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Have You Anything to Declare?

Richard Rabkin

Thinking of not declaring those gorgeous gold watches you bought on your recent visit to Europe? Considering supplementing your yeshivah or seminary allowance by becoming a courier for a cigarette-smuggling ring? If so, think again. Airport law enforcement officers are savvier than ever, and though this may be bad news for would-be smugglers it could make for more efficient check-in security measures for the rest of us.

 

Rallying Cry

Barbara Bensoussan

For young Jews of the 1960s and 1970s, the cry “Let my people go” didn’t refer only to Pharaoh and Mitzrayim. This was also the battle cry of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, the first major grassroots organization that protested on behalf of Jews trapped in the Soviet Union. Dr. Jacob Birnbaum, now 85, who founded the movement five decades ago, looks back on a life of unceasing activism.

 

Cool to be Frum in Chile

Avi Friedman

He was just a year away from a PhD in Physics at Cal-Tech, when his one-year leave for yeshivah turned into a lifetime calling — eventually bringing him back to the Chile of his secular youth. Today Rabino Matias Libedinsky might be aptly described as the face of Santiago’s Torah revival.

 

Batter Up in Iowa

Binyamin Rose

Iowa is first, and some say foremost, when it comes to determining who the next president of the United States will be. How did one of the nation’s smallest states earn this disproportionate power?

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod