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Eli Libenson is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, and served as a Conservative rabbi in Plainview, NY, for 13 years before making aliyah in 1984. He taught junior high and high school English in Israel. He has been a volunteer at Sheba Hospital since 2007.

Illustration by Denis Shifrin

Two days ago, on a Friday morning, we awoke to find a small ...
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A cruise ship docked in Puerto Vallarta

Most memorable dish dining out ... tuna on hot rock

A sculpture on the Malecon, the boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta

Story and photos by Eli Libenson Puerto Vallarta is a r...
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Eli’s friends Stu

and Edward

New friends are silver, old friends are gold. All of us have...
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The Jewish population at the turn of the twentieth cent...
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"What hath God wrought." This was the very first message sen...
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Emily Dickenson (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

What do you do when the old religious beliefs are no longer ...
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Author Y.L. Peretz ... he's all but forgotten today (Photo: Wikipedia

Everyone loves a good story. Yud Lamed Peretz wrote many of ...
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I was a young parent when I first came across the popular bo...
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I love to write for ESRAmagazine. It's challenging and rewar...
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 Avraham Yaskil (1894-1987) was a painter and high scho...
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All my life I've dreamed of making a match, a shiduch. This ...
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Illustration by Denis Shifrin

In My Fair Lady, Professor Higgins sings a song called, "I'm...
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Uber drivers are a special bunch. Unlike most taxi drivers, ...
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Judy loves adventure. I love the four walls of our apartment...
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Stunning... the Chicago skyline

Eli Libenson

Rosh Hashanah is the holiday of new beginnings. But, truthfu...
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A Scottish piper plays the bagpipes

At the Glenfiddich whiskey distillery

My wife and I took the low road* to Scotland. I don't really...
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Music notes. Photo credit: www.planetofsuccess.com/blog via flickr.com




Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960) was one of the most successful...
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The Bridge Builder The Life and Continuing Legacy of Ra...
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American humorist Mark Twain

On Simchat Torah we start reading the Torah anew. I know the...
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Eli Libenson and Suzy Kaplan on their wedding day

Suzy and Eli (holding their son Danny) with his parents, the Libensons

Eli and Suzy with her parents, Alyce and Lawrence Kaplan

Hugs ... Eli and Suzy

Every marriage is by definition an intermarriage, even if bo...
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