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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 13, 2005 / 4 Nissan, 5765

In effort to boost morale, families giving up comforts of life in Israel's heartland to move to disputed territories

By Cliff Churgin


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NEVEH DEKALIM — Rivka Namir, 42, moved to this Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip 16 years ago when her husband, Sodi, was a medical student.


On March 27, two of Namir's siblings, Moshe Elia, 37, and Ruth Greenglick, 40, joined her there with their spouses and 12 children — just as the Israeli government was finalizing plans to remove the Namirs, their nine children and all other Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip.


The Elias and Greenglicks are part of a wave of 600 families who've moved to the area in the past three months, in part to protest the withdrawal.


Israel's plan to evacuate the settlers has the backing of the Bush administration but has drawn heavy opposition from the Israeli right. Protesters have launched widespread demonstrations and blocked roads, and some are calling for soldiers to refuse orders or even desert.


Members of Namir's family are protesting the plan on a more personal level, moving into the Gaza Strip to assert their belief that the land belongs to Israel, not the Palestinians.


"It is part of Israel that is given to us in the Bible," Greenglick said.


Debbie Rosen, a spokeswoman for Gush Katif, a large settlement bloc encompassing Neveh Dekalim, echoes that sentiment. Rosen speaks of sites such as Gerar, which was mentioned in the Bible's book of Genesis and is believed by some to be located in the Gaza Strip.


Large signs posted at the entrance to Gush Katif proclaim "Kfar Darom Shall Not Fall Again." It's a reference to the Israeli settlement that was built on the site of an Israeli village that was evacuated during Israel's war of independence in 1948.


Many Palestinians passionately believe Gaza is theirs, not Israel's, and have repeatedly attacked the settlements, making their defense difficult and costly, and prompting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to propose withdrawing from the area.


Moshe and Tova Elia moved to the Gaza Strip from the West Bank settlement of Beit El, located north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Moshe Elia is convinced that their presence will help thwart the government's disengagement plan, he said, "because we are making a great effort against it."


The Elias disrupted their children's lives and left behind a large two-story house close to where they work to rent a two-and-a-half-bedroom home in Gush Katif.


But it's all worth it, said Tova. "It's a wonderful feeling that we're making an effort for something that we believe in," she said.


Greenglick, her husband, Tzvi, and their five children moved into Namir's guest apartment after deciding that protesting wasn't enough. "There was enough talk," Greenglick said. "Now was time to take action."


They left their home in Ranaana, a quiet city north of Tel Aviv that's remained largely untouched during the last four-and-a-half years of Palestinian-Israeli violence. Greenglick says she wanted "to be part of Am Yisrael (the people of Israel) not just in pleasure but in their pain." When they moved in, she said, "Half the neighborhood came out singing and dancing."


Her brother Moshe Elia said their actions created a ripple effect across Israeli society, which he hopes will help halt the disengagement plan. He points out with pride that his sister's move from Ranaana became the talk of the neighborhood. Greenglick said that while the reactions of friends and family ranged from puzzlement to pride, everyone believes they are courageous.


According to Rosen, the 600 families moving to the area over the past three months boosted the settler population to 9,000. There were 7,500 residents in 2003, according to Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.


"Today, three families just arrived from Jerusalem and we expect more during the Passover holiday," she said. "I don't know if it will stop disengagement, but it certainly says something."


Rosen claims the disengagement plan is up in the air, saying that residents haven't received information on when or where they are supposed to move. She points out that the Ministry of Education has allowed her to register her children in schools in Gush Katif.


Rivka Namir, who spoke from her living room below a display of mortar shell and Kassam rocket parts that had landed near her house, is thrilled that her siblings have joined her and her husband, who now heads a medical clinic. She joked that she should send a thank-you note to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for bringing them all together. She described their arrival as a morale booster for the community. "It's a good feeling for the whole community that they took their children and moved here," she said.


Namir also described the settlers' sense of isolation from the rest of Israeli society, which, according to all polls, firmly supports the disengagement plan. "We feel we're not wanted and no one wants to hear our thoughts. ... The radio and television are against us."


The Israeli army, wary of an attempt to fill the Gaza Strip settlements with opponents of disengagement, on March 17 forbade Israeli citizens from moving to the area. Before disengagement starts, the army is expected to declare the area a closed military zone, with entrance to non-residents forbidden. Families such as the Elias and Greenglicks planned their move well in advance and were able to officially change their addresses before the deadline.


Down the road, in the settlement Pe'at Sadeh, the leadership has already come to an agreement with the Israeli government to move as a community to a village inside Israel proper. Vicki Sabaj, a 14-year resident of the settlement, is willing to go along with the leadership's decision, but still opposes the plan. "This pulling out is against all my beliefs ... because we're not getting anything in return," Sabaj said.


Sabaj also points to apparent confusion in the disengagement process. "I have no idea what's the plan, what's the compensation, nothing has been done," she said. "People are very frustrated and depressed."


Despite these claims, the government seems to be proceeding with its plans. The committee in charge of compensating settlers approved its first application last week and says it's set to begin approving hundreds more.


Haim Altman, the spokesman for the disengagement authority, says that the amount of compensation is linked to many factors, including home ownership, current salary and time of residence. Furthermore, families can log on to the authority's Web site and figure out how much compensation they're due.


Recently, Sharon met with 12 settlement leaders to discuss a plan to move the Gush Katif settlements to an area of sand dunes called Nitzanim, south of the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.


Namir, however, doesn't believe the government will have an easy time. "There are people who have invested everything here," she said. "How can you expect them to get on a bus and leave?"

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