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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.
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.
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.