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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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A Century of Horror — and Hope
Rabbi Moshe Grylak More connected than at first glance
Sundown
Eytan Kobre When Chazal say so, that eclipses all else
Great Expectations
Jacob L. Freedman Not just his personal nachas machine
Vote of Thanks
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Dov Ber was using Hashem as an excuse
Today’s Trash
Faigy Peritzman “Guess what I did today!”
Navigating In-Lawing
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Nurturing this relationship with kindness, consideration...
From Humdrum to Happy
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner The challenge: infusing these days with joy!