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Mold, Rot, and Truckloads of Goodwill

Barbara Bensoussan

Many Long Island residents thought the storm would be a repeat of last year’s Hurricane Irene — dire warnings, but no real damage on the ground. So when floodwater surged into their homes, destroying their basements, washing away their cars, and threatening to drown them, Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender found himself at the epicenter of the disaster. A month later, his phone is still ringing off the hook.

 

Betting the House

Barbara Bensoussan

For many people, social gambling is a harmless way to pass the time. But gambling can be more insidious — an addictive thrill that could ruin your life. Are you or your spouse a candidate for gambling addiction? Is it worth taking the risk to find out?

 

Even Hizbullah Wants This Synagogue

Aharon Granevitch-Granot

There are only about 20 Jews left inBeirut, but that hasn’t stopped the Lebanese government from renovating the central synagogue of the ancient Jewish Quarter, which nearly turned to rubble during the country’s decade-long civil war. And although no Jews seem to be running back, the head of the tiny Jewish community sees the reconstruction as a good omen, as he dreams of a day when people will return.

 

Blood Brothers

Leah Gebber

At the Nuremberg Trials, he told of how he saved elderly Jewish women, set up syndicates to smuggle money across borders, and aided Jewish refugees. Yet he died an ignoble pariah, linked forever to his brother’s infamy. What was the truth about Albert Goering, the anti-Nazi brother of Hitler’s second-in-command — archmurderer Hermann Goering? A young Australian economics student was driven to find out, spending years traversing the globe on a journey to uncover the mystery surrounding this unlikely hero.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...