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A Banjo’s Soul

12/15/2014
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Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

Merri Ukraincik

A Banjo’s Soul

12/11/2014
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Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind when I scheduled an appointment with the banjo repair guy for Oct. 31. As usual in our observant Jewish neighborhood, there was not a pumpkin or goblin in sight when the day arrived. No costumed revelers rang our bell in search of treats. But of course, I knew. 

Merri Ukraincik

Yom Kippur In The Big House

11/18/2014
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‘For the sin which we have committed before You under duress or willingly. And for the sin which we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.”

Akiva Lichtenberg

The Spirit Of Shabbat

10/28/2014
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With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

A dark and spooky night. Via wikpedia.org

Why I Am Going To Germany

10/14/2014
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When I accepted the invitation to spend 10 weeks in Germany this fall, it was with a sense of joyful anticipation. As the summer of Gaza unfolded, the resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe tempered my joy but never weakened my resolve.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

Rosh HaShanah In East Germany

09/16/2014
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Leipzig was a flourishing German city before World War II. In 1964, as part of communist East Germany, it was a desolate place, bomb damage still not repaired, store shelves bare and streets dimly lit. It was not a tourist destination.

Myron Kandel

Lower East Side Family History, Knish Included

08/19/2014
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The first I’d ever heard of 137 E. Houston St., on the Lower East Side, was when I went to the Ellis Island website recently to search for information about my grandparents coming to America. It was the address listed for Sam Bloomfield, the first name on the manifest of the SS New York when it arrived at Ellis Island on Oct. 14, 1906, from Southampton, England. 

Douglas M. Bloomfield

A Round Of Golf In A Time Of War

08/12/2014
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It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

Andrew Kane

The Summer Of Our Discontent

07/08/2014
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To the well-trained eye, the dollar store is a potential treasure trove. I have stumbled upon some real gems among the chazarei.  But even I was shocked to discover a cache of coveted Panini soccer albums randomly shelved with the party favors on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Merri Ukraincik

Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

06/17/2014
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Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes.

Noam E. Marans
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