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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?
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.”
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?
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.