October 10, 2015 / 27th of Tishrei, 5776
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Dan Brosgol

  • Not working on Sundays has a lot of ancillary benefits.

    Sleeping late is the easy one. Not DVR’ing football games is another one- although kids’ sports schedules usually makes that a moot point. But maybe the tastiest benefit is that I have time to do some cooking.

    With yesterday being Hoshana Rabah, there was no work for me, and fall was in full effect, replete with a gusty wind, running with long sleeves, and a bye week for the Patriots.

    Even though I had made pumpkin panca...

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  • The recent launch of El Al’s non-stop service from Boston to Tel Aviv was received, appropriately, with great celebration and much pomp and circumstance. For those who have run the gauntlet of the myriad of flight options from Beantown to Ben Gurion through the European gateways or the hot messes of JFK or Newark, the non-stop route not only offers a trip, at minimum, that is four hours shorter, but also much less stressful then racing across Heathrow or Schiphol in a jet-lag-induced fog....

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  • On a warm and humid night on Tuesday in Haifa, Champions League football returned to Israel for the first time in five years as Maccabi Tel Aviv hosted Dynamo Kiev in Matchday 2 action.

    The lights of Sammy Ofer Stadium shone brightly as 30,000 fans packed the stands, many of whom had made the trip from Tel Aviv up north to see the first ever Champions League match contested in the year-old arena. 

    Maccabi's Ultra fans packed the western end of the stadium, ...

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  • Sukkot is perhaps the best (and worst) holiday to be traveling on.

    Best because, well, the whole point of the holiday is to make a pilgrimage, and what better way to honor that tradition than by being in Israel for the start of the festival. Worst, because all things being equal I love Sukkot in the New England fall and I miss my family and the beautiful and seasonable temperatures that finally arrived last week.

    Related to Sukkot, Sunday night gave wannabe astronomers the wo...

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  • Does the world sit in judgment on the Day of Atonement?

    Is the Book of Life going to be closed as the shofar sounds at Neilah?

    Is it true that, in the words of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, "On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed/And on Yom Kippur it is sealed/How many shall pass away and how many shall be born/Who shall live and who shall die/Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not/…/But repentance, prayer and righteousness avert the severe decree? 

    For years ...

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  • It was a huge week in European football. Here we go.

    No contest

    Chelsea’s poor form in the Premier League unfortunately did not carry over into Wednesday’s clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv in their Champions League opener, as they spent the better part of the game running at will through Maccabi’s defenders in a 4:0 rout. Although the match began with an early penalty miss from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Maccabi wasn’t able to keep the Blues at bay for long, with Willia...

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  • Things go wrong all the time. It is the way of the world. Doing things right takes time, effort, commitment, luck, and more.

    And when things go wrong, there are few things more frustrating than having someone furiously deny that they couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with it.

    As a parent, as a professional, as a volunteer, as a coach, actually in just about every kind of situation I find myself in, I am confronted all the time with vivid examples of when things ...

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  • Mind the gap: Maccabi to open Champions League play in London

    Following their dramatic run through the Champions League qualifiers, thanks in no small part to the otherworldly play of Eran Zahavi, Maccabi Tel Aviv was placed into Group G in the group stages. Thanks to their plucky run through qualifying, Maccabi climbed to #86 in the UEFA club rankings, but face a tall order in their group as they take on the 4th(Chelsea), 11th(Porto), and 30th (Dynamo Kiev) ranked teams in Euro...

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  • Down 1:0 at home, and needing to equalize to keep their dream of the Champions League alive, Maccabi Tel Aviv needed a goal to pull them level with Basel. And Eran Zahavi answered the call.

    With a perfectly-timed run and a powerful, yet beautiful, left-footed finish, Zahavi’s goal in the 24th minute sent the announcers and a filled-to-the-rafters Bloomfield Stadium into a state of bedlam. That makes 7 goals in Maccabi’s 5 Champions League qualifiers for Zahavi, who continues to ele...

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  • We’re four games into League Championship play in Britain, and with an almost-perfect 3-0-1 record, Brighton and Hove Albion are enjoying some early success. The Seagulls are in second place in the 24-team division, which after last season’s 20th place debacle is no small achievement.

    So what’s the big deal with that? Where is Brighton anyway (here it is, FYI)? Why should we care?

    Well, other than the fact that Brighton and Hove are seeking their first-ever promotion to th...

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