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Dermer to the Defense

Binyamin Rose, Washington, DC

Nothing makes Ron Dermer angrier than seeing Israel unfairly accused in the international arena. As Israel’s ambassador to the US, he is influential in presenting Israel’s positions to its best friend and ally. And when he does, he says it with eloquence, with passion, and most of all, with a conviction born from his belief in the justice of Israel’s cause, and in the endurance of the Jewish People.

 

And the Moon Set

Gittel Chany Rosengarten

For over six decades, Reb Shaya Ungar was the unswerving, ardent servant of two Skverer Rebbes, refracting their sunlight with unflinching devotion. As he fought with banks and battled naysayers in the 1950s, Reb Shaya paved the way for his Rebbe’s dream and moved into the first house in the wilderness of New Square. Since then, he held up the chassidim, ensured the minhagim, and wrote over a million kvittlach for their wellbeing. Last month, the moon waned.

 

Taking the Plunge

Text and photos by Ari Greenspan and Ari Z. Zivotofsky

We’ve uncovered ancient Jewish communities all over the world — some still viable, most no longer around — but one thing we can usually be sure of finding is the town’s mikveh. It might be moldy and putrid, hidden under a building or frozen over with ice, but there’s nothing that attests to the tenacity of the Jews like those wet, crumbling structures.

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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