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Columnists, Rabbi Yogi

Posted on 19 April 2018

Imagine if your wife had a bird’s-eye view of what you did at the office every day. Would she find herself impressed with your productivity level and work ethic? Or, would she discover a ship that needed much righting? Could she rightly point to multiple items on your business to-do list left unattended to, as […] Continue Reading

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Columnists, Light Lines

Making sure the 6 million’s names live on

Posted on 19 April 2018

I wrote this four days ago, after I had just returned from Reading the Names. The Beth Torah Men’s Club had this inspired idea, began it in 2003, and it’s now a sacred tradition. This quote is attributed to an elusive figure named Bansky: “A person dies twice. First, when he takes his last breath. […] Continue Reading

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Columnists, D'var Torah

Iyar: an opportune month to heal your soul

Posted on 19 April 2018

The current month of Iyar, the second month in the Jewish calendar, is commonly referred to as the month of healing. This idea is reflected in its name, whose letters form an acronym for “Ani Hashem Rofecha” — “I am God your Healer” (Exodus 15:26). The above allusion in the title of this month implies […] Continue Reading

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Columnists, Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Come for Hello, Dolly!, see b’tzelem elohim in action

Posted on 19 April 2018

In Judaism, we have a blessing for everything, which is great because the sages told us to say 100 blessings every day. Isn’t it wonderful to feel gratitude 100 times a day? There is even a wonderful blessing that thanks G-d for making people different: Baruch atah Adonai Elohaynu melech ha’olam mishaneh ha’briyot. Blessed are […] Continue Reading

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Ask the Rabbi, Columnists

Israel’s 70th anniversary significant in many ways

Posted on 19 April 2018

Dear Rabbi, Everyone is talking about the significant milestone of Israel reaching its 70th anniversary of its birth, and we were wondering if there’s any Jewish significance to the number 70 in relation to this event. — Marsha and Nathan W. Dear Marsha and Nathan, As a citizen of Israel with three children and five […] Continue Reading

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Challenges just ‘bumps in the road’ for Taurogs

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Challenges just ‘bumps in the road’ for Taurogs

Posted on 12 April 2018

By Hollace Ava Weiner Barry and Lynn Taurog and their three youngsters arrived in Fort Worth in January 1980 carrying visitors’ visas that were close to expiration. Yet they intended to stay. The couple had scoped out the city several months before and were optimistic that a position in a west-side travel agency would turn […] Continue Reading

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Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings: Beth Torah, Shearith Israel, SWJC, Jill Biden

Posted on 12 April 2018

This weekend is Beth Torah’s ‘Reading of the Names’ Congregation Beth Torah’s annual 24-hour Holocaust vigil begins at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the synagogue, 720 Lookout Drive in Richardson. People from many faiths in North Texas will read the names of thousands of people murdered in the Holocaust. Beth Torah’s Men’s Club has […] Continue Reading

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Columnists, Historical Perspective by Jerry Kasten

Hail Drebin: America’s Fighting Jew in 20th century

Posted on 12 April 2018

When it comes to choosing topics to write about, I am always a “sucker” for the unusual, out-of-the-ordinary and unorthodox. An historical character who fits these descriptors is Samuel Drebin, a Russian Ukrainian Jew, who five months after arriving in New York in 1899, decided to join the U.S. Army at age 21. After a […] Continue Reading

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Columnists, Light Lines

Father Desbois’ newest accolade fittingly earned

Posted on 12 April 2018

We always remember the Holocaust. How could we not? But today, Yom HaShoah, it should be at the top of our minds. And it’s the right day to think about Father Patrick Desbois, the Roman Catholic priest who received something special last fall: The Human Rights Prize, given annually by the Lantos Foundation for Human […] Continue Reading

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Ask the Rabbi, Columnists

Knots on Tefillin spell out the name of G-d

Posted on 12 April 2018

Dear Ben, My apologies for the Pesach interlude while in the midst of answering your questions regarding your son’s Tefillin for his bar mitzvah. Now we’re back on track, and we’ll proceed to attempt to address the rest of your questions. You asked what is the meaning of the various knots which are tied in […] Continue Reading

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