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  • Make Resolutions That Will Stick

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We have spoken slander; we have acted presumptuously; we have practiced deceit."

    Each year we beat our chest and resolve to change. And each year, we make promises to ourselves: I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to stop gossiping. I'm going to learn to play the piano.

    Yet long...

  • Shabbat in Jerusalem

    By Laurel Sternberg

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Friday in Israel is not really a work day, but a semi-holiday. Friday is not a holy day, but it has a special flavor because it is when we finalize our Shabbat preparations.

    I used to live on a gorgeous street in Jerusalem, Rehov Caspi. The street boasts a view of the Temple Mount,...

  • Gaza Nostalgia

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the good old days, when I traveled freely though the Gaza Strip, Rafah was our neighboring village across a stretch of sand, my boss was Ahmad from Khan Yunis and stones were for building, not for throwing.

    That was in 1983, three months after I moved to Israel and a couple...

  • Alternative Invitation to a Simcha

    By Meira Maierovitz Drazin

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After canceling a bat mitzvah trip to Israel for their daughter, Danielle, Tricia and Mark Rauch decided that if they couldn't bring their family to Israel, they would bring Israel to Houston. But when Tricia and Danielle began shopping for Israel-themed bat mitzvah invitations, they...

  • A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength

    By Wendy Mogel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).

    When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...

  • Summer Reading

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I had planned to spend my summer in Hollywood. I had teed up on my reading list "Maneater" by Gigi Levangie Grazer, "Action!" by Robert Cort and "San Remo Drive" by Leslie Epstein. But, as Primo Levi used to say, life proved otherwise.

    I had high hopes for "Maneater." I like...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...

  • Loss for Jews if Secession Wins

    By Jack Weiss

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The question has been posed to me frequently over the past several months: Is Valley secession "good for the Jews?"

    Truthfully, it's a difficult question to answer. Other current matters are easier to address. Is President Bush good for the Jews? Prime Minister Ariel Sharon certainly...

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