Great-Grandma Jenny’s Sense of Humor

Great-Grandma Jenny’s Sense of Humor

My namesake, my great-grandmother Jenny, had a great sense of humor. She had trained as a secretary, but after she married, she never worked outside the home again. She was very busy– with her 2 children and with her home–doing laundry in tubs in the basement and sweeping the sidewalks every day to clear away […]

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Paramedic Shira Applebaum Continues Legacy of Her Father HY”D

Paramedic Shira Applebaum Continues Legacy of Her Father HY”D

In honor of Rachel Imenu’s yahrzeit this Shabbat, over a hundred thousand Jews will flock to Bethlehem to pray at Rachel’s Tomb. And when they see the Torah Curtain, made out of a wedding dress that was never worn, those who are old enough to remember will be jolted by the memory of one of […]

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The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

The Nobel-Prize Winner’s Chassidic Niece

One morning, a few days ago, I read that Professor William Nordhaus of Yale had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his groundbreaking research on preventing climate change. Later that morning, my phone rang. It was my dear friend who was about to leave on a short trip abroad with her husband. […]

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The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The VIPs Who Came for Shabbos (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Some thoughts on our Shabbat guests this week: a delegation of Catholic American VIPs. (I’m sorry to be posting this on Monday instead of Sunday as I usually do…) We hosted a fascinating group for Shabbat this week: a group of American Catholic VIPs interested in strengthening the connection with Israel. Among our guests were […]

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The First Startup: Family by Sivan Rahav Meir

The First Startup: Family by Sivan Rahav Meir

After the Flood, the words “their families” appear in the Torah for the first time. After humanity was wiped-out in the Flood on account of moral corruption, violence, disloyalty and lack of the ability to commit – suddenly comes this word, family: “…after their families they went forth out of the ark.” From the ark […]

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