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August 23, 2011 | 4:52 pm
When David Weinstein went to summer camp many years ago, the Jewish world was animated by the campaign to free Soviet Jewry.
In his younger days, Weinstein even visited the Soviet Union once to meet members of the Jewish community there. When he left them, he recalls, he thought...
August 9, 2011 | 6:23 pm
The other day my kids asked me if I had a pet when I was a child, which made me tell them a little story about the kitten we had for a week. This story went something like this:
When I was about eight-years-old and my brother five, we begged our parents to get us a dog or a cat all...
August 2, 2011 | 2:37 pm
Apparently, The Tooth Fairy is going through tough economic times too. 10% of children did not receive any money this year, and 7% received less than a dollar. Are you kidding me? First of all, I don’t understand the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing as it is. In what messed up...
July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm
Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it. When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock. As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...
July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm
The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine… Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now. I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit. However, I...
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May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm
As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen. Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty. As I opened the letter, immediately I started...
May 16, 2011 | 3:04 pm
American officials have weighed in for the first time on a Chabad court victory over the ownership of Chasidic texts, reportedly saying it could jeopardize Russia-U.S. cultural ties.
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Justice Department’s response Monday to the...
May 15, 2011 | 6:07 pm
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Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will be fully operational within weeks, local news agencies quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Thursday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov spoke two days after the company that built the plant, a politically charged...
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How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it? When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...
March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am
Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day? Even the Jews. When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking? Have you ever seen Jewish people drink? No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.
I am definitely the “drinker” in...
March 11, 2011 | 9:46 am
Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates. It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread. After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...
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Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security. Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security? Who knows… Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass? Well, that’s why. This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...
January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am
Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother. She came to the U.S. a few years after we did. At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream. My Grandmother had lived through the...
January 24, 2011 | 8:46 am
At least 31 people were killed and 130 wounded Monday in a suicide blast at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russian Health Ministry officials said.
Smoke wafted out of the baggage claim area and people were seen running out of the emergency exits at Russia’s busiest airport, local media reported.
Russian officials branded the bombing a terrorist attack and President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Monday that those behind the explosion would be “tracked down and punished.”
Read more at HAARETZ.com.
January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm
Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.
Here are my issues with...
January 6, 2011 | 3:04 pm
Most people know, I am not a big sports fan. Sure I like to watch an occasional basketball game, only because every TV in the house has been hijacked to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers get their asses handed to them, yet again, by every single team in the NBA. But, that’s for later…...
January 3, 2011 | 10:16 am
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev canceled a planned visit to Israel due to a strike by Foreign Ministry employees.
The striking workers had threatened to embarrass the Russian leader during his visit, which was scheduled for the middle of January. The workers gave interviews in...
December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm
Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit. I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there. I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service. I guess...
December 21, 2010 | 2:52 pm
Representatives of the Russian Jewish Congress asked the U.S. Congress to repeal the Jackson-Vanik amendment.
The appeal was addressed to the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Beyrly, during a meeting Monday in Moscow that took place on the 36th anniversary of the amendment’s...
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