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Welcome to the Country

David Zaklikowski

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.

 

Jew on Deck

Azriela Jaffe

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.

 

Still Humming the Niggun

Aryeh Ehrlich

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.

 

Fischer Makes His Withdrawal

Binyamin Rose

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?

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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”