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A Shout-out To Betty Friedan

10/08/2014
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Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. The national contest, sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group, seeks essays by teens on Jewish Americans who have made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. It honors Norman Alexander, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who was a founder of The Jewish Week.

Gabriella Kamran, right with Milken Community School teacher Melody Mansfield and Jewish-American Hall of Fame founder Mel Wacks

Sukkot Comes To The Promised Land

10/08/2014
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In Jewish tradition, Sukkot is known as one of the pilgrimage festivals, one of the three times each year when people from around the Holy Land would head to Jerusalem to worship and celebrate at the ancient Temples.

The perfect etrog.

How Michal Met Joey

A woman in her late thirties and a man at the mid-century mark refused to give up.

10/07/2014
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“It was just me and my cat,” says Michal Cohen Eckstein, when she was a 38-year-old religious single living in Jerusalem in 2012. But she didn’t give up hope and continued repeating her mantra: I will get married. She also decided to heed the Talmudic notion that if you change your place, you will change your luck. 

It all checked out. Courtesy of Joey and Michal Eckstein

Living In Suspended Animation

10/02/2014
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The ancient rabbis referred to the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by a number of names. One, “bein Kesseh Le’Asor,” means between Kesseh (the full moon, Psalm 81), another name for Rosh Hashanah in the Torah, and Asor, “the tenth,” meaning of course Yom Kippur, which falls on the tenth of Tishrei. The other, more commonly used phrase is the Asseret Y’mei T’shuvah- literally, the ten days of penitence.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

What Do Shimon Peres And Eric Schmidt Have In Common?

10/02/2014
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At the Sept. 22 ADL dinner, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Google chairman Eric Schmidt were seated next to each other – and not just because both were honorees.

Mika Almog takes a selfie with Google’s Eric Schmidt. Tim Boxer/JW

The Mile End, And Beyond

10/01/2014
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Note: This is the third of three articles on eastern Canada. The other two focused on Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

St-Viateur Bagels in Montreal is run by Joe Morena, who calls himself a "good Italian boy who speaks Yiddish." George Medovoy/JW

Yom Kippur Messages In New Book Of Stories

10/01/2014
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A native of Staten Island, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld has served for a decade as spiritual leader of Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., which bills itself as the city’s oldest Orthodox congregation. The rabbi, who was ordained by Yeshiva University and served for five years as associate rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, has helped revive Ohev Sholom by conducting a high-visibility outreach to unaffiliated Jews. He also teaches a regular class on Judaism at the U.S. Senate.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfelf: His Yom Kippur stories bring a light touch to a heavy holiday.

Preparing The Wall For The High Holidays

10/01/2014
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According to legend, a destitute man came to a rabbinic sage in Jerusalem in the middle of the 18th century, complaining of his economic plight. The rabbi’s advice: He wrote an amulet on parchment and instructed the man to place it between the stones of what was then called the Wailing Wall.

New YIVO Project Digitizes Pre-War Archive

10/01/2014
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Imagine 1,000 years of Jewish history at your fingertips.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish research is digitizing some 1.5 million documents in its collection. Getty Images

Rock Of Ages

09/24/2014
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There is an old story, a kind of midrash, in which the wanderings of the Jewish people are compared to the journey of a stone. Brought back to life by the mysterious modern commentator known as the Draschba, this story begins with the Akedah, the binding of Isaac, which we read during Rosh HaShanah. In the Draschba’s telling, the rock on which Abraham attempted to sacrifice Isaac was split open when the ram was substituted for the man. Those flints, impregnated with the joy of life affirmed, floated downstream into human history, distributed randomly in every direction, bubbling to the surface every time a text is split open, and its holy power ignited and revealed.

Daniel Schifrin
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