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Forty-three years after Jews around the world were horrified by Jordan’s extensive desecration of the ancient cemetery on Har HaZeisim (the Mount of Olives), damage at the burial ground of prophets, rabbis, chassidic masters, and thousands of ordinary Jews has yet to be fully corrected. Can a coalition of religious and secular Israelis and Americans prod the government to restore Har HaZeisim to its former glory?
Aside from the classic cantorial clothing he wears until this very day, Chazzan Moshe “Moishele” Kraus has worn many hats: that of a Munkaczer talmid basking in the warmth and greatness of the Minchas Elazar, and shockingly, just a few years later, that of an IDF officer. But wherever he has gone in his long and fruitful career, he has always been doing the same thing: regaling and uplifting Jews — great Torah leaders and children in Bergen-Belsen the same — with his mellifluous voice.
Matthew Gould is the first Jew to serve as Britain’s ambassador to Israel, but he is not the first ambassador to invest time and effort to understand the interests and viewpoints of Israel’s growing chareidi community. In fact, he considers it an essential ingredient of how successful he will be in his job.
The talents and accomplishments of celebrated immigration attorney Leon Wildes and his two sons, Michael and Mark, aren’t limited to the legal profession. The Wildes streak for helping Jews in need has benefitted a diverse group that includes celebrities, Iranian escapees, Englewood teens, and the spiritually parched young singles of Manhattan. In a fascinating conversation, the Wildes family opens a window to their true family business: helping other Jews.
For the kosher traveler, finding an eatery or appropriate accommodations anywhere in the world seems as easy as clicking a mouse. Does that mean that the suitcases full of tuna and salami are a relic of the past? One thing is for sure. A traveler can never be too careful.