Brooklyn native Steven Sher was one of half a million young people at the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969, the iconic event of the hippie, anti-Vietnam War, free-love counterculture. Years later, when he was a college professor of English and writing, he penned a religious-themed poem about the experience.

But that all happened before he changed his name to Shlomo Yashar and moved to Jerusalem with his wife, Nancy (now Ora), a school psychologist. During 36 years of marriage, they have traveled hand-in-hand on a path that led them to greater religious observance and Zionism. The route wound through some unusual locations.

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