Barbara Sofer

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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post


By Barbara Sofer

Marcie and David Rosen are standing in their living room as the water rises from their ankles to their calves. Longtime Houstonians, they know their walls and floors are already gone – mold will take hold fast. As the water rises, they know they'll soon have to retreat to the upstairs. They frantically begin moving anything portable to the second floor.

They've lived in this house for 22 years, ever since David was appointed rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world. It's the first time their own home has been flooded.

The phone rings. The president of the synagogue. It seems that 400 of the 2,000 families have been flooded, too. And so has the synagogue. What should they do? the president asks the rabbi standing in water.

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