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Passover preserves the memory of Jewish people’s past voyages

March 26, 2021 Passover preserves the memory of Jewish people’s past voyages By Barbara Sofer There comes that moment of frustration when preparing for Passover that I need to sit down with my copy of Bread and Fire. Obviously, no bread recipes here. Bread and Fire is a collection of Jewish women’s writings edited by writer Rivkah …

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Israel: We must not teach history, but instill memory

February 25, 2021 Israel: We must not teach history, but instill memory By Barbara Sofer Jewish educators, most notably our contemporary Jerusalemite master teacher Avraham Infeld, insist that it’s not history we need to teach the next generation, but memory that we must instill. Says Infeld: It’s not what happened in the past that matters …

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Considering conversion: From Texas church songs to Israel hassidic tunes

February 12, 2021 Considering conversion: From Texas church songs to Israel hassidic tunes By Barbara Sofer  She used to be the minister of song in a Texas megachurch, but now she’s an aficionado of hassidic melodies in Israel. I’m thinking of this remarkable story as the women of the Chabad movement mark the 33rd anniversary of the …

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By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth – good news

January 15, 2021 By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth – good news By Barbara Sofer I’m one of those optimists who see our national birthrate as an expression of positive values, willingness to take on responsibility and confidence. I sit down to read the recent Gregorian New Year’s supplement of the …

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Thankful for getting the coronavirus vaccine – opinion

December 31, 2020 Thankful for getting the coronavirus vaccine – opinion By Barbara Sofer Dear Bill, I have been enjoying late-night Zoom participation on the University of Pennsylvania committee to prepare for our reunion. Because I live outside of the United States, the 50th reunion is a golden opportunity to connect. I attended my high school 50th …

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Sewing circle ‘Chicks with Sticks’ knit their mitzvahs

December 18, 2020 Sewing circle ‘Chicks with Sticks’ knit their mitzvahs By Barbara Sofer Theirs wasn’t an official aliyah pilot trip. Naomi May, a retired Atlanta Torah day school assistant principal, and her husband Saul, a retired professor of biochemistry, were ostensibly visiting their daughter and grandchildren in Efrat. But aliyah was on their minds, …

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