The past and future of the new Jewish spirituality may be found perched at the intersection of two charmingly shrubby side streets in Berkeley, Calif. Here, at least two Fridays a month, more than 150 young people — bearded, kaftaned, decked in home-made tallitot, Bukharan kippot, chunky necklaces and dancing shoes — gather at Chochmat HaLev to be inspired through Jewish prayer.
These worshippers are part of a search for an emotionally driven, body-based mystical prayer
Local rescue workers tried to get Franz Gilles out shortly after the massive, 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Haitian capital on January 13, but to no avail. They left their equipment on the ground and went on to rescue others. But three days later, an Israeli rescue mission, came back to the building, after receiving information that someone was still alive in the building.
The Mina Bern that I knew could always rise to the occasion and stop a show — without even trying. Bern, who died January 10 in New York City at age 98, was a dominant figure in Yiddish theater for several decades and brought its emotional richness to audiences around the globe. She also directed and starred on Broadway and landed roles in a dozen movies.
American college students who want to study the poetry of Yehuda Amichai or the films of Amos Gitai are in luck.
“The blood of my daughters was a price that saved others’ lives,” said Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. One year later, the Gaza physician is trying to make sense of the deaths of his children, killed by Israeli missiles during Israel’s military campaign.
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