Lead like a Lion Yisroel BesserRav Avrohom Yitzchak Levene was born for rabbanus. As the grandson of Rav Aryeh Levine of Yerushalayim and Rav Yehuda Leib Levene of London, he merited to connect to the greatest Torah personalities of the past generation. Nearly 50 years after transforming a “little house” in Philadelphia into a thriving Torah center, Rav Levene reflects on what it means to bring the old-world rabbinate to a changing America.
Politics. Passion. Pride. Tzipi Hotovely tells it straight
Shimon Breitkopf | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Before the March 17 election, things were looking bleak for both the Likud, and for Tzipi Hotovely, placed in what was considered an “unrealistic” spot on the Likud party list. But thanks to Binyamin Netanyahu’s unexpectedly high margin of victory, Hotovely found herself catapulted into the foreign ministry. As deputy foreign minister, she is exerting all of her talents and efforts to change the dialogue between Israel and the nations of the world.
Bombs from my Backyard
Aharon Granot | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ten years ago this week, the residents of Gush Katif lived through a second Tishah B’Av as they were wrenched from their land in a drastic, controversial operation that was supposed to bring peace and calm to the Gaza region. Last summer, dozens of young people traumatized by the expulsion found themselves back — this time as soldiers fighting the terrorists who launched missiles and dug tunnels from the ruins of their former homes.
Praying for Zion in Tamil
Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The women are draped in saris and the men have that unmistakable swarthy Indian visage, but the yarmulkes on their heads, the rousing clapping in rhythm to the traditional Jewish songs, the supplications for peace in Israel, and the mechitzah make us do a double take. Are we really in a Christian village somewhere in southern India?
Picnic in the Sky
Libi Astaire Tuesday, July 28, 2015
In-flight dining may have gotten off to a bumpy start, but there was a time when everyone on board an airplane received gourmet meals served on elegant china. Follow the progression from that first champagne toast in the air to today’s salted peanuts.
Marcia Stark Meth / Emmy Stark Zitter / Miriam Stark Zakon Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Regifting. We all do it. The stick blender you got at the anniversary party is fine, but you already have six of them — so pass it along to your neighbor’s daughter at the engagement party. And what bar mitzvah boy hasn’t taken one or two of the identical seforim sets he received and presented them to his friend at the next week’s simchah?
But there’s another type of gift, one that can’t be reboxed and rewrapped and regifted. You see what a person truly needs — and you give it to him or her.
Lemonade Girls: The Show Must Go On
Sara Miriam Gross Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The ants on the wooden bunkhouse floor were busy lapping up pink Popsicle puddles. There was a lot for them to enjoy on a day like that. The wilted campers held their half-melted treats weakly and yawned repeatedly, one after the other.
“Isn’t it supposed to be cool in the mountains?” Dassi asked and then sighed. “I could have stayed in the city if I wanted to cook an egg on the sidewalk!”
Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon Tuesday, July 28, 2015
What’s the first thing everyone wants to do after chatzos on the day after Tishah B’Av?
Jump into a pool of course.
Let’s zoom with Zeidy and jump into a very special pool — in the middle of a boiling hot desert!
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