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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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Think It Through
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The import of the name Anshei Knesses Hagedolah
Face the Facts: Don’t Suppress Them
Yonoson Rosenblum The left behaves more and more like a cult
You Never Looked So Good
Eytan Kobre Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial
Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin The answer to “what’s it about?” can fill or empty rooms
Power of Suggestion
Rachel Bachrach Mikey Benzaken is a stage hypnotist based in Jerusalem
Make It Happen
Jacob L. Freedman “If I’m a bum then let me be a bum”
Hard Knocks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The Langer boys never forgot that apology
The Classic That Almost Didn’t Make the Cut
Riki Goldstein “It took only ten minutes to write, so we weren’t sure”
Hevel Pihem Keeps the World Going
Riki Goldstein The purity of their eyes and their innocent chatter
Yussi Sonnenblick never imagined they’d be singing “Eilecha” half a century later
Riki Goldstein “It’s nice to hear people still singing those songs”
The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap
Riki Goldstein “That was probably my most memorable performance”
Life in the Other Lane
Faigy Peritzman We should honor every Jew as if he were a talmid chacham
Needy
Sarah Chana Radcliffe The needier a person, the more they push people away
Touch of Light
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt “A person cannot live without any kavod”
Stay-at-Home Therapist: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer She turns to me. “You know the type, smart and silent?”