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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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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without