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There’s No Place Like Home

Binyamin Rose

It was a deal that some say never should have been made and it may well be the last of its kind, but the prisoner swap that sprung Gilad Shalit from captivity to freedom after more than five years in a Hamas dungeon in Gaza uplifted and unnerved a nation that is no stranger to the trauma of trying to reconcile opposing and often highly emotional views. What cannot be forgotten is that the hardest of adjustment of all belongs to Gilad Shalit himself.

 

Ocean of Glass

David Damen, Belgium

It was to have been a day of rejoicing with the Torah. Instead, the dazed members of Antwerp’s Portuguese Israelite Synagogue awoke to discover their shul in ruins, destroyed by the blast of a powerful bomb. Thirty years later, members of the kehillah recall both the pain of that horrifying day and their subsequent efforts to rebuild.

 

The Wizard of Words

Barbara Bensoussan

While Jews are rarely at a loss for words, not many of us can rattle off an obscure word’s definition, etymology, and pronunciation. But Sol Steinmetz, who passed away last fall, was such a person — a true “lexical supermaven” who also never forgot what it meant to be a mentsch.

 

A Tale of Art and Faith

Tamar Levine

Master artist Shimon Levi is a familiar figure in his Bucharim neighborhood, where he embosses the images of our gedolim in shades of gold and silver in his modest studio. But though his artwork is well known, few know the details of his life — a fascinating story that began in a town in Spain and took him on a voyage on the deep blue sea, before planting him firmly in the city he loves best of all, Jerusalem.

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Locked Up for Saving Lives
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Kidney-shaped kindness
Selling a Defective Product
Yonoson Rosenblum To play or not to play
Out of the Booth of Truth
Eytan Kobre “Entries into and exits from the succah”
Take 5: Business Tips from Peloton COO Tom Cortese
Prepared for print by Shira Isenberg Invigorate a “sleepy industry” with innovation
Ten Questions for Shmuel Bisk
Rachel Bachrach A good mortgage broker can save you NIS 100,000
That Elusive Mr. Right
Jacob L. Freedman “I’m calling because you got it all wrong!”
Home Front Command
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Another victim of Hurricane Harvey
Say What?
Faigy Peritzman The language of the heart
The Business of Marriage
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Don’t squelch your spouse’s financial dreams
The Pastry Chef: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP And Zivia Reischer Red thoughts, green thoughts