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Forty-three years after the Luzon family was expelled from Libya and forced to abandon the land of their birth and family fortune, Raphael Luzon, his sister Rita, and their eighty-six-year-old mother made a triumphant return as official guests of the Libyan authorities. For four days, they visited old haunts, met with members of the Libyan government, and tried to solve the mysterious murder of their extended family. In a conversation with Mishpacha, Raphael and Rita share the highlights and frustrations.
Sparrow, dove and pigeon broth, cow udder in saffron, guinea fowl pastry, and fried locusts. Not your standard restaurant menu, but that didn't stop 250 curious Jews from putting down $100 each to participate in the most recent “Mesorah Dinner,” whose purpose is to preserve the traditions of kashrus that have faded. For nearly three decades, Dr. Ari Greenspan and Dr. Ari Zivotofsky have been hopping around the globe, preserving mesorahs while partaking of some unusual gastronomical fare.
In what is perhaps the global Jewish community's most closely watched criminal case, a significant break offered Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin's sympathizers a surge of encouragement, as his attorneys filed a motion for a new trial amid evidence they contend challenges Judge Linda Reade's impartiality.
It should be a stop on every tour of Jewish cemeteries in Europe. After the heavy, rusted locks on the gates of the Koenigstrasse Cemetery in Altona, Germany, are opened, Rav Yonasan Eibeshitz, Rav Yaakov Emden, Rav Tzvi Hirsch of Zamos, Rav Refael HaKohein, and dozens of other Torah geniuses of the past seem to come to life. But instead of being crowded with history buffs and Jewish tourists, the cemetery of Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbek is deserted and neglected.