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Who Sent Our Man Back to Damascus?

Estee Rieder

Forty-five years have passed since Eli Cohen, “our man in Damascus,” was caught and hanged by the Syrians the events that led to his capture are a mystery. Was the secret service sloppy, sending him back into a trap while being tailed? Once his identity was leaked, why wasn’t he pulled from the mission? New evidence, including a letter from a Syrian friend, shocking discoveries from a research journalist, and interviews with family members sheds new light on a case that has no answers.

 

Building Bridges in Ramat Shlomo: A Conversation with Rav Mattisyahu Deutsch

Yisroel Besser

In Ramat Shlomo, Jerusalem, a rav schooled in the classic Yerushalmi school of thought has succeeded in building bridges with the elites of secular society. Son-in-law of Rav Moshe Halberstam, ztz”l, Rav Mattisyahu Deutsch is very much a product of his upbringing; he also espouses a broadminded approach, thorough knowledge of medical innovation, and appreciation for the differences underlying the segments of Israeli society. Rav Deutsch contemplates the experiences that have colored his own worldview.

 

Not Your Typical Vacation: A Look Inside the Lakewood Yarchei Kallah

Shimmy Blum

Say the word “vacation,” and most people will conjure up images of the great outdoors, swimming pools, hotel lodgings, or picnics on the grass. Yet for an unusual group of people, “vacation” means paying a fee to return to yeshivah and learn all day, with minimal breaks and relaxation. Meet the members of the little-known Lakewood Yarchei Kallah, a diverse group of men who abandon their businesses and professions to spend their summers bent over Gemaras, below the radar of the world at large.

 

Velcro and Beyond

Nehemia Horowitz

Most people consider Velcro to be the ultimate technological advance — a brilliant idea that simplifies life in a myriad of ways. What most people don’t realize about Velcro, however, is that it’s just an application of a Divine system apparent in the plant and animal world. In that sense, Velcro is one of the most prominent advances of “biomimetics” – a field of science that applies natural patents to the world of technology.

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