Is the Secret Service a Failure? // Trump’s near-assassination and an agency with problems
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by Ami Magazine
1d ago
Shots ring out. Donald Trump reaches for his ear, then crouches, trying to get under the line of fire. Secret Service agents seem to hesitate, then rush the stage, as rifle shots are returned by agents on a roof nearby. “The shooter is down,” an agent says, as Trump is telling the agents trying to move him away that he needs his shoes. Then, as they get him to the edge of the platform, Trump stops the agents. He stands, his fist in the air. “Fight, fight, fight!” he tells the crowd, which yells back: “USA! USA! USA!” That Donald Trump was nearly assassinated at a campaign rally over the weeke ..read more
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From Hillbilly to Trump’s Running Mate // J.D. Vance’s meteoric rise
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by Yossi Krausz
1d ago
“Senator J.D. Vance has one of the most compelling stories in American politics, overcoming so much adversity in life.”” —Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), commenting on the choice by former President Donald Trump to choose the Ohio senator as his running mate. Mr. Vance doesn’t have all the answers. But he’s advancing the conversation.” Those were the last lines of The New York Times’ review of J.D. Vance’s 2016 non-fiction bestseller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. They would have been surprised to find out that just a few years later, the author they were praisin ..read more
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The Mind-to-Mouth Miracle // Cognition problems aren’t always what they seem
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by Avi Shafran
1d ago
I’m in the admittedly small and shrinking minority of people who aren’t convinced that President Biden is cognitively impaired. At least not in the way he is commonly described, as someone with dementia, incapable of serving in public office. I don’t mean to say that he is the better Democratic presidential candidate for the November election; I don’t take public positions on electoral matters. (Well, okay, I hope no one in Michigan’s 12th congressional district votes for Rashida Tlaib. But I don’t generally offer voting advice.) In any event, the issue of Mr. Biden’s mental acuity is likely ..read more
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When a Cowboy Hat Meets a Shtreimel // My years with the Klausenberger Rebbe, zt”l
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by Ami Magazine
1w ago
The 30th yahrtzeit of the Klausenberger Rebbe on 9 Tamuz is an auspicious moment to remember the impact this singular chasidic master had on countless people, particularly on Holocaust survivors, as well as on the world of medicine in Eretz Yisrael. The Rebbe suffered through the Holocaust, first with the loss of his wife and 11 children to Auschwitz, then with his own enslavement in a forced labor camp and the travails of a death march to Dachau. After the war, he brought hope to many in the DP camps. Later, he was able to rebuild his chasidus in America and Eretz Yisrael. As the fulfillment ..read more
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Seismic Shifts in Two European Elections // The U.K. and France see major changes
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by Yossi Krausz
1w ago
“Mélenchon’s victory is a terrible signal of impunity sent to the anti-Jewish Islamo-Fascists.” —French-Jewish journalist Yohann Taieb, in a tweet about the results of the French election and the triumph of the left-wing coalition, which includes France Unbowed, headed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has made a variety of anti-Semitic statements for years. In two elections over the past week, two of Europe’s most powerful countries have experienced the tumultuous nature of politics. In the UK, a 14-year stretch of control by the Conservatives ended after a colossal win by the Labour Party. The wi ..read more
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Decolonization Nation // Members of some other tribes offer insight
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by Avi Shafran
1w ago
Among the vilifiers of Israel as an illegitimate “colonial” power—and the line is long and motley—are some Native Americans. They imagine a similarity between indigenous Indian tribes and the Arab population in Eretz Yisrael. Emphasis is on the word “some.” Last month, among some 50,000 Canadian Jews and others who participated in a “Walk with Israel” march were Native Americans of a clearly (and clear-minded) different bent. Members of a group called Indigenous Embassy Jerusalem arrived in Toronto from an international summit of Indigenous Leaders in Seattle. Addressing supporters of Israel ..read more
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Yitzi Fellner // Reliable Office Services
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by Nesanel Gantz
2w ago
After seeing his relatives struggle to handle the day-to-day management of their growing business, Yitzi Fellner realized there was a need for a service that could provide a full-time employee at a part-time cost, especially when the client didn’t actually need a full-time worker. Many solopreneurs or startups need someone to answer the phones and do billing, bookkeeping and customer service, but they can’t afford a full-time employee. Yitzi’s company, Reliable Office Services, offers something unique: a remote employee who is local and will fill those roles for several companies simultaneous ..read more
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The Supreme Court’s Newest Bombshells // Once again, the U.S. high court makes big changes
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by Yossi Krausz
2w ago
“Part of ‘judicial humility’…is admitting, and in certain cases correcting, our own mistakes, especially when those mistakes are serious.” —Chief Justice John Roberts, writing the majority opinion in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which overturned a 40-year precedent about the power of federal agencies The US presidential election season is in super-hot mode, with the two main candidates slugging it out over who is best suited to run the executive branch. But the latest round of Supreme Court decisions should remind voters that beyond all the other actions that a president can take in ..read more
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What We Talk About When We Talk About the Holocaust // Both dachshunds and Great Danes are canines
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by Avi Shafran
2w ago
To expand upon an oft-quoted maxim, a botanist might be intimately familiar with various types of trees, with their seasonal changes, life spans, what sorts of soil they thrive in and what insect pests can harm them—and yet never have appreciated the grandeur and mystery of a forest. My “missing the forest for the trees” nimshal here is a Hebrew University professor of history—a holder, in fact, of the college’s Rabbi Edward Sandrow Chair in Soviet & East European Jewry—named Jonathan Dekel-Chen. It pains me to criticize the professor. His adult son, Sagui, who lived on Kibbutz Nir Oz, wh ..read more
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Rav Moshe Wolfson zt”l // The Life of the Mashgiach, Rav Moshe Wolfson zt’l
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by Yochonon Donn
3w ago
The world’s lights dimmed this week. Rav Moshe Wolfson, a beacon of Torah, chasidus, and yiras shamayim, has left us. For 99 years, with a charm that seemed supernatural, he elevated countless Yidden and fundamentally changed lives in ways both subtle and profound. Boro Park, and indeed the Jewish world, will no longer be the same. The grief runs deep, touching souls across generations. Four generations of talmidim, along with countless others influenced by their teachings, looked to Rav Moshe Wolfson as their guiding star. “When a rav leaves us, another rav can take his place,” bemoaned Rav ..read more
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