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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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Staying Free and Clear
Eytan Kobre The Heavenly message of these frightening dramas
Making Jews Great
Yonoson Rosenblum The innate dignity of every human being
A Pose by Any Other Name
Eytan Kobre Inclusive, nonjudgmental… except of you
Italy or Holland?
Rabbi Yaakov Barr It’s just a different place
The 109th Try (But Who's Counting?)
Jacob L. Freedman Is this the time he’ll scream for help?
What Took So Long?
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Tzniyus in dress, an essential ingredient of success
Truth-Fully
Faigy Peritzman A lot of mitzvos in one pasuk
Under Pressure
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Though “life happens,” stress can be lessened
Dear “Wants a Mensch”
Sara Eisemann He’s a masmid, but is he a mentsh?
The Diver: Part 2
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “But I know nothing about that”