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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.
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.”
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?
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