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Celebrating Our Children During Graduation Season

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We at The Jewish Link are proud of so many things about our community. We wouldn’t work here if we weren’t interested in championing our community institutions, if we didn’t want to highlight our successes, share our strengths and celebrate our solid-gold children. Mourning our community’s losses comes with our roles...

World NewsBriefs

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Netanyahu and Lieberman Sign Deal to Expand Israeli Governing Coalition

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A deal to bring Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition was signed Wednesday. Lieberman and fellow Yisrael Beiteinu Member of Knesset Sofa Landver are set to be sworn in as government ministers May 30—Lieberman as defense minister and Landver as immigrant absorption minister.

The deal expands the Likud party-led coalition in the Israeli Knesset from 61 to 66 MKs out of the legislative body’s 120 members. Netanyahu and Lieberman held a joint press conference Wednesday morning after signing the coalition...

A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

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In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my mother-in-law, were living their retirement years in Surprise, Arizona, when he passed away.

The color guard meticulously folded the American flag draped over Sam’s coffin and presented it on “behalf of a grateful nation” to Shirley and her two daughters, my wife Lisa and her sister Susan.

This past March, Shirley, now living in Baltimore, suffered a broken neck when falling in her new apartment, the very day she was moving...

A Day of Independence

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Many of us have been in Israel and experienced the gut-wrenching emotions of Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for soldiers and victims of terrorism.

We may even have memories from visits to Har Herzl, Israel’s largest military cemetery. And yesterday, May 11, Jewish community centers, schools and synagogues across Israel, the U.S. and the world took time out to remember those who died fighting so that Israel can remain a free, secure democracy in a region where terrorism against Israel is all too common.

Today, May 12, we emerge from our sadness to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. It’s the Fourth of July held on the fourth day of Iyar. This year the...

Reconnecting With Mitzrayim This Pesach

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On Friday night when we sit down at our seder tables, it will matter less how we feel about the contentious presidential campaign, the hateful BDS movement, ISIS and the rise of European anti-Semitism.

Passover is a time to reset our spiritual clocks, when we retell the story of our ancestors’ exodus from the slavery of Egypt.

It’s sometimes a challenge to remember and focus on this pivotal story from year to year, with so much that has happened. Just days ago, a bus was blown up in Jerusalem, injuring 21 people. Palestinian terrorism is, again, at the forefront of our minds. Meanwhile, on the floor of the so-called “United” Nations, the Palestinian ambassador cannot bring...

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