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The Last Witness

Aharon Granevich-Granot

Fifty years ago this week, Yosef Kleinman became a surprise witness at the Eichmann trial, sharing a little-known piece of Holocaust history with captivated international listeners. That testimony made Kleinman a celebrity of sorts, and he’s spent the last five decades telling his story to soldiers, camps, schools, yeshivos, and documentary filmmakers.

 

Eichmann’s Last Stand

Libi Astaire

On May 23, 1960, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion made an announcement that stunned Israeli society: Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of Nazi Germany’s Final Solution, had been captured by Israeli agents and brought to Eretz Yisrael. Two years later, on May 31, 1962, Eichmann was executed by hanging in an Israeli prison. In between those two momentous dates in May, Eichmann was brought to trial in Jerusalem. What, if anything, is the legacy of that trial today, fifty years later?

 

Digital Doctors and E-Patients of the 21st Century

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

In today’s digital age, when technology has removed the “personal” from interpersonal communication, virtually every job description has undergone redefinition. In the medical field, the classic family physician has given way to the “digital doctor” and the trusting patient has morphed into a well-informed, discriminating “e-patient” — with ramifications for the people, the system, and the very nature of health care.

 

The Ultimate Show-and-Tell

Barbara Bensoussan

Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, the coronated “Lionzna Rebbe” of Boro Park, put his photographic memory and penchant for ancient languages to good use. He says his Living Torah Museum, which features million-dollar hands-on artifacts from ancient weaving equipment to taxidermied biblical animals, fulfills his educational philosophy: “If you touch history, it touches you.”

 

Left Face, Backward March

Avi Friedman

While Barack Obama was announcing his vision of Middle East peace in Washington, Israeli peace activists were holding forth in Tel Aviv, where Mishpacha squeezed in a few words — and questions — edgewise with Yossi Beilin, the grand architect of the Oslo process, along with dissenting voices who say neither Oslo nor Obama will bring peace.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...