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OCTOBER 19, 2017 - On a recent Sunday, more than a dozen people stood in line outside the B’nai B’rith food booth at the Topsfield Fair. Most stared at the menu, which would bring a smile to most deli aficionados. Fifty-six years ago, the booth began with a modest offering of Hebrew National hot dogs Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Last week, during the waning days of Sukkot, Rabbi Michael Ragozin was lamenting about not being able to ride his bike. Ragozin, who is recuperating from an ACL tear, had been looking forward to putting together his Sukkah Cycle, which he peddles to congregants’ homes. There, he helps them fulfill the Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - For some, last week’s reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) represented a new hope that the pact could eventually lead to some form of lasting peace with Israel. But to grasp just how big the divide is between the two governing Palestinian factions, one needs to look at Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Recently, I was granted a wish to sit with Sheldon Adelson, a giant of the Jewish world, to share what was in my heart. A bonus was sitting with his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, as well. The purpose of my meeting with the Adelsons, who are the driving force behind the Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - JERUSALEM – Anyone who travels to Israel probably sees more firearms per square foot than anywhere short of a battlefield. This is primarily due to the fact that Israel has, historically, been a battlefield, with ongoing security issues that require a strong and permanent presence of armed authorities. These authorities include Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - It came in on a motorcycle. “There is no such thing as a kosher ham!” thundered my grandfather, stabbing each syllable in the evening air with his lit cigar. Around him, our usually talkative relatives were stunned into silence in the chilly October breeze, rugged up in shawls and sweaters as Read More