Our first Pesach in Israel

This post originally appeared in the Princeton-Mercer Bucks New Jersey Jewish News:  At home abroad: our family’s first Pesach in Israel   This is the first time in at least nine years that I didn’t make any apple kugel for the Passover seder. I didn’t make it because Max Goldfarb from East Windsor wasn’t at my…

Memories of Ed Koch, z”l

Koch, z”l, former Mayor of New York City, passed away this week. He died as he lived; an in-your-face Jew who wanted to mingle with non-Jewish NY on their own turf, while never letting them forget  his Jewishness.   Back in the days of my former adventurous life as the Assistant for Foreign Relations to…

Haveil Havalim #352

Welcome to Haveil Havalim, the Jewish blog carnival!  Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It’s hosted by different bloggers each week.  Next week’s edition will be hosted by Tripn’ Mommy at  Trip’n Up, to…

Conference in Jerusalem: One part of the response to the Nachlaot tragedy.

Moishe Witkes, Mentor for Kav L’Noar together with input from the staff of Kav L’Noar wrote in to Ima2seven with the following information about the 8th Annual Conference Promoting Healthy Family Relationships at the Ramada Hotel on January 22,2012: CONFRONTING ABUSE IN OUR COMMUNITY.  I felt is was important enough to publish as a separate post….

Passions

I must stop working/typing/writing, and go to sleep. It seems however, that I have to choose between remaining a lapsed blogger or losing some sleep. At least until I can clear a few things off of my plate. (I am working on it.) As you might have read, I recently had a chance to meet…

Post-Tisha B’Av Post…

This was the most meaningful and focused Tisha B’Av I had experienced, at least that I can remember. Astounding to me given that I have spent a few at the Kotel. What made this year so different? I believe it to primarily be two things. The first, that I was asked to teach a women’s…