Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Av 12, 5775

By:
Sharon McDonnell
More than 500 years after Portugal expelled or forced its Jews to convert, Museu Judaico, its most important Jewish museum, opened. And not in the two biggest cities of Lisbon or Porto, but in Belmonte www.cm-belmonte.pt , a small town of less than 4,000 in the mountains near Spain. The long-distinguished history of Portugal's Jews in culture, literature, science and...
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Sure, now, says South Africa, not ignoring its turbulent history
By:
Elyse Glickman
Last summer, we were glued to our televisions during the World Cup in South Africa in ways that transcended the action on the soccer field. With media attention that followed, including the array of travel stories on sites along the Vanda Waterfront and Table Mountain, people got an extensive look at how the legendary Nelson Mandela's vision of coexistence is...
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By:
Lori Samlin Miller
Inside that hard skull of yours, the brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid. Normally, the fluid cushions your brain and keeps it from banging into your skull. But if your head or your body is hit unexpectedly hard, your brain can suddenly crash into your skull and temporarily stop working normally, bringing on a concussion. There are...
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Why 'Life's Journey' begins at home
By:
Elyse Glickman
If you are single, chances are this thought went through your head: Billions of people in the world and thousands of nice Jewish singles in your own city -- so, why are you still single? Or, if you are attached, but hitting road blocks in your dealings with your significant other, you may be wondering why the person sitting in...
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Close to San Juan, but far and away, it has a style all its own
By:
Sharon McDonnell
I'm in Vieques, Puerto Rico, in the lobby of the new W Retreat & Spa -- where Alain Ducasse, the three-Michelin-star French chef, opened his first restaurant in the Caribbean. I'm talking to Patricia Urquiola, the Spanish lead designer behind the blend of the whimsical and recycled at the resort. But only for a minute; the designer of everything from...
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