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Tears at the Wailing Wall

I write these words, not wanting to believe them. I walked into my Yeshiva this morning, not wanting to believe the sign was posted there. My eyes scanned the white paper, now so bright in the sunlight – not wanting to believe what I was reading was true. Rabbi Noach Weinberg, the founder and Rosh […]

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Stories

Lessons from a Jamaican Cabby

I woke up to bright lights and the sound of screeching brakes, as my Greyhound bus pulled into the station. “Welcome to Downtown Baltimore! This is the final stop,” said the driver in a thick, Baltimore accent. I hurried to get up, making sure not to forget my hat from the rack above. I stepped […]

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News and Politics

Its Raining in Jerusalem!

I was about to go to sleep, when I heard the faint sound of rain beating on the window sill. I asked my roommate to open the window, and alas – twas rain! We both smiled, and I decided, I must share my happiness with you. This year has been an extremely dry year in […]

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Stories

Angels in Blue and Green

My thoughts were interrupted, when coming up to the railing right besides us, were none other than two young men with guns and helmets…and of course, clothed in blue. We all laughed as our eyes met, and “Shabbat Shalom”s rang out simultaneously between of our little groups.

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Miracle in Gaza

Former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, recovering from a life-threatening disease, prayed several times at Rachel’s Tomb before the recent war in Gaza. Informed that an “old woman” saved IDF soldiers’ lives in Gaza, he said, “Did she mention that I sent her?”

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Parasha - Weekly Torah Portion

Parashat Va’era

As Jews, in the year 2009, we have to asses our situation. How many of us, are in our own “Egypt”, our own troubles in which we cannot see escape? How many of us feel so spiritually distant from our Creator, as if we too were on the 49th level of impurity? How many of us have something in our lives, which we so desperately need to overcome, but cannot?!

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Welcome to New Thoughts from an Old City!

Dear Reader, Some of you may be familiar with my writing from other blogs or websites, and others may be new to it. Regardless, I sincerely hope you’ll continue to check out this blog for Torah thoughts, Jewish ideas, and news from Israel! Keep smiling 🙂 Yonatan PS I would love to hear ideas and […]

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