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Post-apartheid crime left people in Johannesburg feeling abandoned and helpless. Yet while residents still live behind high walls and security fences, the “contact crime” rate has dropped more than 80 percent in the last seven years in some areas, since the founding of Community Active Protection (CAP), an ambitious community patrol created by South Africa’s chief rabbi. Mishpacha took a ride with a CAP patrol unit, hoping for a quiet night.
The surprising discovery of 92-year-old Yaakov Koppel Mendelovitz, the childhood friend of the elderly Vizhnitz-Monsey Rebbe and his brother Rav Moshe Yehoshua Hager ztz”l, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe whose first yahrtzeit is this week, brought back to life the images of prewar Grosswardein and reconnected both the Rebbe and his chassidim with a world almost no one remembers.
He’s a conservative political commentator who’s appeared on just about every national news network. He’s also the author of four books. And he’s just 29. Benjamin Shapiro, living life in the fast lane for three decades, says his black crocheted yarmulke is a welcome companion to his work.
Their companies were next-door neighbors. They purchased paper together, swapped staff and cooperated on logistics, even though they were both competing for the same slice of the market. And then, as Feldheim’s Israeli business was about to collapse, Yoni Posen of Yefe Nof picked up the gauntlet.