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While the last of the Nazi ranks are living in retirement villages, Nazi hunter Ephraim Zuroff knows his own time is limited. “Operation Last Chance,” where money changes hands for information and clues leading to the capture of the last surviving Nazis, is Zuroff’s last chance as well. He doesn’t deny that his job will soon be over, and is running a marathon against the clock to track down the last of the men who, after sending so many to their deaths, thought they could live their lives out in peace.
The imaginary equator divides the earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Ecuador straddles the equator, so the days and nights last an equal 12 hours. Ecuador has been home to more than 4,000 Jews and only a few hundred live there today. Yet over the last 10 years, it has become fertile ground for the manufacture of kosher vegetables. Mishpacha’s Binyamin Rose went on a tour of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, a visit to its broccoli and cauliflower fields, to see how he raises his family in this land.
When Bronx-born Perry Meltzer migrated to the quiet town of Monticello, he planned to practice law among colleagues whose word was famously known to be their bond. He didn’t dream that during the decades, he’d build a loyal clientele of religious Jews, who came to see him as a loyal advocate who’d help soften local and legal opposition to their summer residences. Still, the biggest surprise that Monticello held was personal, not professional, causing Meltzer and his wife to reassess their self-definitions.
While staying one step ahead of the Nazis who targeted him for extermination, Rav Aharon of Belz spent 8 months in Budapest in the home of Reb Yosef Reiner. “I promise you that the entire family will reach Eretz Yisrael,” the Rebbe told his host as he made his final escape from Europe. The Rebbe wrapped his hand in a handkerchief, and passed from child to child. Over 6 decades later, David and Avraham Reiner can still feel the Rebbe’s caress; can still bask in the promise that was miraculously fulfilled.
An Orthodox Jew from Detroit is awaiting an appeals court decision to find out if he will be able to sue the Department of Defense for monetary damages thirteen long years after false accusations of spying for Israel were leveled at him. Mishpacha’s news editor Binyamin Rose has been following the case of David Tenenbaum since the Defense Department’s inspector general admitted two years ago that Tenenbaum was a victim of discrimination.