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London Barriers Falling Down

Shoshana R. Meiri

Rabbi Yosef Grunfeld dispels fear — of beards, of religious fanatics, of commitment to a Torah way of life. For the past 30 years, the director of Seed in the UK has been charming and disarming audiences without compromising on his own principles.

 

Gaddafi’s Brooklyn Pen Pal

Eliyahu Ackerman

What prompted a cadre of determined journalists to descend on the Canarsie home of an elderly retired florist named Louis Schlamowitz following the recent liquidation of Muammar Gaddafi? What connection did an American Jewish octogenarian have with the leader of the Islamic Republic of Libya? In truth — not very much. Unless you take into account signed pictures, cards, and letters from the deranged despot who took the time to correspond with the 81-year-old Brooklynite for more than three decades.

 

Predicting the Next Revolution

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

If you think a computerized model that can predict a revolution or an outbreak of violence is the stuff of science fiction, think again. Kalev Leetaru’s computer program successfully predicted the Arab Spring uprisings and accurately pinpointed Osama Bin Laden’s final location. Next on the agenda: analyzing the 2012 US election and the chances of an Israeli military strike on Iran.

 

The Long Arm of Newt Gingrich

Shimmy Blum

Newt Gingrich capped a remarkable week, in which he surged to the top of the Republican presidential polls, by launching a major outreach campaign to America’s Jewish voters. Is this straight-talking, southern-Republican the GOP’s savior or the next in a growing list of stumbling front-runners?

 

Dream Come True

Yerucham Landesman

We’re fascinated by dreams — the latest interpretation of the dream of a mekubal detailing when The End will come, about who a rebbe saw in his dream, and the possibility of unlocking the meanings of our own dreams. Rebbes of the last generations talked and wrote extensively about their dreams. Were they prophetic or personal, tales of the past or tools for further growth? A peek into the hidden world of holy dreams.



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Do You Know Where You’re Going?
Rabbi Moshe Grylak If Mrs. Esterhazy hadn’t gotten sick
Birthright Drops Reform
Yonoson Rosenblum The numbers tell the sad story
With Fresh Eyes
Eytan Kobre Members of an ever-tying people
Gift-Giving Guide
Yisroel Besser There’s a skill to giving a teacher a gift
Time for a Career Change
Jacob L. Freedman “How can a bochur even afford to smoke?”
Today I Am a (Learned? Committed?) Jewish Man
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are bar mitzvah celebrations good for the Jews?
Major in Mothering
Faigy Peritzman “How do you picture marriage? Discussing quantum theory?...
When Parents Disagree
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Connecting heart-to-heart when you don’t see eye-to-eye
En Route: Food for Thought
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz The bread we eat today also comes from heaven
The Twins: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “Bead,” she says again, with a little smirk
Dear Acquaintance
Your Possible Friend at the Clinic Why do you make it harder for me — and for you?