Articles by Mala Blomquist


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350 Rabbis and Community Leaders Join RZA Calling on Israel to Re-Open Travel to Diaspora Jews

  The Religious Zionists of America-Mizrachi (RZA), the umbrella movement for religious Zionism in North America, took the lead in convening 350 Diaspora rabbis and community leaders together to petition the Israeli government to re-open the country’s borders to their communities as expeditiously as possible. The participating leaders come from more than 28 countries across…

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A year full of holidays

  (Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Hanukkah Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2021 The flames on the Hanukkiah brighten each of the eight nights of the festival of Hanukkah. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish military leaders who rebelled against the Greek-Syrian King Antiochus,…

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‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’ Goes to Europe

  Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels With A Cause, an international competition program screening 14 feature films, alongside a short films competition that includes 13 entries this year, split across two programs. Rebels With A Cause is PÖFF’s showcase for challenging independent productions, offering new perspectives, mesmerizing visuals and…

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The Waldorf’s wondrous sukkah

  Right after Yom Kippur is over, Jews throughout Israel and the rest of the world busy themselves building temporary “huts” called sukkot (plural; the singular is sukkah). The sukkah can range from a basic design decorated with posters and paper chains to more elaborate structures adorned with draperies and chandeliers. Most of the requirements…

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world

The full quote from Margaret Mead reads: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. On Monday, June 21, we discovered an antisemitic/anti-Zionist post from Dr. Fidaa Wishah, a pediatric radiologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ that stated, among…