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NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – Remember the pushke? That little blue-and-white collection box – the older versions of which are now collectors’ items – was long the symbol of the Jewish National Fund, which, since its founding in 1901, has been seen by many as the flagship Zionist charity. The original goal of the JNF, founded Read More

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – They stood as a group, 19 strong huddled amongst the 9,385 tombstones at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. They are members of the Israeli organization Brothers for Life, and on this day they came to honor the dead; those Americans that sacrificed their young lives on the doorstep of freedom Read More

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – The variation in cabbage rolls at my grandparents’ home seemed to be as fully diverse as the colors of the swirling autumn leaves. Always, as the closing of the summer porch began (once the mysterious week of autumn family gatherings had concluded, in the chilly evenings), two things would happen in Read More

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – It’s 11:30 on a Friday morning at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore health club, and a handful of men move toward a round table filled with lox, bagels, cream cheese, and herring. “I got to admit the herring is out of this world,” says Harold Mindel, a retired Read More

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - The recently published book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,’’ is written by a compendium of contributors, including over two dozen psychiatrists and other mental health specialists plus an attorney and the ghostwriter of Trump’s 1987 autobiography, “The Art of the Deal.” A conference was held at Yale in April 2017 Read More

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NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - Over 1,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear 50 speakers address ways to open doors for people with disabilities when the Ruderman Family Foundation holds its 2017 Inclusion Summit at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston on Nov. 19 and 20. Among those who will appear are Read More

Abraham Joshua Heschel writes, “Religion is an answer to man’s ultimate questions.” However, in order to get the right answers, we must ask the right questions. What questions should we ask? In the early chapters of Genesis, G-d, speaking directly and through messengers (the angels), asks humankind three questions: Where are you? Where is your Read More

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - With the broadcast of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War” and the publication of books on the Battle for Hue and singer Barry Sadler, Vietnam suddenly reentered the public’s consciousness this year – after many years of being buried deep in America’s collective memory. The documentary resonated with me because Read More

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 – Ralph Epstein rose from modest roots in Malden to become one of the area’s leading pulmonologists and emergency room doctors. Epstein, who is now 78, was one of four children born to Ida and Hyman Epstein. He won a scholarship to Williams College, studied medicine at Tufts Medical School, and practiced Read More