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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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The Well-Worn Path
Yonoson Rosenblum Why presidents repeat each other’s’s mistakes in Israel
Rose Garden Promises
Eytan Kobre Trump fooled us all. Are we colluding with him?
Every Shining Star
Jacob L. Freedman The homeless are not just statistics, including Tzvi
Crash Landing
Libi Astaire Real estate investments destroyed their dreams
Tefillat Kallah
Riki Goldstein Crystallizing a kallah’s thanks, hopes, and dreams
No Place Like Home
Faigy Peritzman Before it is yours or mine, Eretz Yisrael is His
Don’t Bother Her!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Most kids aren’t naturally “nice”; we have to teach them
Are References Even Useful?
Sara Eisemann What to ask to get helpful, practical information