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Kashrus Contenders?

Shimmy Blum

A day of reckoning for the American kashrus world is fast approaching, as we learn whether a multi-year effort by the Conservative movement to gain a foothold in the kashrus certification industry will be successful. What do these developments portend for the future of kosher food? What should the Orthodox community do — now and in the future — to meet the challenge? Experts from both inside and outside the battle lines share their informed perspectives.

 

Izmir’s Faded Glory

Ari Greenspan and Ari Z. Zivotofsky

Centuries of vibrant Jewish life have left their fingerprints in the Turkish city of Izmir. The souk, the cemetery, even the hospital — all whisper of the Jews who lived and thrived here. On a recent visit, Ari and Ari soaked up the rich history in Izmir’s unusual shuls and sites, and reacquainted the dwindling Jewish community with matzoh, Havdalah, and the true meaning of freedom.

 

One for the Books

Aryeh Magram

Young Manny Samuels thought he would retire in Israel with his newly earned fortune, but when the commodities market bottomed out in 1983, he was left penniless. Living on oranges and homemade falafel, a series of providential encounters led him to Rav Nachman Bulman ztz”l and to “Manny’s” — the business that would eventually be the Anglo haven of Meah Shearim.

 

A Meeting of Great Minds

Barbara Bensoussan

Dr. Eliezer Ehrenpreis distinguished himself as a brilliant mathematician by the age of twenty-three by proving what would later become known as the Malgrange-Ehrenpreis Theorem. He was a talented pianist, and ran the New York City marathon each year until he was 77. But as great as his passion was for mathematics, marathons, and music, the moment that he considered the crowning glory of his career when Rav Moshe Feinstein ztz”l called him a talmid chacham.

 

If Push Comes to Shove

Binyamin Rose

The main risk to Israel from President Obama’s recently articulated positions may not come from the move to weaken Israel by pushing it back to the 1967 borders as much as it will from empowering Arab regimes and Israel’s left wing.



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