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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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Whose State Is It?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Nation-State Bill adds nothing to the simple truth
First, Clean Your Room
Yonoson Rosenblum Disorder of our rooms reflects the disorder of our minds
Start Up with G-d
Eytan Kobre “Women rabbis” suffocate the spirit of the law
The Non-Competitive Competitors
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib Competition? We are all working for the same Boss!
In Defense of Those Eltere Bochurim
“Still Waiting” (an anonymous contributor) A perspective built on 12 years (and counting) of dating
No Size Fits All
Jacob L. Freedman Meir’s success seemed practically carved out for him
Endnote - Start with the Heart
Riki Goldstein “I start with the heart of the sound, then add layers”
Great Shakes
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Hashem has His ways of pressing our “reset” button
Of Gates and Gators
Faigy Peritzman Our ears can receive messages the most easily
I Don’t Know
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Get around decision paralysis by listening to your gut
Time to Try the Frum Dating Sites?
Sara Eisemann That’s my problem and I’ll have to work it through