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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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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”