In the Haggadah we read that one who expands on the story of the Exodus is praiseworthy. In his article, “Cosmic Consciousness of Passover”, William Kolbrener provides thought-provoking insights into how the re-telling of the story of the Exodus has empowered and inspired us throughout the centuries.

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COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS OF PASSOVER
Category: Jewish Scene
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Eric Moss, 3rd Prize Winner of ESRA Magazine Literary Competition, unfolds his personal story of how his adopted daughter expressed her wish to meet her biological parents before her wedding day. “Convoy to Sderot,” recounts his family’s journey as they travelled together to that highly emotional meeting and the subsequent celebration of the event.

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CONVOY TO SDEROT
Category: Israel
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2nd Prize Winner of ESRA Magazine Literary Competition, Petra van der Zande, has written the true story of loving hearts, with a difference. In “Grafted onto the Jewish Olive Tree,” Petra tells us how she and her husband Wim, Christian Zionists originally from Holland, came to Israel and took on the difficult task of caring for several special needs children and how this changed all of their lives.

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GRAFTED INTO THE JEWISH OLIVE TREE
Category: Israel
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By Esther Kunda Short Story April/May 2010 “Strawberry Woman,” 1st prize winner of ESRA Magazine Literary Competition, is a touching story of a woman, a survivor of the Holocaust and a seller of strawberries. During the 6-day war she makes a bargain with God to return her soldier son to her alive, even if wounded, with tragic consequences.

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THE STRAWBERRY WOMAN
Category: Literature
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On Passover Seder night when, according to Jewish tradition, the Prophet Elijah is expected to arrive, a rather different sort of visitor makes his appearance in the Chester household. “The Cup of Elijah,” by David Chester discloses what transpired during that surprising event.

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THE CUP OF ELIJAH
Category: Jewish Scene
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Adrian Kleiman interviews Shoshana Ostrovsky Goldberg, daughter of Raanana’s 1st mayor, who tells us about the family’s background. Her father, an ardent Zionist, living in New York, had been part of a group who purchased land in Palestine with the intention of actually settling there. He was determined to bring his family from New York to live in the sandy environs of Raanana. And he did.

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LIVING THE DREAM
Category: People
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An English woman leaves her native land, becomes a convert and moves to Israel. Though single, she adopts two children from a foreign country, brings them to Israel and has them converted. Ilan Shachar tells her tragic story in “Dilemma,” where we learn that all does not end happily ever after, since this is not a fairy tale but real life.

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DILEMMA
Category: People
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Rabbi Michael Melchior is a man with an optimistic view of the future of Judaism, despite the differing approaches of its various streams. In an article written by Carol Novis, we get a refreshing insight into the life of this remarkable man. Formerly of Denmark, Rabbi Melchior came on aliyah in 1986 and has devoted himself solely to humanitarian issues. His quiet, unpretentious manner, belies his considerable accomplishments. Rabbi Melchior has served with distinction as a member of the Knesset and on the boards of many prestigious organizations.

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INTERVIEW WITH RABBI MELCHIOR
Category: People
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200 members of the same family created a tapestry of international professions, artistic skills and abilities when they met at the “Sugarman Family Gathering.” Gita Conn explains how the meeting took over a year to organize which brought together the descendants of Lena and Moshe Sugarman from Montreal, Manchester and London to Israel.

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SUGARMAN FAMILY GATHERING
Category: Jewish Scene
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Hidden and undisclosed financial resources could result in heavy fines and criminal charges, courtesy of the U.S. Government. What are your options if you are an American citizen? In “Uncle Obama Wants You and your Foreign Bank Account,” Monte Silver and Henriette Fuchs, experts in international legal and taxation matters, give you the facts.

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UNCLE OBAMA WANTS YOU!
Category: Business/Law
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ISSUE 154 - April/May 2010

FROM THE EDITOR

ESRA Magazine held its third literary competition, “My Israel”. The stories were personal, of an aspect or happening in the lives of the writers in Israel that had special significance for them. What excelled was their love of Israel, once again confirming what Israel means to so many of us. We were also happy to discover so many new writers who were previously not known to us. The first three winning stories are featured in this issue.

CONTRIBUTORS

Hertzel Katz
Phyllis Bloch
David Chester
William Kolbrener
Esther Kunda
Ilan Shachar
Alan Caplan
Shirley Kirsch
Gita Conn
Monte Silver
Adele Rubin
Judy Copeland
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