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Bright Lights on the Blue Danube

Binyamin Rose, Budapest

The Hungarian government is officially shedding all remnants of a sometimes intolerant past and making strides to be hospitable to both its Jews and to its former Jewish residents, inviting them to reapply for Hungarian citizenship. But the vast majority of Hungarian Jewry shares a common handicap: They lack a Jewish identity, but don’t even feel they’re missing out. A cadre of dedicated Jewish leaders, some homegrown, some imported, are trying to change that.

 

His Door Was Never Locked

Aharon Granevich-Granot

With the passing of Rav Menachem Mendel Mendelsohn ztz”l lst week, the community of Komemius is like a lost ship without a captain. The entire moshav was like his own family – he was the father of hundreds of children. And although he was a renowned Torah giant, he chose instead to tie his life together with the simple farmers and kibbutzniks who looked up to him as their spiritual leader.

 

Gold Rush

Refoel Pride

With the international economy in shambles, governments and banks are buying gold in an attempt to stabilize their financial footing, driving the price of gold to an unprecedented high. So where does that leave all the old earrings, cufflinks and other golden pieces you haven’t worn in years? Is your fortune sitting in your jewelry box?

 

Miracle Daddy

Riva Pomerantz

When Shaindel Simes first learned that her husband had suffered a Category 4 injury to his spine, she didn’t fully absorb how dramatically life would change for the devoted father, beloved rebbi, and pillar of Ottawa’s Jewish community. But as the months went on with their share of mountains and miracles, Rabbi Yehuda Simes proved that despite his physical limitations, on the soul level very little had changed.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek