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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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