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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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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