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Soldier Statesman

Gershon Burstyn

Mortar shells on Ben-Gurion Airport. American Jewry’s dwindling support for Israel. Kerry’s time-pressured peace initiative. Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Michael Oren, who has just returned from a four-year stretch as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, reveals how — as an American-Israeli scholar, author, and combat paratrooper — he navigated relations with Israel’s greatest ally in the shadow of the country’s greatest threats.

 

Remembering the Rebbe and the Mechutan

Aryeh Ehrlich

First they were friends. Then one became the Sadigura Rebbe and the other a savvy businessman and politician. They also became neighbors, and mechutanim. A year after the Rebbe’s passing, two sons and successors of MK Avraham (“Munia”) Schapira — the chareidi community’s most colorful diplomat — are still reeling from the loss of their spiritual mentor, as they reveal the secret of a most unusual relationship.

 

Techeiles Trek

Libi Astaire

According to the Ramban, techeiles is supposed to take us on an inner journey from the sea to the sky to the throne of Hashem. That journey was aborted some 1,300 years ago, when the knowledge of how to produce techeiles was lost. But thanks to a few people on a mission, techeiles is back — and if you look closely, you may discover that sky-blue thread hanging from a pair of tzitzis near you.

 

Whatever the Weather

Rachel Bachrach

Does anyone remember it ever being so cold? While Northeasterners are used to snowy winters, subzero temperatures have made even those who are fearless about battling the elements into housebound hermits. Others have no choice — they brave the cold so you can stay warm.



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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land