Articles by Deborah Moon


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The power of the shofar awakens us

The shofar is arguably the most powerful musical instrument in the world. Its mighty blast brought the walls of Jericho tumbling down. The long blast of the shofar accompanied Moses as he ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Mentioned often in the Torah and Talmud, the sound of the ram’s horn or shofar was…

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Summer reading, had me a blast

Pictured above: This summer, grab a beach towel and an armful of books and head for the beach, the pool, your backyard or … Every summer I catch up on stacks of books that I haven’t found the time to read. Somehow more hours of daylight always translates into longer hours of activity – and…

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Birth of a Movement

Roz Rothstein and StandWithUs help others speak up for Israel Dismayed by the lack of organized support for Israelis in the face of the Second Intifada, three Californians refused to be bystanders. “We did not have a grand plan, we began to meet the immediate need of a voice to support the Israeli people,” says…

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Building a future together

“A Jewish wedding has the potential to be one of the most powerful Jewish rituals. It is a reminder of the power of love and union.” Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, twice named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek, shared that perspective with Jewish Life readers in an article about life-cycle events in 2105. Our…

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Food thoughts for holiday parties

With holiday parties in abundance this month, thoughts inevitably turn to food. What should you take your hostess? Food and drink to share? Or maybe a thank you gift? A bottle of wine is always a nice choice. Why not try something a little different? Bring a festive bottle of HoneyRun Winery’s Cranberry Honeywine to…

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Art: A Shared Human Experience

“Art is a necessity, beauty we must have in the world. Painting and sculpture and music and literature are all of the same piece as civilization, which is the art of making it possible for human beings to live together.” ~ Charles W. Hawthorne, painter Throughout history and prehistory, the arts have recorded, reflected and…

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