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Not a Piece of Cake

Rachel Ginsberg

Last year alone, half a million people put their stomachs under the scalpel in order to undergo bariatric surgery for fast, drastic weight loss. Is this the new, easy way out of obesity, replacing the noble struggle of diet, willpower, and self-discipline? And are the pain, discomfort, and danger of this life-altering surgery a realistic swap for the hoped-for health benefits?

 

Schoolmaster Shimon

Barbara Bensoussan

When Shimon Waronker brought M.S. 22 in the South Bronx — one of the most violent schools in the New York City system — from a gang-ridden F-grade institution to an A-grade academy, the media sang his praises. Now the courageous Lubavitcher chassid is running an experimental charter school, and has a revamped yeshivah system on his whiteboard.

 

Tenuous Tracks

Binyamin Rose, Berlin

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is today a city in transition. As hundreds of thousands of immigrants arrive, they carry with them their inbred hatred of Jews. For the continents’ rabbis meeting here last week, that’s just the beginning of their challenges.

 

Tenuous Tracks

Binyamin Rose, Berlin

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving in Berlin carry inbred hatred of Jews. And that’s just the beginning of the continents’ rabbis’ challenges.



 
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Nobody's Perfect
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Colossal Humility
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Bless You!
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Ready, Set, Succeed!
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The Radiance of Surrender
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