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Tamar and Itzik Viflic don’t consider themselves heroes, and don’t even pretend to be brave. They are just being human, struggling to make sense of the tragic death of their only son, killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the school bus he was riding in. This week marks the shloshim of sixteen-year-old Daniel Viflic, the special, elevated soul who — in the ten days he clung to life — united the entire Jewish world in intense prayer.
We tend to associate song with Chassidim, and rightfully so. Seldom does one hear of a Litvishe Rosh Yeshiva who sings, let alone one who composes songs. Yet Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, Rosh Yeshivah of Be’er Yaakov and one of the leading Gedolim of Eretz Yisrael, was known not only for his genius in learning, but for the soul-stirring melodies that he transmitted to the generation. Five years after his petirah, two grandchildren reveal the source and sentiment behind his singing.
In the Alaskan tundra, fierce winds and hostile terrain isolate hundreds of villagers from humanity, food supplies, and medical aid. The pilots of Era Aviation bridge the yawning divide with their bush planes, specially outfitted to brave the subzero temperatures and hurricane-speed winds that are practically humdrum to Northern Alaskans.
British journalist and international espionage expert Gordon Thomas has a new story to write. He has discovered the secret of Dr. Vittorio Sacerdoti, an Italian physician who saved dozens of lives during World War II by diagnosing “K Syndrome” — sending the invading Nazis into a tailspin of fear over this dread disease.