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Generations come and go in New York’s Bais Yaakov of Boro Park, but one thing has remained the same: the principal. Assuming the position was a difficult decision for Rabbi Osher Lemel (Oscar) Ehrenreich, who wanted to serve as a maggid shiur teaching Torah. He took it anyway, if only as a stopgap measure. More than five decades later, he’s still at the helm of the largest Bais Yaakov elementary in North America, continuing to guide with unique wisdom and humility.
The threat of future terrorist attacks in the US hasn’t been dispatched along with Osama bin Laden’s body. What progress has America made in improving its security since the Twin Towers collapsed? What relief, if any, was attained by those who lost relatives on 9/11, such as Yonatan and Michael Lewin? And what is the future of the war on terror now that the head of Al-Qaeda is no longer?
Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer changed a shul with a thirty-five-man membership and an outside chance of survival into the thriving center that is the pride of Silver Spring, Maryland — with a flourishing yeshivah, yeshivah gedolah, and kollel. A year after his passing, the community of Silver Spring is just beginning to comprehend its loss.
If engineer Scott Brusaw of Idaho has his way, all of America’s energy needs will be met by his brainstorm invention — solar roadways made of glass and solar panels that will not only light themselves up to direct traffic, but will produce enough energy to extricate the country from dependence on fossil fuel, serve as a solution to environmental disasters, and pull the global economy out of its dire straits. Fact or fantasy?