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  • Edge of Tomorrow: At 91, Grandma reflects on the state of the world and her soul for Rosh Hashanah

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    "It’s been such a lousy year,” my grandmother said when I asked her what she thought I should write for my Rosh Hashanah column.

    It was a cloudy Sunday night in Miami and we had just finished watching the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” in which Cruise is forced to repeat...

  • Kulanu Be’yachad – Everyone Together!!

    By Revital Belz

    3 weeks ago

    We have all been through a tough time. One way or another, the war is leaving its mark on us all. But there is an up side too. Yes, Operation Protective Edge has had some positive side effects!

    Due to the fragile security situation, many families are remaining indoors most of the...

  • For the Love of Israel -Q&A with the young people who made Aliyah during Operation Protective Edge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 5, 2014 | 8:34 am

    This summer, in the midst of a military operation in Gaza, while rockets whistled over our heads, a group of 300 young North Americans landed in Israel, their eyes lit with excitement. Those young folks, ages 18 to 23, made Aliyah with the purpose of starting a new, independent...

  • Recovering Judaism And Living Kosher

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 22, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    WHAT IS FITTING AND PROPER?

    This question haunts me each day, each week, each month and each year. It is especially present today as I reviewed the Weekly Torah Portion and read about Kashrut.

    Kashrut is usually associated with food and, in my search...

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  • While you were in Gaza - a sister of an IDF soldier writes about the past month

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Bareket-Paz Gozlan's brother, Snir, is a soldier at the IDF Combat Engineering Corps. During the past month, he was in Gaza, almost unreachable. Now, upon his return, Bareket decided to share with Israelife's readers her thoughts and feelings during the almost unbearable month.

     ...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Roni, Dor, Yuval and Hofni are Israelis who were called for reserve duty when Operation Protective Edge launched. Here are open letters they wrote to Israelife's readers (translated from Hebrew by yours truly.)

    [For part 1, go here. For more about everything that's Israel, visit ...

  • From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

    July 29, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one.

    A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Serbia as a child, arriving in Israel at age 17. Her entire family perished in the...

  • From Grizzly Bears to Gaza Rockets: Alaskan olim head for Israel

    July 21, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Rebecca Scoggin lived in a lot of places growing up: Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks, Homer, Anchorage. But except for the two years she lived in Seattle after high school, she never lived outside Alaska.

    At least she hadn’t until a few months ago. Inspired by a Birthright trip she took...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2014 | 8:27 am

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • To my Israeli mother, with love and appreciation.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2014 | 6:25 pm

    Dear Mom,


    I will never forget the day I joined the Israel Defense Forces. It was five years ago, and I remember 18-year-old me, kissing you and Dad goodbye and boarding the bus that would take me to a month-long boot camp. You hugged me close and shed a tear, and I remember...

  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

  • Uncomfortable seder table talk

    April 9, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    We had just closed our haggadahs to begin the dinner portion of the Passover seder when the conversation abruptly, yet not surprisingly, turned to my singlehood.

    There is a curiosity to some about a single, childless woman in her early 40s, and a guest at the table, a married...

  • Confessions of an ex-hoarder

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    I’ve run out of excuses for hanging on to stuff.

    No, I haven’t achieved Zen non-attachment to material things, but I’m no longer on the road to “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

    It was easiest to get rid of the piles of unread magazines.  Those now get the heave-ho every few months....

  • Thoughts on Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 22, 2013 | 7:27 am

    Thanksgivukkah is almost here!

    Yes, it's the only convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah for 70,000 years - and I've been clicking on the links, considering new recipes, stuffing cornucopias with chocolate gelt, and even buying Pilgrim hats for the kids to wear while they spin...

  • My family’s terror at the N.J. Garden State Mall

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 5, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I have just finished buying electronics at Best Buy at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey. I have our three young children with me, ages 12, 7 and 5. It is about 9:10 p.m. I have brought the kids with me because, due to the statewide elections the following day, they have no...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 1, 2013 | 5:46 am

    I was cleaning out my hard drive earlier this week (yay, me) and found a treasure trove - a stash of photos and videos from when my kids were small. A little head peeping out from a bubble bath, a teeny figure bundled into snow pants, a baby sleeping under the afghan my grandmother...

  • Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

    By Ilana Angel

    October 28, 2013 | 8:05 am

    I love my older sister very much and felt the need to write about her today. I mention her often here, but do not think I have ever dedicated an entire blog to her.  It is time.  This weekend my sister was gracious and kind in a way that I would like to think I would also be.  She...

  • Writing your perfect wedding speech

    October 22, 2013 | 11:13 am

    You’re getting married! He finally popped the question: “Will you sign the prenup here and here?”  

    Oh, and he asked The Big One, too. Since you said yes, Vera Wang has been gowning, Jimmy Choo, shoeing. Mothers have been kvelling. Daddies have been liquidating portfolios — and...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Shabbat Shalom!


    Every Friday, I'll be offering a story, recipe, suggestion, or idea to inspire you and your family to make the coming Shabbat extra special - and for this first "Shabbat Shalom!" post, I thought I would offer a snapshot of what Shabbat looks like in my home.

    ...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • Family problems? Turn to Genesis

    By Dennis Prager

    September 24, 2013 | 10:59 am

    If you have family problems, there is a book that can provide a good deal of consolation. That book, you might be surprised to learn, is the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Torah.

    Genesis makes it abundantly clear that you are not alone, that what we now call dysfunctional...

  • Rosh Hashannah dinner challenge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 4, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Rosh Hashana, my favorite holiday! It is a time of relaxation, listening to classic holiday songs on the radio, enjoying beautiful weather and spending quality family time. The only question is, what family? This complicated political question has been in peoples’ minds for...

  • Sharing the love, handling the holidays

    September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent and jointly make decisions about their children.

    Every day, adults who once loved each...

  • The war against intermarriage has been lost. Now what?

    August 6, 2013 | 11:59 am

    When the nation’s largest Jewish federation convened its first-ever conference recently on engaging interfaith families, perhaps the most notable thing about it was the utter lack of controversy that greeted the event.

    There was a time when the stereotypical Jewish approach to...

  • Grandchild

    August 1, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Elohai, neshama….

    I take her to the park, I swing her in the little swing
    Help her on the slide, lotion her face and arms against the sun
    She runs around in her little bluejeans

    The sun is getting higher, as it does every morning
    The game now is for me to chase her
    The...

  • Summer Snippets Part 1

    By Elliot Steingart

    July 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The summer of 2013 is a collection of meaningful memories, memories of traveling to Pittsburgh, and the Black Hills of South Dakota for friends' weddings, and such.

    Pittsburgh is home, and will remain home until no one volunteers to scoop me from the airport. Zach pulls up in his...

  • Stare a Little Harder

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 12, 2013 | 12:06 am

    We can’t help but notice when someone looks different -- if they are very tall, or very short, or missing a limb for example. It is probably very primal, built into human nature as a protective strategy to separate out friend from foe. But if you are the object of that stare, it is...

  • Surrounded by Kids

    By Elliot Steingart

    June 25, 2013 | 9:36 am

    I was surrounded by kids for an entire day. In a span of eight hours, I was kicked in the groin and nearly run over by a Fisher Price bicycle. All proof that the first day of summer is the longest day of the year.

    These kids were more combative than a street gang out of...

  • Dear Dr.L

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    June 20, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Dear Dr.L- your real questions answered thoroughly by your devoted Sex & Relationship Counselor Dr.Limor.
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    My buddies and I were debating the important question of female orgasm, as we were watching...

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