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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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Winds of Fear
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The juxtaposition of Irma and Elul
Making Our Story His
Yonoson Rosenblum On Rosh Hashanah we do not hide
No Icing on the Cake
Eytan Kobre Society — and sanity — has lost
Soul Stirring
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Simply put, the Yamim Noraim work
Day in the Life of Aaron Ovadia
Rachel Bachrach Aaron Ovadia’s Drops of Light Project
Even Your In-Laws
Jacob L. Freedman No big reward if it’s not tough
Connecting the Dots
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The evil, the eclipse, the destruction, the goodness
Above the Clouds
Faigy Peritzman Taking no step of my journey for granted
Moving Forward
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Rosh Hashanah invites us into our future
Kings and Queens
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Such is the power of kavod