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Johan’s Ark Makes a Splash

David Damen, Dordrecht, Holland

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.

 

The Great Escape

Aharon Granevich-Granot

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.

 

At Home in Vienna

By D. Marton

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!



 
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