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A Leak in the System

Binyamin Rose

Candidates for security clearance undergo a broad series of background checks and personality profiling, which made it all the more shocking when Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old computer security expert, broke his professional code of silence by peeling the rings of secrecy off the clandestine government spying program he worked on. What was lurking under the lid that made Snowden spill the beans?

 

Guardian of the Holy Day

Eliezer Shulman and Shimon Breitkopf

Each person among the thousands who accompanied Rav Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth ztz”l, on his final journey last week, came with his own private sorrow, his own private memories of the man who made it his mission to ensure every Jew knows how to keep Shabbos, who saved thousands of families from financial collapse, and who made sure every bochur had a yeshivah.

 

Libertarian Meets Lakewood

Shimmy Blum

The buffet luncheon may have been glatt kosher, but for most people Rand Paul was the main course. TheUSsenator fromKentucky, and early front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in the next presidential election, gave his audience a strong taste of what Republican primary voters — and perhaps the general electorate — will hear from him in 2016.

 

Kiddushin before Kiddush

Rachel Shapiro

To both ease the financial burden and work around already-booked halls and unavailable dates, some Israeli families have resuscitated the centuries-old custom of Friday weddings. Not everyone is willing to be a trendsetter, but in the Jewish State, where Friday is the one day off, baalei simchah who have tried it say they’re happy to be trailblazers.



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A Century of Horror — and Hope
Rabbi Moshe Grylak More connected than at first glance
Sundown
Eytan Kobre When Chazal say so, that eclipses all else
Great Expectations
Jacob L. Freedman Not just his personal nachas machine
Vote of Thanks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dov Ber was using Hashem as an excuse
Today’s Trash
Faigy Peritzman “Guess what I did today!”
Navigating In-Lawing
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurturing this relationship with kindness, consideration...
From Humdrum to Happy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner The challenge: infusing these days with joy!