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White House Wisdom

Barbara Bensoussan

One was the slight, erudite rabbi from New Jersey and the other was the bold, charismatic leader of the free world. But the two men, Rabbi Menachem Genack and President Bill Clinton, formed an uncommon bond that has endured to this day. How did Rabbi Genack become a friend of Bill?

 

Any Port in the Storm

Eytan Kobre

A year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern US, many residents of hard-hit Far Rockaway are still waiting for help in patching up their homes and their lives. Sometimes solving emergencies goes by the rules, but for assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, who always had a solution for his constituents, “This time there was no playbook.”

 

Just One Shabbos

Yonoson Rosenblum

The idea seems so simple but it took a leading rabbinic innovator to promote it: Get every Jew in one country to celebrate just one Shabbos, thus bringing a love of Yiddishkeit and the gift of Shabbos to all. The results exceeded Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s wildest expectations. Could this be the start of something huge?

 

Abayudaya isn’t Mumbo Jumbo

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

We thought we’d seen everything on our halachic adventures, but hacking through the African bush to find a kosher mikveh or a tucked-away synagogue was a first. Yet the Abayudaya hope that one day, their community will not only copy the ancient rituals, but that this African tribe will actually find its way into the hearts and into the life of the Jewish People.



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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?