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  • Medical Lessons From Robin Williams

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 11, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Dear Robin,

    You were such an inspiration.  You showed us courage in the face of adversity, making us laugh while your own soul was broken.

    Even now, at the time of your death, we find ourselves in a recently forgotten place- where all people, regardless of faith, color, or...

  • Leaving Israel is becoming a trend, so why do I choose to stay?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • The sting and the honey, the bitter and the sweet

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 29, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    Neomi Shemer was Israel’s greatest poet and composer, and this Tuesday was eight years since she passed away from cancer, at 74. But even though she can no longer walk among us and spread her grace wherever she goes, her spirit still lives through her songs. Many poets have come and...

  • 64 years of Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 26, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Today, Israel celebrates 64 years of existence. That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing in a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 64 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

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  • Judaism’s Value of Happiness: Living with Gratitude and Idealism

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 9, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    The weekly reader of the Jewish news might come to believe that Judaism opposes happiness and favors worry, guilt, and conflict. We seem to be so down and obsessed with our problems: anti-Semitism, anti-Israel propaganda, assimilation, intermarriage, scandals, and on and on. But...

  • Optimism, Concern Among Jewish Donors

    April 13, 2010 | 5:50 pm

    As more than 200 major funders of Jewish nonprofits gathered in Phoenix this week, most of the signs of the economic carnage of the past 18 months appeared to be waning.

    They came for the annual conference of the Jewish Funders Network, held Sunday through Tuesday at the Arizona...

  • Habonim spirit influences work of director Mike Leigh in ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2008 | 1:46 am

    Director Mike Leigh may be known as a bit of a curmudgeon, but he refuses to see his new film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," which revolves around a relentlessly optimistic teacher, as a departure.

    The 65-year-old British writer-director is famous for gritty realism in movies such as "Naked,"...

  • The Six-Day War changed Israel’s film industry forever

    By George Robinson

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Consider Thorold Dickinson's 1954 film, "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer," and Baruch Dinar's landmark 1960 drama, "They Were Ten."

    Each film has a tragic ending in which the death of Zionist patriots is a necessary prelude to the founding of a Jewish state.

    Then look at Uri Zohar's...
  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

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