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The Camp David Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt may still officially be in force, but the peace treaty that Israel has banked on as the linchpin of its security is starting to look a shaky as a reed in the Red Sea following multiple terrorist attacks launched against Israel from Egyptian soil and Egypt’s recent military movements in the Sinai.
Bein hazmanim has always provided an opportunity for gedolei Yisrael to escape to the mountains, enjoy solitude in nature, and renew their strength in calm, serene locales. We’ve all seen pictures of the gedolim of the previous generations strolling through the summer forests or sitting in the yard of their dacha surrounded by piles of seforim. What about the Torah leaders of today? Where do they go when they need to air out from the pressures of round-the-clock audiences and communal obligations?
Although Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, was once home to a vibrant Sephardic kehillah, much of the city’s Jewish history has been forgotten. But cobweb-filled rooms and padlocked closets have never stopped a Mishpacha reporter before, and this time, as well, this Balkan gem revealed more than a few of its hidden treasures
A spiritual odyssey that took him from his Baltimore yeshivah to a secular university campus and back again is the backdrop of Yisroel Juskowitz’s canvas. It’s a picture in the making, of a young man whose goal is to harness his talents — in painting, writing, and music — for inspiration. With the release of his first CD, A Narrow Bridge, Yisroel shares his story: what brought him back, what keeps him going, and how beautiful and inspiring the destination — and the journey — can be.