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  • Vote Generates Mix of Hope, Wariness

    By Dina Kraft

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Edna Bar-Or wants to be optimistic about the prospects for peace after this week's Palestinian elections, but like many Israelis, she is not sure she can.

    "I very much hope it will bring good," said Bar-Or, 55, surrounded by stacks of laundry and hangers full of pressed shirts at...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nuturing Nature

    Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."

    In this week's parshah, Ki Tetze, the Torah continues its compassionate attitude toward nature's creatures: Do not pull a...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Where Credit Is Due

    The Israelites complain, again, that they don't have water (Numbers 19:1-21:34). God tells Moses to make water pour from a rock by talking to it. Moses, in his anger at the whining Israelites, yells at them: "You'll see how we [him and Aaron] will make water...

  • Rosh Hashana 5763

    By Abby Gilad

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, what do math and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, have in common. On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh. This literally means "accounting of the soul." We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken, and all the thoughts we've had during the year: How...

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