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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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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek