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  • Audio: Rabbi Werfel on witnessing the Har Nof attack

    November 21, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Rabbi Joe Werfel, formerly the Long Island NCSY Assistant Regional Director (1980’s), was a member of the minyan during the Har Nof attack, Cheshvan 5775. At Yeshiva Tifereth Jerusalem, Rabbi Werfel shares his face to face encounter with the two Arab terrorists during tefila services.

    To read part of the transcript, click here.

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part III

    July 22, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    A letter written by Yoav (28) who is currently on standby near the northern border line:

    "We are now deep into a military operation, an operation we knew was coming as soon as the latest operation came to an end back in 2012. Not because we did not get meaningful results, but...

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part II

    July 22, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    A letter written by Sara (23) who was called for reserve duty at Israel's Home Front Command:

    "To you, the person reading this letter,
     

    I was called for reserve duty in the middle of the day, while I was with the children I am working with. I cried. It was after the...

  • After the fire: A Torah’s trip to a secular kibbutz

    October 10, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah.  At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv—unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.

    Moments before our wheels touch down, a brush fire breaks...

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  • Of Time, and a Father’s First Century

    February 2, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    My father understands unwinnable conflicts. He has been fighting a personal war against time since 1911.  “Where does the time go?” he is likely even now to be wondering out loud to a stack of magazines and mail he has yet to get to, but will.

    He’s not one for birthdays, his own at...

  • First Person: Rivky and Gabi were truly special people

    December 4, 2008 | 1:00 am

    Many of you first heard of the Holtzberg family four days ago when news of the Mumbai hostage situation emerged. I feel compelled to write this because I want the world to know who Rivky and Gabi Holtzberg were in life and to tell you what I witnessed of their accomplishments in...
  • Opening the Gates

    October 1, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    Jacob Artson, 16, gave the following speech last May at a conference in Los Angeles titled "Opening the Gates: Building Inclusive Congregations and Communities for Jews with Special Needs," where he shared the keynote address with his father, Rabbi Bradley Artson, dean of the Ziegler...
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