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War Diary

Rabbi Emanuel Feldman

The tension and fear before the Six Day War were palpable for Jews everywhere, who anxiously, hungrily tracked every development. But one American rabbi and his family experienced it in real time, thanks to a sabbatical year he spent in Bnei Brak. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman’s diary, written 45 years ago, is an insightful, inspiring, sometimes humorous and always oh-so-human perspective on a country at war.

 

Sitting Pretty

Binyamin Rose

One time-honored method of retaining a political post is to win reelection. Another way to stay in power is to rig the game so there is no election. While this second option seems better-suited to dictatorships, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu manipulated Israel’s peculiar brand of parliamentary democracy to eliminate virtually his last vestige of competition. Will he succeed?

 

Running on Chesed: Moishe Lederer Remembered

Barbara Bensoussan

More than a decade has passed since 9/11, and Osama bin Laden has been dead for a year. But the horror he perpetrated is still taking lives. Hatzolah volunteer Moishe Lederer, who inhaled the toxic fumes at Ground Zero, recently passed away after a lifetime devoted to his favorite pursuit: helping others.

 

Grandma Rowaida’s Dark Secret

Tzivia Schindler

Mumtaz Halawa, who was born in Kuwait and grew up Jordan, might have gone through life as a Muslim, if not for a “chance” encounter where he discovered an interesting fact: since his maternal grandmother is Jewish, he’s a Jew as well. Today he learns Torah in Jerusalem, where he recently shared his story about how “Mumtaz” became “Mark,” who became, at last, a Torah-observant Jew named “Mordechai.”

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”