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AIPAC Takes Center Stage

Binyamin Rose, Washington, D.C.

Whether or not you believe in the effectiveness of a pro-Israel lobby, it was impossible to ignore the sheer magnitude and enthusiasm of 13,000 activists and hundreds of American lawmakers and officials who gathered at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. With President Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel looming in the background at one of the most critical junctures in US-Israel relations, last week’s politically star-studded event proved you don’t even have to be Jewish to love AIPAC.

 

No Words of Comfort

Shimmy Blum

Is it possible for a community to find solace after two of its flames were brutally snuffed out? For the family and friends of Nachman and Raizy Glauber z”l to regain their equlibirum after experiencing the piercing loss? With Williamsburg still deeply in mourning, the community is struggling to move ahead.

 

Is it Listed?

Eytan Kobre

What started as Rabbi Gershon Bess’s five-page list has grown to a full-sized book that Jews all over the US consider the definitive guide to Pesach-approved medications and cosmetics. While a dog might not eat that mascara, Rabbi Bess wants to make sure everything in your house is chometz-free.

 

Hagaddah of Survival

Barbara Bensoussan

There aren’t many families that can claim to have created their own Haggadah, but the Kahan-Frankl heirloom is more than a personal treasure. The Kafra Haggadah, a collaboration between survivor Fradel Kahan-Frankl and her son Moshe Tzvi, was lovingly produced in Budapest immediately after the end of World War II — and this Pesach it’s being republished in a sparkling new edition.

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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
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Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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