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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.
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.
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.
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?