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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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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
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And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
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Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you