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Bittersweet Trail Through Benghazi

Yair Wasserman and Binyamin Rose

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.

 

Quail, Water Buffalo, And Locusts For Dinner: It's All About Tradition

E. Schwartzbaum

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.

 

Judging the Judge

Shimmy Blum

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.

 

Lives Of Contention, Stones Of Unity

Aharon Granevich-Granot

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.



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Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without