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The Opinion Maker

Eytan Kobre

Everyone has an opinion, but few get paid to express it. Jeff Jacoby, the Orthodox Jewish, conservative-minded columnist at the overwhelmingly liberal Boston Globe, is one of the select few. And whether readers love his column or hate it, when it comes to Jacoby, everybody’s got an opinion.

 

Away from it All

Yisroel Besser

Rav Yisroel Kanarek was a strong believer in the ability of the Torah to reshape a person — especially when a yeshivah was located far away from the distractions of big city life. And so he found his dream location for Ohr Hameir in the “vald” ofPeekskill. Fifty years after Rav Yisroel recruited his first students, his son Rav Elya Kanarek reclaims those early days of the “Peekskill Mandate.”

 

Almost like Pesach

Text and Photos by Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

The Shomronim have been practicing their Pascal sacrifice for the last 2,500 years, and watching the annual event makes you think you’re in a time bubble. The ancient chanting and ritual of this throwback sect makes us wonder: Is this what our forefathers’ Passover looked like when theTemplestood inJerusalem? And is this what the future will look like when theTempleis rebuilt?

 

Unfriendly Skies

Binyamin Rose

Both El Al Airlines and the Israeli government entered a new era after the Israeli cabinet approved an Open Skies agreement with the European Union. El Al responded with a two-day strike, stranding 15,000 passengers worldwide. The strike ended when the government agreed to fund almost all El Al’s considerable security expenses. In the long run, the Open Skies agreement is expected to result in lower airfares, which is good news for travelers. But can El Al remain viable in the rarefied air of deregulati



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Using Our Free Will Effectively
Yonoson Rosenblum The image we carry of ourselves is key
Pitcher-Perfect
Eytan Kobre The ripple effects of one Jew’s kiddush Sheim Shamayim
Living the High Life
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger It is exhilarating to matter, to be truly alive
It’s Time for Us to Speak Up
Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie We must speak out proudly for the values of Yiddishkeit
Kiruv Is Not Dead
Rabbi Meir Goldberg Do these sound like uninspired or closed students?
Frosting on the Cake
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Let’s not let a missing chocolate cake ruin our siyum!”
A Warm Corner in Flatbush
Yosef Zoimen It was a simple shul with a choshuve leader
Out of Control
Jacob L. Freedman “That’s illegal, Dr. Fine. I can’t have a part in this”
Song of Reckoning in the Skulener Court
Riki Goldstein “It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Rebbe sing this song”
“U’teshuvah, U’tefillah, U’tzedakah”
Riki Goldstein Throughout the Yamim Noraim, three words accompany us
The Rebbe Held His Gaze
Riki Goldstein A moment etched in Reb Dovid Werdyger’s memory forever
The Road Taken
Faigy Peritzman In the end it’s clear who really merits true happiness
Sincere Apology
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A heartfelt and complete apology can turn things around
Power Pack of Mercy
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The 13 Attributes of Mercy are “an infinite treasure”
The Appraiser: Part II
D. Himy M.S. CCC-SLP, and Zivia Reischer “Eli needs to see people who struggled to achieve”