...]

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