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More Questions than Answers

Binyamin Rose, Eilat

The tranquil environs of Eilat at Israel’s southern tip provided a welcome respite for journalists who’ve been piling up the overtime keeping edgy Israelis updated on the ongoing spate of terror. The tranquility evaporated quickly, however, during panel discussions at the ninth annual Eilat Journalists Conference, where the tough questions outnumbered the wise answers.

 

Ark of Triumph

Aharon Granot, Amsterdam

He was the lonely, last surviving Jew of a poor Romanian village, yet when he saw the old shul razed and the aron kodesh left on the street in the rain, he knew he had no choice but to enlist the help of the local priest. Would Dutch askan Reb Mottel Aharonson be able to extricate the holy box from a church attic and the grasp of a strong-willed cleric?

 

Hitting the Books

Rachel Bachrach

A critical shortage of secular studies teachers, coupled with a lack of appropriate educational material, means that American yeshivos are struggling to meet core curriculum requirements on one hand and to impart general knowledge while maintaining Torah values on the other. Will an out-of-the-box initiative give general education a new niche?



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What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you