Ari* deliberates as he considers the half-dozen glasses on the café table and slowly puts one, then two, then three on the black tray he’s holding. A bit wary, but also intent, you can almost hear him strategize: if he puts too many on the tray, it could fall scattering glass, and frankly, that would be a little scary. Take too few, though, and it will take a lot of trips to clear that table. Waiter Ari finally puts three glasses and two plates on the tray and takes it back to the kitchen. The table clearing mission has taken about six minutes, but even though the café is having a busy breakfast run, no one tells Ari to hurry. After all, he’s still in training, and doing such a good job.
Seventy-five years ago this week, 15-year-old Annie Kriegel was sitting in her Paris high school classroom, taking an exam, when her mother suddenly burst into the room and warned her not to come home — the Nazis were preparing to round up and deport any Jews they could get their hands on.
Imagine what it feels like to plan and execute a mission on enemy ground despite heavy fatigue, working to maintain a level of physical fitness and mental readiness that would allow you to take action at a moment’s notice. Imagine what it feels like lead a troop of soldiers only one or two years your junior into battle in blistering heat or frigid cold, knowing that the lives of your comrades and of the people in your country hang in the balance, your successes and failures critical to their survival.
One of the greatest challenges of a medical corps team member is to care for captured and wounded enemy soldiers. I served as an army medic in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1967 Six Day War in the battle over Jerusalem, and as a battalion physician in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Sinai Desert. In both wars, I cared for many captured and wounded enemy prisoners.
In the nearly 20 years I have known Rabbi Levi and Nechama Shemtov, I have never known them to do anything half-way — and their American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) Lamplighter Awards event on June 6 was no exception.
In his speech at the Endowment for Middle East Truth’s (EMET) gala dinner June 14, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer rejected the possibility of dividing Israel and the Palestinian territories into two separate states.
Dermer also underscored the imminent threat of a nuclear Iran, garnering support from religious Jewish and Christian conservatives at EMET’s 11th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC.
On July 1, the minimum wage in Maryland will increase to $9.25 an hour, and in Montgomery County it will increase to $11.50 an hour. Local Jewish businesses have responded in different ways to minimum wage hikes.
Three local leaders were honored Thursday night by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) for contributions to the greater Jewish community and advancing the JCRC’s mission by means of Israel advocacy, government relations, intergroup relations, and social justice.
Sunday, June 11, the 17th day of Sivan, was a significant and exciting day for the Washington, D.C., Metro area as Am HaTorah Congregation celebrated its first full-time Rabbi and Rebbetzin, Yehoshua and Serena Singer.
A parsha bears his name, yet a single line is all that is attributed to Korach.:“You have taken too much! The entire congregation is holy and G-d is within them, so why have you elevated yourselves over the congregation of G-d?”
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- Sacrificing Security on the Altar of Privacy
- Imagine Israel Changemakers
- Working to End Domestic Abuse
- Judaism and the Death Penalty
- Maintaining Our Intellectual Fitness