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Taming South Africa's Urban Jungle

Yonoson Rosenblum

Whether the problem is high crime rates or incursions into traditional Torah Judaism, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, South Africa’s young and energetic chief rabbi, isn’t afraid to take a stand. Indeed, his unwavering belief in the Torah’s ability to provide solutions to modern-day challenges has earned him the admiration of both high-ranking government officials and a broad cross section of South Africa’s kehillah.

 

Turnabout Is Fair Play

Binyamin Rose

The Jewish vote has always been a powerful force in American politics, but its strength was particularly apparent in one of the biggest upsets in recent history in a Congressional race that captured national news headlines.

 

Reverberations

David Damen, Belgium

Auschwitz was memorializing the millions of Jews who had been asphyxiated in its gas chambers and incinerated in its smoke stacks. A powerful voice rent the silence, chanting Kel Malei Rachamim in the familiar modulation. “The skies were covered with thick clouds; the atmosphere was oppressive,” recalled Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, shlita. “But when Chazan Binyamin Muller stood up to recite Kel Malei Rachamim, the clouds began to disperse and rays of sun penetrated to warm the aching hear

 

Silent Shots

Eliezer Shulman

They don’t seek honor, although they are true heroes — and no one even knows who they are. The Israeli anti-terror special forces unit, the Yamam, has been keeping Israel a safer place for close to forty years, rescuing hostages, nabbing bombers minutes before detonation, and settling the score with arch-terrorists. And when they lose one of their own, it’s just part of what they signed up for — may they always be protected.

 

All Charged Up, But Is It Ready To Go?

Avi Friedman

Not so long ago, electric cars were the stuff of science fiction. But if Better Place, the Israeli start-up company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, has its way, the electric car will replace its gas-guzzling counterpart in the not so very distant future. Mishpacha’s Avi Friedman does a test drive of both the car and the concept.



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