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Sukkah reading: Focusing on guests you’d invite this Sukkot

September 24, 2021 Sukkah reading: Focusing on guests you’d invite this Sukkot – opinion By Barbara Sofer This isn’t a book review column. Nonetheless, at this time of our lives when staycations are more convenient than vacations because of the pandemic and the increase of traffic, reading in the sukkah is a simple pleasure.  If “summer reading” …

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Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel

September 10, 2021 Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel By Barbara Sofer As the longtime annual chronicler of “Things I Love About Israel” each Independence Day, I was intrigued to receive a folder of white-lined paper from Rivka Gross, an English teacher in the Branco Weiss High School in Beit Shemesh. My …

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The Sofia: The new Tiberias luxury hotel with a Zionist background

August 6, 2021 The Sofia: The new Tiberias luxury hotel with a Zionist background By Barbara Sofer Sofia is the name of the new classy hotel in Tiberias, and there’s a story behind it. Owners Raul and Sophie Sarogo plan to make Sofia the first in a chain of Israeli five-star boutique hotels that will …

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After coronavirus, theater returns music to the lives of Israelis

July 2, 2021 After coronavirus, theater returns music to the lives of Israelis By Barbara Sofer When the variants of the coronavirus are no longer newsworthy, will we remember the variations of the coronavirus rules? Will we recall the feeling the first time we invited our families back for dinner, the first time we saw …

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