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When the iconic Diaspora Yeshiva Band regrouped for a reunion concert at Lincoln Center this winter, it was more than just a nostalgic trip down the musical memory lane of the ’70s and ’80s. It was a fusion of a force that was the background music to the early teshuvah movement. Saturday nights on Mount Zion don’t rock like they used to, but those chords are still vibrating a generation later.
The annual AIPAC Policy Conference always attracts thousands of delegates who get both their inspiration and their marching orders for lobbying members of US Congress to support Israel’s interests. Last week’s conference was no different in its composition, but recent setbacks have left an impression that AIPAC — one of America’s mightiest lobbies — has lost some of its clout. Mishpacha’s news editor, Binyamin Rose, who made the rounds, formed five impressions of a body that refuses to go down.
Satmar chassidim had to contribute millions to tzedakah if they wanted to travel to Eretz Yisrael as part of the Satmar Rebbe Rav Aharon Teitelbaum’s recent entourage. But a few philanthropists putting together $5 million in two weeks was just child’s play in Satmar, where the massive scope of giving is part of Reb Yoelish’s legacy. Who are these million-dollar adherents?
In an Israeli town that’s acquired a reputation for division and strife, one man is using mountain biking to teach kids how to push their limits — and get along with each other, no matter what kind of yarmulke is under the helmet.