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Court Jews in the Big Apple

Eytan Kobre

A growing, albeit unheralded cadre of Orthodox judges in New York’s court system — some of them top-ranking — might have diverse judicial styles, but they have earned sterling reputations for integrity, scholarship, fairness, and excellence in the law that do their community proud, one case at a time.

 

Soot And Embers In The City Of Light

Aharon Granevich-Granot

It was 769 years ago this week that Dominican priests incited frenzied masses as thousands of Talmudic manuscripts were seized and tossed into the flames in the center of Paris. Although the mob assumed they had destroyed every painstakingly handwritten copy of the Talmud they could get their hands on, some folios survived the inferno. Those pieces of scorched parchment from 1242 are hidden away in the private archives of the Alliance library in Paris – but with a little pull, anything can be revealed.

 

Have I Got A Bridge To Sell You!

Cindy Scarr

In an economic climate forcing thousands of desperate families to auction off pretty much everything they own, including family heirlooms, just to pay their bills, it’s easy to forget that auctions are generally fun and exciting. What is it about an auction that so completely captures the imagination of everyone involved? Inside the booming auction business.

 

Battle For The Bible Belt

Avi Friedman

As America’s largest evangelical group gets ready for its annual pro-Israel convention next week in Washington, Palestinian groups are working hard to sway Israel’s Christian supporters to their side. Can Israel-supporters still consider this crucial and influential bloc of votes to be in their hip-pocket?

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