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  • Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’: Tips, tricks and the Torah

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    3 weeks ago

    Is there a Torah of self-actualization? 

    American tradition, following Ralph Waldo Emerson, puts the individual at the pivot of the world: “When I look at the rainbow I find myself the center of its arch. But so are you; and so is the man that sees it a mile from both of us. So...

  • Lihi Shaar, kidnapped teen’s aunt, describes her nephew

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When Lihi Shaar awoke on June 13 to the news that three Israeli students had been kidnapped the night before near the town of Alon Shvut, she had a sinking feeling — her nephew, Gilad Shaar, was studying at Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, a high school in Alon Shvut.

    She also knew that...

  • As rescue is planned, security ramps up

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Shortly after the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teens  — Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel — Palestinian security forces found a torched Hyundai i35 with Israeli license plates near Hebron, just a few miles south of the Highway 60 junction where the teens were...

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  • The kidnapping dilemma: How to respond beyond the search

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2014 | 10:57 am

    On Oct. 10, 1994, not long after midnight, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) office got a call from the brother of a soldier, Nachshon Wachsman: The soldier was supposed to come home but never made it. The brother was somewhat concerned. Six hours later, the mother also called....

  • A nation on edge

    By Simone Wilson

    June 18, 2014 | 10:47 am

    When three young sons of Israel disappear overnight, life is put on hold for everybody.

    Yeshiva students Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 — the last of whom holds both Israeli and U.S. citizenship — were kidnapped the night of June 12 while hitchhiking...

  • Father’s Day: From dad’s art studio to the rabbi’s bimah

    by Rabbi Zoë Klein

    June 11, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    I confess. Sometimes when I say from the pulpit, “A great Jewish man once said,” I’m actually just quoting my dad. OK, more than sometimes. Often. I’m embarrassed to say, “My daddy taught me …” all the time. It might make me appear immature and unlearned. However, of all teachings...

  • Everybody has a story

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:38 am

    FINDING HERSELF

    When Viktoriya Kernes was just 13, her mother sent her to a Jewish social event. Kernes had no idea why. 

    At the time, she did not know she was Jewish. 

    “I really didn’t know what to make of it,” Kernes, now 29, said recently of the discovery she made while...

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