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Barbara Sofer
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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 Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others

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Jerusalem Post

ZACHARY BAUMEL AND GROWING UP AS AN ISRAELI  

By Barbara Sofer

The 60 or so first-grade boys in identical vests printed with lions and the Ten Commandments scramble onto the stage in the auditorium of the Horev Elementary School in Jerusalem. Among them is my grandson, smiling, his face flushed with excitement.

A highlight of first grade in nearly every Israeli religious school is the mesibat Humash, the celebration of receiving a Hebrew Bible, not just for the bookshelf but personal copies for the pupils to read, study and guide their lives.


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