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  • Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family

    6 days ago

    I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on my mother’s side. Both her parents survived with one sibling. The rest – brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – did not survive. On my father’s side, though his parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel before...

  • One Year of Labelled Canned Goods - Excerpts from an Oral History

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    2 weeks ago

    Robert Howard Goldhamer was known in his family as a fantastic storyteller. His oral history, conducted when he was 83, included many recollections of the love and humor in his family and the sights and sounds of his neighborhood. This is the second excerpt from my interviews with...

  • The Jewish Response to a Cheap Dress

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 28, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Did you see blue-and-black, or were you in the white-and-gold camp?  Was your family as polarized as mine?

    I can't help it.  I am a Jewish doctor.  What seems to be a trivial, yet highly popular discussion on social media about the true colors of this $70 dress, keeps me up at...

  • My Father’s Story and Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 19, 2015 | 7:46 am

    My father was a mining engineer.  He lost his father at an early age and assumed the role of a father to his younger siblings and the bread winner to his family.  He climbed his way up to the highest level a Jew had ever achieved as an engineer in Iran.  He was trusted by the...

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  • An ode to Uzi

    By Diana Emuna

    January 4, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    “Mummy, Uzi died!” began today’s conversation with my teenage daughter.  We were attending my nephew’s bar mitzvah when she called.  A virus kept her at home, and her job was to watch the dogs.  She couldn’t get Uzi to come to eat his breakfast, and he wouldn’t move.  After the...

  • A New Year’s Resolution: Gratitude!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 30, 2014 | 7:05 pm

    “You are as close to 76 as you are to 16!” 

    Bill loves to sting me with his wit, as if looking at my children, walking past a mirror, and the occasional lapse of memory were not enough.  Honestly, 46 is not as terrible as I thought it would be.  I used to laugh at the...

  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 8, 2014 | 9:52 am

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • Eight nights of Chanukah chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    December 1, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Each bite of chocolate makes him want "more," confessed my friend. Here are eight ideas for adding "more chocolate" to each night's celebration of Chanukah.

    On the First Night of Chanukah: Dec. 16, 2014

    Bake: Peanut Butter Chanukah Gelt Cookies

    This easy treat maintains the...

  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2014 | 9:48 am

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 10, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    The Benji Hillman Foundation was founded in August 2006, in memory of Major Benji Hillman, who was killed in action during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.


    The foundation, managed by Hillman’s cousin, Saul Burka, operates to continue Benji’s legacy and help make life easier for...

  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2014 | 11:06 am

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed...

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

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 23, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    "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

    September 7, 2014 | 1:03 am

    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...

  • 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

    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!

    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...

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