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With summer travel to Israel around the corner, now's the time to plan your packing strategy. From new high-tech gadgets to easy-care clothing, from hybrid shoes to crushable sun hats, there's plenty to choose from as gifts for loved ones and must-haves for your own comfort. We've...
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Are You watching, God?
Have You seen the innocent swept away?
Are You listening, God?
Have You heard their cries?
Be with them, God.
Be their strength and their comfort.
Let them know You are near.
Work through us, God.
Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.
Wake us up, God,...
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I am in Israel for a few days to visit the victims of terrorist acts. I'm on my own, not with a group. It's the first time I've been in Israel with a purpose other than visiting family and enjoying myself. I'm not frightened but there is something unsettling to visit Israel this way....
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The Shabbat after Tisha B'Av is called Shabbat Nachamu, after the haftara that is read: "Nachamu, nachamu ami" (Be comforted, be comforted my people). Why is the word nachamu repeated? To offer consolation for both Temples, which were destroyed.
The word nachamu means comfort. God...
May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pmThursday was Tisha B'av -- the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av -- the day on which we fast, pray and commemorate the tragedy of our people's past. According to tradition, many of the worst catastrophes to befall the Jewish people took place on Tisha B'av: The destruction of the first...
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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh recently had some ominous words for Congress, but legislators and many Jewish leaders weren't in a listening mood.
At a hearing on counterterrorism, Freeh described the rise of independent, well-financed foreign terrorists such as...