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Until just a week ago, there lived a man whose being testified to the words of the Mishnah — The Torah gives him kingship. He proved that the Torah cloaks those who learn it with majesty, grace, and dignity. That a figure rendered helpless by physical limitations could exude strength and focus, power and limitless ability. The face of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Rosh Yeshivas Mir, was testimony that the Shechinah rests among Yisrael.
They could have shut their eyes and minded their own business, as so many people did in 1940s Poland. But when a three-year-old Jewish boy landed on their doorstep, so to speak, the Bulik family — bakers by profession — opened their hearts and gave the child a home. Michael Bulik, proprietor of Canada’s Bulik Bakery, tells the tale.
As the world welcomed the seven billionth baby to its ranks, celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain a population boom will have on the world’s already depleted resources. But that didn’t stop the cakes, the festivities, and the international cameras. What will the world look like when the eighth millionths baby makes his entrance?
Barring the unforeseen, the economy will continue to be the dominant issue in the 2012 presidential election campaign. As such, the current frontrunners for the Republican nomination — Mitt Romney and Herman Cain — are both trumpeting their successful careers in business as qualification for the highest office in the land. But is there really a connection between the corner office of the corporate CEO and the oval office of the chief executive of the United States? Should America be run like a business?