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Among the masses, he may be seen as a cultural symbol of Sephardic pride, or as a spiritual leader of the Shas political party. But those who value Torah learning above all look to Rav Ovadiah Yosef as a premier halachic arbiter, and an indefatigable sage who has labored for decades to restore the rightful crown of Sephardic Jewry. His son Rav David shares a wealth of riveting memories, and in a personal visit, acquaints us with the larger-than-life Torah leader he knows as Abba.
Towns north of the Arctic Circle have their own “plague of darkness” every year. As residents watch the final autumn sunset, they bid farewell to daylight and prepare for months of winter darkness, when morning and night are indistinguishable. What does a Shabbos observer do when there is no sunrise or sunset to guide him? As Jews find themselves in every corner of the world, some find themselves grappling with the unusual considerations of seasonal extremes.
Mendel Joskowicz — the lone survivor of his family who had made it through the ghetto, slave work details, Dachau and Auschwitz — never dreamed he would live to see the revival of Polish Jewry. Yet four decades later, he was called upon to lead it. Last week marked the shloshim of Polish Chief Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Joskowicz, the chassid from Jerusalem who stood up to the pope, brushed shoulders with world leaders, and showed the hidden Jews of Poland what it means to walk erect and proud.
A new federal regulation giving doctors and incentive to discuss “end-of-life” issues with their patients is raising new concerns in Orthodox Jewish circles that the medical community will have more say over who shall live, and more significantly, who shall die, and when.
In a spin on the dream of many a Jewish mother, Dr. Doni Zivotofsky has pursued a career in medicine — animal medicine, that is. Zivotofsky plys his trade to the Holy Land, where he travels far and wide to treat camels, donkeys, goats, sheep, or any other animal in distress. As a frum Jew, Dr. Zivotofsky brings his expertise in veterinary medicine and his knowledge of all the pertinent halachos to his clients twenty-four hours a day — but, for the most part, only six days a week.