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Resigned to Exile

Avi Friedman

Many of the young parents in Ulpana, Migron, and Givat Assaf were teenagers when Gush Katif was destroyed. Now, seven years later, they’re facing the prospect of their own evictions. This time around, the fighting spirit that dominated the summer of 2005 has faded to an embittered resignation. The would-be settlers of 2012 understand that fighting the State of Israel is a losing proposition.

 

Can You Afford To Go Bankrupt?

Shimmy Blum

If you’re mired in debt, declaring bankruptcy is a tempting option. But not all temptations are worth the consequences. Here’s what you need to know before taking the leap.

 

Suddenly Brothers

Aharon Granevich-Granot

There’s nothing unusual about two young men from different parts of the country becoming close friends. But when Ofer Shushan led his good friend and fellow yeshivah bochur Lior Alhanati to the chuppah, the two never dreamed that this act of friendship was actually a family affair.

 

Ask a Busy Man

David Damen, New York

It was an idea that many had thought of, but none had brought to fruition — create a comprehensive index for the Talmud Bavli. Then along came Daniel Retter, a high-powered New York attorney and talmid chacham, who applied the full force of his razor-sharp legal mind to the daunting task. The result is his HaMafteach, which can be found on the tables of gedolei Yisrael, as well as on the shtenders of scholars around the world.

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