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What would you do if your home — a quiet spot with limited population, quiet tree-lined roads, and small-town hospitality — was suddenly overrun by tens of thousands of people? If those idyllic roads, usually the haunts of deer and pickup trucks, were choked by minivans? If those lazy streets where everyone knows everyone else were transformed into an ongoing parade of strange faces and unfamiliar figures? That’s how it is for the year-round residents of the Catskills.
It’s not the most likely career choice for a nice Jewish boy, but Seymour Baer has never regretted his decision to “join the Navy and see the world.” Today, after 24 years of active military service, he is performing a service of a very different kind: telling the world that it’s possible to be a Torah-observant Jew even while in the middle of the deep blue sea.
Perhaps the greatest legacy 102-year-old Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv ztz”l left to the world was the lesson of diligence, focus, and never losing sight of the goal when it comes to accomplishments in Torah learning. And those close to him were privy to something else — the sweet niggunim that accompanied the holy words of fire. Many strained their ears to hear it; others imbibed it. Toward Rav Elyashiv’s first yahrtzeit, his nephew Rav Yitzchak Shmuel Levin shares the melodies.
Eight years after leaving a high-paying, low-profile job with Citigroup in New York for the relatively low-paying, high-profile job as governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer is bowing out as gracefully as he entered, leaving Israel’s economy healthier and more resilient. How did well-mannered Fischer, a British and American-trained economist, tame the Israeli lion?