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ITIM Helps Meet Jewish Needs in the 21st Century Rabbi Seth Farber is a very busy person and an unusual orthodox rabbi. He was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He also has an MA in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Modern Jewish History. In 2002 he founde...
Celebrating 100 years of toil in the soil… Ein Harod century grain celebration Once again Israeli artist Peter Viner of Kibbutz Maoz Haim has conjured up yet another astounding grain creation in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Harod Meochad, an annual artistic tradition going back many years. Over the years Viner has featured Israeli politicians, enterta...
Rica was one of the first friends I made after I arrived in Israel. We met at an ESRA Tel Aviv Monthly Talk, discovered we lived around the corner from each other, and soon were in regular contact. Rica had a good sense of humor, was a dedicated reader, a lively storyteller and frightened of hardly anything or anyone. For example, during the Gulf W...
Who doesn't remember the childhood joys of digging into the "Madeline" books or "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or any of a myriad of classics that still enthrall children today? But what defines a memorable children's book? Is it plot? Character? Timelessness? And is there such a thing as a memorable Jewish children's book? I asked Tami Lehman...
Almost three years ago we left Portland, Oregon, and moved into a 4th floor apartment on Har Sinai Street in central Raanana. One of the many pleasures of living here has been hearing and learning about the symphony of sounds that surrounds us day and night. In particular, during our prolonged stays inside because of the viral pandemic, the sounds ...
The very first March of The Living was due to be held in 1988 in Poland and many of us in South Africa wanted to attend, but the visa situation was a problem. In the 1980s, South Africa was a country that was unaccepted in the world due to its apartheid policies of racial segregation. As a result, other countries would not grant travel visas to Sou...
Photo: Debby Hudson on Unsplash When my brother-in-law, who lived in New York City, died three years ago at the age of 92, he had left no instructions, no Power of Attorney, nothing oral or written for his only daughter. He had discussed nothing with her and her name was not included as beneficiary on any documents. Everything was only in his name and that of his wife who was liv...
Anointed and united, wreathed and robed, He sits with Her atop a mountain abloom in purple majesty. Amidst fields of green below stands a home and a smaller one beside with family, bearing gifts, walking to and fro. The emerald green field is bounded by brook and trees giving life and standing guard. Beyond the soldiers of cedar and cypress lies bl...
On the TV, some time back, there was an excellent program on the problem of poverty in Israel, covering also the aspect of hunger. This in today's world of plenty. Why does a child have to go hungry even with a minimum amount of money available for food? Is it really because food is so expensive here in Israel or is it because we do not know any lo...
Daniella and Grant Crankshaw Center Stage in Raanana There is a cozy little theater around the corner on HaMasger Street in the Raanana industrial area. It was born out of a dream that we harbored for 20 years: to open the first professional English language theater in Israel. In February 2019, that dream began to come true. For nine months we poured everything we had into transforming an empty space...