Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Carin M. Smilk

Where Hebrew meets the public
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There's always that one little group in town you've never heard of, the one that flies below the radar - that, in passing, people note as one of the best-kept secrets around. While Chug Ivri boasts no such claim, what it does do is meet, every week, for some coffee and a bit of conversation - in Hebrew, that is...
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All year, kids who attend overnight camps in North America look forward to a much-beloved, end-of-the-season tradition: "Color War," that mix of athletic and creative activities that splits the camp in two until one team ends up victorious. Why the competition never changed its name to something more politically correct remains one of those mysteries of summers past and present...
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Hezbollah's war on Israel put threats against gay mission in perspective
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Real or imagined, fear is a terrible thing. It can grip you by the throat and leave you cold; it's paralyzing. Or it can lead you to do something rash or consequential; it's misleading. For Americans, fear before Sept. 11, 2001, had a mostly intellectual component. You sent your children off to school, and worried about their safety. You went...
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Batten down the hatches, and crunch the cash flow
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It's happened to all of us. Or at least, we've heard of it happen to someone we know. It's not the worst thing in the world, but for a time, it sure does pack a punch. Getting laid off -- for any reason -- stinks. It puts a dent in your wallet, your plans, and certainly, in your ego. Even...
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Elad Fishfeder is your typical Israeli. He's swarthy, thick-haired, lithe, with that hospitable persistence all too common in the Middle East. "Take a paper, take one," he says. "Here, one more even," insists the 30-year-old writer. He's typical, all right, save for an important difference: Fishfeder is religious, and he's also gay. Wearing a kipah and all that it entails...
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