Torah: Prescription For Health

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First there was bad news, in a hospital, a few months ago: Yoav Aburas, 3 years old, had cancer. Then there was good news, in a dream: Yoav saw himself holding a white Torah scroll that would heal him. He told his parents. And he told them again. "Nobody listened because it was a dream," says Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president of Chai Lifeline, the organization for children with life-threatening illnesses that found a sefer Torah for Yoav two days after receiving his request.

New Broth

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A middle-aged woman walked into J. Levine Judaica, a Midtown bookstore, one recent afternoon, looking for an inspirational gift for a friend with cancer. Owner Danny Levine pointed her to the self-help section. The customer chose one of the "Small Miracles" books, with many Jewish stories, by Brooklyn authors Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal. The woman said someone profiled in one of the books reminded her of her friend. The woman, Levine says, spent "a good 15, 20 minutes" reading many stories in many books.

Going The Distance

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Jaclyn Murphy's dream arrived in a large cardboard box the other day. Enclosed were two plastic caps, some T-shirts and a red, white and blue sweat suit: her uniform for the 1999 Pan American Maccabi Games. The package came about a year after Murphy, 16, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, L.I., was declared free of cancer.

Dwindling Days Of Awe

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On Rosh HaShanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created, who will live and who will die … From the Rosh HaShanah liturgy On these summer days in the late autumn of his life, on the mornings when he feels strong enough, Harold Dubow opens a siddur. Waking late in a living room on the edge of Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood, he takes some pills, eats a small cereal breakfast and recites Shacharit from a large-print prayerbook he keeps nearby on a small table.

The Idealism, And Realism, Of King Hussein

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No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesDuring the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.

A Mountain To Climb

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She packed her skis, as usual. She packed her poles, as usual. She packed her bindings, as usual. Dr. Ruth Spector, an avid skier, was hitting the slopes last week. She also packed her helmet, not as usual. You don’t risk injury when you have leukemia. “I never wear a helmet,” says Spector, a 41-year-old anesthesiologist who lives in Lake Success, L.I.

Summer Of Their Content

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For some students, summer vacation isn’t a vacation from studying or from community service. While many high school and college students spend June through August making money or working on their tans, others use the time giving their time. This summer there were members of the American Jewish Society for Service who built Habitat for Humanity houses in Wyoming, and volunteers from Yeshiva and University Students for the Spiritual Revival of Soviet Jewry group who tutored at Jewish camps in the former Soviet Union.

Pollard and his admirers

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 I don’t know why – I’ve been doing this for a long time, after all – but I still react with surprise to each new indication that Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy who wants out of the prison he now shares with Ponzi king Bernie Madoff, is his own worst enemy. Case in point: a new posting on the “official” Justice for Jonathan Pollard Web site by an Israeli rabbi, who just can’t contain his admiration for Jonathan.

Armed With The Facts

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With evidence suggesting that Ashkenazi Jewish women are five to 10 times more likely than other women to be born with a mutant gene associated with breast cancer, Columbia Universityís College of Physicians and Surgeons is preparing a booklet to help such women decide whether to undergo genetic testing. "There are legal and social issues that a woman may wish to consider," said Sherry Brandt-Rauf, associate research scholar at the schoolís Center for the Study of Society and Medicine.
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