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Black Ash Over Scorched Earth

Binyamin Rose and Avi Friedman

As the fires are still smoldering in what has been called Israel’s worst natural disaster ever, adjusters are beginning to trek up north to assess the damage that is estimated in the billions of shekels. While international rescue and relief efforts from a variety of sources have helped contain the catastrophic blaze, Israelis are asking whether their helplessness in the face of such an environmental calamity portends a vulnerability greater than the threats of bombs and rockets.

 

Too Late For Justice... But Not For Truth

Machla Abramovitz

In 1982, John Loftus, a young attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), appeared on 60 Minutes, the most acclaimed television news program of the time, and revealed that following World War II, both the Justice and State departments covertly admitted vast numbers of Nazi war criminals into the US and naturalized many of them. In his latest book, America’s Nazi Secret, John Loftus reveals the shocking secret of the Justice Department’s decades of Nazi collaboration.

 

A Greek Maccabee

Aharon Granevich-Granot, Salonika, Greece

Seventy years ago this week, Colonel Mordechai Frizis — the highest-ranking Jewish military officer in Europe, who held onto his tradition against all odds — died a hero’s death while protecting his Greek troops against the Italian onslaught at the beginning of World War II. Today, his grandson and namesake, Rabbi Mordechai Frizis, teaches Torah in Jerusalem and is uniting the remnants of a little-known Greek Jewish community who traces back to the Second Beis HaMikdash.

 

Back To The “Promised Land”… Of Uganda

Yitzchak Carmeli

Fueled by a desire to discover more about the Abubayada, a tribe whose leader, Samai Kakungulu, decided to convert Judaism in the 1920s but never actually managed to do so, Yitzchak Carmeli took a trip to Uganda, once offered by the British government as a possible Jewish state, and ended his trip in Entebbe airport, site of the incredible rescue of Jewish hostages in one of the most daring commando missions of all time.

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Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”