August 30, 2014 / 4th of Elul, 5774
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    In the last 24 hours or so several people have asked what my "talking points" are regarding a school in Gaza being hit, or a marketplace, or some other site. What am I supposed to say? It is ugly. Of course it is horrible. It is profoundly painful.  David Mamet once wrote:... Read More
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    My roommates and I have started a new tradition called “Chicken Wednesday.” We’re nothing if not creative, and it’s just what it sounds like: One of us whips up a bunch of chicken on the grill and everyone else is responsible for the accoutrements. This week we had our... Read More
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    The Jews are known as ‘the chosen people,’ as those intended to show the way to the light to all the nations. However, the message the Jews bring, of mutual guarantee and unity, is unpleasant to the listener’s ego, so what happens when this message hits the wall of... Read More
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    Cancel? Absolutely Not! The families were counting the days.  Tension, trauma, terror colored their days ‘gloomy gray’. Living with cancer was draining, traumatizing. But there was something to look forward to. Ezer Mizion’s Summer retreat for Families Battling Cancer... Read More
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    Shiva Decorum By Ann Green   During the shiva for my mother three and a half years ago I found my husband and daughter hiding in our bedroom.  Grateful as all of us were for the outpouring of concern and kindness from friends, family and fellow congregants, they were... Read More
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      By guest blogger Ken Gordon JEDCAMP Boston is bearing down on Beantown. (The GPS says it will arrive on September 7, 2:00 p.m., at JCDS, Boston.) And if you’re anything like me, you think the collision can’t happen soon enough. In fact, you’re relishing the idea... Read More
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    Yael is a 28-year-old marketing coach and former Jewish communal professional. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communication. Yael lives in Melrose with her husband, Jeff. Last week, I hit my breaking... Read More
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    When you’re born and raised in Greater Boston, you might overlook the amazing sights and sounds that bring so many tourists to our city. But if you take the time to ‘visit’ Boston as a tourist, you might be surprised by what a great city it is! On a beautiful Sunday in July,... Read More
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    With August nearly upon us, I thought it best to chat with a local artisan ice cream maker. It turns out Kasey Fechtor has more than just a pint of fresh, homemade ice cream up her sleeve. I spoke with the budding pastry chef about her route from the world of advertising to the kitchen,... Read More
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    In a small village in the Negev, unknown to most, a community of people with special needs and the staff that look after them – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – brave the rockets raining down around them. This village, known as ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village, sits on the... Read More
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