A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A Letter to My Son, the Lone IDF Soldier by Jamie Rubin

A year and a half ago, 19-year-old Natanel Rubin of London volunteered for the IDF as a lone soldier with the Kfir infantry brigade. Here is a letter his mother, Jamie, sent Natanel when he returned to the army after a month-long vacation. [Since this letter was written, Natanel completed his IDF service, and is […]

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7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

7 Not-so-Pleasant Surprises During My Trip to India

I just got back yesterday from a week-long trip spent in southern India with Hallel, my 19-year-old daughter, who has been in India since Rosh Hashana. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! In large part because of some not so pleasant surprises which turned into extremely wonderful ones! 1. On […]

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Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Pittsburgh Mom, Sari Cohen: The Tree-of-Life Massacre Changed Me

Last night I went out for dinner with my dear, old friend, Sari Cohen, who is visiting with her family from Pittsburgh. Almost 30 years ago Sari and I, then college students at Dartmouth and Bowdoin, spent a few months at Neve Yerushalayim getting our first taste of Orthodox Judaism. We spent a significant percentage […]

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“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

“Jews Weren’t Put on Earth to be Anti-Anti Semites” (6-Minute “No-Hate, No Fear” Video)

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss gave the following powerful speech at the No Hate, No Fear solidarity march last week in New York. There were an estimated 25,000 people in attendance protesting the recent outbreak of anti-Semitic attacks: My name is Bari Weiss. I am a proud American. I am a proud New Yorker. […]

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My 20/20 Resolution

My 20/20 Resolution

When I went to sleep last night it was 2019, and when I woke up this morning it was 2020. But except for the change in the date in the corner of my computer screen, the new year went completely unnoticed in my religious Jerusalem neighborhood. No New Year parties, champagne, greetings, etc. But, nonetheless, […]

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My All-Nun Dreidl

My All-Nun Dreidl

Yesterday I went to the shuk to get all sorts of stuff we need for Chanukah when I noticed some pretty hand-painted dreidls that caught my eye. A bit pricey at a dollar and a half-a-piece. But, hey, for Chanukah you can splurge a little…So I got 4. And a bag of chocolate chips for […]

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