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Seeking Awareness for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a time when per our tradition, Jews across the globe are asked to think and meditate on how their presence has impacted the world during the past year. It is a period for self-reflection. We ask ourselves hard questions. Awareness is essential. Are you being honest with yourself listening to the answers?…

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Happy 5,778, L ’Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

For Jews, it’s the year 5,778. As I smell my brisket baking in the oven and cook my kasha on the stove, I’ve been thinking about the past year, and what I want to happen in the months ahead. New Years, whether Jewish or secular, is always a good time for reflection. If you’re not…

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Israel Helps Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey and Mexico’s Earthquake Victims

Israel, the Little Engine that could — helps victims from Hurricane Harvey, then survivors from Mexico’s 8.1 earthquake, and now Hurricane Irma. Unfortunately, all Israelis have advanced degrees in tragedy — but one benefit is they know how to help in urgent, stressful situations. After all, it’s a requirement in our Jewish traditions of Tzedakah…

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Penn Wallace Tells His Story at Writers4Writers

I love hearing stories about authors’ writing journeys — how about you? I’m even more interested in authors’ writing adventures as I get closer to writing my last chapters of Blasted from Complacency. I’m trying to heed their warnings, and if I make a mistake along the way, well, at least I know they were my…

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Concerns that Israel is Facing the Third Intifada are Put on Hold For Now

Thankfully the resounding answer to my question in my last blog, “Jerusalem 101 Part III: Friday, Will Muslim and Jewish Prayers End in Violence?” is NO.  After the weeks of violence, and the metal detectors and cameras being removed — the following Friday night, important to both Jews and Muslims passed quietly. Thank God, the…

Jerusalem

Jerusalem 101 Part III: Friday, will Muslim and Jewish Prayers End in Violence?

Just when I thought I would speak about Jerusalem the Puzzle, there’s been more conflict, rioting and killings. Israel reopened access to the Noble Sanctuary after two days investigating the murder of Israeli police by a Palestinian. The metal detectors installed for safety were also taken down due to Palestinian demands. Thursday the Mufti of…

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