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  • It’s a Wonderful Wheelchair Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 30, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Americans are known for changing jobs, homes, even states of residence and careers with almost careless aplomb. As they get older, studies show they are more than likely to change their religion or political party affiliation. Still, only a major accident, illness or brush with...

  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 26, 2015 | 6:49 am

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • This is Me (or is it?)—The Facebook Paradox

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 21, 2015 | 5:39 am

    My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet another way to collect and display her "likes" and interests ... in place of actively engaging in her life. I could be sounding...

  • The Torn Iranian American Jew

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 17, 2015 | 8:30 am

    My father served the ‪‎Iranian‬ government for over thirty years.

    With the majority of his friends and colleagues ‪Muslim‬, few ‪‎Persian‬ Jews know of him now.

    He pulled himself out of poverty, away from the misery of losing his own father at a young age. He reached one of the...

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  • A Short Guide to the Good Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 14, 2015 | 5:40 am

    This week, I've been dipping into a new/old book on how to live your life. It's called A Strategy for Daily Living by psychiatrist and author Ari Kiev, and was first published in 1973. (And because I live in a bibliophile's house, it was the original, slightly crumbling edition...

  • Shabbat, Brokenness and Light:  My Reflections at an Interfaith Event

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 8, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    In addition to how I've found that interfaith relations boldly and beautifully reveals the interconnectedness of all of humanity, I certainly agree that there is nothing like interfaith work to really inspire you to actively deepen your own understanding and connection to your...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    July 7, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • An Elliptical, Recumbent Bike and Chocolate Cake

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2015 | 7:02 am

    I bought a new exercise machine yesterday. She is a beauty and I love her. She is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent exercise bike. She is sleek, pretty, easy to operate, and effective. I was so excited to meet her I celebrated her arrival by baking a chocolate cake. Yes. I...

  • The Miracle of the Oil for Ida

    June 3, 2015 | 3:55 am

    [Editor’s Note: Merle Gross has submitted two entries that appeared in Expired and Inspired previously. This story refers to one of those pieces, and the publication of that piece sets the stage for this one. JB]

    Please note that, despite its “Web” address, Kavod v’Nichum is...

  • Reflections on life and death

    By David Suissa

    May 20, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Is there anything in life more dramatic than death? Can anything, in fact, be more dramatic than absolute finality? We experience many deaths in life — the death of a marriage, a friendship, a business, a dream — but it’s the loss of life itself that holds maximum drama. A life...

  • Remembering Life by Jean Berman

    April 22, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    I have an affinity for the passage we use from the Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs while washing the body of the meit/deceased:

     

    How beautiful you are, my beloved friend:

    your eyes are doves from behind your

    tresses; your hair as a flock of goats that

    trail down from Mount...

  • Cantor Rebekah Mirsky releases album ‘Who is Like You?’

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    March 25, 2015 | 8:11 am

    One of the greatest constants I have experienced is that music acts as an incredible bridge between the body and soul, and so it is of no surprise that music has played a major role in helping me to deepen my connection with Judaism.

    It is such a blessing when you come across a...

  • Contemplating Death vs Life as a Focus

    March 18, 2015 | 4:00 am

    If one walks into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan (a five minute stroll from our home) and makes a right turn from the central Atrium, one comes face to face with the exhibit on the religions of Egypt which glorified death, with mortuary artifacts over 4000 years old....

  • 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...

  • Looking back on 2014 - the most beautiful Israeli moments

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2014 | 8:02 am

    In the year of 2014, Israelis have been through a lot. From the war in Gaza through multiple terror attacks and people turning against each other based on political views, through the announcement of going to a second election in four years. Those difficult times drained our...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!


    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • Things Dads Want to Tell Their Daughters (Before It’s Too Late)

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 9, 2014 | 7:37 am

    Recently, several fathers passed suddenly in my circle.  I thought about lessons they might have wanted to share with their daughters but lacked  the courage.  Here’s a list I made before it’s too late.

    1-  Love yourself, always. Even if you love yourself half as much as I love...

  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • My Four Month Aliyah Anniversary- My Life in Israel

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    December 4, 2014 | 4:59 am

    Last week, I passed the four month mark as a new immigrant to Israel by celebrating Thanksgiving with 200 other  “Olim Chadashim” from America at the NefeshBNefesh Thanksgiving Bash in Tel Aviv.  Now moving from one place to another is never easy. I went to four high schools as a...

  • Grateful for an Imperfect World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 26, 2014 | 9:33 am

    “Did you know teenage smoking is at all time low?”  My ten-year-old daughter announced unexpectedly.

    Imagine a tiny tear in a magnificent painting.  Most eyes naturally shift to the defect, bypassing the masterpiece.  We seek perfection.  We wish to mend.

    The news, from riots...

  • All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Rock Climbing.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 24, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Watching my kids enjoy indoor rock climbing, I realized a few lessons that paralleled Robert Fulghum’s famous sermon.  Typically, how we play is how we see life.

    1- There is no competition; everyone is rooting for you to get to the top.

    2- Everyone is a student and a teacher;...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 24, 2014 | 8:22 am

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Iron Dome under the sea, the e-tree, night run in the While City and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Iron Dome – under the sea

    Israel’s high-tech defense system – Iron Dome, is about to make a splash. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the defense system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies...

  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the...

  • Hot air balloons festival, iPhone 6 launch, world records and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 27, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Hot air balloons color Israel's sky

    Last week, Israel hosted the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event, which lasted from Monday to Tuesday, took place at Ma'ayan Harod in Gilboa Regional Council and is considered the largest held in Israel to this day. As part of the...

  • Fashion and Feminism: Oscar de la Renta

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 22, 2014 | 6:38 pm

    Brigham Young correctly observed, "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Oscar de la Renta proved that a business that empowers women is poised for success.

    Fashion has always been attacked by those who simplify and categorize too...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Building for a better future - check out the new student village in Sderot

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 8, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Sukkot is all about houses, and having a sense of place, even when you’re far away from home. On this Sukkot, I am proud to tell you a story I recently heard, of a new form of housing that is currently forming in the Israeli city of Sderot:


    After over a decade of living under...

  • My Yom Kippur Lesson

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Yom Kippur is our time to reflect, think and ask for forgiveness. Not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our time to look back at all the times we were so convinced we’re right that we let our fingers type or our mouth speak harsh words towards others. Sometimes, it...

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