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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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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek