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Driven to Drink

Yocheved Lavon

Until recently, overindulgence in drink was commonly perceived as a non-Jewish thing, but today, liquor’s reputation has changed. Some of our sons and brothers — boys who learn Torah and believe in Jewish values —indulge in recreational drinking, claiming that Friday-night drinking helps them stay on an even keel the rest of the week. What lies behind this shift in attitude — socially, emotionally, and spiritually? And where is it leading these boys? Can we ever condone such behavior?

 

“We Will Meet at the Redemption”

Aryeh Ehrlich

The Nadvorna Rebbe ztz”l was the address for people in financial trouble, for couples with irreparable marital issues, for parents with children on the fringe, for those others had given up on. His heart was huge, and even the most miserable and forsaken knew they would receive honor from the Rebbe. This week, he would have celebrated his 82nd birthday, but like Moshe Rabbeinu, he left the world on 7 Adar — a shepherd of the generation who cared for the single, thirsty sheep that wandered from the flock.

 

Could You Be A Spy?

Binyamin Rose, Washington DC

You approach a set of security doors with flashing ultraviolet lights on each side. An authoritative-sounding voice instructs you to proceed to the identity area. Proceed with caution, because you are now taking the first steps on a riveting tour of Washington DC’s International Spy Museum — the only public museum in the world offering visitors a hands-on experience where they get to feel, think, and act like real intelligence officers. Do you have what it takes?

 

Futility of Wishful Thinking

Avi Friedman

Rarely a day goes by without either another scary or even a “reassuring” headline about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. What is the Western world really doing to stop Iran? Not enough, says Dr. Michael Widlanski, whose newest book shows chillingly how the politics of wishful thinking has replaced analysis of hard and cold facts.

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