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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.
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?
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.
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.”