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Pleas for assistance turned into cries of anguish, as Jews around the world struggle to come to grips with the tragic death of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky a”h after he was abducted in Boro Park on the way home from day camp. Though the tremors of this event will never completely recede from memory, this special boy, his loving family, and the dedicated community that is Am Yisrael, have imparted to the world a deeply felt dose of inspiration and resolve.
When Rabbi Moshe Fhima took a three-day trip to Pinsk in 1995, he was a curious yeshivah bochur with less than a bare-bones knowledge of Russian. Now he’s a driving force in his adopted home, utilizing his gift of gab and indefatigable passion to maneuver his way through bureaucracy and mentalities reminiscent of the previous century. The fruits of his work have blossomed along with his own family, as Rabbi Fhima blends his 24/7 outreach machine with a big heart and lion’s courage.
During World War II, one thousand Jewish children were plucked from the Nazi inferno and delivered to American shores as a part of a little-known rescue operation. Who were the heroes and heroines responsible for this “American underground railroad” that brought these children to safety? Why were so few children rescued? And what was it like to become an American Jew as Jewish Europe went up in flames?
Until yesterday, Eilat hotel cleaner Bith Thiyang was just another of the 8,000 Sudanese refugees working illegally in Israel. But with the declaration of South Sudan’s independence, the temporary government has appointed him ambassador to Israel. Switching from his morning concierge uniform to an official-looking spanking suit and tie in the afternoon for his first week on the job, Thiyang says a partnership between Israel and South Sudan is natural. “Israel is our best friend in the world.”