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Content warning: This article contains minor spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

The new film Avengers: Endgame – the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point – has become a record-shattering financial and critical success in an incredibly short amount of time. It managed to tell an entertaining, fun, and action-packed story, while balancing and wrapping up the story arcs of the six original Avengers in memorable (and at times, heartbreaking)...

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A group of Heller High students, including the author's daughter in the front row all the way to the left

Just after Passover last year, my daughter, Shaina, a student at URJ Heller High at the time, returned from her home-stay with an Israeli family. Shaina described how she and the other teens stayed up late and talked about their plans after high school. The Israelis’ discussion of preparing to go into the army stood in sharp contrast to the North American teens preparing for college.

They spent hours sharing their perspectives on life; they explored their commonalities,...

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Israeli flag and Palestinian flag with red portion in the shape of Israel

On May 4 and 5, Hamas fired 690 rockets into Israel from Gaza. Four Israeli civilians were killed in the barrages, dozens were wounded, and the lives of many more were shattered. Hamas and Islamic Jihad aimed their rockets at civilian centers, striking homes, a factory, and even a kindergarten and a hospital in the city of Ashkelon. 

Murdered in the attacks were:

  • Moshe Agadi, 58, a grocer and father of four who was hit by shrapnel in Ashkelon
  • Ziad Alhamada, 49, a Bedouin hit by a rocket in the Ashkelon factory in which he worked
  • Moshe Feder, 67,...
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The author smiling while standing in front of scenery in Israel

Dear Destiny,

You definitely don’t know this yet, but you are strong, and you are important.

I chose to tell you that first because you may not always feel that way, and I know you don’t right now. As you go through life, you’re going to be looked at as “other” or an “outsider.” I want you to remember this: Keep your head up, especially in school. You’re going to receive hate in every fashion. Cry if you need to; it’s not a sign of weakness, so use it to make you stronger. Your ancestors did not go through their trials and tribulations for you to feel that way, though – so...

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Young boy facing away from the camera while holding a sparkler in the dark

I might be late to the party, as is want to happen when you've got three kids and a full-time job, but I want to talk about the Marie Kondo "KonMari" movement and that whole "does it spark joy" mantra. I've watched quite a few friends KonMari their houses and lives, and I got to thinking about the concept of joy and what sparks joy in my life - not to mention the amount of excess junk floating around my house that leaves me feeling like I'm drowning most days.

You see, I moved around a lot as an adult. I was never particularly attached to things. The stuff I was most attached to...

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