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During the past six years, more than 53,000 Africans have escaped war-torn, poverty-stricken lands and found havens in Israel. The uninvited guests pose demographic, security, and political challenges to the only democracy in the Middle East. But putting them on a plane back home is not an option. As the UN insists on rights for asylum seekers and NGOs sponsor emotionally stirring protests, how can a small country with limited resources gently show these refugees the door?
The temperature is way below zero in Kiev’s Independence Square, but that hasn’t stopped half a million people from pitching tents in their months-long, often violent anti-government vigil. While Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s guns were aimed at the crowds protected by tires and sandbags, Mishpacha’s Aharon Granot camped out with the opposition and saw who really loves and hates the Jews.
He could resolve the most sophisticated arguments revolving around Torah and science, while never budging from the tiniest detail of the Shulchan Aruch. Rav Shimon Schwab ztz”l was a master at bridging eternal spiritual principles with the draws of modern American life, while standing guard over the sanctified thousand-year-old mesorah of Germany’s Jews. In a rare interview, his son Rav Yosef Chaim Schwab — master educator in his own right — pulls back the curtain on a life touched by greatness.