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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.
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.
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.
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.