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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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THE HUMAN SPIRIT: RABBINICAL REUNION
By Barbara Sofer
Is a public conversation between two rabbis in their late 70s a hard sell for a summer evening out? Not in Jerusalem. Tickets for the July 2 event at the Dan Panorama Hotel were gone before you could say Jacob Robinson.
It was a rare reunion for the rabbis, like that of their contemporaries Simon and Garfunkel. My husband and I were there in 2004 when the singing duo drew an audience of 600,000 for a gig in Rome at the Coliseum. The number had us thinking about an eruv, a designated space considered a private domain according to Jewish law. It was the type of issue we learned to contemplate from tonight's two speakers: Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
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