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Seven years after Rachel Corrie, an Olympia, Washington, native, was crushed by an IDF bulldozer while serving as a human shield for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, thousands of foreign nationals have followed her example and have deployed around Judea and Samaria to “protect” Palestinian residents against IDF soldiers and Jewish residents and to document Israel’s “occupation” of the Land of Israel. Mishpacha’s correspondent Avi Friedman “infiltrated” this peace movement to learn how they operate.
The results of this week’s midterm elections will be widely read as a referendum on President Obama’s first two years in office, even though he was not on the ballot. If anything, the polls revealed an American public in a grumpy mood, especially compared to Inauguration Day in 2008, when six out every seven Americans declared themselves to be optimistic about the next four years with President Obama at the helm. Mishpacha analyses the new mood of the electorate, and what it spells for the next two years.
After the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia after World War II, Alexander Feuerstein — Shulem Alter ben Aryeh Chaim, — knew that he would have to make a drastic move if he wanted to help save the vestiges of Judaism the new Soviet leadership was bent on destroying. He paid with his health and with every shattered bone in his body. But years later, alone in a senior citizens’ home with nothing but his tefillin, his Chumash, siddur, and Tehillim, he finally reaped the rewards of his bravery and sacrifice.
Ever try to arrange workshops that would interest 25 people of varying ages from five continents? Daunting enough? How about multiplying that by 100 and coordinating workshops for 2,500 people? Or how about being responsible for a seating plan for 4,000 people? As Crown Heights and the pier that hosts the Queen Mary are readied for the annual Chabad Kinus Hashluchim, Mishpacha met with event organizers to learn how they prepare for the enormous event.
Once again, over 6,000 people converged on the Meadowlands Exhibition Center for the world’s largest Kiddush, the Kosherfest food expo. This year, however, there is a “new kosher,” reflecting the demands and lifestyle changes of the traditional kosher consumer who is more health-conscious, diet-conscious, and busier than ever.