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Imposing ... The Okinawa Institue of Science and Technology. Photo: Copyright OIST

On the map: Okinawa

The Himeyuri monument in Okinawa. Photo: A-gota-Wikipedia

Traditional and colorful ... the Ryuku dancers in Okinawa Photo: Myra Olswang

In the spring of 2015, at the conclusion of an organized gro...
This holy Hindu town has 52 stairways leading down to the lake where the water is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases

Diwali Festival

A holy Hindu man carrying a food container

Window shopping in the bazaar ... a holy Indian cow in Pushkar




From Top Left: A Pushkar woman carrying vegetables on her head. At the Pushkar camel festival. Entrance to a Hindu temple and Lunch at Chabad in Pushkar.

Story and photos by Marion Stone Pushkar is a holy pilgrimag...
Illustration: Daniel Morgenstern

Next to my wife and two sons my most beloved possession was ...
It’s all downhill from here ... Naomi Wall in competition on Mt Hermon





Stories of the pioneers of the "Eyes of Israel"  Fast s...

THEY’RE certainly keen on playing MahJong in Modiin. So much so that Chanukah was celebrated with appropriate Chanukiahs!

Modiin MahJong Mavens Nechama Namal, Rita Katz, Lori Abrams and Cynthia Barmor

Illustration by Denis Shifrin   "You're joking. . ...

ESRA Herzliya had a most successful Bridge morning at the Ra...
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. Story and photos by Barbara Abraham

Hugs ... Anette de Florie (left) with Barbara Abraham in Copenhagen

The memorial service for Raoul Wallenberg

As Danny Kaye serenaded it – 'And there she stands waiting f...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

Dog's life is a kvetch Morty visits Dr. Saul, the veterinari...

n previous issue of ESRA magazine, we addressed two of the s...
A view of the old Kasbah in Skoura, Morocco

Our Berber guide

An interior of Dar Ahlam

Ten years ago, we had the holiday from hell in Marrakesh. It...
Artisan Giorgio Filicamo with the writer’s wife, Lenore Hahn (left) and Sonia Dorfman, a customer from Hong Kong. Above the door, the Shema in Hebrew.   Photo: Herb Hahn

Located between the towns of Amalfi and Salerno, above the A...

IF THEY HAD A JEWISH MOTHER Mona Lisa's Jewish Mother: "Afte...

When discussing bidding problems in our Sunday night supervi...
Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, subject of the movie Woman in Gold, is on permanent view at the Neue Galerie, Fifth Avenue, New York

The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from ‘Woman in Gold’

Hotel Metropole, where the deportation of Vienna’s Jews was organized

In July 2014, I returned to Vienna after a long pause, to re...
Writer James Joyce (below) and a night in a Dublin pub (above) Photo Credit: herooutoftime-flickr.com

Photo: Alex Ehrenzweig

Photo Credit: David Jones-flickr.com

A bridge over the River Lifffey in Dublin

For those of you who have never visited Ireland, be advised:...

Modiin’s Mahj Mavens (from left) Nechama Namal, Lori Abrams, Hinda Hausdorff, Rita Katz, Cynthia Barmor

On, May 4, the Modiin MahJ Mavens hosted their third annual ...
Photos and words by Ilan Hirschowitz

The man who started it all in 1996 ... Cyclenix founder John Cohen

Cycling quartet ... Anna Sheffer, Barbara Sher, Yochi Levy and Michal Cahn

Cyclenix members Yvette Hirschowitz and Merril Walder

I think one could say without a doubt that cycling is Israel...
Women's fashion in the sixties-Courtesy of AMC-www keepfronting co uk







Photo Credits: Raimond Spekking-Wikipedia

Photo Credits: Raimond Spekking-Wikipedia

Alan Light-Wikipedia

Photo Credits: Kevin Ryder-Flickr.com

CSD2006-Wikipedia

Skinny jeans-Wikipedia

Courtesy of Forum bgu.co.il

Courtesy of World Fashian Style Blogspot

Viva la difference. Men and women, of course, wear very diff...

How's this for starters . . . the worst opening lines Advent...
 There is a commandment to ritually clean certain unuse...