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We all feel it: the uncertain twists and turns of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s like a very unsettling and less than amusing roller coaster ride. Yet, in spite of all of this personal turmoil any of you may be experiencing, you and many others harnessed your inner strength and positive energy …

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Planning what to do with the business in the event of retirement or an unforeseen obstacle is on every entrepreneur’s to-do list. While this is an essential part of a successful business plan, many push these decisions to the side as these are not decisions that a business owner can make overnight.

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The wall showcasing past leadership in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s conference center is a sea of mostly black and white photos of men. Yet among the photos there is one that stands out – a woman whose plaque reads “Mrs. Siegmund Herzog 1927-1930.” While a dignified photograph, it do…

The European Union’s executive branch, the European Commission, unveiled a nine-year strategy last week to counter anti-Semitism and foster Jewish life among its 27 member states. Within hours of its release, the strategy had won generous plaudits from Jewish organizational leaders, with the head of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, hailing the 26-page document as an “unprecedented and vital document that will act as a roadmap to significantly reduce antisemitism in Europe and beyond.”

During the middle days of the Sukkot festival, small groups of haredi kids can be seen wandering along the thoroughfares of New York City’s Upper West Side, asking passersby whether they are Jewish. If the answer is affirmative, they will proffer a lulav and an etrog so that the same passerby can perform one of the sacred traditions of the holiday. The kids are effusive but also polite and most people who encounter them, Jewish or not, do so good-naturedly.

Looks like sleep apnea is the new rage in my family, so I took one of my kiddos for a “sleep…

I have learned over the years that my High Holy Days experience was different from many Jews…

It feels like the Ten Plagues all over again. COVID-19 resurgence. The Taliban takeover of A…

It’s the brand name Pfizer/BioNTech chose to call their vaccine. It’s the exact same vaccine, it just has a new name.

Now that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been in office for several months, the time seems ripe to ask how he’s doing. If you ask me, the answer is pretty well under the circumstances.

In 1985, I and five others from Northeast Ohio went to the Soviet Union to visit with refuseniks – Soviet Jews who had applied to immigrate to Israel and were denied exit visas. It was a grim period for those Jews trying to leave the country, which had roughly 3 million Jews at the time. Only about 1,000 a year were being allowed out, despite the worldwide campaign to “Free Soviet Jewry,” as the slogan went.

I rarely read fiction and almost never read collections of short stories, but I just finished a book of short stories by an author who was born to a Laotian family in a refugee camp in Thailand and grew up in Toronto. The book, “How to Pronounce Knife” by Souvankham Thammavongsa, made a real impression on me.