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Lately the world’s focus has been on the Middle East and the “Arab Spring.” But as the Conference of European Rabbis recently demonstrated, Poland, a land once synonymous with anti-Semitism, is enjoying a “spring” of its own — a new era of better relations with both its own Jewish community and the Jewish community worldwide.
Few could match Rav Eliezer Menachem Shach’s grasp of contemporary events and political intrigue, or his three-dimensional vision — his ability to dissect and negotiate the most complex communal issues, and at the same time worry about the feelings of a small child. And so they followed him, the bnei Torah and politicians, the Americans and Europeans, the Sephardim and Ashkenazim, all sending their thorniest and most complex issues to the little apartment across from the Ponovezher Yeshivah.
According to the US Department of Labor, some 14 million Americans are out of a job. Yet all isn’t bleak. People in our community, such as businessman David Hess and others, are trading in low-income jobs or outright joblessness for lucrative new careers — and sharing tips for how they did it.
We all have questions, but not everyone is willing to spend five years schlepping across the United States to find an answer. Meet Dr, Saul Landa, whose question about how Orthodox Judaism managed to survive in a very unorthodox America has resulted in a moving photographic record of American Jewish life.