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On the Witness Stand in Japan

Dovid Sussman

A decorated former agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and an Israeli international expert on polygraphs are the newest players in the effort to release the remaining two “boys in Japan.” In a surprisingly flexible move, the Japanese court has admitted both their testimonies, indicating that the defendants were used as “blind mules” in a drug-trafficking operation they knew nothing about. Mr. Michael Levine and Professor Gershon Ben-Shakhar share their day in court.

 

The Uncharted Territory of Charter Schools

Shimmy Blum

A volatile national debate over a revolutionary educational model has struck at the heart of several Jewish communities across America. As Englewood and Teaneck, New Jersey, begin to grapple with the opening of Hebrew charter schools, Mishpacha takes an in-depth look at this phenomenon and what effect it may have on traditional yeshivos and the education of our children in those communities — and well beyond.

 

Secrets Come Out When Wine Goes In

Chananel Shapiro

William Fevre’s name is synonymous with prize-winning French wine. But what most connoisseurs don’t know is that the eighty-one-year-old Catholic-born vintner, whose fascination with Judaism has made him a patron of little-known Israeli wines, has used his own funds to uncover and reconstruct an ancient Jewish synagogue in Chablis — buried for five centuries in this village once thriving with Jewish winemakers.

 

Making a Landfill Bloom

Binyamin Rose

Itinerant Arabs once called it Ibn Ibraq, which many Jews assumed to be the Bnei Brak of the Haggadah. Its name was later changed to al-Hiriya — the good land — by Arab settlers in the early days of Israel’s statehood. Following a decade of environmental cleanup, Israel’s former landfill at Hiriya is scheduled to become the newest member of the country’s national park system shortly after Pesach.

 

Cache of the Day: Adar

Sima Freidel Steinbaum

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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod