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The Long Journey to Prison Reform

The journey of the FIRST STEP Act, a prison-reform bill on the brink of congressional passage, entails many stories. It’s the story of a Corrections system that many people feel…

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A Life of Truth

Every word spoken by Harav Dov Landau, shlita, is measured. It behooves us to examine Rav Dov’s remarks soon after Maran, zt”l, passed away: “The fact that Hagaon Harav Shteinman,…

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A Guide to Fire Safety

Mrs. Esther Horowitz of Boro Park remembers the day five years ago when she was burned out of her house. It was Leil Shemini Atzeres and she had just gone…

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Is Our Sensitivity Slipping Away?

Who would have believed, 70 years ago, that Jewish stores today would sell clothes with yellow stars on them? by Ben Zion Wolff Time, they say, heals all wounds. While…

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The Story My Uncle Wouldn’t Tell

‘Attacked and starved’: A century-old diary recounts U.S. soldiers trapped behind enemy lines by Shoshana Akabas (The Washington Post) – At the top of a ravine in this remote forest…

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Not a Game of Monopoly

An interview with Rabbi Yitzchok Elefant, Chief Rabbi of Dimona, whose presentation at the Federation Assembly in Israel brought out the point that the goal for Torah Jewry is about…

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Over Where?

In the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 100 years ago, the guns fell silent along the Western Front. The “Great War,” which had claimed some 20 million…

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80 Years

The Viennese cityscape of the 1980s was devoid of the numerous and ever-growing signs, symbols and memorials one can find all over town nowadays. After all, “Austrians were the first…

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‘Two Moments in Time’

A reflection on Poland’s anti-Semitic campaign of 1968 and its echoes today The political crisis that wracked Poland in 1968 and the vicious anti-Semitic campaign that the Communist government pursued…

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An Interview With Rep. Tom MacArthur

Two-term New Jersey Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur represents a district that stretches from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Jersey shore and includes the Town of Toms River, home to a…

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The Power of Family Meals

The Yom Tov season was full of davening and meals. Lots and lots of meals. Platters of food. Pitchers of juice. A medley of young and old voices; punctuated by…

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The Power of Many

How a Veteran Settlement Maintained Its Character and Became a Place of Torah By Yisrael Hershkowitz It doesn’t happen every day that a town celebrates the induction of a Rav…

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Putting on the Pressure

Blood-pressure guidelines don’t allow for how old and frail my mother was By Janice Neumann (The Washington Post) – Last summer, during a routine visit by my 92-year-old mother to…

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Moving Right

After graduating from his religious co-ed high school, Mark spent his gap year in a yeshivah in Israel. When he returned, he had swapped his small kippah serugah and jeans…

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