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Prayers for Shimon Peres

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As the Jewish Link went to press late Wednesday, Shimon Peres, Israel’s elder statesman, was hanging on to life after suffering a severe stroke on Tuesday. He has been described as being in “serious but stable condition.”

Peres, who served as prime minister and went on to retire as Israel’s ninth president, was the...

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, z”l

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Last Yom Kippur, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed that one of the world’s most outstanding advocates for hope, forgiveness and return would complete her lifelong mission.

Rabbi Esther Jungreis left us at 80 years old on Tuesday, a matter of days before we enter the Hebrew month of Elul, when we begin the process of selichot, a time of yearning, asking for forgiveness and return.

These very messages that we carry with us the weeks prior to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the lessons that Rebbetzin Jungreis spoke of. She did not bring them to light, however, only at this time of year, but rather throughout the year, in every lecture, speech and article.

Through her writings and...

Entering Uncharted Waters With Teens

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It’s an interesting phenomenon that when a couple has a baby, everyone warns them about the impending sleepless nights, possible colic, bottle versus breastfeeding, appropriate car seats and more. However, not one of those well-meaning friends or relatives ever warns them about what comes next. Not next as in babyfood jars, learning to walk or picking a preschool, but next as in when their child takes those first, running, driving, risk-taking steps into adulthood.

After those adorable babies have grown into cherubic toddlers, precocious preschoolers, gifted gradeschoolers and complicated tweens, they become teenagers. Unfortunately for parents, there is no What to Expect When You...

In Memoriam: Elie Wiesel

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Wiesel Knew His Torah and Israel’s History

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In a week of pain and sorrow, the Jewish people lost Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was killed as she innocently slept in her Kiryat Arba home last Thursday.

Rabbi Miki Mark, a father of 10, was killed in a drive-by shooting near Hebron the following day.

Then we emerged from Shabbos to learn of the death of Elie Wiesel, one of the great witnesses of the Holocaust and an outspoken voice against genocide and oppression.

World leaders eulogized the late Nobel laureate whose first book, “Night,” enabled those detached from its horror to better understand the Holocaust through his place as a survivor and as a witness.

As is the case in our upside-down world, even an icon like...

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