February 27, 2015 / 8th of Adar, 5775
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Dan Brosgol

  • We left Israel on Saturday evening.

    When I was younger, I remember the deep anguish and sadness that I felt when an Israel trip was over and I was about to fly home. I remember those bus rides to the airport, watching the lights on the side of highway pass by, hoping that something, anything, would make the trip last longer. I remember sitting on airplanes, watching the lights of Tel Aviv vanish below and behind us with misty eyes, and remembering only the pain of having to leav...

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  • The day after our arrival in Israel mirrored so many others with its jet lag, casual disorientation, and awkward shift from American to Israeli coffee . Even though this is my 17th (or so) time making the long haul from the US to Israel, it's still a transition that I have yet to master.

    Luckily for us it was also the nicest day so far, with sun and warm-ish temperatures, unlike the winter rains that have been on and off ever since.

    Post-services Saturday morning I did a quick chan...

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  • Sure, I’ll be 37 in two weeks, but earlier this week, as the football and weather gods were smiling over Boston, I got to act like a kid again.

    Anyone who watched the game (and I’m assuming it was many of you as this was the most-viewed Super Bowl in history) was probably sitting in shock after Jermaine Kearse’s circus catch gave the Seahawks a first-and-goal with just over a minute to go on Sunday. As insane as David Tyree’s helmet catch was in 2008, I&r...

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  • In the 1997 movie “Contact,” when S.R. Hadden reveals to Ellie Arroway that a second secret launch facility has been built on Hokkaido Island, he delivers one of my favorite lines in movie history, which I have been using variations of ever since:

    “Why build one when you can have two at twice the price?”

    In the case of Super Bowl XLIX, or, as I’ve been referring to it, the last roman-numeraled/romanly-numeraled Super Bowl, why should the Patriots have ...

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  • When the Israelites stood at Mount Sinai, legend tells us that God sounded the shofar Himself to call the world to attention. The noise was so loud, so powerful, and so awesome that the world trembled. All eyes and ears turned to the mountain to behold the revelation, and as ear-splitting as the blast of the horn was, it was matched by the deafening silence that followed as the universe waited with baited breath for God to continue.

    Absent divinely-blown shofarot, it is impossible to find such...

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  • Many of you have no doubt heard this classic folk tale, or a variation of it.

    The story takes place in the 19th century and involves a poor Jewish baker named Yosef, who lives in a small town near Prague. After living in poverty his whole life, on his 40th birthday he has a dream about going to the city and finding a treasure under the palace bridge. After the third time he has the same dream, Yosef sets out for Prague. When he gets to the bridge, he sees that it is guarded all ...

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  • Some weeks are darker than others.

    This week appears to be one of them.

    On top of the fact that the violence in Donetsk and eastern Ukraine continues to flare up, beyond the carnage of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and in addition to the appalling images out of ISIS territory over the weekend, there’s a lot of bad stuff going on.

    On Sunday morning, the lead investigator who was about to blow the lid off of an alleged  cover-up by the Argentinian government regarding the investigation...

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  • Maccabi Tel Aviv on ESPN3

    As they continue their quest to win back-to-back Euroleague titles, Israeli basketball powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has begun Euroleague Top 16 play in recent weeks. After qualifying for this third-to-last stage in the competition, they will play 14 games from now until April, aiming to make the top 8 for the early-April playoff round, which will feature home-and-home contests between the remaining teams. The winner of that penultimate stage will...

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  • This morning was the first opportunity to get a look at the new non-stop Boston-Tel Aviv airfares on El Al. After years of lobbying, El Al added three non-stop flights per week to Israel from Logan, with flights beginning in June. Outgoing flights leave Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 pm, arriving in Tel Aviv at 3:10 the next afternoon, and inbound flights depart Tel Aviv at 12:30 am, arriving in Boston at 5:45 am the same day.

    For travelers weary of early dawn sleepwalkin...

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  • After an opening eight weeks that found Maccabi Haifa near the Ligat Ha’Al basement with a measly 2-0-6 record, the Greens have gone a league-best 4-1-1 over their past six games, steadily climbing into fourth place. Haifa drew against Bnei Sakhnin 1:1 on Saturday, and will be hoping for a good result on Saturday when they host Beitar Yerushalayim at the Sammy Ofer.

    Haifa grabbed the lead at Doha Stadium in Sakhnin on Saturday in the 71st minute, as Bosnian defender Edin C...

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