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Jihad Johnny

Avi Friedman

In the aftermath of the gruesome murder of American journalist James Foley by a suspected London-born ISIS recruit, increasing attention is being paid to the thousands of volunteers from the West who are not only joining the jihad in Iraq and Syria, but are threatening to take their newfound terror ideology back home. With slick English-language PR, ISIS and other militant Islamic groups promise these directionless Westerners eternal glory and a seat next to Allah for defeating Western culture.

 

Is The Door Closing On Kiruv?

Sara Glaz

Gone are the days when kiruv professionals could pick baalei teshuvah like ripe, red apples. Today’s young Jews are less introspective, more technology obsessed, and less identified with Israel than ever before. Enter the determined mekarev, studied at his art, funded to the brim. But are the students listening?

 

Found and Lost

Shimmy Blum

As Lakewood wrestled with the pain and sadness of the loss of one of their best and brightest talmidim, support poured in from the four corners of the Jewish world for the family of Aaron Sofer z”l.

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