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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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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
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