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Yehuda Avner — who, in one of his last acts working in an official capacity for Israel, attempted to make all the kitchens in Israel’s embassies kosher — advised every Israeli prime minister from Levi Eshkol in 1967 to Begin in 1982, and stood by their side at the nation’s most perilous moments. Yehuda Avner gives an insider’s look at a diplomatic career that spanned most of Israel’s statehood. Despite all of the dangers he has faced along the way, his experiences have only strengthened his emunah.
For over a century, the famous Yeshivas Etz Chaim loomed like a fortress over Jaffa Road, a symbol of Old Jerusalem’s cheder children and Torah scholars. But as the Etz Chaim building closed its doors for the last time, Rav Nissan Aharon Tukachinsky, the yeshivah’s veteran director, didn’t hide his pain over the transfer he wished didn’t have to take place.
The role that the Catholic Church and its Pope leader played in the Holocaust is a subject of ongoing historical scrutiny, especially as the current pope hints broadly that he will name Pius to the Catholic sainthood. Dr. David Cymet, born in Mexico and the first Latin-American bochur to attend Yeshivas Torah Vodaath in 1944, is one of the most recent scholars to examine this controversial and troubling era. He hopes his newest book will both bear witness to the Holocaust and force us to remain vigilant.
With the proliferation of Torah lectures on iPods, mp3 players, CDs, and the almost-extinct cassettes, it is hard to recall the days when we could not use our time on the road or doing housework to grow through such recordings. But back in the Fifties, Torah tapes were a thing of the future. Recordings that would turn out to be one of earliest sets of Torah lectures released on cassette, and that continue to light a fire under those who listen to them, are those of the great mashgiach, Reb Lopian.