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Witness the chassid walking up to the rebbe’s home or the young man striding up to knock at the door of a gadol, his shoulders stooped, forehead lined with worry. See him later as he exits, his head held high, eyes bright as he strides out, a new man. This is what makes is a holy place, where the blessings of Heaven filter down through the tzaddik. So the heartbeat quickens as the visitor makes the final spiritual preparations, knowing that the eyes of the tzaddik will soon rest on him.
Over the past few years, images of the Rubashkin family have been freeze-framed in our consciousness: The meat plant. The raid. The living room. The courtroom scenes. The rallies…These scenes have been seared on our collective memory. The Rubashkins, though, have chosen to move forward. They’ve relocated and recalculated, adjusting the rhythm and routine of daily life to meet new challenges.
From shadowy terrorist cells to lone wolves on the prowl, counter terrorist expert Fred Burton has seen them all, captured some, and has seen many of them come and go, in a career that has spanned the last 30 years. In this wide-ranging, exclusive interview, Burton separates fact from fantasy and shares his astute assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of America’s approach to fighting terror.
Endalkachew Mamo led a relatively pampered childhood in Ethiopia, but he was thirsting for “something.” A chain of mishaps following a violent revolution that shook his native land resulted in his imprisonment, but eventually led to him receiving asylum in Israel. Once there, Endalkachew – now Ephraim ben Avraham – felt a magnetic attraction to the religious community, and he eventually followed his heart and converted to the religion that his soul had thirsted for since it joined the rest of us at Sinai.
Ancient documents and a heavy dose of inspiration have convinced a team of researchers that they’ve rediscovered the holy graves of Dinah bas Yaakov and her brothers who rescued her. Over a thousand years ago, Jewish travelers — from the Baalei HaTosfos to the Ramban and his students — documented the site on the cliffs of Mt. Arbel. Have the mysterious graves suddenly reappeared?