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He Swallowed My Papers to Save Me

Dov Bin-Nun and Rachel Ginsberg

While hundreds of hostages from the “Black September” hijacked planes in the Jordanian desert have recounted their stories of hope and salvation in the four decades since 1970, Yosef and Tzippy, two children traveling alone, owe their safety to two bochurim who hovered over them like hawks — today both of them are prominent American rabbanim. How does a ten-year-old, all alone with parents at the other end of the world, face down terrorists threatening to blow up the plane and everyone in it?

 

Everyone’s Rabbi: Rabbi Benjamin Yudin

Yisroel Besser

Although he insists that a rabbi can’t take things personally and remain in rabbanus, if there’s one thing that typifies Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, it’s the personal touch. His four-decade career as the rabbi of Fair Lawn’s Shomrei Torah shul, as well as his regular shiurim given on the popular Nachum Segal radio show, are testimony to his ability to reach out to Jews from all walks of life and inspire each and every one of them to grow.

 

Refugees: The Ticking Time Bomb

Avi Friedman

While many of the 4.7 million people defined by the UN as Palestinian refugees have found permanent homes, some 1.4 million still dwell in teeming refugee camps in Israel and the Middle East. After generations of squalid living conditions and a steady diet of hate, these refugees view next week's UN vote on Palestinian statehood as the first step toward a right of return. Has the UN perpetrated a culture of Palestinian victimhood and resentment?

 

Surprise on the Beach

Michal Ish-Shalom

What beach-loving person wouldn't want to come face-to-face with a live dolphin, those friendly marine creatures with the built-in smiles? When a spectacular cluster of fifteen dolphins was sighted of the coast of Bat Yam recently, a few lucky Israelis — including a team of dolphin advocates — saw their dream come true. What makes dolphins, considered among the most playful and intelligent of animals, so popular in human culture?



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without