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What would we do if we woke up one day to discover that all of the critical infrastructure we have come to rely upon for our daily living, such as running water, electricity, and communications systems, had come under cyber attack and were either shut down, malfunctioning, or under the control of an enemy nation or terrorists? A better question may be: what are the security forces of the countries in which we live doing to thwart such a doomsday scenario from playing out, and can it be prevented?
It was the first concentration camp liberated by the United States Army, and that first glimpse into the “Kingdom of Night” caused future US President Dwight D. Eisenhower to comment, “The things I saw beggar description.” Yet today the history of the Ohrdruf concentration camp has been overshadowed by that of larger and more famous camps — so much so that some Jews don’t know that this is where their relatives perished. Eliyahu Travitz tells the story of his own journey of discovery.
As a child in Morocco, Yitzchak Lasry never envisioned himself in a white coat and gloves, taking blood samples and filling out charts in a sterile hospital setting. But the tenacious teen found his calling as a male nurse at Shaare Zedek, where he served many of Jerusalem’s luminaries. After close to three decades on call, Rabbi Lasry still remembers the Baba Sali’s song-filled exit from the hospital, the compliment he received from Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s cold hand, and the onl
Deep in Azerbaijan’s northern wilderness, the world’s oldest Jewish shtetl has come back to life. Traveling through the lonely, mountainous landscape, the last thing we expected to find was an authentic Jewish town. Not only were there Jews in Krasnaya Sloboda, but they were learning Torah in a modern, heated beis medrash.