After Hodaya’s Accident, a Unique Report Card

After Hodaya’s Accident, a Unique Report Card

The following was written by a teacher from Noam Tzvia high school in Afula. Report cards are supposed to give a summary of academic achievements, but the following report card is, in my opinion, a lesson in itself, a lesson about what is truly important in life. Hodaya bat Ilana, an 11th grader at our […]

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The Shalva Band Chooses Shabbat Over Eurovision

The Shalva Band Chooses Shabbat Over Eurovision

The world’s most watched live-music event is the Eurovision contest, with 186 million viewers in 2018. Israel’s Neta Barzilai won this last year’s contest, and last night Israel chose who will represent Israel in this year’s contest, to be held in Tel Aviv. The biggest stars, though, of the finals to choose this year’s representatives […]

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After Losing Her Baby, Chana Yael’s Good News

After Losing Her Baby, Chana Yael’s Good News

For the last few weeks, I have been listening over and over to the CDs of Mevaser Tov, the Good News Choir of Chana Yael Abramson of Givat Assaf and Ruti Sofer of Jerusalem. Such exquisite, soul-moving songs (you can listen to some of my favorites below). Here is the incredibly moving story behind the […]

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Remembering Ori (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Remembering Ori (6-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

The lesson we must learn from Ori Ansbacher’s brutal murder. This past Thursday, a 19-year-old national-service girl named Ori Ansbacher was praying in a Jerusalem forest when a Palestinian came, brutally assaulted and murdered her. After the murder, Ori’s mother, Naah, shared the following: “It’s important for us that the world know who Ori was. […]

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Raising a Chassidic Family in Bangkok

Raising a Chassidic Family in Bangkok

Since 1995, Nechami Wilhelm has been the Chabad rebbetzin of Bangkok. Over the past 24 years, over a million Jews, most of them tourists, have passed through her doors. At last week’s annual women’s gathering for Chabad emissaries–Kinus HaShluchos, Nechami Wilhelm shared her personal journey–from feeling that her mothering responsibilities were preventing her from effectively […]

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Israel Air Force Chief: The Life-Altering Lesson Taught Me By My Father, the Holocaust Survivor

Israel Air Force Chief: The Life-Altering Lesson Taught Me By My Father, the Holocaust Survivor

Last month, Israel’s former Air Force commander, Eliezer Shakadi, addressed a group of soldiers about the life-altering lessons he learned from his Holocaust survivor father. My father’s life story is impossible to comprehend. During World War II he jumped from a train, went to Budapest [where he found refuge], and was saved. After the war, […]

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