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Three Days of Terror and Tears

Eytan Kobre

Twenty years ago this week, riots terrorized the Jews in Crown Heights in what one prominent historian called the “most serious anti-Semitic incident in American history.” Yet while journalists framed their coverage as a balanced case of racial conflict and equated the accidental death of a seven-year-old boy with the lynch and murder of Yankel Rosenbaum, Jews were barricading themselves in their own homes as mobs rampaged through the streets, shouting “death to the Jews.” Two decades and several mayors la

 

Songs in a Different Key

Barbara Bensoussan

For Chazzan Yehezkel Zion, plumbing the richness of Sephardic music isn’t just another job; it’s an avodah — a way to preserve a magnificent liturgical heritage, pass on a generations-old family tradition, and, now that the wedding season is back in full swing, joyfully enhance the mitzvah of gladdening the hearts of a new troupe of chattanim and kallot.

 

In Search of Nechamah

Yisroel Besser

Eager for sound-bytes for the evening news, the mainstream media scrambled to identify Rav Binyamin Eisenberger, the Kletzky family’s low-profile rabbi. They waited in front of his home and shul, but the rabbi simply didn’t appear. But of course, AP and UP were looking for a white beard and homburg hat; the youthful, unassuming figure didn’t fit their mental image of a rabbi. They should have known to look not at trappings, but at the face; he’s an obvious leader to anyone with Yiddishe oigen.

 

Untold Stories of Tzfas

Shira Yehudit Djilimand

The holy city of Tzfas holds many secrets, and it takes a determined enthusiast to ferret them all out. Rabbi Yisroel Rottenberg — tour guide, storyteller and well-known Tzfas rav and former rebbi — has made it his business to discover the secrets hidden within his city’s ancient stones.

 

Britain Adopts Zero Tolerance

Shira Yehudit Djilimand

Britain is considering a number of extraordinary measures in the aftermath of what some are claiming to be the worst riots in England’s history. One of them would make former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani proud.

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