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A millionaire Dutch contractor has decided to bring biblical awareness to the world in the most hands-on way possible: he’s created a full-size replica of Noach’s ark, which he plans to float around the globe as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
Half a century ago, Reb Raphael Avraham, the one-time mukhtar of the village of Oyeja near the Turkish border, was the head of a smuggling ring to bring oppressed Jews out of Syria. He was on his way to the gallows when an influential businessman in Damascus — who later turned out to be Eli Cohen Hy”d — intervened on his behalf. Now, Reb Raphael Avraham, responsible for the escape of so many Jews, tells his story for the first time.
Viennamay have a painful past, but there’s nothing gloomy about its present. The city is home to a vibrant, growing kehillah — and it’s relatively affordable — making this one place that lives up to its slogan:Vienna is different!