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As October came to a close, the frenetic pre-election activity slowed, then halted, asAmerica’s entire Eastern Coastheld its collective breath – watching and waiting for a furious storm to hit.
The trip was supposed to be short and sweet: Shabbos in Sofiafollowed by a bris inBelgrade. But things became complicated practically the minute Ari and Ari arrived.
Rabbi Shmuel Kunda z’l, who passed away on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, was a talmid chacham, master educator, talented artist, spellbinding story-teller, and the composer of many popular songs. And yet, instead of pursuing fortune and fame, he utilized his gifts to inspire Jewish children. But behind that smiling façade and ever cheerful countenance there existed a serious rebbi who was a bridge between two very different worlds.
On paper, Barack Obama should have been one of the most beatable incumbent presidents in recent years. The economy is flaccid, the war on terror that began more than ten years ago is still malignant, and polls show that just four in ten Americans think the country is going in the right direction. Yet voters spurned a clear opportunity to take a sharp U-turn this Tuesday when they reelected Obama and rejected Mitt Romney.