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The baby’s screaming in the backseat, there are too many kids for seatbelts in the carpool, your cell phone is ringing, and you’re about to miss Minchah. Has your car turned into a killer on the road?
Diplomacy is more than just saying the right thing at the right time, or refraining from saying the wrong thing at any time. It is an art, whose brushstrokes include establishing relationships, negotiating, persuading, and also resolving conflicting interests, not the least of which is how to reconcile one’s own personal and family needs with a life on the road. Four seasoned members of Israel’s diplomatic corps tell the story of how they cope.
For decades, Rav Ovadiah meticulously documented even the most seemingly mundane events of his day, alongside the bigger political and theological questions that chased and surrounded him. From political earthquakes to the minutiae of life, the until-now secret diaries provide a fascinating look into the challenges of the illui-turned-leader of Sephardic Jewry. While most of these diaries will never be revealed, Mishpacha was given a rare opportunity to examine some of those fraying pages.