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When Aryeh Deri was incarcerated in 2000, the Shas Party was left in the capable caretaker hands of Eli Yishai, then considered Deri’s straight man. But although Yishai might not have had Deri’s flair and panache, he has emerged as a leader in his own right. Quiet and thoughtful, Yishai has kept the party on strong middle ground, earning the loyalty of the people and especially, the trust and love of Rav Ovadiah Yosef.
Words from the heart are taken to heart, and what Rabbi Moshe Ibn Ezra said many years ago still holds true today — especially when it comes to Charlie Harary, whose inspiring talks and videos about Torah reach thousands of people every year. But long before he became a familiar face at the Orthodox Union and Aish HaTorah, Harary’s own heart was opened in a surprising way
For over 30 years, Rav Avraham Yaakov Friedman reigned on the Sadigura throne. A scion of Ruzhiner royalty whose concern for all Jews was palpable, the Rebbe was regarded as a king among men. Now his throne is empty, but his message remains. “Everything depends on us,” the Rebbe told Mishpacha in a rare interview eight years ago. “Even the incitement and hatred will subside if we achieve unity among ourselves.”
For the past ten years, a group of American Hatzolah paramedics and EMTs has been training with Magen David Adom — Israel’s national emergency service, considered the most experienced and advanced in emergency medical response to terrorist attacks, chemical attacks, and other disasters. The idea was that if a war were to break out and MDA’s resources were channeled to the battlefield, this team would be called on. Last month, it actually happened. And now, they can finally disclose the details
One of Binyamin Netanyahu’s main decisions, should he form the next government after the January 22 elections, will be if he can live with a coalition that includes chareidim. Perhaps the bigger question is whether the chareidim can live, politically, with each other.